Sunday Bulletin – November 8, 2009

November 8, 2008

Incumbent: The Rev’d Sherman Hesselgrave
Music Director: Becca Whitla
Coordinator: James Harbeck
Homilist: Sherman Hesselgrave

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
email: ht@holytrinitytoronto.org
www.holytrinitytoronto.org

The Gathering of the Community
✜ Welcome
✜ Opening Musical Meditation
✜ Hymn (All rise, in body or spirit): “Christians Live in Hope”

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

✜    Kyrie eleison, Criste eleison, Kyrie eleison
(Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy, Lord have mercy)

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.

✜Announcements: Members of the community share important news
✜ Prayer after announcements
All:     Grant, O God, that in these activities and events we may do your will with strength, wisdom, and compassion, for the good of your reign of justice and peace. Amen

PROCLAMATION OF THE WORD

✜ Collect for the Day:
One:    Let us pray…             Silence
All:     Providing God, you journeyed with Ruth and comforted Hannah when their lives were burdened by grief. Grant us faith to believe you will provide a future where we see none, that bitterness may turn to joy.  Grant us the boldness of Hannah that we may persist in prayer, confident in your steadfast love; through Jesus Christ our Saviour,  AMEN.

✜The First Reading: Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17    Reader: Alan Gasser

Reader:      A Reading from…
After the reading
Reader:      Hear what the Spirit says to God’s people
All:         Thanks be to God

✜ Psalm 127    Wisdom Psalm: A Song of Ascents, adapted, Ian Sowton
Please join in singing the chanting tone for the psalm.

If the everlasting does not build the house,
the builders will have worked at it in vain.
2 If the Everlasting does not guard the city,
the sentry will have stood on watch in vain.

3 Long hours and the bread of anxious toil are futile –
it’s heaven that confers carefree sleep on those God loves.
4 Children are indeed a heritage from El Shaddai,
sons and daughters, a reward from the Creator.

Sons of one’s youth are like arrows in a warrior’s hand.
5 Happy is anyone who has a quiver full of them.
Such people shall not suffer any humiliation
when they confront their adversaries at the gate.
✜ Epistle: Hebrews 9:24-28     Reader: Aina Arro
After the reading
Reader:      Hear what the Spirit says to the Churches
All:     Thanks be to God

✜ Hymn: “Though I May Speak”    #372
The collection will be received during the singing of this hymn.
All rise, in body or spirit for the hymn and Gospel.

✜ Holy Gospel: Mark 12:38-44    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

LITURGY OF THE BREAD AND CUP
We will 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 stay seated and , if you wish, communion will be brought to you.

✜Offertory Hymn: “O For a World”    #697

✜Prayers of the People: In our prayers today, we remember: in the Anglican Cycle: Uyo, Nigeria; in the Diocesan Cycle, Oshawa Deanery 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
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.

✜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.

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

Report to Parish
The Executive Committee of the Vestry met on Monday, October 18, 2009. In our meeting we approved an interim policy on Welcoming, Safety and Security that will be our policy until the fall Vestry. The policy came about from a request form staff on clarification of roles and responsibilities and follows numerous consultations with various stakeholders including members of the People Presence ministry, Sunday Breakfast volunteers, caretakers and other staff. We want to thank all involved for their comments and suggestions and invite all members of parish to review and comment on the policy, which will change and develop along with parish needs and insights. We reviewed plans for our weekend Special Vestry, financial reports and a very thoughtful report from the property committee, which we will be considering at length. Our property issues may be the focus of one of our upcoming special vestries.Should you have any questions about our deliberations, please feel free to speak to any of us.
Beth Baskin, Dick Moore, Chris Lind, Jim Love, Rena Post, Jean Robinson, Malcolm Savage, Sherman Hesselgrave and Carole Clarke

A Further Important Note: By holding our weekend parish vestry on our own campus and by catering our own meals we were able to keep costs for the weekend very low. Dividing the total cost ($1,245.65) by the average number of Saturday and Sunday participants (65), the cost per person came to $20. Any and all contributions gratefully accepted.  Envelopes available (on a pew back or ask a greeter).        From the Parish Day Planning Team

ANNOUNCEMENTS
November 8, 2009    WEEKLY NOTICES

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

◆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:
<alisonkemper@yahoo.co.uk>
◆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
Sundays
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
◆Social Justice Cttee: Contact:
◆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.
◆Advent Wreaths: The new year is coming: please return your advent wreaths to Jennifer, Joyce or Merylie.
◆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:
Nov 8: 1 Samuel 1:4-20 or Daniel 12:1-3; 1 Samuel 2:1-10 or
Psalm 16;    Hebrews 10:11-14, (15-18), 19-25 ; Mark 13:1-8
◆The Holy Trinity Choir will be meeting on Thursday evenings from Oct 29 – Dec.5, between 7 and 8:30 p.m. All welcome.

Zero Nuclear Weapons Forum Agenda
All events are free and open to the public, and will take place in the Council Chamber at Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St W, Toronto

Friday, November 13, 2009 Forum I: 7– 9:30 pm. We Are at a Turning Point
Welcoming address by David Miller, Mayor of Toronto
with Anthony Cary,  Jonathan Schell, and Tadatoshi Akiba, Mayor of Hiroshima (by interactive video-conferencing from Japan.)
Moderator: Alexa McDonough; formerly federal leader of the New Democratic Party; President, Mount St. Vincent University
Saturday, November 14, 2009: Forum II: 10 – 12:30 Surmounting the Obstacles
• Pavel Podvig,• Ernie Regehr, O.C.• Trevor Findlay
Moderator: Olivia Ward, Toronto-based journalist
Workshop I: 1:30 pm – 2:50 pm. Arctic Nuclear Weapon Free Zone
• Michael Wallace• Michael Byers,• Adele Buckley, Moderator: Steven Staples, President, Rideau Institute
Forum III: 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm. Arousing and Sustaining Political Will
• Rebecca Johnson • Christopher Westdal • Douglas Roche, O.C. Moderator: Sergei Plekhanov,

For information contact Professor Metta Spencer, forum organizer: 416-789-2294

Financial Report from Our Treasurer:

Income from the congregation – While $6000 under what we had hoped for, the good news is that we have aught up with last year’s collections. You may remember that we were behind last year’s collections for the first few months of this year.

Income for Faithworks and PWRDF: This amount is behind budget but consistent with last year’s pattern – most donations come at year end.

Income from Parish Activities is $12, 000 over the adopted budget. This is almost entirely money donated for our Refugee work and for the organ.

Property Costs are under budget by $20, 000 partly because of reduced heating and utility costs (a mild winter?) and increased rental income.

Outreach expenses are higher than budget mainly due to Refugee maintenance costs. The book sale income combined with donations maily offsets this extra cost.

Extraordinary expenses are $2000 over budget ($24, 000 instead of $22, 000) but we expect to reimbursed for half this sum by the Fabric Fund (for the extra costs in rebuilding the church kitchen)

Summary: At nine months, we are running a deficit of $126, 000, just slightly above the budget adopted by our last Vestry. Our position at year end will be much better than this, as we will receive our largest income payment from our Development Fund investment. We will likely end with year with a deficit of about $25, 000 whish is less than Budget.

Malcolm Savage, Treasurer

PS Good news for now!! We have just been told by the Diocesan Director of Finance that our income from the development fund for this year (2009) will be about $225, 000 (on a level with 2008) – we also learned that our income from the fund for 2010 will be reduced by a half. Thus the challenge is how will we manage in 2010 on an income $100, 000 less.
Back to Church Sunday at Holy Trinity —  November 29,2009

Back to Church Sunday started in England in 2004 and has spread around the world, bringing thousands of people back to church. The Anglican Diocese of Toronto designated Sunday, September 27, 2009 as Back to Church Sunday and it was a great success with many stories on the front page and elsewhere in the current November issue of The Anglican.

Holy Trinity is designating Sunday, November 29, 2009 as our Back to Church Sunday, and you are encouraged to invite a relative, friend or a member of HT who hasn’t been attending to join us on that Sunday. If the answer is yes, they stay with them during the service and coffee hour.

Let’s make this a hospitable and welcoming event!