Homily for Lent V: Never Resist A Generous Impulse

  Sherman Hesselgrave Church of the Holy Trinity, Toronto 17 March 2013 Isaiah 43    Psalm 126      Philippians 3:4b-14       John 12:1-8   Stop dwelling on days gone by and brooding over events long past. I am about to do a new thing; at this very moment it is unfurling from […]

The Liberating Song of Jesus: Sermon on Luke 4: 16-21

Second Sunday after Epiphany (January 20, 2013) by Jennifer Henry ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim […]

Rejoice… and Begin it Now (Homily for Advent 3)

Ian Digby, Homilist   Readings: Zephaniah 3:14-20;  Isaiah 12:2-6;  Philippians 4:4-;  Luke 3:7-18   May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be always pleasing to you, my God.   Good morning, and I offer a warm welcome to visitors who are joining us at Holy Trinity for the first time […]

Days of Reckoning (Homily for Advent 1)

Sherman Hesselgrave, Homilist Jeremiah 33:14-16     Psalm 25:1-10      1 Thessalonians 3:9-13     Luke 21:25-36 I went to see the documentary, Chasing Ice, by National Geographic photographer James Balog [BAY-log] this week.  Chasing Ice documents the melting of the earth’s glaciers using multi-year time-lapsed images.  I didn’t go because I am skeptical about the causes of global warming; I’m […]

Outrageous Generosity (A Stewardship Sermon)

Delivered on November 18th, 2012 by Sherman Hesselgrave Readings: 1 Kings 17:8-16 Psalm 146 Walter Brueggemann, “Giver of All Good Gifts: On reading 1 & 2 Kings,” from Prayers for a Privileged People. Mark 12:38-44 Outrageous Generosity “…but this woman, out of her poverty, put in everything— all she had to live on.” Mark 12:44 […]

Doubt: an Element of Faith (October 14, 2012)

Sherman Hesselgrave, Homilist Job 23: 1-9, 16-17      Mark 10.17-31 Doubt: an Element of Faith Thanks to Keith Nunn for proposing ‘Doubt’ as the theme for today.  Doubt permeates pretty much every aspect of our lives, yet we don’t reflect on it that often.  We have doubts about the competence of our political leaders. We have […]

Homily for Pentecost 17

Ian Sowton reads Dry Bone Valley

Hebrew testament: Proverbs 31: 10-31. The heading of this concluding chapter of the book of proverbs is “the sayings of Lemuel king of Massa,  {taught him by his mother}.” The first few verses are of practical political advice on the national level, ending with an emphasis on the king doing justice. Then we come to […]

How Can I Keep from Singing?

Music Director Becca Whitla’s Farewell Sermon Good morning. Welcome to all of you, especially to visitors this morning. Today is my last day as the Music Director here at Holy Trinity and I asked for the chance to share some of my thoughts with you as I leave this place and begin a new and […]