Sunday, January 3, 2010

Epiphany Sunday: January 3, 2010

Incumbent: The Rev’d  Sherman  Hesselgrave
Music Director: Becca Whitla     Coordinator: Carole Clark
Celebrant: Bill Whitla     Deacon: Joyce Barnett

Welcome to the Church of the Holy Trinity.  We are delighted to have you with us this morning. Holy Trinity is an accessible, active, vibrant, justice-seeking, queer-positive community in the heart of downtown Toronto. 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.  All are welcome to share in the Eucharist as they feel comfortable. To help you know Holy Trinity better, and to help you navigate through this service, be sure you have one of the handouts, Welcome to the Church of the Holy Trinity. A special welcome Newcomers!!!! Please fill out the Newcomers Form which will let us know how to reach you.

10 Trinity Square
Tor, Ont, M5G 1B1
Tel:(416) 598-4521
email: ht@holytrinitytoronto.org
www.holytrinitytoronto.orgTHE GATHERING OF THE COMMUNITY
We gather in our pews for the morning welcome

✜ Welcome
✜ Opening Meditation
After the opening meditation, we move to the west door, singing…
✜ Opening hymn
“Angels We Have Heard on High”

1. Angels we have hear on high, sweetly singing o’er the plains,
And the mountains in reply, echo back their joyous strains.
Gloria in excelsis Deo, Gloria in excelsis Deo.

2. Shepherds, why this jubilee? Why your joyous strains prolong?
Say what may the tidings be, which inspire your heavenly song.
Gloria in excelsis Deo, Gloria in excelsis Deo.

3. See the babe in manger laid whom the choirs of angels praise;
Mary, Joseph, lend your aid, while our hearts in love we raise.
Gloria in excelsis Deo, Gloria in excelsis Deo.

✜ Entrance Rite for Epiphany: Blessing of Chalk
One:    Arise, shine; for your light has come,
All:    And the glory of God has risen among you.
One:    May God be with you.
All:    And also with you.
One:     Loving God, in your child Jesus Christ you clothed yourself with human flesh and revealed to us the holiness of all of your creation.  Bless this chalk, and grant that we who mark the doorways of our households, on this Feast of the Epiphany, may welcome all people with a blessed hospitality; we ask this in the name of the One who came to share your reign of compassion and justice.
All:     Amen.

Chalk is distributed for the blessing of households in the Parish.

✜ Blessing Litany at the Entrance Way
One:    May God give blessing
All:    To this place and all who enter here.
One:    May all who gather here give blessing
All:    To this place and all who enter here.
One:    Both crest and frame
All:    Both stone and beam.
One:    Both window and timber.
All:    Both foot and head.
One:    Both gate and door.
All:    Both coming and going.
One:    Both young and old.
All:    Both wisdom and youth.
One:    Both guest and host.
All:    Both stranger and friend.
One:     God of all glory, by your guidance you led the Magi to
Bethlehem by a star.  As Mary and Joseph treasured the
precious gifts which the travelers offered, may we  welcome
the gifts of all who gather here with warmth and friendship. Amen.
One:     May God watch over our going out and our coming in
All:    From this time forth and forevermore. Amen.

The doorway is  marked with chalk:   20 C+ M+ B+ 8
(Christe, Mansionem Benedica, O Christ, bless this house).

We move back to our seats as we sing…

✜ Peruvian Gloria

✜ 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.

PROCLAMATION OF THE WORD

✜ Collect for the Day: O God of light and peace, whose glory, shining in the child of Bethlehem, still draws the nations to yourself; dispel the darkness that shrouds our path, that we may come to kneel before Christ in true worship, offer him our hearts and souls, and return from his presence to live as he has taught. AMEN.

✜ The Hebrew Scripture: Isaiah 60:1-6
after the reading
Reader:     Hear what the Spirit says to God’s people
All:     Thanks be to God

✜ Hymn  (all rise, in body or spirit for the hymn and Gospel):

Kings: We three kings of Orient are bearing gifts we traverse afar
Field and fountain, moor and mountain following yonder star

Chorus: O Star of wonder, star of night, star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding, guide us to thy Perfect Light

Born a King on Bethlehem’s plain, gold I bring to crown Him again
King forever, ceasing never, over us all to rein
Chorus
Frankincense to offer have I, incense owns a Deity nigh
Prayer and praising, voices raising, worshipping God on high.
Chorus
Myrrh is mine, its bitter perfume breathes of life of gathering gloom
Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying, sealed in the stone-cold tomb
Chorus
Glorious now behold Him arise, King and God and Sacrifice
Alleluia, Alleluia,  Earth to heav’n replies
Chorus

✜ Holy Gospel: Matthew 2:1-12
Reader: May God be with you    All: And also with you
Reader:  The Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Matthew
All:      Glory to Christ our Saviour
after the reading
Reader: The Gospel of Christ     All: Praise to Christ our Saviour

✜ Homily:    Carole Clark

LITURGY OF THE BREAD AND CUP
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 will also be received.  You may also join the many who give by Pre-authorized Donation; simply request a PAD form from today’s Coordinator.

✜ Offertory Hymn: “The First Nowell”    Traditional English Carol

1. The first Nowell, the angel did say,
was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay;
In fields where they lay keeping their sheep,
on a cold winter’s night that was so deep.
Refrain: Nowell , Nowell, Nowell, Nowell,
Born in a manger Emmanuel.

2. They looked up and saw a star
shining in the east, beyond them far,
And to the earth it gave great light,
and so it continued both day and night. Refrain

3. And by the light of that same star
Three sages came from country far,
To seek for a king was their intent,
and to follow that star wherever it went. Refrain

4. The star shone bright in the northwest,
o’er Bethlehem it seemed to rest,
And there it did both stop and stay,
right over the place where Jesus lay.    Refrain

5. Then entered in those magi three,
and bending low upon their knee,
They offered there, in great reverence,
their gold and myrrh and frankincense. Refrain

✜Prayers of the People: In our prayers today, we remember: in the Anglican Cycle: the Anglican Church of Australia; in the Diocesan Cycle: . The community now offers its prayers, both spoken and unspoken. Please keep your prayers brief.

✜ The Great Thanksgiving (see orange book)    Presider: Bill Whitla
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.
✜ Communion Hymn:

✜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 Hymn: “When Heaven’s Bright With Mystery”    #93
✜ Dismissal

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:
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

Thank you to everyone who participated this year!

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! ANNOUNCEMENTS
January 3, 2009
WEEKLY NOTICES

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:
<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
◆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

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

Description:
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
E-mail: craftingmemory@gmail.com
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.

Name:
Telephone:
Email:
Request/Comment:

Website: www.craftingmemory.com World Café Vestry Follow-up

Dear Friends: A couple of weeks ago 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

DRAFT MISSION
STATEMENT & VISION STATEMENT
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.

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
www.holytrinitytoronto.org 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.

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

Magi:
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.
Angels:
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.

Shepherds:
Broken dark and sky resounding, swoops of colour pulsing like wings,
Frantic sheep careen and scatter while the reeling hillside sings.
Angels:
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
WEEKLY NOTICES
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:
<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
◆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.

Name:

Telephone:

Email:

Request/Comment:

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

Description:
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
E-mail: craftingmemory@gmail.com
Website: www.craftingmemory.com

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

DRAFT MISSION
STATEMENT & VISION STATEMENT
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.

Christmas Eve Bulletin

MISA DE GALLO/ CHRISTMAS EVE, 2009

Le damos la bienvenida a la Church of the Holy Trinity!
Welcome to the Church of the Holy Trinity!

Incumbent, Holy Trinity: The Reverend Sherman Hesselgrave
Ministro Encargado, San Esteban: Padre Maurice François
Music Director: Becca Whitla
Coordinators: Jennifer Henry and Maurice François
Planning Team: Jennifer Henry, Sherman Hesselgrave,
Bryan Husted, Irma Romero, Jorge Roncal, Becca Whitla
Reception: Irma Romero, Carol Clarke and others

10 Trinity Square, Toronto, Ontario, M5G 1B1
Tel:(416) 598-4521 Fax: (416) 598-1432 e-mail: ht@holytrinitytoronto.org

Christmas Eve Preamble
Español: La Navidad es llamado a la comunidad para recordar sus orígenes con el inicios de Jesús en forma humana, un profeta del reino de Dios, un juicio sobre el mundo y sus proyectos. Lo que celebramos durante esta temporada no es principalmente su cumpleaños, sino los inicios de una fase decisiva en la historia tempestuosa del proyecto de Dios hacia la humanidad. Las preocupaciones sociales de la temporada están arraigadas en la proclamación de Jesús sobre el reino de Dios: la renuncia de los patrones que oprimen a los demás y la formación de una nueva comunidad que abraza estas renuncias. Es un Cristo adulto que encuentra la comunidad durante los ciclos dominicales y festivos del Adviento y Navidad: un resucitado que invita … a la gente a ser la iglesia. La Navidad no nos pide fingir que estamos en el Belén de antaño, arrodillándonos ante una cuna; nos pide reconocer que la madera de la cuna se hizo la madera de la cruz. –Nathan Mitchell.
From Liturgy, vol. 1, no. 2 © 1980 The Liturgical Conference, Inc. Derechos reservados. Uso con permiso.

English: Christmas calls a community back to its origins by remembering Jesus’ own beginnings as a human child, a prophet of God’s reign, a judgment on the world and its projects.  What the parish celebrates during this season is not primarily a birthday, but the beginnings of a decisive new phase in the tempertuous history of God’s hunger for human companions.  The social concerns of the season are thus rooted in Jesus’ proclamation of God’s reign: the renunciation of patterns that oppress others (holding, climbing, commanding) and the formation of a new human community that voluntarily embraces those renunciations.  It is an adult Christ that the community encounters during the Advent and Christmas cycles of Sundays and feasts: a Risen [One] who invites … people to become church.  Christmas does not ask us to pretend we were back in Bethlehem, kneeling before a crib; it asks us to recognize that the wood of the crib became the wood of the cross.  –Nathan Mitchell
From Liturgy, vol. 1, no. 2,© 1980 The Liturgical Conference, Inc. All rights reserved.  Used by permission
Nuestra liturgia incluye plegarias, himnos y narraciones en ambos idiomas: nuestro equipo de dirección litúrgica ha tratado de alcanzar un balance que sea sensible a toda persona que nos visite. Nuestras congregaciones se esfuerzan por ser accesibles, activas, vibrantes, amantes de la justicia, afirmativas de toda persona en su integridad personal, sexual y social, que buscan ministrar el Evangelio en el centro de Toronto. Ambas comunidades están acostumbradas a diferentes niveles de participación en la liturgia. Durante el Rito de la Paz, nos movemos libremente por el templo, saludándonos los unos a los otros. Durante el himno del Ofertorio, nos movemos para crear un círculo alrededor del altar. Todos son bienvenidos a participar del Pan y el Vino durante la Comunión. Estamos encantados de que esté con nosotros esta noche, y le invitamos a que participe de la liturgia de una forma que le sea confortable.
Our service includes prayers, songs and stories in both languages: our team of worship leaders has tried to strike a balance that will be welcoming to all who attend. Our congregations strive to be accessible, active vibrant, justice seeking, queer positive communities in the heart of downtown Toronto. We are used to different levels of participation.  At the Peace we move about freely, greeting one another. During the offertory hymn we move to create a circle around the altar.  Space is provided for members of the congregation to offer spoken petitions during the Prayers of the People.  Everyone is welcome to receive the bread and wine at the time of communion.   We are delighted to have you with us this evening and we invite everyone to participate at their level of comfort.
Christmas Services/Servicios de Navidad
Please note: the church office will be closed until Mon. Jan 4th  except for services as noted. Por faovr, note que las oficinas de la iglesia estarán cerradas hasta el Lunés 4 de Enero, excepto para las misas de cada Domingo
Christmas Day, Navidad    10:30 a.m. Intimate Eucharist/ Servicio en  inglès
December 27  diciembre 10:30 a.m. Contemporary Eucharist        2pm Misa en español
January 3  Epiphany/ Epifanía 10:30 a.m. Contemporary Eucharist    2pm Misa en español

The Christmas tree is given to the glory of God and in loving memory
of Kate, Benjamin and Alan, siblings of Derby Crewe and his family.

La misa comienza con el sonar de la trompa que anuncia el nacimiento de Jesús.
La corona de adviento se encenderia en silencio antes del servicio.
Para el texto de la misa, siga la columna izquierda, cuando hay dos columnas.
Siga la columna derecha para la traducción.

The service begins with the blowing of the conch heralding Jesus’ birth.
The advent wreath will be lit in silence before the service.
During the service when there are two columns, we will follow the left hand column.
Translations are in the right hand column.

The Welcome/La Bienvenida

Posada Ritual

Las Posadas is a Mexican tradition of traveling as pilgrims from house to house.
Tonight, a small group representing Mary, Joseph, and the pilgrims will go outside and knock at the East Door, the South Door and the West Door. The “innkeepers” (the rest of us) will stay inside the church and move from door to door in candlelight. At each door, they will sing a song in the hopes of being let in and the rest of us will respond, finally being let in at the West Door.

East Door

South Door

West Door

The Innkeepers will allow the Pilgrims to come through the door. As the pilgrims enter, everyone sings:

Translation: In the name of heaven, I ask you for a place to stay, because my beloved wife cannot walk.
This is not an inn, keep looking,
I can’t open, you might be a rogue!
Don’t be inhuman, have pity on us, and the God of heaven will reward you.
You can go already and not bother us because if I become angry I am going to beat you with a stick. My wife is Mary, she is the Queen of Heaven, and she is going to be the mother of the Divine Word. Are you Joseph? And your wife is Mary? Come in, pilgrims. I didn’t recognize you.

Enter Holy Pilgrims, Pilgrims.Receive this corner, although the dwelling is small, I give it with my heart. Let us sing with joy, joy, everyone, to think that Jesus, Joseph, and Mary, came to honor us today.
Hymn/Himno: “What Child is This?”
English: W.C. Dix,  adapted Ian Sowton

What Child is This?

1. What child is this who, laid to rest,
on Mary’s lap is sleeping?
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet
while shepherds watch are keeping?
This, this is Christ we sing,
whom shepherds worship and angels ring:
Haste, haste to bring our praise,
the Babe, the child of Mary

2. Why lies the babe in mean estate
where ox and ass are feeding?
So all might know the overflow
of Love all loves exceeding.
This, this is Christ we sing,
whom shepherds worship and angels ring:
Haste, haste to bring our praise,
the Babe, the child of Mary

3. Then come who wish, approach in hope
since none to Christ is stranger,
Come draw you near, bring gifts to cheer
and bless this holy manger;
This, this is Christ we sing,
whom shepherds worship and angels ring:
Haste, haste to bring our praise,
the Babe, the child of Mary

The Greeting/Los Saludos

One:            God be with us on this holy night.
All:             And fill our lives with joy and peace.

Líder:        Sea Dios con nosotros en esta noche santa.
Todos:     Y que llene nuestras vidas con gozo y paz.

Peruvian Gloria

Please extinguish your candles. Por favor, apagar sus velas.

The Proclamation of the Word         Proclamación De La Palabra

Collect of the Day: Let us pray:[silence]
All: Divine Midwife, as you oversee the birth of the universe, you wrap the outcast ones in the cloth of your steadfast love; and the sign of your coming peace is justice longed for, felt and done. Empower us to set aside greed and comfort; that, turning from the ways we oppress others, we discover our oneness with you and all humanity; through Jesus Christ, we pray Amen.
(Mary Kathleen Speegle Schmidt)
Colecta: Oramos: [silencio]
Divinidad creadora, que desde el nacimiento del universo, nos envuelves y  vistes con tu incondicional amor;  que la señal de tu paz venidera perdure, descienda y se consuma. Danos tu poder para apoyar y consolar, abandonar nuestras relaciones opresivas,  y asi descubrir  que somos únicos contigo y toda la humanidad,  por Jesucristo oramos. Amen

First Reading: Isaiah 9:2-7
Reader: Len Desroches

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; light has shined on those who have existed in a land of deep shadow. You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you, as with joy at the harvest, or as people rejoice when they divide their profits. For as on the day of freedom from Midian, you have again broken the yoke of their burdens, snapped the bar weighing down their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor. Every boot of every tramping warrior, and every garment stained in blood shall be discarded, burned as fuel for the fire. For a child is born to us, a child given to us upon whose shoulders sits authority, who is called “Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Origin, Regent of Peace”; whose authority shall grown continually, and the land where David held sway shall be a place pf endless peace. This child shall establish it and sustain it with justice and righteousness from this time onward and for evermore. The zeal of the God of hosts will do all this.

Reader:  Hear what the Spirit says to God’s                            people
All:           Thanks be to God.                            [silence]

Hymn/Himno: “In the Heart of Love Begotten”
English: Jim Cotter, Español: Federico Pagura
1.  In the heart of Love, begotten – ere the world from chaos rose,
You are Alpha: from that Fountain – all that is and has been flows:
You are Omega, of all things – yet to come the mystic Close: Evermore and evermore.

2.  Fruto del amor divino – génesis de la creación;
Él es Alfa y es Omega, – es principio y conclusión.
De lo que es, de lo que ha sido, – de lo nuevo en formación: y por siempre así será

3.  O how blest is Mary, Mother, she the first who new believed,
Brought to birth the world’s salvation, by the Holy Ghost conceived;
And the Babe, the True Redeemer, in her loving arms received: Evermore and evermore.

4.  Las legiones celestiales – ahora canten su loor;
los dominios hoy le adoren – como Rey y rendetor;
y los pueblos de la tierra – le probamen su Señor: y por siempre así será

5. Sing, O earth and seas, God’s praises, sun and storms and sounding shore,
Streams and forest, faithful people, day and night the Christ adore,
Born for us and all creation through  a Love for ever sure: Evermore and evermore.

Epistle: Titus 3:4-7
Reader: Jorge Roncal
But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but according to his mercy, through the water of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.
This Spirit he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. \

Reader:  Hear what the Spirit says to the Churches
All:           Thanks be to God.
[silence]

Hymn/Himno: “The Midwife’s Carol”        music: Becca Whitla
words: Ian Sowton, November 1994
1.The birth itself was not too hard
good presentation, fine strong mum
but my dear it was a circus
I thought that half the town had come
lo bañamos, lo secamos,
le cantamos al dormir, al dormir

2. There were these shepherds who burst in
my dear they said a talking light
told them to come and pay respects–
kneeling, they were, to that wee mite
lo bañamos, lo secamos, le cantamos al dormir, al dormir

3. He’s breathing well, the cord’s tied off,
her afterbirth’s come free, my dear
when three fine scholar blokes squeeze in
saying a star had brought them here
lo bañamos, lo secamos, le cantamos al dormir, al dormir

4. You selling tickets then? I said
buzz off you lot and let her rest
and they did, too, leaving presents
rich stuff my dear, the very best
lo bañamos, lo secamos, le cantamos al dormir, al dormir

5. All that public to and fro-ing
she watches as it comes and goes
with him tucked, dear, in a manger
pulled from under the donkey’s nose.
lo bañamos, lo secamos, le cantamos al dormir, al dormir

6. Winter solstice ‘twas my dear
shivery damp and animal stink
worship, palaver, gifts and all
what was going on do you think?
lo bañamos, lo secamos, le cantamos al dormir, al dormir

Holy Gospel John 1:1-14          Evangelio Santo: Juan 1:1-14
Reader: Joyce Barnett     Lector: Carmen Garcia
El Evangelio será leído, de forma alternada, en Inglés y Español.
The Holy Gospel will be read antiphonally in both languages
Reader:    May God be with you.
All:            And also with you.
Lectora:           El Evangelio del nacimiento de Jesucristo, según San Juan
Todos:            Gloria a tí, Jesús Salvador.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The Word was in the beginning with God.

All things came into being through the Word, and without the Word not one thing came into being. What has come into being in the Word was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light.

The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. The light was in the world, but the world did not recognize the one through whom it was made. Thus the Word entered God’s own domain, but was not accepted by God’s own people.

But all who did receive the Word were empowered to become children of God – children born not of natural descent, nor of human desire or will – but born from God.

And the Word became flesh and lived among, and we have seen the glory, the glory as of a Mother’s only child, full of grace and truth.
Lectora:    El Evangelio de Jesucristo.
All/Todos:      Praise to Christ our Saviour / Gloria a Cristo nuestro Salvador    [silence] [silencio]

Homily/Homilía:    Los Que Vieron la Estrella – Those Who Saw the Star de/by Julia Esquivel
Lectores/Readers: Bryan Husted and Kirsten Mercer

The Exchange of the Peace/El Intercambio de la Paz

Líder:     La Paz de Cristo esté siempre con ustedes.
Todos:    Y también contigo.
One:     The Peace of Christ be always with you.
All:         And also with you.

Nuestra costumbre es movernos por la iglesia, intercambiando saludos de paz.
Our custom is to move about to greet each other.

The Offertory/El Ofertorio

Mientras se cantan los 2 primeros versos, se encenderán velas y se recogerá la Ofrenda. Después de los 2 primeros verses, cuando se haya preparado el espacio, la congregación se moverá hasta reunirse formando un círculo alrededor del altar, para la celebración comunitaaria de la Eucaristía, mientras seguimos cantando…

During the singing of the first two verses, tapers will be lit, and the collection will be received. After the first two verses, when the space has been prepared we will move forward with the gifts of bread and wine, the symbols of our common life, and create a circle around the Table for the Eucharist as we continue to sing…

Hymn/Himno:O Come All Ye Faithful/ Venid, fieles todos

1. O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem;
come and behold the ruler of the angels;
O come, in adoration, O come, in adoration,
O come, in adoration, Christ the Lord.

2. Venid, fieles todos, a belén marchemos
de gozo triumfantes, y llenos de_amor;
y al Rey de los cielos contemplar podremos;
Venid, adoremos, venid, adoremos,
venid, adoremos a Cristo el Señor

3. Sing, choirs of angels,
sing in exultation,
sing, all ye citizens of heaven above;
glory to God in the highest;
O come, in adoration, O come, in adoration…

4. Yea, Lord we greet thee,
born this happy morning;
Jesus, to thee be glory given;
word of the’ Creator, now in flesh appearing;
O come, in adoration, O come, in adoration…

Prayers of the People/ Oración de los Fieles
Por favor, diga en voz alta sus motivos de oración. Favor de acercarse al micrófono para hacer sus peticiones. Your biddings and responses are welcome in either language. Please move forward to the microphone to make you prayer.

Resonsorios
Dios, en tu misericordia             /    escucha nuestra oración
Alaben a Dios                     /    Aleluya
Concédele descanso eterno, O Dios        /    Y que la luz perpetua brille sobre su camino

Prayer Responses
God in your mercy                 /    hear our prayer
Praise God                     /    Alleluia
Rest eternal grant unto him/her O God     /    And light perpetual shine upon him/her

The Great Thanksgiving/ La Gran Pegaria Eucarística
Presider/Presidente: Sherman Hesselgrave

Prayer Over the Gifts: Source of light and gladness, accept all we offer on this joyful feast. Increase our compassion for those who are in poverty this night and our love of the riches you reveal in Christ, this night and for evermore. Amen    Oración sobre los dones: Fuente de luz y bendición, acepta todo lo que ofrecemos en esta fiesta de gozo. Aumenta la compasión por aquellos en pobreza y nuestro amor por las maravillas que nos revelas en Cristo, esta noche y por siempre. Amén.

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Líder:     Sea Dios con ustedes         Todos: Y también contigo
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Líder:     Eleven los corazones       Todos: Los elevamos a Dios

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Líder:     Demos gracias a Dios nuestro Creador

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Todos: Te damos gracias y alabanzas

O Eternal Wisdom, we praise you and give you thanks, because you emptied yourself of power
and became weakness for our sake; for on this night you were delivered as one of us, a baby needy and naked; born into poverty and exile, to proclaim good news to the poor, and to let broken victims go free.

Therefore, with the woman who gave you birth,
the women who befriended you and fed you,
who argued with you and touched you,
the woman who anointed you for death,
the women who met you, risen from the dead,
and with all who have loved you throughout the ages,    we praise you, singing:
Oh eternal Sabiduria, te alabamos y te damos gracias, porque te has despojado de tu poder
y te has hecho débil por nosotros; pues en esta noche, tú has sido enviado como uno de nosotros,
como un niño en necesidad y desnudo;
nacido en pobreza y en el exilio, para proclamar las buenas nuevas a los pobres, y para liberar a las víctimas quebrantadas.

Por tanto, con la mujer que te dió al nacimiento,
por las mujeres que te acogieron y alimentaron ,
que dialogaron contigo y te tocaron,
por las mujeres que te ungieron en la muerte,
por las mujeres que te vieron levantado de la muerte, con todas las que te amaron a través de las generaciones, te alabamos, cantando:

Blessed is our brother Jesus, bone of our bone and flesh of our flesh; who, on the night when he was delivered over to death, took bread, gave thanks, broke it, and said: “Take and eat: this is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
After supper,  Jesus took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” Therefore we proclaim the mystery of faith.

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

Bendito es nuestro hermano Jesús, hueso de nuestros huesos y carne de nuestra carne; quien en la noche en que fue entregado a la muerte, tomó pan, dió gracias, lo partió, y dijo: “Tomen y coman: este es mi cuerpo que para ustedes es dado. Haganlo en memoria de mi.” Despues de la cena,  Jesus tomó la copa, diciendo, “Esta copa es el nuevo pacto de mi sangre. Cada vez que la beban, háganlo en memoria de mí
Por lo tanto proclamamos en misterio de la fe.

Todos: Cristo ha muerto. Cristo ha resucitado.                Cristo volverá.

Come, then, life-giving Spirit of our God, brood over these bodily things, and make us one body in Christ; that we may labour together to bring forth the reign of peace. Through Jesus Christ, the firstborn of the new creation, who with you our God,  in the bond of the Eternal Wisdom, orders all things for good.

All     Amen.    Ven, dador de la vida y Espiritu de nuestro Dios,
escudriña sobre las cosas corporales, y haznos un cuerpo en Cristo; y asi trabajar juntos y llevar el reino de paz. Por Jesucristo, el primogenito de la nueva creación, quien contigo nuestro Dios, en unión con la sabiduría eterna, ordenas todo para el bien.

Todos: Amén

The Saviour’s Prayer/ La Oración de nuestro Salvador
Presider:    With our Saviour Christ among us, we now pray, in the language of your choice,
en el idioma que Ud. prefiera.
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.
[silence]    Padre nuestro que estás en el cielo, santificado sea tu nombre, venga tu reino, hágase tu voluntad así en la tierra como en el cielo. Danos hoy nuestro pan de cada día. Perdona nuestras ofensas, así como nosotros perdonamos a quienes nos ofenden. No nos dejes caer en la tentación, y líbranos del mal. Porque tuyos son el reino, el poder y la gloria, por los siglos de los siglos. AMEN.     [silencio]

Presider:    We break the bread of life
All:            And that life is the light of the world.
Presidente:    Alimentos santos para un pueblo santo
Todos:     Damos gracias a Dios.

El sacramento es compartido con las siguientes palabras:
El Cuerpo de Cristo,         Amén.
La Sangre de Cristo,         Amén.
The sacrament is shared with the following words:
The Body of Christ or The cup of Blessing        Response:  Amen
The Blood of Christ or Bread for the journey        Response:  Amen

Por favor, no hunda el pan en el vino. El pan es gluten free.

Please do not dip the bread into the wine. The bread is gluten free.

Hymns During the Communion/ Himnos De Comunión:

Duérmete, Niño lindo

Duérmete, Niño lindo, en los brazos del amor mientras que duerme_y descansa la pena de mi dolor
A la ru, a la me, a la ru, a la me, a la ru, a la me, a la ru, a la ru, a la me

No temas al rey Herodes que nada te_ha de_ha-cer; en los brazos de tu madre nadie te ha de_o-fen-der.
A la ru, a la me, a la ru, a la me, a la ru, a la me, a la ru, a la ru, a la me

Silent Night     by Joseph Mohr

1. Silent night! Holy night! All is calm, all is bright
round yon blessed mother and child. Holy infant so tender and mild,
sleep in heavenly peace, sleep in heavenly peace!

2. Silent night! Holy night! Shepherds quake at the sight:
glories stream from heaven afar, heavenly hosts sing Alleluia,
Christ, the Saviour is born, Christ, the Saviour is born.

3. Silent night! Holy night! Child of God, love’s pure light
Radiant beams from thy holy face, With the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Christ, at thy birth, Jesus, Christ, at thy birth.

Presidente: Diós de todo, agradecemos tu venida entre nosotros esta noche. Que así como recibimos los dones de tu presencia en un niño y en el compartir el pan y vino, sea un don para los demás.   Amén.     Presider: God of all, we thank you for coming among us tonight. May we who have received the gift of your presence in a Child and in the sharing of bread and wine be a gift to others. Amen.

All:        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.

Hymn/Himno: Joy to the World/ Gozo Del Mundo Es El Señor
Isaac Watts 1674-1748,  melody from G.F. Handel, 1685-1759, adapted by Lowell Mason 1792-1872

“Joy to the World”

1. Joy to the World! the Christ is come; let earth receive her King!
Let every heart prepare him room, and heaven, and heaven and nature sing.

2. Joy to the earth! the Saviour reigns: let us our songs employ,
while fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains repeat the sounding joy.

3. No more let sins and sorrows grow, nor thorns infest the ground;
The Christ will make God’s blessing flow far as the curse is found.

4. God rules the earth with truth and grace, and makes the nations prove
the glories of God’s righteousness and wonders of God’s love.

Congregational Blessing/Benedición
All:             May we be blessed by the Womb from which the world was born; by the Child who united heaven and earth, and by the Spirit who quickens our every breath. Amen
Todos:     Ques todos seamos benedecidos por el Creador por quien el mundo nació; por el Redentor que unió los cielos y la tierra, y por el Espiritu quien nos anima en cada respiro. Amén.
Dismissal
Deacon: Go with love and hope so that the world may be witness to this joy.
Diacona: Vayamos en amor y esperanza para que asi el mundo sea testigo de este gozo.

All/Todos:     Thanks be to God. Damos gracias a Dios

Organ Postlude and then….

“Feliz Navidad”    traditional
Feliz Navidad, feliz navidad, feliz navidad, prospero año y felicidad
We wanna wish you a merry Christmas, we wanna wish you a merry Christmas,
we wanna wish you a merry Christmas from the bottom of our heart.

Hymn: Midwife’s Carol

The Midwife’s Carol
music: Becca Whitla
words: Ian Sowton, November 1994

1.The birth itself was not too hard
good presentation, fine strong mum
but my dear it was a circus
I thought that half the town had come
Wash him clean, wipe him dry,
Hush you, shush you rock-a-bye, rock-a-bye.

2. There were these shepherds who burst in
my dear they said a talking light
told them to come and pay respects–
kneeling, they were, to that wee mite
Wash him clean, wipe him dry,
Hush you, shush you rock-a-bye, rock-a-bye.

3. He’s breathing well, the cord’s tied off,
her afterbirth’s come free, my dear
when three fine scholar blokes squeeze in
saying a star had brought them here
Wash him clean, wipe him dry,
Hush you, shush you rock-a-bye, rock-a-bye.

4. You selling tickets then? I said
buzz off you lot and let her rest
and they did, too, leaving presents
rich stuff my dear, the very best
Wash him clean, wipe him dry,
Hush you, shush you rock-a-bye, rock-a-bye.

5. All that public to and fro-ing
she watches as it comes and goes
with him tucked, dear, in a manger
pulled from under the donkey’s nose.
Wash him clean, wipe him dry,
Hush you, shush you rock-a-bye, rock-a-bye.

6. Winter solstice ‘twas my dear
shivery damp and animal stink
worship, palaver, gifts and all
what was going on do you think?
Wash him clean, wipe him dry,
Hush you, shush you rock-a-bye, rock-a-bye.

loving justice in the heart of our city