Sunday, December 27, 2009

First Sunday after Christmas
December 27, 2008

Incumbent: The Reverend Sherman Hesselgrave
Music Director: Becca Whitla
Coordinator: Bill Whitla
Guest Musician: John Gardham
Celebrant: Michael Creal

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, ON, M5G 1B1
Tel:(416) 598-4521 The Gathering of the Community

✜Opening Carol: “O Little Town of Bethlehem”
words: Philip Brooks tune: Forest Green

1. O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie!
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by;
yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting light;
the hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.

2. For Christ is born of Mary; and gathered all above,
while mortals sleep, the angels keep their watch of wondering love.
O morning stars, together proclaim the holy birth,
and praises sing and ever ring and peace to all on earth.

3. How silently, how silently the wondrous gift is given!
So God imparts to human hearts the blessed gift of heaven.
No ear may hear the coming, but in this world of sin,
where meek souls will receive him, still the dear Christ enters in.

4. O holy child of Bethlehem, descend to us, we pray;
cast out our sin and enter in; be born in us today.
We hear the Christmas angels the great glad tidings tell;
O come to us, abide with us, our God, Emmanuel.

✜Greeting for Christmastide
One:    Alleluia, Christ is born.
All:    Christ is born indeed. Alleluia.

✜ 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.

✜Gloria in Excelsis    Missa de Angelis, 16th century

1. Glory to the highest God, and to all on earth be peace;
Peace to all who will the good: women, men of every race.

2. Unto you we bring our praise; You we bless, you we adore;
Hearts in worship here we raise for your glory, thanks we pour.

3. God who rules o’er heaven’s realm, God whose mighty power
holds earth,
Jesus Christ, the Child of God, sole in origin and birth:

4. Holy God, and God’s own Lamb, carry the world’s sin away,
Pity us, our sins forgive; hear us, Jesus, as we pray.

5. You who sit at God’s right hand, mercy grant, O judge alone,
You O Jesus Christ most high, with the Holy Spirit One:
In God’s glory ever be, God the Holy Trinity.    tr. William Whitla

✜ 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.
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

The Proclamation of the Word

✜Collect for the Day: From our mother’s womb you have known us, O God. You call us to follow you through all our days and seek us even when we wander. As we advance in years, clothe us with your love, that we may grow in grace and find favor in your sight; through Jesus Christ. Amen.

✜ Reading 1    Reader: Carole Clark

✜ Carol 1: “Twas in the Moon of Wintertime”          #71

✜ Reading 2    Reader: Sherman Hesselgrave

✜ Carol 2: “No Crowded Eastern Street”    #49

✜ Reading 3    Reader: Vivian Harrower

✜ Carol 3

✜ Reading 4    Reader: Bill Whitla

✜  Carol 4 (Gradual): “Overpricing, Overcrowding”
words: Ian Sowton, 1983, tune: Hyfrydol
All rise, in body or spirit for the hymn and Gospel.

Overpricing, overcrowding, census, taxes, mangers and noise,
Now my wife wrung out with birthing waken by fussing stable boys.
Feed her, Joseph, tenderly wash her, bring to mother her infant blest,
Dayspring, sun-up of God’s mercy sucks contented at her breast.

Dark of night and journey’s ending Bethlehem is nestled below,
Look, it gleams in that same starlight we set out by so long ago.
Come you wise men, down to a stable, see God’s Wisdom housed in need,
See who moves the star you moved by, Word who spoke the heavens you read.

Broken dark and sky resounding, swoops of colour pulsing like wings,
Frantic sheep careen and scatter while the reeling hillside sings.
Come you shepherds, here is Messiah – Lion, Lamb, and pastor-king,
Look, he sleeps by Mary Sea-Star, God with us is sheltering.

Goodnight shepherds! farewell Magi – Homeward bound another way;
Now at dawn, air sweet with spices, we too kneel to praise and pray:
Bless you Jesus, save all your creatures, though yourself you will not spare,
Bring us hallowed to your City, jubilating forever there.
✜Gospel:     Luke 2:41-52    Reader: Ian Sowton

Reader:    May God be with you
All:    And also with you
Reader:    The Holy Gospel of Jesus
Christ according to Luke
All:    Glory to Christ our Saviour

after the reading
Reader:    The Gospel of Christ
All:    Praise to Christ our Saviour

Liturgy of the Bread & 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.  Financial offerings may received.  You may also join the many who give by Pre-authorized Donation; simply request a PAD form from today’s Coordinator.

✜ Offertory Hymn: “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”
music: F. Mendelssohn,  words: C. Wesley (adapted)
1. Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the Christ-child bring;
Peace on earth and mercy mild, God and sinner reconciled.”
Joyful, all you nations rise, join the triumph of the skies;
With the angel host proclaim: “Christ is born in Bethlehem.”
Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the Christ-child bring.”

2. Christ, by highest heaven adored, Christ the everlasting Lord!
Late in time the Saviour comes, offspring of the Virgin’s womb.
Veiled in flesh, the Godhead see; hail the incarnate Deity,
Pleased on earth with us to dwell, Jesus, our Emmanuel,
Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the Christ-child bring.”

3. Hail the Bearer of God’s peace! Hail the Sun of righteousness,
Light and life our Saviour brings, risen with radiant, healing wings.
Mildly laying glory by, born that we no more may die,
Born to raise us all from earth, born to give us second breath.
Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the Christ-child bring.”
✜Prayers of the People
In our prayers today, we remember: in the Anglican Cycle: The Diocese of Ysabel – (Melanesia); in the Diocesan Cycle, the Rt. Rev. Colin Johnson, Diocesan Bishop 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 (orange book)    Celebrant: Michael Creal
Please refrain from the practice of dipping 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        p.18

✜Communion Carol: “Joy is Now in Every Place”     #45

✜Dismissal                                                                                      P.19

Please join us at the back of the church for a bowl of soup.

Thank you to John Gardham for his gift of music this morning!!Parish Notices
◆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:
January 3 – Epiphany : Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14; Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12
January 10 – Baptism of the Lord: Isaiah 43:1-7; Psalm 29; Acts 8:14-17; Luke 3:15-17, 21-22
January 17 – Epiphany 2: Isaiah 62:1-5; Psalm 36:5-10; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11; John 2:1-11 ANNOUNCEMENTS
December 27, 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.

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 KAIROS PETITIONS: Petitions are available at the People Presence Desk. Please help the campaign to reverse cuts to KAIROS – Canads’s Ecumenical Justice Coalition.

Announcements for the Bulletin: A great way to share information with the community!! Please get your announcement for the bulletin to Becca by Monday for the following Sunday – thanks!

Please note: There will be no mid-week Eucharist this week.

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.





Crafting Memory Workshops
Create Your Own Remembrance Cards: Winter 2010
Dates: Monday evenings: February 1,8,15, 22, 2010
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Cost: $175 (includes four workshops and materials)
Location: Church of the Holy Trinity, 10 Trinity Square, Toronto Eaton Centre
Leaders: Susie Henderson, Joyce Barnett

Every session, we will reflect on loss, learn new craft techniques and work on a personal set of cards
to mark our own bereavement journeys. Come and share your stories of bereavement with others who have experienced grief, in a safe and supportive environment. Create your own set of remembrance cards and a unique home-made book. Learn some new paper craft and mixed media techniques. See the Remembrance Card Gallery for examples.

Participants will be invited to bring pictures and embellishments to decorate their cards and to use these artifacts in sharing personal stories of bereavement.  No art experience is required and materials are provided.
All are welcome.
To register or for more information please contact
Joyce Barnett
Phone: 416-698-5183

Thanks to all those who participated this year!! World Café Vestry Follow-up

Dear Friends: Last week I updated you on the strategic planning process for Holy Trinity. One of the task groups was working on a draft mission and vision statement. They have considered the feedback from the Saturday morning of the World Cafe Vestry Weekend and subsequent conversations and offer the following statements as a starting place for further dialogue. The planning group hopes to bring a mission & vision statement to the February Vestry for ratification.
There are two other groups working on a values statement and a statement of strategic directions, which will be brought forward once we have achieved some consensus on mission & vision. Please share your reactions with the committee by passing them on to Chris Lind or Sherman Hesselgrave so we can all see how this is unfolding.

Christopher Lind on behalf of the World Cafe Vestry Planning team

2 December 2009: Mission Statement

The Church of the Holy Trinity is a justice seeking faith community in the Anglican tradition in the heart of Toronto.

Vision Statement

In 2019, we will be a growing, vibrant and diverse community offering a hospitable place to grow spiritually. We will engage in meaningful and creative worship and action that supports advocacy for justice and love for the world in its beauty and its brokenness.