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.