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
email: ht@holytrinitytoronto.org
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.
PROCLAMATION OF THE WORD

✜ 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

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 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.
Amen.

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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS
November 29, 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
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.
www.holytrinitytoronto.org
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.

Name:

Telephone:

Email:

Request/Comment:

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)

Multi-faith Dialogue on Homelessness

Interfaith Panel Discussion at the University of Toronto’s Multi-Faith Centre (569 Spadina Avenue, Toronto–northeast of the circle) on Sunday, November 29th, 2:00 to 4:00 PM.  Moderated by Sherman Hesselgrave.  Panelists:Imam Abdul Hai Patel, The Right Revd Terry Finlay, Rabbi Tina Grimberg, Nancy Dinnigan-Prashad, Pundit Eshwar Maharaj-Doobay.

Bulletin – Sunday, November 29, 2009

Nov 22, 2009
Reign of Christ
& St. Cecilia Day

Incumbent:
The Rev’d Sherman Hesselgrave
Music Director: Becca Whitla
Celebrant: Ann Griffen
Homily: Gwenlyn SetterfieldCoordinator: Nancy Whitla
Sunday School: Jennifer Canning

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.orgTHE GATHERING OF THE COMMUNITY
✜ Welcome
✜ Opening Meditation: Plein Jeu from Suite du deuxième ton
Louis-Nicolas Clérambault (1676  – 1749)

✜ Hymn (All rise, in body or spirit): For the Music of Creation
words: Shirley Erena Murray, 1988, tune: Beach Spring
1. For the music of creation, for the song your Spirit sings,
for your sound’s divine expression, burst of joy in living things:
God, our God, the world’s composer, hear us, echoes of your voice;
music is your art, your glory, let the human heart rejoice!

2. Psalms and symphonies exalt you, drum and trumpet, strings and reed,
simple melodies acclaim you, tunes that rise from deepest need,
hymns of longing and belonging, carols from a cheerful throat,
lilt of lullaby and love song catching heaven in a note.

3. All the voices of the ages in transcendent chorus meet,
worship lifting up the senses, hands that praise, and dancing feet;
over discord and division music speaks your joy and peace,
harmony of earth and heaven, song of God that cannot cease.

✜ 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:      Let us pray…             Silence
All: Most High God, majestic and almighty, our beginning and our end: rule in our hearts and guide us to be faithful in our daily actions, worshipping the one who comes as Saviour and Sovereign, and who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen.

✜ The Hebrew Scripture: Daniel: 7:9-10, 13-14
Reader: Jim Ferry

A Reading from the Book of . . .
Reader: Hear what the Spirit     says to God’s people
All:       Thanks be to God        Silence

Ode to Saint Cecilia

In a garden shady this holy lady
With reverent cadence and subtle psalm,
Like a black swan as death came on
Poured forth her song in perfect calm:
Hallelujah …

And by ocean’s margin this innocent virgin
Constructed an organ to en-large her prayer,
And notes tremendous from her great engine
Thundered out on the Roman air.
Hallelujah …

Blonde Aphrodite rose up ex-cited,
Moved to delight by the melody,
White as an orchid she rode quite naked
In an oyster shell on top of the sea;
Hallelujah …

At sounds so entrancing the angels dancing
Came out of their trance into time again,
And around the wicked in Hell’s abysses
The huge flame flickered and eased their pain.
Hallelujah …

Blessed Cecilia, appear in visions
To all musicians, appear and inspire:
Translated Daughter, come down and startle
Composing mortals with im-mortal fire.
Hallelujah …

✜ Epistle: Revelation 1:4b-8    Reader: Ian Sowton

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

✜ Gradual Hymn: The collection will be received during the singing of this hymn. All rise, in body or spirit for the hymn and Gospel.

My Life Goes on in Endless Song
Robert S Lowry
with adaptations to verse 3 by Doris Plenn and Don Heap

1.  My life goes on in endless song above earth’s lamentation;
I hear the real though far-off hymn that hails a new creation.
Through all the tumult and the strife I hear that music ringing;
It sounds an echo in my soul– how can I keep from singing?

2.  What though the tempest loudly roars– I hear the Truth, it liveth!
What though the darkness round me close– songs in the night it giveth!
No storm can shake my inmost calm while to that rock I’m clinging;
since Love is Lord of heaven and earth – how can I keep from singing?

3.  When men and women conquer fear, the prison gates wide swinging,
when friends rejoice both far and near, how can I keep from singing?
In prison cell and dungeon vile our thoughts to them are winging;
when friends by shame are undefiled – how can I keep from singing?

✜ Holy Gospel: John 18: 33-37    Reader:  Anna Dohler
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:    Gwenlyn SetterfieldLITURGY 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: Living Justice

1.  Let streams of living justice flow down upon the earth;
Give freedom’s light to captives, let all the poor have worth.
The hungry’s hands are pleading, the workers claim their rights,
The mourners long for laughter, the blinded seek for sight.
Make liberty a  beacon, strike down the iron pow’r,
Abolish ancient vengeance: proclaim Your people’s hour.

2.  The dreaded disappearance of family and friend;
The torture and the silence: the fear that knows no end;
The mother with her candle, the child who holds a gun.
The old one nursing hatred: all seek release to come.
Each candle burns for freedom; each lights the tyrant’s fall;
Each flower placed for martyrs gives tongue to silenced call.

3.  For healing of the nations for peace that will not end,
For love that makes us lovers, God grant us grace to mend.
Weave our varied gifts together; knit our lives as they are spun;
On Your loom of time enroll us till our thread of life is run.
O great Weaver of our fabric, bind Church and world in one;
Dye our texture with Your radiance, light our colours with Your sun.

4.  Your city’s built to music; we are the stones you seek;
Your harmony is language: we are the words you speak.
Our faith we find in service, our hope in other’s dreams.
Our love in hand of neighbour: our homeland brightly gleams.
Inscribe our hearts with justice; Your way, the path untried;
Your truth, the heart of stranger, Your life the Crucified.
words: William Whitla, 1989, Music:  Gustav Holst, 1921

✜Prayers of the People: In our prayers today, we remember: in the Anglican Cycle:Wau (Sudan); in the Diocesan Cycle, ROC Women’s Emergency Transition Centre (FaithWorks) 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 (in the green book)
Presider: Ann Griffen
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: Sir Duke    Stevie Wonder
Please join in as you are comfortable either by singing or dancing!

Music is a world within itself with a language we all understand
With an equal opportunity for all to sing, dance and clap their hands
But just because a record has a groove don’t make it in the groove
But you can tell right away at letter A when the people start to move

They can feel it all over: they can feel it all over – people
They can feel it all over: they can feel it all over – people

Music knows it is and always will be one of the things that life just won’t quit
But here are some of music’s pioneers hat time will not allow us to forget
For there’s Basie, Miller, Sachimo and the king of all Sir Duke
And with a voice like Ella’s ringing out there’s no way the band can lose

You can feel it all over: you can feel it all over – people
You can feel it all over: you can feel it all over – people

✜Dismissal:    p. 36 in the green booklet

Please join us after the service at the back of the church for a light lunch.

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.
www.holytrinitytoronto.org
email: christmasstory@holytrinitytoronto

ANNOUNCEMENTS
November 22, 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:
<alisonkempe@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
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 wreath frame  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:
Advent 1: Nov 29:Jeremiah 33:14-16; Psalm 25:1-10; 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13; Luke 21:25-36
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)

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!

Meaning, Healing & Belonging

A Sermon Preached on Nov.15th by Christopher Lind

Dr. Michael Hryniuk is a theologian from the Ukranian Catholic side of the family, the Christian family that is. He is a former Executive Director of the Henri Nouwen Society of Canada and a specialist in spirituality. Spirituality is a famously hard concept to define and I was present at lunch one day when a friend asked him boldly: “Can you define Spirituality in 10 words or less?” Meeting that bid and raising it, he replied: “Sure! I can define it in three words – Meaning, Healing & Belonging”. I have thought a lot about those three words in the last year, and tested them out in a variety of contexts. Every time they have passed the test in flying colours.

Meaning, Healing & Belonging.

Meaning in the context of spirituality refers to a person or a group’s “whole way of life in response to what they perceive to be of ultimate meaning, value, and power”. It is the orienting principle in their life. You find out about a person or a group’s understanding of ultimate meaning either by studying their declarations (their Creed or Mission Statement if you like), or by studying their behaviour. They don’t always add up. When they do add up we call that integrity. When they don’t add up we call that hypocrisy. The Anglican Church of Canada has been struggling with this issue over the question of equal marriage. When we say that all persons are created equal in the eyes of God and ought not to be discriminated against on the grounds of race, class, ability, gender or sexual orientation, are we speaking out of both sides of our mouths? Or are we acting with integrity?

As a congregation we are also grappling with this dilemma. We don’t include the ancient creeds in our Sunday liturgy but we are stumbling slowly toward a mission statement in our strategic planning process in spite of being surrounded by them. We have them painted on our walls, stained into our windows and after a fashion, printed on the front of our bulletins. The meaning of our lives has to do with the purpose and direction of our lives. We are moving slowly because we want to achieve congruence between our behaviour and our beliefs. If we are serious about that direction, you will be able to see it with your eyes as well as hear it with your ears.

Meaning, Healing & Belonging

Healing in the context of spirituality refers to overcoming the inner split between our true selves and our false selves. It does not refer to curing a disease but to rediscovering the undivided self. We all have these memories, sometimes vivid, sometimes vague, of an innocent childhood that becomes damaged by a corrupted world. For some, this memory is the earliest memory we have. It is also the most powerful and the most damaging and we call it abuse. For others it is not fatal, and we still spend the rest of our lives trying to overcome the distance that has been created. In both cases we have a sense of the sacred being assaulted and it is our own experience of the divine we are trying to recover. In the fifth century, the North African theologian, St. Augustine, captured this idea when he wrote “You have made us for yourself, O God, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.”

The split that needs to be healed is the split between the presence of the Divine and the absence of the Divine, between our truest, purest self and our damaged, defeated and disoriented self. Our damaged self can be a deceitful self. This self doesn’t want to know what is going on. It wants to hide from the truth. It wants to stay unconscious because the burden of consciousness is too heavy to bear. Groups can be like this – political groups, university departments, nurses unions, corporate boardrooms, even religious groups (especially religious groups). We can ALL be like that. It is a form of original sin, and we are all guilty from time to time. We are broken and we need healing.

Meaning, Healing & Belonging

Belonging in the context of spirituality refers to a recognition that human beings are in their essence, social beings. We are born into and made for community. In the last three or four hundred years, western culture has made progress in affirming the rights and unique character of the individual. This has allowed us to remake society to be a more equal and more just place. One of the costs of this progress has been an obscuring of our mutual interdependence, of our communal nature. From the very beginning, we are born into relationship with others. Before there is a me, there is a we. Another way we have obscured this truth is by confusing belonging with belongings. In a society of great material wealth, we focus our energies on acquiring ever more belongings instead of asking the question, to whom do I belong? Anybody here seen the bumper sticker: “He who dies with the most toys wins”? How about a new banner hanging from the wall of the church outside that says: “We all belong to God – Church of the Holy Trinity!”

Today’s Epistle is from the letter to the Hebrews. Hidden in the middle of today’s reading we find the following snippet 10:15-16):

And the Holy Spirit also testifies to us, for after saying,

“This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds,”

This is a quotation. In Deuteronomy (6:4-9) we find the great Hebrew Creed, the Shema which reads: “Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.”

(We remember that part for reasons I will explain, but we don’t remember what follows)

Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise. Bind them as a sign on your hand, fix them as an emblem on your forehead, and write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”

Keep these in your hearts … fix them on your forehead

You might connect this to Mark’s Gospel (12:28-34). There we read about a Scribe who asks Jesus to name the most important commandment. He replies by quoting the Shema. “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Now if you grew up in the Anglican Church you will remember this from the Book of Common Prayer. In every communion service the prayer book calls for reciting either the 10 commandments or this Summary of the Law. If the worship committee were to ask me for input into revisions of our Sunday liturgy, I would recommend a recovery of this Summary of the Law, which contains the ancient Creed. For me, this represents the core of the spirituality that I want us to be about. It is about integrity, it is about inclusion, it is about meaning, healing and belonging. If, as a congregation, we could adopt this as our mission statement, then I would say with Jesus “[We] are not very far from the kingdom of God”.

I recently attended a memorial service for a woman who died, after a full life, at the age of 92. The service was held at a funeral home and led by an Anglican priest the deceased had never met. I learned at the reception that while the 92 yr. old had identified herself as an Anglican, neither of her children (both in their late 50s) could ever remember her attending church. They speculated that she had stopped going to church after the death of her first child. Her first born, a boy, had died at the age of 9 months of pneumonia. That was over 60 years ago. At that same reception, I met this woman’s daughter-in-law who still had not picked up the ashes of her late husband who died tragically in a car accident, 16 years ago, in his late 30s. Both of these women have experienced, and shared deep tragedy. In different ways, their injuries went unhealed. These injuries are material and corporeal – two people died. But their injuries are also spiritual. The sacred has been profaned and the image of the divine has been violated. They came to experience distance where before they experienced unity. They seek reunion, yet don’t know how to achieve it. They struggled with issues of meaning, needed healing but weren’t sure how to achieve it, knew they belonged to their biological family but had an ambiguous and confused sense of belonging to the Christian family. This funeral was an opportunity for the church to say “You belong to God” and however painful your life has been, Jesus has gone there before you.

Today it is common to hear people describe themselves as ‘spiritual’ but not ‘religious’. I get the ‘not religious’ part. It means they don’t attend church, or synagogue, or temple or mosque, but what does it mean to be spiritual? I think it means they are seekers after meaning, seekers after healing, and seekers after belonging. That means they are just like you and me.

November 15, 2009

November 15, 2009

Incumbent:  The Rev’d Sherman Hesselgrave
Music Director: Becca Whitla
Coordinator: Nola Crewe
Homilist:  Chris Lind
Celebrant: Bill Whitla

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): “There is a Balm”
African American Spiritual, v 3 Cindy Dymond

Refrain: There is a balm in Gilead t make the wounded whole;
There is a balm in Gilead to heal the sin sick soul.

Some times I feel discouraged, and think my work’s in vain,
But then the Holy Spirit revives my soul again.        Refrain

If you cannot preach like Peter, if you cannot pray like Paul,
You can tell the love of Jesus, and say He died for all.    Refrain

I know both bliss and sorrow but when I’m feeling sad
The love and joy of friendship is my balm of Gilead     Refrain

✜ 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:     Timeless One, you create all moments of our lives, giving each its meaning and purpose. Strengthen us to witness continually to the love of Jesus Christ, that we may hold fast in times of trial, even to the end of the ages.  AMEN.

✜The First  Daniel 12:1-3     Reader: Susie Henderson
Reader:      A Reading from…
After the reading
Reader:      Hear what the Spirit says to God’s people
All:     Thanks be to God

✜ Lead Me Gently Home
from the singing of Johnny Cash    By Will L. Thompson

Lead me gently home, Mother, lead me gently home,
When life’s toils are ended and parting days have come;
Sin no more shall tempt me, ne’er from Thee I’ll roam,
If you’ll only lead me, Mother, lead me gently home.

Refrain: Lead me gently home, Mother, lead me gently home
If I fall upon the wayside, lead me gently home.

Lead me gently home, Father, lead me gently home,
In life’s darkest hours, Father, when life’s troubles come;
Keep my feet from wand’ring, lest from Thee I roam,
Lest I fall upon the wayside, lead me gently home.

Refrain: Lead me gently home, Father, lead me gently home
If I fall upon the wayside, lead me gently home.

✜ Epistle: Hebrews 10:11-14, 19-25      Reader: Malcolm Savage
After the reading
Reader:      Hear what the Spirit says to the Churches
All:     Thanks be to God

✜ Hymn: “When Pain of the World”    # 598
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 13:1-8    Reader: Jennifer Henry
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     Chris Lind

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: “Come My way”    #628

✜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 (Prayer #11)     Celebrant: 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. 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 Hymn: May the Blessing of God    #962

✜Dismissal:    p. 36 in the green booklet
Please join us after the service at the back of the church for a light lunch.
ANNOUNCEMENTS
November 15, 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
◆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 wreath frame  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 22: 2 Samuel 23:1-7 or Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14; Psalm 132:1-12, (13-18) or Psalm 93; Revelation 1:4b-8; John 18:33-37

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!

Book Launch: You are invited to the Toronto launch of
Brewster Kneen’s new book, The Tyranny of Rights
– Thursday, November 19th, at the Imperial Pub (known as The Library) on Dundas at Victoria, from 4:40-6:30 — Cash bar, snacks provided. Visitors are warmly welcome at Holy Trinity.

loving justice in the heart of our city