Advent 1: November 29, 2009

November 29, 2009: Advent 1

Icumbent:The Rev’d Sherman Hesselgrave
Music Director: Becca Whitla     Coordinator: Nola Crewe
Homily: Sherman Hesselgrave        Celebrant: Brian RuttanSunday

School: The Confirmation Class and Merylie Wade Houston

Welcome to the Church of the Holy Trinity.  We are delighted to have you with us this morning. Holy Trinity is an accessible, justice-seeking, and queer-positive community in the heart of downtown Toronto. Our services are planned and led by lay people – volunteers from our community. Communion is celebrated by our Incumbent or one of our non-stipendiary priests who are members of the community.  We try to use language in our worship which includes us all, and we encourage the extensive participation of each person in the worship and life of the Church. At the Peace we move about freely, greeting one another. During the offertory hymn we will move to create a circle around the altar for the Prayers of the People and Communion – all are welcome to share in communion (the Eucharist) as they feel comfortable. Please fill out the Newcomers  Form in the bulletin if you wish to be contacted.

10 Trinity Square, Tor, Ont, M5G 1B1
Tel:(416) 598-4521
www.holytrinitytoronto.orgTHE GATHERING OF THE COMMUNITY
✜ Welcome    ✜ Blowing of the Conch

✜ Opening Meditation: Thula – a traditional lullaby from South Africa
The choir offers this morning’s meditation in honour of World AIDS Day.
Lullaby, lullaby, your mother has gone to town to get you buttermilk. She’ll be back soon. Lullaby, lullaby…

✜ Greeting (all): May the grace of Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with us all.

✜ Advent Wreath Lighting

One: Jeremiah told the people God would send a special leader.
All: Is it time yet?
Children: (shake heads) No, not yet!

One: Isaiah said there is going to be a baby that will share God’s love with everyone.
All: Is it time yet?
Children: (shake heads) No, not yet!

✜ Hymn (All rise, in body or spirit):    “Soon and Very Soon”
Traditional African American
Soon and very soon we will see the  promised land…
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, we will see the promised land.

No more cryin’ there, we will see the promised land…

No more dyin’ there, we will see the promised land…

We’ll be dancin’ there, when we reach the promised land…

We’ll be singin’ there when we reach the promised land…

Soon and very soon, we will see the promised land…

✜ The Collect for Purity
All: All loving God to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden.  Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily praise your holy name; through Christ our Saviour. Amen.

✜ Shema:
One: Moses said: Hear O Israel, Yahweh is our God, Yahweh is one. You shall love Yahweh our God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.

All: Jesus said: This is the first commandment of all. And the second is this:

You  shall  love  your  neighbour  as  yourself.

There  is  no  commandment  greater  than  these.

✜ Confession:
One:     For the absolution and remission of our sins and offenses, let us pray to God.             Silence
One:     God in your mercy:
All:     Hear our prayer.
One:     We are a forgiven people: God’s spirit is free among us.
All:     Thanks be to God.

✜ The Exchange of Peace
It is our custom to move about to exchange the peace. Please be mindful that it is flu season. Concerns about flu mean some people are uncomfortable shaking hands and/or hugging.  A smile and nod, or the sign of peace “V” are other suggested alternatives.

One:     The Peace of Christ be always with you:
All:     And also with you.

✜ Collect for the Day:      Let us pray…             Silence
All: God of justice and peace, from the heavens you rain down mercy and kindness, that all on earth may stand in awe and wonder before your marvellous deeds. Raise our heads in expectation, that we may yearn for the coming day of the Lord and stand without blame before your Son, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.

✜ The Hebrew Scripture: Jeremiah 33:14-16    Reader: Maggie Panter
A Reading from the Book of . . .
Reader: Hear what the Spirit     says to God’s people
All:       Thanks be to God        Silence

✜ Psalm antiphon

1.  Yahweh, show your ways to me.
Teach me your paths and keep me in the ways of your truth,
for you are the God that saves me.  ANTIPHON

2.  God is so good, so holy,
sinners find the way, and in all that is right God guides the humble.
The poor God leads in right pathways.  ANTIPHON

3.  All day long I hope in your goodness,
remember your love, the love that you promised long ago,
and the kindness that you gave from of old.  ANTIPHON

✜ Epistle: 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13    Reader: Ann Griffin

Reader:      A Reading from . . .
Reader:      Hear what the Spirit says to the Churches
All:         Thanks be to God        Silence

✜ Gradual Hymn: All rise, in body or spirit for the hymn and Gospel.

“We Are Pilgrims”    #595

✜ Holy Gospel: Luke 21:25-36    Reader: Lee Creal
Reader:      May God be with you
All:        And also with you
Reader:      The Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to . . .
All:        Glory to Christ our Saviour
after the reading
Reader:     The Gospel of Christ
All:        Praise to Christ our Saviour            Silence

✜ Homily:    Sherman Hesselgrave


We gather in a circle around the altar to share the gifts of bread
and wine and other offerings, the symbols of our common life.  All
are welcome.  You may also remain seated and, if you wish, communion will be brought to you. Financial offerings may be placed in the large basket on the pedestal in front of the altar.  You may also join the many who give by Pre-authorized Donation; simply request a PAD form from today’s Coordinator.

✜ Offertory Hymn: O Come! O Come, Emmanuel
Translated William Whitla,  Advent, 2007
1. O come! O come, Emmanuel!
And free your captive Israel,
Who long have suffered, long exiled,
’Till rescued by God’s only Child.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Is born for us, and comes to dwell.

2   O come, O Wisdom! Come, Sophia bright!
And order all creation with your light;
O come, the road to wisdom show,
The paths of glory help us know.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Is born for us, and comes to dwell.

3   O come! O come, O Adonai,
Who gave to all on Sinai
Your Law from mountain top we see
In flaming glorious majesty.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Is born for us, and comes to dwell.

4   4   O come! O Branch of Jesse’s Tree!
Your hand protect from enemy;
Your eye is o’er us and will save
From dread despair and death’s dark cave.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Is born for us, and comes to dwell.

5   O come! O come, O rising star!
O Sun of Justice! Come from far,
Dispel the lingering clouds of night
And scatter every deathly fright.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Is born for us, and comes to dwell.

✜Prayers of the People: In our prayers today, we remember: in the Anglican Cycle: West Texas, USA; in the Diocesan Cycle, the community of deacons of the diocese and the San Esteban congregation here at Holy Trinity. The community now offers its prayers, both spoken and unspoken. Please keep your prayers brief.

✜The Great Thanksgiving            Presider: Brian Ruttan

Presider:     May the Holy One be with you.
All:          And also with you.
Presider:     Lift up your hearts.
All:          We lift them up to God.
Presider:     Let us give thanks to our Creator.
All:          It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Thanksgiving and honour, praise and glory and wisdom, for ever be to you, Source of all being. You formed us in your own image: male and female you created us. And when we turned from you, you sent holy women and men in all ages to renew the promise of freedom and plenty stored up for us in your realm: Sarah and Abraham, Miriam and Moses, Deborah and David, to guide us in your Way. With them and with all your saints, we give thanks and proclaim the glory of your name.

All:            Holy, holy, holy One!
God of power and might. Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest!
Blessed is the One who comes in the Name of  God.
Hosanna in the highest!

We give thanks to you because you sent Jesus the Christ, in the fullness of time, born of a woman, to share our human nature, to live among us and die on a cross that was made by us.
Therefore we give you praise.

All: Glory to you for ever and ever.

On the night of betrayal, Jesus Christ took bread, gave thanks, broke it, and gave it to his friends saying, “Take, eat: this is my body, broken for all. Do this for the recalling of me.”

Jesus also took the wine, blessed it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my blood of the new covenant, poured out for all. Whenever you drink it, do it for the re-calling of me.”
Therefore we proclaim the mystery of faith.

All: Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.

Recalling Christ’s death, proclaiming the resurrection, and looking for Christ’s coming again in glory, we offer you, Eternal and Holy One, this bread and this wine. Send your transforming Spirit upon us, and upon these gifts, that all who eat and drink at this table may be one body and one holy people, in Jesus Christ our Liberator.

Through Christ, with Christ, and in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory is yours, O Source of all Life, now and for ever.

Please do not dip the bread into the wine. The bread and wine will be passed around the circle, but if you prefer you may receive at the gluten-free station at the altar.

✜The Saviour’s Prayer O God, our Mother and Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your reign come, your will be done on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. For the realm, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever. AMEN.

✜Communion Anthem:

Glory to God: Glory to God, whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine. Glory to God, from generation to generation, in the Church and in Christ Jesus, for ever and ever. AMEN.

✜Closing Song: “Advent Hymn”

✜Dismissal:    p. 36 in the green booklet
Please join us after the service at the back of the church for a light lunch.

November 29, 2009


Please note: On Sunday mornings, if you have any concerns related to personal safety, please speak with our Incumbent Sherman Hesselgrave, Nola Crewe, our curate or the caretaker on duty.

◆Assistive Hearing Devices are available at the rear of the church. This is an infrared system which works best if you face towards the front of the church.
◆Please help us keep tidy by picking up bulletins and hymn books after the service and returning them to the carts at the entrances of the church. Thanks
◆Prayers: Please feel free to light a candle at the chancel steps, or phone Sherman Hesselgrave with your special prayer requests.
◆Join Holy Trinity’s e-mail list! Contact Alison Kemper at:
◆Scent Free Zone: Please refrain from wearing perfume, cologne, after-shave and highly scented personal hygiene products.
◆Personal Belongings should be kept with you at all times. Sadly we cannot ensure their safety.
Members, please help newcomers and visitors keep track of their belongings.    Services
10:30 – festive contemporary Eucharist in inclusive language with music
2:00 – San Esteban misa en español – Spanish service with the community of San Esteban.
Wednesdays at 12:15pm brief spoken Eucharist with informal discussion of the day’s readings
Parish Groups and Committees
◆Worship Committee: Contact: Lee Creal: 416-466-4216
◆Refugee Committee: Contact Gail Holland 905-427-9668
◆Congregational Care Committee: Contact: Sherman Hesselgrave
◆Property Committee: Contact: Jim Dolmage 416-531-26
Parish Activities and Announcements:
◆The Homeless Memorial is on the second Tuesday of every month at 12:00 outside the south doors of the church.
◆Please help keep our space looking sharp!!
If your committee has a meeting or you are using the space for something else, please leave the space as it was when you started.
Thank you very much.
◆Upcoming readings:
Advent 2: December 6: Malachi 3:1-4 or Baruch 5:1-9; Luke 1:68-79; Philippians 1:3-11; Luke 3:1-6
Advent 3: December 13: Zephaniah 3:14-20; Isaiah 12:2-6; Philippians 4:4-7; Luke 3:7-18
Advent 4: December 20: Micah 5:2-5a; Luke 1:46b-55 or Psalm 80:1-7; Hebrews 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-45, (46-55)

A Toronto tradition since 1938. Professional musicians and a volunteer cast present this charming hour-long nativity pageant.

December 4 – 6, 11-13, 18-20
Friday and Saturday evenings, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday matinees, 4:30 p.m.
Suggested donation: $15 adults, $5 children.
Call 416-598-8979 to reserve. The Church is wheelchair accessible.
American Sign Language interpretation Saturday, December 5th at 7:30 pm and Sunday, December 13th at 4:30 pm.
email: christmasstory@holytrinitytoronto

USHERS NEEDED: The Christmas Story is still looking for people to help as ushers for the shows. It requires about 2 hours of your time and is a great way to see the show. If you would like to help please contact Doug Moffat in church or call him at 416-502-4165.

Visitors are warmly welcome at Holy Trinity.

If you would like to leave a record of your visit or make a request, please complete this form and place it in the collection plate.





The Executive Committee of Vestry met for our regular meeting on November 16 to deal with the on going work of the parish.

We heard from members of the Vestry planning group that the recent Vestry, using the World Café method, seemed to be a very positive experience. The facilitators met on November 23 to draw out the common threads of our conversation and to plan the next steps of the process.

We dealt with finances. The Finance Committee is getting ready to develop the 2010 budget with the parish.

We received reports from the Human Resources and Nominations Committees. Gwenlyn Setterfield has agreed to join the Human Resources Committee and the Nominations Committee is comprised of Julia Raybould, James Johnson  and Jeanette Unger. We thank them and all the volunteers in the parish for their work.

We  discussed stewardship as well as property issues.

We dealt with some administrative issues and discussed the ongoing security of our buildings.

For the Executive Committee: Beth Baskin, Carole Clark, Chris Lind, Jim Love, Dick Moore, Rena Post, Jean Robinson, Malcolm Savage and Sherman Hesselgrave (Incumbent)