Sunday, December 31, 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.

Sunday, December 31, 2017                  
11:00 a.m.  Worship Service    
Sermon                         A New Meaning for Jerusalem
Scripture                      Isaiah 61:10-62:3, Luke 2:22-40
Speaker                        Tim R.
Worship Leader       Sue S.
Song Leader               Bonnie W.
Piano                              Kathy W.
Media                             Roger H.
Greeter                         James F.

Sunday, January 7, 2018                       
10:00 a.m.  Adult Sunday School
11:00 a.m.  Worship Service    
Speaker                        Dalton J.
Worship Leader      Linda DeH.
Song Leader              Ed F.
Piano                             Bonnie W.
Media                           Hyungseok O.
Greeter                        Dalton J.

Call to worship

Leader:            Yes!  We will give thanks and rejoice!

All:                     We will praise the Lord from the heavens,
from the heights, and with the angels!

Leader:           We praise the Lord with the sun and moon!
We praise the Creator of the shining stars!

All:                     Fire and hail! Snow and frost!   Mountains and  
hills!    Fruit trees and cedars!

Leader:           Young men and women alike! Children and the
aged ones too!  Let us praise the name of the Lord.

All:                      Praise the Lord!

Leader:            Yes! Let all things be new.

 

Confession

O God, the waiting is over, the time has come: you dwell among us!

We marvel at the mystery of your birth.  We are filled and guided by the Spirit as you open our eyes, our hearts, and our arms to receive you.  Yes, we say, and yet we confess that instead of being drawn beyond our knowing, into the call of your infinite light, we examine your coming within the boundaries of our understanding.

We confess that instead of marveling at the vastness of your mercy, instead of rejoicing with Simeon and Anna, instead of allowing your Spirit to move within and among us, we resist the mystery of your presence.

We confess our struggle to step forth with vulnerability, honesty, courage, dreams, hope, and celebration emanating from the depth of our hearts.   Forgive us.

(pause for silence)

Words of assurance

O God, Emmanuel, in Jesus, the Christ, you have come among us. You have given us life, and we are restored.

TRC Call to Prayer

Father God,
We recognize that documenting these 94 Calls to Action is only a beginning step towards reconciliation.  We also recognize that it has taken centuries to create the mistrust between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal (specifically English and French) peoples, and it will take time and intentionality to reconcile these relationships.  We ask that all parties will submit themselves to the commitment and collaboration required for reconciliation to become fruitful.

We pray for those who create and participate in an action-oriented Covenant of Reconciliation, that it will point the way forward toward an era of mutual respect and equal opportunity.  We ask that as participating churches seek You, healing will occur not only for Aboriginal people, but also for those who are non-Aboriginal.  We ask that Your Holy Spirit will guide all people to live humbly and lovely, in emulation of Your character.  Amen
Context:   TRC Call to Action #46

 

DANFORTH ANNOUNCEMENTS

Sunday School Schedule

Adult
Dec.  31                no adult SS
Jan.   7                the beginning of a four week Bible study

Everyone is welcome

 

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
Sunday, January 21st

The Caring Team is encouraging us to celebrate our gifts of hospitality.  Each household will be given an opportunity either to host or to be hosted for lunch.

Who’s in our House
in January

January 3                           St. Stephens mediation
January 9, 16, 23, 30  William Graham Singers concert
January 10                        Yorkshire Rose Quilters
January 13                        Men’s breakfast
January 13                        Citizens Climate Lobby

Please note these dates:

Jan 10 – 16                        Tim vacation
Jan 11 – 18                        Bonnie vacation
January 22                        Tim eye surgery
February 4                        DMC AGM

John Howard Yoder played a very important role in shaping Anabaptist theology and church life in the 20th century and beyond.  He also was abusive of some of his female students.  How do we weigh these realities in our hearts and minds?  How do we think and act carefully and critically about Yoder?

If you would be interested in one or two evening discussions about this, please talk to Tim R. or Ben W.  We have already contacted Lydia H. (PhD) and she has agreed to assist in such discussions at Danforth, if there is sufficient interest.

WIDER CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS

Let’s pray for the family of Pieter and Susie Niemeyer.  Pieter’s father died last week after some months of struggle with his health.  And their daughter Samara was earlier involved in a car accident on the way to visit her grandfather.  She’s expected to heal completely, but this just adds to the upheaval for the family at this time.  (This past September Pieter resigned as Pastor of Rouge Valley Mennonite Church.)

Pastor Roberson at Hagerman MC has asked that we post this request in the bulletin.  His cell # is (647) 996 0600 or contact him thru MCEC: 226 476 2500 ext 717

My name is Derek T. and I am a student from the University of Waterloo and am looking for a place to stay in the Pickering area during my co-op term from January until May. I thought it would be a good idea to contact a local church to see if a family in the congregation would be able to house me.

Just some background: I am from Leamington and attended Oak Street Mennonite Church (LUMC). I play lots of sports like hockey and volleyball. I take Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo and attended Conrad Grebel during that time.

Please let me know if there is any interest. I can also talk on the phone if that works better.
 Thanks, Derek T.
Charity groups are requesting donations

to support single moms, the elderly, new immigrants and other people in need during this Christmas season.  The outreach committee will ensure that your donations will be delivered to an agency in our neighbourhood.

Items needed: Financial donations and gift cards (grocery store), hats, scarves, and warm socks, family board games, toys, arts and craft kits, children’s books, personal hygiene supplies

On Sunday mornings until mid January a gift box will be located in the church lobby for the items.

 

Canadian Mennonite digital delivery:  As a Canadian Mennonite subscriber you can receive the latest issue of the magazine by e-mail on the day it is printed; up to two weeks before the paper mail will arrive. To add digital delivery to your subscription, or to switch to digital-only, please email

office@canadianmennonite.org and include your name, address and subscription number (see your mailing label; it begins with an A).

Thank you for your cooperation,
Lisa Jacky | Circulation & Finance
Canadian Mennonite
Please let Bonnie know of these changes so our records are kept up to date

Sunday, December 24, 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.

Sunday, December 24, 2017                 ADVENT 4   
10:30 a.m.  Worship Service    
Worship Leader      Tim & LaVerna R.
Song Leader              Bonnie W.
Piano                             Kathy W.
Media                            Roger H.

Children of all ages will be included in the telling
of the Christmas Story.

There will be no Evening Service on December 24th.

Call to worship

Leader:            Yes!  The invitation to carry Light comes to each of us,  no matter who we are.

All:                     O God, you choose to dwell within us.  You promise to move about with us until we find our rest in you.

Leader:            Your call seems risky; saying yes takes away our breath.

All:                     Yet we know your faithfulness and steadfast love endure forever.

Leader:            You are our strength.

All:                       Yes! Let it be now.

 

Confession

O God of blessing and joy, your favor rests upon us, and our souls magnify you.  We sing of your steadfast love and proclaim your faithfulness.

We confess we often lack complete trust, walking in our own strength, building our own houses instead of joining you in turning ruins into abundance.

We are terrified and overcome by fear, wondering, “How will we know?” and pondering, “How can this be?”

We are afraid to claim and proclaim that nothing is impossible when your power overshadows us, when your Spirit comes upon us.

We find it hard to let go and say, “Here I am, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.”  Forgive us.

Words of assurance

O God, Emmanuel, in Jesus, the Christ, you have come among us.  You have given us life, and we are restored.

TRC Call to Prayer

Father God,

We call upon the Government of Canada to provide multi-year funding for the National Council of Reconciliation to ensure that it has the financial, human, and technical resources required to conduct its work, including the endowment of a National Reconciliation Trust to advance the case of reconciliation.    Amen
Context:   TRC Call to Action #54

DANFORTH ANNOUNCEMENTS

Sunday School Schedule
Adult
Dec.  24                no adult SS
Dec.  31                no adult SS
Jan.   7                the beginning of a four week Bible study

Everyone is welcome

Note from our Treasurer

Please contact Roger H. if you would like to begin receiving offering envelopes for 2018. Also contact Roger if you are interested in starting pre-authorized donations.

We received $6,664 in offerings in November. We need $8,216 per month to meet our budget. Our 2017 operating deficit has grown to -$5,797. We will need some additional donations to reduce our deficit by year end.

Thank you to all who financially support our church.  $635 was collected at the Christmas banquet to help cover expenses. Also, please submit any outstanding church expenses to Roger by year end.
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
Sunday, January 21st

The Caring Team is encouraging us to celebrate our gifts of hospitality.  Each household will be given an opportunity either to host or to be hosted for lunch.

Charity groups are requesting donations

to support single moms, the elderly, new immigrants and other people in need during this Christmas season.

The outreach committee will ensure that your donations will be delivered to an agency in our neighbourhood.

Items needed: Financial donations and gift cards (grocery store), hats, scarves, and warm socks, family board games, toys, arts and craft kits, children’s books, personal hygiene supplies

On Sunday mornings until mid January a gift box will be located in the church lobby for the items.

 

Canadian Mennonite digital delivery:  As a Canadian Mennonite subscriber you can receive the latest issue of the magazine by e-mail on the day it is printed; up to two weeks before the paper mail will arrive. To add digital delivery to your subscription, or to switch to digital-only, please email
office@canadianmennonite.org and include your name, address and subscription number (see your mailing label; it begins with an A).

Thank you for your cooperation,
Lisa Jacky | Circulation & Finance
Canadian Mennonite

Please let Bonnie know of these changes so our records are kept up to date

 

Let’s pray for the family of Pieter and Susie Niemeyer.  Pieter’s father died last week after some months of struggle with his health.  And their daughter Samara was earlier involved in a car accident on the way to visit her grandfather.  She’s expected to heal completely, but this just adds to the upheaval for the family at this time.  (This past September Pieter resigned as Pastor of Rouge Valley Mennonite Church.)

Sunday, December 17, 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.

 

Sunday, December 17, 2017                 ADVENT 3   
10:00 a.m.  Adult Sunday school         
11:00 a.m.  Worship Service    
Sermon                          Contemplation.  At Christmas.
Scripture                       Luke 2:13-19, Luke 2:41-51
Speaker                          Tim R.
Worship Leader        Bonnie W.
Song Leader                Kathy W.
Piano                               Roger H.
Media                              Murray L.

Sunday, December 24, 2017   
10:30 a.m.  Worship Service (no Sunday School)
Children of all ages will be included in the telling
of the Christmas Story.

Note: There will be no Evening Service, December 24th.

Call to worship

Leader:    Awake!  The invitation to carry light comes from the God of restoration.

All:      O God, you amaze us with your promise to build up the ancient ruins.  You say you will replace the ashes of the past with garlands of beauty.  Your bold vision dazzles our doubting souls.

(pause for silence)

Leader: Quiet our questions.
All:    Lead us beyond our fears, and guide us on the path to peace.

Leader:  Let it be whole.

Confession

God of peace, your justice wells up like a spring, bringing dreams, laughter, and wholeness to the world.  We confess we so often stifle your Spirit.  We are afraid to claim that you anointed us to carry your upside-down vision into our broken world, where the lowly are trampled upon, the hungry go away empty, the rich increase in power and might.

We confess we lack the courage to build up and repair what we have broken, imprisoned, and oppressed.  Forgive us when we do not catch your vision.  Lead us beyond our fears, and guide us on the path to peace.

            (pause for silence)

Words of assurance

O God, Emmanuel, in Jesus, the Christ, you have come among us.  You have given us life, and we are restored.

 

TRC Call to Prayer

Father God,
It is deeply saddening to know that in this nation, not all feel that Canadian law protects them.  It is discouraging to realize that although we are an admired country with a fully developed legal system, in the past many Aboriginals had experienced the law as a tool of government oppression.  We are encouraged and thankful for the various legal groups, universities, and bar associations that are actively seeking ways of transforming the legal system to include Aboriginal justice.

Please give those who understand the legal system, its strengths and weaknesses, the wisdom and foresight to improve the law.  May all involved be concerned about justice for all who live in Canada.  We ask that there will be a real unity amongst Aboriginal leaders and non-Aboriginal leaders.  May we soon have cause to celebrate a robust legal system that provides justice for all.  Amen Context:   TRC Call to Action #50

 

DANFORTH ANNOUNCEMENTS

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
Sunday, January 21st

The Caring Team is encouraging us to celebrate our
gifts of hospitality.
Each household will be given an opportunity either to host or
to be hosted for lunch.

Sunday School Schedule

Children 

Dec. 17      Visitors (Shepherds and Wise Men)
Dec. 24     Jesus’ Birth

Adult 

Dec.  17   an Anabaptist Christmas; a reading
Dec.  24   no adult SS
Dec.  31   no adult SS
Jan.   7   the beginning of a four week Bible study

Everyone is welcome

 

Note from our Treasurer

Please contact Roger H. if you would like to begin receiving offering envelopes for 2018. Also contact Roger if you are interested in starting pre-authorized donations.

We received $6,664 in offerings in November. We need $8,216 per month to meet our budget. Our 2017 operating deficit has grown to -$5,797. We will need some additional donations to reduce our deficit by year end.

Thank you to all who financially support our church.  $635 was collected at the Christmas banquet to help cover expenses. Also, please submit any outstanding church expenses to Roger by year end.

Charity groups are requesting donations

to support single moms, the elderly, new immigrants and other people in need during this Christmas season.

The outreach committee will ensure that your donations will be delivered to an agency in our neighbourhood.

Items needed: Financial donations and gift cards (grocery store), hats, scarves, and warm socks, family board games, toys, arts and craft kits, children’s books, personal hygiene supplies

On Sunday mornings until mid January a gift box will be located in the church lobby for the items.
Christmas Singing Schedule for December 2017

Please mark your calendars to join with DMC members to sing Christmas songs for residents this December:

MazarykTown Residences – Christmas songs – (Ed & Barb F.)

452 Scarborough Golf Club Rd., Scarborough
Friday, December 22 commencing at 7 pm in the large meeting room.
Sign-up sheets (for drivers & those needing a ride) is posted on the Bulletin board for each event.  Please join us for both if you can.
Sponsored by Outreach & Services Committee of DMC

WIDER CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS

Canadian Mennonite digital delivery:  As a Canadian Mennonite subscriber you can receive the latest issue of the magazine by e-mail on the day it is printed; up to two weeks before the paper mail will arrive. To add digital delivery to your subscription, or to switch to digital-only, please email

office @ canadianmennonite.org and include your name, address and subscription number (see your mailing label; it begins with an A).

Thank you for your cooperation,
Lisa J. | Circulation & Finance
Canadian Mennonite

Please let Bonnie know of these changes so our records are kept up to date.

Welcome the Stranger- GTA

In addition to supporting three refugee families, Welcome the Stranger-GTA is now working on assisting families to bring their relatives and friends who are registered refugees with the United Nations, to Canada.  This is being done through an application process called Group of Five (G5).  Most of these G5 refugees will have their financial and resettlement needs covered by their relatives and friends in Canada.  However, there is one Christian Vietnamese family of 11 who are living in a camp in Thailand and are being threatened with expulsion. They have a connection to the Vietnamese boat people sponsored by Wideman MC and our area churches in the 1970.  We understand that they are being doubly persecuted for their faith and for their minority status.

With Wideman MC leading, $41,000 of the needed $53,000 has been raised to sponsor this family. The Hmong Mennonite Church in Kitchener will take care of all of their resettlement needs but do not have the funds as they are sponsoring two additional families. The Hmong group in California have raised $12,500 to help sponsor this family.

$12,000 more is needed to complete this sponsorship funding. The local churches have been very generous.  If you wish to donate please give a cheque to your church treasurer who will forward it to Welcome the Stranger-GTA Group of Five.  You will receive a receipt for tax purposes from the congregation.      Thank you.

Andrew Reesor-McDowell on behalf of Welcome the Stranger-GTA

arm5@sympatico.ca or 647.879.5040

Sunday, December 10, 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.

 

Sunday, December 10, 2017                 ADVENT 2   
10:00 a.m.  Adult Sunday school         
11:00 a.m.  Worship Service    
Sermon                          Justice and Peace: When Will They Kiss?
Scripture                       Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13
Speaker                          Tim R.
Worship Leader        John G.
Song Leader                Ed F.
Piano                               Bonnie W.
Media                             Hyungseok O.

Sunday, December 17, 2017                ADVENT 3   
10:00 a.m.  Adult Sunday school         
11:00 a.m.  Worship Service    
Sermon                         Let it be so
Speaker                        Tim R.
Worship Leader      Sue S.
Song Leader              Kathy W.
Piano                             Roger H.
Media                            Murray L.

Sunday, December 24, 2017   
10:30 a.m.  Worship Service (no Sunday School)

Call to worship

Leader:        Awake!  The invitation to carry light comes from the voice who cries out for a smooth way through wild places.

All:                  O God, your call is uncomfortable.  How can we who are weak remove the rough and rugged places?

(pause for silence)

Leader:        Quiet our questioning souls.

All:                  Lead us into your presence so all can see your way.

Leader:        Let it be so.

 Confession

O God of blazing heavens, you come to us gently and tenderly, speaking peace and comfort into our fear.  We long for you, we yearn for your promise of a new heaven and earth.  Yet we confess that though we know how to get busy and prepare for this season, we do not know how to slow down or wait and make space for your presence.

May our ordinary lives intersect with the power of your Word and the transforming presence of your grace.
Empower us to “let it be so.”

            (pause for silence)

Words of assurance

O God, Emmanuel, in Jesus, the Christ, you have come among us.  You have given us life, and we are restored.

TRC Call to Prayer

Father God,
All cultures have views of the world that are at times inaccurate, and even harmful.  We recognize that the colonialism of the past had differing views of land ownership and a cultural superiority which not only damaged relations with the First Nations of North America, but also negatively affected their various and rich cultures.  We humbly ask that the negative remnants of that cultural thinking that still linger today will be removed.  We recognize that we must not allow ourselves to be conformed to the patterns of this world, but rather be transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2).  We pray that decision makers will be able to test and approve what Your will is.  We pray that there will be mutual respect and humility as government leaders and Aboriginal leaders meet to build reconciling relations.   Amen             Context:   TRC Call to Action #45

 

DANFORTH ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
Sunday, January 21st

 

Sunday School Schedule

Children 
  
 Dec. 10             Angels – “A Glorious Angel Show”
 (no Wee Wonder class)
 Dec. 17             Visitors (Shepherds and Wise Men)
 Dec. 24             Jesus’ Birth

Adult 
 Dec. 10       Poison water - led by Dalton and     others who were at the conference
 Dec.  17      an Anabaptist Christmas; a reading
 Dec.  24      no adult SS
 Dec.  31      no adult SS
 Jan.   7      the beginning of a four week Bible study

Everyone is welcome

Treasurer’s Report:  We received $6,664 in offerings in November. We need $8,216 per month to meet our budget. Our 2017 operating deficit has grown to -$5,797. We will need some additional donations to reduce our deficit by year end. Thank you to all who financially support our church.

Note from Treasurer: Please contact Roger H. if you would like to begin receiving offering envelopes for 2018. Also contact Roger if you are interested in starting pre-authorized donations.

Christmas Singing Schedule for December 2017

Please mark your calendars to join with DMC members to sing Christmas songs for residents at two locations this December:

St. Clair O’Connor Community – Christmas songs and worship service- 2701 St Clair Ave E, East York
Sunday, December 10 commencing at 6:30 pm on the Long Term Care floor, followed by a service of song and readings in the main floor auditorium.

MazarykTown Residences – Christmas songs – (Ed & Barb F.)
452 Scarborough Golf Club Rd., Scarborough
Friday, December 22 commencing at 7 pm in the large meeting room.

Sign-up sheets (for drivers & those needing a ride) is posted on the Bulletin board for each event.  Please join us for both if you can.
Sponsored by Outreach Services Committee of DMC

WIDER CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS

Give thanks!  . . . and watch the building take shape. 
Hagerman Mennonite Church and Markham Chinese Mennonite Church are celebrating the “arrival” of their long longed-for building permit.  Their building on 14th Ave, near Kennedy, can now go begin its renovation and trans-formation.

Pax Christi Chorale

Gloria          Saturday, December 16, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 17, 3:00 p.m.
Grace Church on-the-Hill

Welcome the Stranger- GTA

In addition to supporting three refugee families, Welcome the Stranger-GTA is now working on assisting families to bring their relatives and friends who are registered refugees with the United Nations, to Canada.  This is being done through an application process called Group of Five (G5).  Most of these G5 refugees will have their financial and resettlement needs covered by their relatives and friends in Canada.  However, there is one Christian Vietnamese family of 11 who are living in a camp in Thailand and are being threatened with expulsion. They have a connection to the Vietnamese boat people sponsored by Wideman MC and our area churches in the 1970.  We understand that they are being doubly persecuted for their faith and for their minority status.

With Wideman MC leading, $41,000 of the needed $53,000 has been raised to sponsor this family. The Hmong Mennonite Church in Kitchener will take care of all of their resettlement needs but do not have the funds as they are sponsoring two additional families. The Hmong group in California have raised $12,500 to help sponsor this family.

$12,000 more is needed to complete this sponsorship funding. The local churches have been very generous.  If you wish to donate please give a cheque to your church treasurer who will forward it to Welcome the Stranger-GTA Group of Five.  You will receive a receipt for tax purposes from the congregation.

Thank you.
Andrew R. on behalf of Welcome the Stranger-GTA
arm5@sympatico.ca or (647)879-5040