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.

Sunday Bulletin – November 8, 2009

November 8, 2008

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

Welcome to the Church of the Holy Trinity.  We are delighted to have you with us this morning. Holy Trinity is an accessible, justice-seeking, and queer-positive community in the heart of downtown Toronto. Our services are planned and led by lay people – volunteers from our community. Communion is celebrated by our Incumbent or one of our non-stipendiary priests who are members of the community.  We try to use language in our worship which includes us all, and we encourage the extensive participation of each person in the worship and life of the Church. At the Peace we move about freely, greeting one another. During the offertory hymn we will move to create a circle around the altar for the Prayers of the People and Communion – all are welcome to share in communion (the Eucharist) as they feel comfortable. Please fill out the Newcomers  Form in the bulletin if you wish to be contacted.

10 Trinity Square, Tor, Ont, M5G 1B1
Tel:(416) 598-4521
email: ht@holytrinitytoronto.org
www.holytrinitytoronto.org

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

✜ Greeting:
All: May the grace of Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with us all.
✜ The Collect for Purity
All: All loving God to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden.  Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily praise your holy name; through Christ our Saviour. Amen.

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

Confession:
One:     For the absolution and remission of our sins and offenses, let us pray to God.             Silence
One:     God in your mercy:
All:     Hear our prayer.
One:     We are a forgiven people: God’s spirit is free among us.
All:     Thanks be to God.

✜ The Exchange of Peace
It is our custom to move about to exchange the peace. Please be mindful that it is flu season. Concerns about flu mean some people are uncomfortable shaking hands and/or hugging.  A smile and nod, or the sign of peace “V” are other suggested alternatives.
One:     The Peace of Christ be always with you:
All:     And also with you.

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

PROCLAMATION OF THE WORD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

✜ Holy Gospel: Mark 12:38-44    Reader: Lee Creal
Reader:    May God be with you
All:    And also with you
Reader:      The Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to…
All:    Glory to Christ our Saviour
After the reading
Reader:     The Gospel of Christ
All:    Praise to Christ our Saviour            Silence

✜Homily     Sherman Hesselgrave

LITURGY OF THE BREAD AND CUP
We will gather in a circle around the altar to share the gifts of bread and wine and other offerings, the symbols of our common life. All are welcome. You may also stay seated and , if you wish, communion will be brought to you.

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

✜Prayers of the People: In our prayers today, we remember: in the Anglican Cycle: Uyo, Nigeria; in the Diocesan Cycle, Oshawa Deanery and the San Esteban congregation here at Holy Trinity. The community now offers its prayers, both spoken and unspoken. Please keep your prayers brief.

✜The Great Thanksgiving
Please do not dip the bread into the wine. The bread and wine will be passed around the circle, but if you prefer you may receive at the gluten-free station at the altar.

✜The Saviour’s Prayer O God, our Mother and Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your reign come, your will be done on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. For the realm, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever. AMEN.

✜Glory to God: Glory to God, whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine. Glory to God, from generation to generation, in the Church and in Christ Jesus, for ever and ever. AMEN.

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

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

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

ANNOUNCEMENTS
November 8, 2009    WEEKLY NOTICES

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

◆Assistive Hearing Devices are available at the rear of the church. This is an infrared system which works best if you face towards the front of the church.
◆Please help us keep tidy by picking up bulletins and hymn books after the service and returning them to the carts at the entrances of the church. Thanks
◆Prayers: Please feel free to light a candle at the chancel steps, or phone Sherman Hesselgrave with your special prayer requests.
◆Join Holy Trinity’s e-mail list! Contact Alison Kemper at:
<alisonkemper@yahoo.co.uk>
◆Scent Free Zone: Please refrain from wearing perfume, cologne, after-shave and highly scented personal hygiene products.
◆Personal Belongings should be kept with you at all times. Sadly we cannot ensure their safety.
Members, please help newcomers and visitors keep track of their belongings.    Services
Sundays
10:30 – festive contemporary Eucharist in inclusive language with music
2:00 – San Esteban misa en español – Spanish service with the community of San Esteban.
Wednesdays at 12:15pm brief spoken Eucharist with informal discussion of the day’s readings
Parish Groups and Committees
◆Social Justice Cttee: Contact:
◆Worship Committee: Contact: Lee Creal: 416-466-4216
◆Refugee Committee: Contact Gail Holland 905-427-9668
◆Congregational Care Committee: Contact: Sherman Hesselgrave
◆Property Committee: Contact: Jim Dolmage 416-531-26
Parish Activities and Announcements:
◆The Homeless Memorial is on the second Tuesday of every month at 12:00 outside the south doors of the church.
◆Advent Wreaths: The new year is coming: please return your advent wreaths to Jennifer, Joyce or Merylie.
◆Please help keep our space looking sharp!!
If your committee has a meeting or you are using the space for something else, please leave the space as it was when you started.
Thank you very much.
◆Upcoming readings:
Nov 8: 1 Samuel 1:4-20 or Daniel 12:1-3; 1 Samuel 2:1-10 or
Psalm 16;    Hebrews 10:11-14, (15-18), 19-25 ; Mark 13:1-8
◆The Holy Trinity Choir will be meeting on Thursday evenings from Oct 29 – Dec.5, between 7 and 8:30 p.m. All welcome.

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

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

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

Financial Report from Our Treasurer:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Malcolm Savage, Treasurer

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

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

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

Let’s make this a hospitable and welcoming event!

November 1, 2008 – All Saints Day

Incumbent: The Rev’d Sherman Hesselgrave
Music Director: Becca Whitla Celebrant: Jim Ferry
Coordinator: Carole Clark

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 Meditation: Gloria, Hallelujah
✜ Hymn (All rise, in body or spirit): “Give Thanks for Life”
words: Shirley Erena Murray, tune: Sine Nomine
1. Give thanks for life, the measure of our days,
Mortal, we pass through beauty that decays,
Yet sing to God our hope, our love, our praise,
Hallelujah, hallelujah!

2. Give thanks for those who made their life a light
Caught from the Christ-flame, bursting through the night,
Who touched the truth, who burned for what is right,
Hallelujah, hallelujah!

3. And for our own, our living and our dead,
Thanks for the love by which our life is fed,
A love not changed by time or death or dread,
Hallelujah, hallelujah!

4. Give thanks for hope, that like the wheat, the grain
Lying in darkness does its life retain
In resurrection to grow green again,
Hallelujah, hallelujah!

✜ 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: O Almighty God, who has knit us together as one holy people; grant
us grace so to follow your blessed Saints in lives of faith and
commitment and to know the inexpressible joys of participation in your
reign of justice and peace; through Jesus Christ our Saviour, AMEN.

✜ The First Reading: Reader: Merylie Wade Houston
Reader: A Reading from the Book of . . .

Reader: Hear what the Spirit says to God’s people
All: Thanks be to God Silence

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

✜ Holy Gospel:
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: Carole Clark

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: “When the Saints Go Marching In”

O When the saints go marching in…
O how I long to be in that number, when the saints go marching in.

When the sun refused to shine…

When we all have food to eat…
When the rich go out to work…

When the air is pure and clean…

When the trumpet sounds the call…

When the Saints go marching in…
✜Prayers of the People: In our prayers today, we remember: in the
Anglican Cycle: Ughelli – (Province of Bendel, Nigeria); in the Diocesan
Cycle, Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund 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: Jim Ferry
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.

Eucharistic Prayer

Presider: Let us gather at God’s table. Grown-ups, are you here?
Say Amen.
Grown-ups: Amen
Presider: Children, are you here? Say Amen
Children: Amen.
Presider: For the saints who are with us, Say Amen.
All: Amen.

Presider: With all God’s creation, Say Amen.
All: Amen.

Presider: God most loving, God most wonderful, when there was nothing,
you began creating everything in beauty and goodness. when Miriam saved
her brother Moses they endured to lead their people Israel to freedom;
when Samuel heard God’s voice in the night, he said “yes” and became
God’s helper; when Mary heard the angel’s call, she joined with you and
turned the world upside down; ad so with all God’s children the whole
creation sings this song of joy:

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!

Presider: God most loving, God most wonderful, when the world needed
you, you came as Jesus, the child of our hope; when he was twelve, Jesus
explained the Bible to the teachers in the temple; when he was a
grown-up, he brought the children close to him. When children got sick,
he came to them and made them better; when people were hungry, a boy
offered his bread and fish so Jesus could feed them.

Because you love us, O God, you invite us to come together around your
table as Jesus gathered with friends for supper on the night before he died.

Jesus took bread, and gave thanks; broke it, and shared it with them,
saying: take and eat; this is bread for the journey—my body, given for
you. Do this to remember me. After supper, Jesus took the cup of wine,
gave thanks, and shared it with them saying: This is the cup of
blessing—my blood shed for you and for all people. Do this to remember me.

Remembering Christ’s dying, let the people say Amen. Amen! Celebrating
Christ’s rising, let the people shout Amen. Amen! Looking for Christ’s
coming again. Let the people sing Amen. Amen!

God most holy, God most motherly, pour out your Spirit upon this bread
and wine so we may become a community of love, joy, and friendship.

May we taste and see your gift of life, shared at this table, shared
with the world here and everywhere, now and always, and let all the people
say Amen. AMEN.

✜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.

At the breaking of the bread
Presider: Taste and see that God is good, and let the people say Amen. Amen!

✜Communion Anthems p. 40-48
✜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: Mungu Ni Mwema – Know that God is Good
✜Dismissal: p. 36 in the green booklet
Please join us after the service
at the back of the church for a light lunch.

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

ANNOUNCEMENTS
November 1, 2009 WEEKLY NOTICES

Please help keep our space looking sharp!!
If your committee has a meeting or you are using the space for something
else, please leave the space as it was when you started.
Thank you very much.

Upcoming readings:
Nov 8: Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17 or 1 Kings 17:8-16; Psalm 127 or
Psalm 146; Hebrews 9:24-28; Mark 12:38-44

SPECIAL THANK YOU EVENING
Saturday, November 7, 7:00 pm
Church of the Holy Trinity
(Right beside the Eaton Centre)
Evening of Musical Celebration for the new organ; to thank donors and
volunteers who made our organ campaign a success.
Free admission
7:00 Reception and Silent Auction
(including organ pipes), cheese and wine (cash bar)
7:30 Hear this wonderful organ played by Wm O’Meara, Becca Whitla with
dancer Aina Arro, and the Echo Women’s Choir
Come and Enjoy!!
www.holytrinitytoronto.org 416-598-4521, ex 224

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

Friday, November 13, 2009 Forum I: 7– 9:30 pm. We Are at a Turning Point
Welcoming address by David Miller, Mayor of Toronto
• Anthony Cary, British High Commissioner to Canada
• Jonathan Schell, Author and analyst of nuclear arms
• Tadatoshi Akiba, Mayor of Hiroshima and president of Mayors for Peace
(by interactive video-conferencing from Japan.)
Moderator: Alexa McDonough; formerly federal leader of the New
Democratic Party; President, Mount St. Vincent University

Saturday, November 14, 2009: Forum II: 10 – 12:30 Surmounting the Obstacles
• Pavel Podvig, Stanford University, Center for International and
Strategic Studies (by videoconferencing from Geneva)
• Ernie Regehr, O.C., Senior Policy Adviser, Project Ploughshares
• Trevor Findlay, Director, Canadian Centre for Treaty Compliance
Moderator: Olivia Ward, Toronto-based journalist
Workshop I: 1:30 pm – 2:50 pm. Arctic Nuclear Weapon Free Zone
• Michael Wallace, University of British Columbia
• Michael Byers, University of British Columbia
• Adele Buckley, Canadian Pugwash
Moderator: Steven Staples, President, Rideau Institute
Forum III: 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm. Arousing and Sustaining Political Will
• Rebecca Johnson The Acronym Institute, London (by videoconferencing)
• Christopher Westdal, Former Canadian Ambassador to Russia
• Douglas Roche, O.C., Former Canadian Ambassador for Disarmament;
Former Canadian Senator.
Moderator: Sergei Plekhanov, Professor of Political Science, York University
Zero Nuclear Weapons Public Forum http://zeronuclearweapons.com
Co-sponsored by the Canadian Pugwash Group, Science for Peace,
Physicians for Global Survival, and Canadian Voice of Women for Peace
For information contact Professor Metta Spencer, forum organizer:
416-789-2294

The Homeless Memorial is on the second Tuesday of every month at 12:00
outside the south doors of the church

The Holy Trinity Choir will be meeting on Thursday evenings from Oct 29
– Dec.5, between 7 and 8:30 p.m. All welcome.

loving justice in the heart of our city