Sunday, July 16, 2017 bulletin

DANFORTH MENNONITE CHURCH
416-422-2406
Pastor: Tim Reimer
Caring Team: Margaret A., Jonathan S.

Continuing the ministry of the Danforth (1909), Morningside (1950) and Warden (2009) congregations
 
We welcome all guests who have joined us. 

Worship services are recorded and will be posted on the Church website.   Congregational prayer and sharing time will be omitted.

 

Summer Worship Theme:     Bind Us Together

Sunday, July 16, 2017                                     
10:30 a.m. Worship Service     
Sermon                         “The Power of Labels,
The Labels of Power”
Speaker                        Tim R.
Worship Leader      Linda D.
Song leader                Bonnie W.
Piano                              Roger H.

Sunday, July 23, 2017                                     
10:30 a.m. Worship Service     
Speaker                        Tim R.
Worship Leader      Aubrey W.
Song leader                Ed F.
Piano                              Kathy W.

Call to Worship

Leader:                Our God is the great God, mighty and awesome!

People:                The Lord our God is God of gods and Lord of lords!

Leader:                Our God shows no partiality and takes no bribes.

People:         Instead, the Lord executes justice for the orphan and the widow.

Leader:            Our God loves the immigrant, providing them food and clothing.

People:           We also love the immigrant, because we were immigrants in this land.

All:                  Let the Lord of immigrants prove this love through our hearts and hands!

 

TRC Call to Prayer

Father God,

Thank You for creating so many different cultures and languages.  You truly are a creative God.  Thank You for giving us the gift of language, through which we can express ourselves in ways that are unique to our cultures.  We acknowledge that Your revealed plan for reconciliation includes:

“…a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands” (Revelation 7:9 ESV)

With this kingdom picture in mind, we pray that the government will acknowledge that Aboriginal rights include Aboriginal language rights and therefore should be respected and taught accordingly.  May these acknowledgements help all Canadians recognize the many unique First Nations rights, values, and cultures.   Amen

Context:   TRC Call to Action #13

 

DANFORTH ANNOUNCEMENTS

Treasurer’s Report: We received $5,222 in offerings in June. 2017 offerings are now $9,746 below budget to the end of June.

Who’s in our House
in July

July 17-21                          Community Christian TOOLS group
July 24-28                          Camp Shalom Leader TOOLS group
July 28-31                          Campbell TOOLS group

 

WIDER CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS

Hello everyone, Rouge Valley Mennonite Church would like to have a vendor booth for 10,000 Villages again this year at the Markham Fair. Would anyone like to contribute funds for this event?  Please contact Paula Feldman, Rouge Valley Mennonite Church
904 – 294 – 6242 or email me at admin@rvmc.ca.  We will also need a few friendly volunteers also!

With thanks,
Paula Feldman

 

Summer Vacation Bible Camp
Digging for Treasure
Parables Revealed
at
Toronto Chinese Mennonite Church
August 14 to 18
9 am – 4 pm
Ages 3 years – Grade 8
Cost: $40/wk for Half Days
Full day:  $120/wk
bursary are available

 

My husband and I are moving to Toronto this fall and are starting to think about community and housing. We currently attend Mannheim Mennonite Church outside of KW and have heard great things about the Danforth Mennonite. If any community members have space available for, we would greatly appreciate any help we could get. We would be open to communal living and/or renting.
In peace and friendship,
Dan and Meg Harder Root          megharder @ gmail.com

 

All of us are concerned about the fires in British Columbia and the devastation that is happening there and we at MDS are following the fires closely.  Please put the following announcement into your church bulletin for July 16 & 23.  Thanks so much.

Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) receiving financial donations for forest fires in British Columbia.  People in BC have already lost houses to the fires and we are planning for MDS volunteers to help in the recovery phase of this disaster. MDS is accepting financial donations for that recovery. For further updates on the MDS response and financial donations go to https://mds.mennonite.net/ or call the MDS office at

1-866-261-1274.

Blessings,
 Evelyn

Evelyn Peters-Rojas
 Volunteer & Project Coordinator
 Mennonite Disaster Service
 Region 5 Office
 6A-1325 Markham Rd
 Winnipeg MB  R3T 4J6
 866-261-1274 (OFFICE)
  www.mds.mennonite.net

Sunday, July 9, 2017 bulletin

DANFORTH MENNONITE CHURCH
416-422-2406
Pastor: Tim Reimer
Caring Team: Margaret A., Jonathan S.

Continuing the ministry of the Danforth (1909), Morningside (1950) and Warden (2009) congregations

We welcome all guests who have joined us. 
Worship services are recorded and will be posted on the Church website.   Congregational prayer and sharing time will be omitted.

Summer Worship Theme:     Bind Us Together

Sunday, July 9, 2017                                       
10:30 a.m. Worship Service     
Sermon             Appearing of the Royal People of God
Scripture                     Acts 1:1-8
Speaker                        John E.
Worship Leader      Linda D.
Song leader                Dalton J.
Piano                              Jessie Y.

Sunday, July 16, 2017                                     
10:30 a.m. Worship Service     
Speaker                        Tim R.
Song leader                Bonnie W.
Piano                              Kathy W.

 

TRC Call to Prayer

Father God,

Part of love is trust.  Right now, trust is broken.  Because of decisions that have been made in the past and unfortunately even in the present, it is difficult for many Aboriginal people in Canada to trust in institutions.  We ask that Library and Archives Canada will help in the building of trust by making important documents available.  Help them set up systems and resources that include the full scope of Canada’s history, including what occurred in residential schools, so that there is access to truth through transparency.  We pray that in providing public access to all archived records on residential schools, trusting relationships can be established.     Amen                         Context: TRC Call to Action #69

 

DANFORTH ANNOUNCEMENTS

On Sunday, June 25, 2017, $365 was designated in the offering to pay for the KAIROS Blanket Exercise workshop.  Thank you to all who contributed.

Who’s in our House
in July & August

July 17-21                          Community Christian TOOLS group
July 24-28                          Camp Shalom Leader TOOLS group
July 28-31                          Campbell TOOLS group
August 4 – 7                      Zurich MYF TOOLS group
August 12                           Men’s breakfast
August 13                           Joint service at Willowgrove
August 17                           Floradale Mennonite Church TOOLS group
August 25 – 27                New Life CRC TOOLS group

WIDER CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS

Vacation Bible Camp
August 14 to 18
Toronto Chinese Mennonite Church

Youth Delegates WANTED @ Assembly 2017. 
Details at www.mennonitechurch.ca

Sunday, July 2, 2017 bulletin

 DANFORTH MENNONITE CHURCH
416-422-2406
Pastor: Tim Reimer
Caring Team: Margaret A., Jonathan S.

Continuing the ministry of the Danforth (1909), Morningside (1950) and Warden (2009) congregations

Summer Worship Theme:     Bind Us Together

Sunday, July 2, 2017                                       
10:30 a.m. Worship Service     
Sermon                         God and Country:
Reflections on Canada 150
Worship Leader      Tim R.
Song leader                Kathy W.
Piano                              Bonnie W.

This morning we will give thanks for Canada.  We will also reflect on how we can be true to the Kingdom of God, even while living in a “kingdom” of this world.  During our morning worship, opportunity will be given for your reflections on how Christians can celebrate Canada 150, while at the same time being “salt” in our society, working for true justice and peace.
Scriptures to reflect on: 1 Timothy 2:1 – 7; Acts 4:13 – 21;

Sunday, July 9, 2017                                       
10:30 a.m. Worship Service     
Sermon             Appearing of the Royal People of God
Scripture                       Acts 1:1-8
Speaker                          John E.
Worship Leader        Linda D.
Song leader                  Dalton J.
Piano                                Jessie Y.

Call to Worship (Psalm 96)

LEADER:          O sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD,           all the earth.

PEOPLE:          Sing to the LORD, bless his name;
tell of his salvation from day to day.

LEADER:          Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples. For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; he is to be revered above all gods.

PEOPLE:          For all the gods of the peoples are idols,
but the LORD made the heavens.
Honor and majesty are before him;
strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.

LEADER:          Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples,
ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.

PEOPLE:          Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name;
bring an offering, and come into his courts.
Worship the LORD in holy splendor; tremble before him, all the earth.

LEADER:          Say among the nations,

PEOPLE:          “The LORD is king! The world is firmly established; it shall never be moved.  He will judge the peoples with equity.”

LEADER:          Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;

ALL TOGETHER:
let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
let the field exult, and everything in it.
O sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth.

 

TRC Call to Prayer

Father God,

You have commanded us to care for the least of these, the orphans and the widows (James 1:27).  Many documents have been signed that express Canada’s desire and commitment to recognize and implement Aboriginal justice systems.  May we be a nation who keeps our word.  As the government educates non-Aboriginal Canadians in what these justice systems entail, may all Canadians know that justice is occurring.  Please impress upon non-Aboriginal Canadians that justice is not occurring for many Aboriginal people right now.  Give us courage and humility to recognize that there are different ways for justice to occur.   Amen

 

DANFORTH ANNOUNCEMENTS

On Sunday, June 25, 2017, $365 was designated in the offering to pay for the KAIROS Blanket Exercise workshop.  Thank you to all who contributed

Who’s in our House
in July & August

 
June 30 – July 2              Listowel EMC TOOLS group
July 8                                     Men’s breakfast
July 8                                     Citizens Climate Lobby
July 17-21                          Community Christian TOOLS group
July 24-28                          Camp Shalom Leader TOOLS group
July 28-31                          Campbell TOOLS group
August 4 – 7                      Zurich MYF TOOLS group
August 12                           Men’s breakfast
August 13                           Joint service at Willowgrove
August 17                           Floradale Mennonite Church TOOLS group
August 25 – 27                New Life CRC TOOLS group

WIDER CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

“Welcome the Stranger" Refugee update

 20 days in Canada now for the al-Ali family: Yasser and Dunia with children (in order of age) Mustafa, Abdulrahman, Mohammed, Raghad, Ahmad, Abir and Ghadir! The sponsorship committee has been very busy with all the necessary appointments: applying for Canadian documents, ESL tests, medical appointments, and especially dental appointments. Fillings, root canals, and extractions are all necessary, unfortunately. It’s tiring just to think of all the appointments!

Yasser particularly enjoys the grocery stores, and sends his brother selfies posed against a gleaming backdrop of food. What a lot of groceries are required for a family of 9!

The children did not start school in the last couple of weeks of the term. It would have been better if they had arrived earlier, and could have started. None have been able to attend school for several years. Mustafa and Abdulrahman, aged 14 and 15, were working to help support the family, one as a grocery stocker, the other in some kind of electric shop. They are eager to get part-time jobs, but have no English yet. Yasser’s trade is construction, house building. With some English and some contacts from us, it’s hoped he will be able to get a job before too long. There are many challenges.

Pray for refugee families like the al-Alis, and for those who help them, and give thanks for a generous country!

Prayer is a conversation with God, not a formula. Yet sometimes we
might need to use a “method” to freshen up our prayer time. We can
pray the Psalms or other Scriptures (such as The Lord’s Prayer), or
use the ACTS method (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and
Supplication). I recently came across this “Five-Finger Prayer” to use
as a guide when praying for others:

  • When you fold your hands, the thumb is nearest you. So begin by
    praying for those closest to you – your loved ones (Phil. 1:3-5).
  •  The index finger is the pointer. Pray for those who teach-Bible
    teachers and preachers, and those who teach children (1 Thess. 5:25).
  • The next finger is the tallest. It reminds you to pray for those in
    authority over you – national and local leaders, and your supervisor at work (1 Tim. 2:1-2).
  • The fourth finger is usually the weakest. Pray for those who are in
    trouble or who are suffering (James 5:13-16).
  • Then comes your little finger. It reminds you of your smallness in
    relation to God’s greatness.  Ask Him to supply your needs (Phil. 4:6, 19).

Whatever method you use, just talk with your Father. He wants to hear what’s on your heart. Anne Cetas

Father, give me the wisdom to know how to pray for others.
It’s not the words we pray that matter; it’s the condition of our heart.

INSIGHT: In today’s reading we see how believers can enrich their
fellowship with God through intercession and praise. Prayer is a vital lifeline of conversation with the living God who made us and provided for our redemption. In James 5:13-18 we read how we are urged to use prayer in all the seasons of our lives. When we are blessed, we can offer an expression of thanksgiving and praise.  When we or others are physically ill, we can offer intercession for healing. In times of temptation and struggle, prayers for victory are a priority. Elijah is an example of someone who had the same needs and weaknesses that we do; yet his prayers to God resulted in the rain stopping for three and a half years and then starting again.  What can you have a conversation with God about today?

 Submitted by Robert J.

Sunday, June 25, 2017 bulletin

DANFORTH MENNONITE CHURCH
416-422-2406
Pastor: Tim Reimer
Caring Team: Margaret A., Jonathan S.

Continuing the ministry of the Danforth (1909), Morningside (1950) and Warden (2009) congregations

Summer Worship Theme:     Bind Us Together

Sunday, June 25, 2017            
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
Worship Leader             Murray L.
Song leader                       Kathy W.
Piano                                    Bonnie W.

KAIROS Blanket Exercise
 
You are welcome to invite your
friends and family
to this interactive presentation.

 

Sunday, July 2, 2017                                       
10:30 a.m. Worship Service     
Sermon                         God and Country:
Reflections on Canada 150
Speaker                        Tim R.
Worship Leader      Arjun P.
Song leader                Kathy W.
Piano                              Bonnie W.

Benediction

Leader:           The blessing of God, the shalom of God,
the wildness and the warmth of God, be among us
and between us, now and always.

People:          The divine Spirit dwells in us;

ALL:                Thanks be to God!

 

TRC Call to Prayer

Father God,

We ask that all churches in Canada and their members will choose to live lives that reflect the love and humility of Christ, and that You will receive honour as true reconciliation occurs.  We ask, Lord, that Your great reputation will be restored and that people in Canada, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, will trust in and see You for who You truly are.   Amen

 

KAIROS Blanket Exercise (KBE)

A KBE is being planned by the DMC Worship and Outreach/Services Committees for Sunday, June 25 during the worship time at 10:30 am (DMC Summer Worship Schedule). While the experience may not be in the form of our usual worship it will remind us of the messages of the need for Justice and Mercy for our neighbours that we find in the Holy Scriptures. You may wish to dress casually; shoes will be asked to be removed. Several guest facilitators and an Indigenous elder plan to be present. There will be an opportunity to make a free-will offering to support the work of KAIROS (https://www.kairoscanada.org/who-we-are).  Please address questions/comments to Ben W. or Murray L.   An introduction to the KBE is below:

The KAIROS Blanket Exercise is an interactive learning experience that teaches the Indigenous rights history we’re rarely taught.  Developed in response to the 1996 Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples—which recommended education on Canadian-Indigenous history as one of the key steps to reconciliation, the Blanket Exercise covers over 500 years of history in a one and a half hour participatory workshop.

Blanket Exercise participants take on the roles of Indigenous peoples in Canada.  Standing on blankets that represent the land, they walk through pre-contact, treaty-making, colonization and resistance. They are directed by facilitators representing a narrator (or narrators) and the European colonizers.  Participants are drawn into the experience by reading scrolls and carrying cards which ultimately determine their outcomes.  By engaging on an emotional and intellectual level, the Blanket Exercise effectively educates and increases empathy.  Ideally, the exercise is followed by a debriefing session in which participants have the opportunity to discuss the experience as a group.  This often takes the form of a talking circle.

For our service today
If you would like to donate to the Kairos Blanket Exercise and receive a tax receipt, please make your payment of cheque or cash to:
Danforth Mennonite Church
using the Kairos Blanket Exercise donation envelopes provided.  Our Treasurer will provide Kairos with one cheque representing the designated donations.  Your donation will be included in your DMC annual tax receipt.

DANFORTH ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Congratulations to
Rachel and Andrew S.
on the birth of their daughter
Charlotte Marie
who was born on June 17, 2017.
A new blessing for grandparents
Vic and Mary Jane G.

 

Who’s in our House
in June, July & August

 

June 28                          Toronto City Planning
June 30 – July 2        Listowel EMC TOOLS group
July 8                               Men’s breakfast
July 8                               Citizens Climate Lobby
July 17-21                    Community Christian TOOLS group
July 24-28                    Camp Shalom Leader TOOLS group
July 28-31                    Campbell TOOLS group
August 4 – 7                Zurich MYF TOOLS group
August 12                     Men’s breakfast
August 13                     Joint service at Willowgrove
August 17                     Floradale Mennonite Church TOOLS group
August 25 – 27          New Life CRC TOOLS group

 

WIDER CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS

 
Vacation Bible Camp
August 14 to 18
at
Toronto Chinese Mennonite Church

 

Prayers for Peacemakers    June 2017

More and more people are becoming aware of the consequences of the industrialization of our world. The pollution of the air, soil and water resources has increased notably because of the so called development. Extremely dry seasons, prolonged cold winters, numerous floods and landslides are just some examples of the impact of the massive industrial production, global scale transportation and abuse of natural resources. For this reason, the country representatives signed an agreement to continue working for and supporting the development while decreasing the pollution and the global warming. But we need to understand that it’s the consumption and production of things that we perceive we need that takes away or destroys what we all truly need: healthy and sufficient food and water, clean air and respect for life.

Let us pray for our world, for clean air and water. Let us pray for those who struggle to protect what is left and to regenerate what is lost. Let us pray for those who make decisions that will impact not only our present but also our future and the future of the life on Earth. Let us pray for each one of us to learn more, to care more, and to do more. We all deserve a better planet and many of us bear responsibility for the disasters that take place not only where we live but also in other parts of the world. So help us God.

Psalm 96:10-13

Say among the nations, “The LORD reigns.” The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved; he will judge the peoples with equity. Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it; let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them. Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy; they will sing before the LORD, for he comes, he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in his truth.