Sunday, March 18, 2018 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, March 18, 2018                        
10:00 a.m.  Adult Sunday School
11:00 a.m.  Worship Service                             LENT week 5
Sermon            Between Me & You & Covenant New
Scripture                     Jeremiah 31:31-34, John 12:20-33
Speaker                        Tim R.
Worship Leader      John G.
Song Leader              Ed F.
Piano                             Bonnie W.
Media                            Hyungseok O.
Greeter                        John G.

Sunday, March 25, 2018                        
10:00 a.m.  Adult Sunday School
11:00 a.m.  Worship Service                             LENT week 6
Sermon      Between Me & You and all we lay down
Speaker                        Lydia N. H.
Worship Leader      Margaret A.
Song Leader              Bonnie W.
Piano                            Jessie Y.
Media                           Murray L.
Greeter                        Roger H.

 

Call to worship

Leader:           I see you, familiar faces, visitors, and guests. What brings you here?

People:                      We want to see Jesus.

Leader:           I see you, all who are here for the first time, and all who have returned. What brings you here?

People:                      We want to see Jesus.

 Leader:           I see you and know that each one of you has been invited by God to this house of worship. Thank you for coming. Open your eyes and your hearts, for together we are here with Jesus. Praise the Lord.

 

 Confession

Beloved Protector and Teacher, we need guidance, and sometimes we remember to ask for it.

But even as we reach for your hand, we rush off in our own direction. We barely listen to the rules we break.

We like to remind ourselves, wherever we are, that you are with us.

We forget the proper response: that to serve you, we must follow you.

We put conditions on your love, because we don’t want to go to the uncomfortable places where we see ourselves in the other.

Forgive us.  Hold us close and teach us again to truly live as you love.

 

Words of assurance

Thus says the Lord God, “I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”

 

DANFORTH ANNOUNCEMENTS

Sunday School Schedule

Children

March 18                     Title: Jesus Heals two Daughters
Teachers:                     Primary – Linda/Kai
Middler – Murray L.
Wee Wonder – LaVerna/Carol

March 25                     Sunday School Easter Party – all ages

Adult
March 18          The Cross was God’s Idea (from the book
Lies We Believe About God by W. Paul Young)

March 25         The Three Nails – from Samuel Wells, vicar of
St. Martin – in – the- Fields

Everyone is welcome

 

UNDRIP logoArticle 10

Indigenous peoples shall not be forcibly removed from their lands or territories.  No relocation shall take place without the free, prior and informed consent of the indigenous peoples concerned and after agreement on just and fair compensation and, where possible, with the option of return.

Who’s in our House
in March and April

March 20,27          William Graham Singers
March 23 – 25       New Dundee EMC Youth TOOLS group
March 28                 COSA
April 3,10,17,24  William Graham Singers
April 11                     Yorkshire Rose Quilters
April 13 – 15          O’Gorman H.S. TOOLS group
April 14                     Men’s Breakfast
April 14                     Citizens Climate Lobby
April 20 – 22           Emmanuel Youth TOOLS group
April 21                     City of Toronto Planners meeting
April 27 – 29          Wilmot EMC Youth TOOLS group

 

If you are interested or know someone who would be interested in doing one or a series of sermons during Tim’s sabbatical, please contact the worship committee.

 

Treasurer’s Report: $7,076 was received in offerings in February. We need $7,642 each month to meet our 2018 budget.

In February we also received a $500 donation designated to the Benevolence Fund.

Joint potluck lunch together
with
Freedom Gospel Ethiopian Church.
1:00 pm Sunday, May 6th, 2018

Did you know that coffee originates in Ethiopia?
(Juan Valdez nothwithstanding.)
At this potluck, our Ethiopian brothers and sisters will prepare coffee the way they do it in Ethiopia.
All are welcome.  Bring food to share.

 

Palm Sunday children’s party
(details to follow)
Good Friday Service   10:30 am
Easter Sunday breakfast 9:30 am
Hymn sing after breakfast
Service 11:00 am

A real opportunity, a concrete opportunity, a manageable one, and a life-giving one!  If you are interested in being part of a “Group of Five” that will help bring certain refugees to Canada, to start a new life and become part of a Canadian community or church, please talk to Tim R.

WIDER CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

39th Ecumenical Good Friday Walk for Justice -
 Friday, March 30 at 2 pm at Church of the Holy Trinity (right behind the Eaton Centre)

Take the opportunity to join other Christians, (pilgrims and peacemakers) who gather each year to mourn the contemporary crucifixions of our society - victims of the powers of militarism, greed and injustice.

This year’s focus is on The Many Dimensions of Poverty.
 The Walk concludes around 4:30 pm with a simple shared meal back at Holy Trinity. Murray plans to attend and would love company.

 

Kimbourne Park United Church at 200 at Wolverleigh Blvd. (Danforth & Coxwell) will be offering free Spring Brunch on Sunday March 18, Sunday April 15 and Sunday May 20 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

 

Paddle the Grand Annual Fundraiser for
Silver Lake Mennonite Camp

Join us Saturday May 12 at 3 pm for an easy and fun 1.5 hour excursion down the Grand River from Inverhaugh to the Covered Bridge at West Montrose. BBQ to follow in West Montrose. Participants are encouraged to raise $500 per canoe and Silver Lake provides all necessary equipment (canoe, paddles and lifejackets).  For more information visit www.slmc.ca or call 519-422-1401.

 

Work for Peace. Stop paying for war!
Use Conscience Canada’s Peace Tax Return  http://www.consciencecanada.ca

Conscience Canada – CC, has provided a device called the ‘Peace Tax Return’ – PTR, whereby you can sign on to one of two declarations – Option A – a simple declaration with no taxes diverted, and Option B – a declaration with the military portion or a symbolic portion withheld and diverted to a Peace Tax Fund in Trust administered by Conscience Canada. An electronic PTR can be found on the CC website at http://www.consciencecanada.ca

It is quite easy to use at the time you submit your tax return.