Thursday
Jun162016

Pray for Orlando

Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and the families of the shooting in Orlando.  We pray for God's healing and hope to come into our world that suffers so much from violence and hate.  May Christ be our light in this darkness.  

Below is a statement from our denomination:  

 

As Mennonite Church USA, we grieve the horrific act of violence toward LGBTQ persons perpetrated in Orlando early last Sunday morning, cutting short the lives of 49 people and wounding 53 more. We are appalled that the shooter specifically targeted LGBTQ Latinos, acting out of hatred for people created in the image of God. We lament the culture of violence in our society and our participation in it.

We stand with our Muslim neighbors who have condemned this heinous act and have stepped forward to assist the victims. We pledge to work shoulder-to-shoulder with all people of faith — to overcome evil with good, hatred with love, violence with peacemaking and inequity with justice.

We pray for the people of Orlando; for the victims and their families, friends and loved ones; for LGBTQ communities who are traumatized by hatred and violence directed toward them or taking place around them; for Muslim communities; and for the many people providing support in the aftermath of this tragedy. We pray for the family and friends of the shooter. And we pray for ourselves, that we may have the courage to do what is right in the face of terror or fearmongering, putting our hope in Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace. May God have mercy on us all.

Tuesday
May172016

Happy Pentecost

"The crowning evidence that Jesus lives is not a vacant grave but a spirit-filled fellowship.  Not a rolled away stone but a carried-away church."  Clarence Jordan - theologian, missionary, advocate for racial equality, and founder of Koinonia Farms.  

Great food for thought and inspiration as we celebrated Pentecost this past Sunday with some wonderful visuals:

 

      

Friday
Apr222016

Easter to Pentecost

A quote from the "Easter People" blog has captured our imagination and has inspired our worship focus from Easter to Pentecost.

"If Lent is a time to give things up, Easter ought to be a time to take things up.  If Calvary means putting to death things in your life that need killing off if you are to flourish as a Christian and as a truly human being, then Easter should mean planting, watering, and training up things in your life (personal and corporate) that out to be blossoming, filling the garden with color and perfume, and in due course bearing fruit."  

What are the things that Jesus calls us to plant and water in our lives as we live into the new life made possible through Easter?  During our worhsip from now until May 15, we will be looking at passages from the Gospel according to John with this question in mind.

 

 

Tuesday
Feb162016

40 Days, 40 Quotes

Lent is a 40-day period from Ash Wednesday to Easter in which we journey with Jesus on his way of the cross.  It is a season dedicated to discipleship and often associated with disciplines such as prayer, fasting, and silence.  

Visit the Toledo Mennonite Church facebook page throughout Lent for select daily quotes from a variety of Christian thinkers and leaders.  We hope you will find inspiration and support to deepen your walk with Jesus during this time.  

Wednesday
Feb102016

Quote for Ash Wednesday

Mark 1:4 - John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness preaching a baptism of repentance...

"In all this I hear the simple assertion that we must submit to change if we would be formed into this cruciform faith. We may come singing 'Just as I am' but we will not stay by being our same old selves. The needs of the world are too great, the suffering and pain too extensive, the lures of the world too seductive for us to begin to change the world unless we are changed, unless conversion of life and morals becomes our pattern. The status quo is too alluring. It is the air we breathe, the food we eat, the six-thirty news, our institutions, theologies, and politics. The only way we shall break its hold on us is to be transferred to another dominion, to be cut loose from our old certainties, to be thrust under the flood and then pulled forth fresh and newborn. Baptism takes us there." William Willimon.