Sermon Archive

Not all of these were delivered in a church service, but they all fit the bill of being a reflection on a text, issue or feeling for the community. We hope you will find inspiration here.

  1. 8 Hour Work Day (Sermon) May 4, 2021 - HAPPY MAY DAY When I checked out the Anglican lectionary for this Sunday, I just gave my traditional long suffering sigh and decided to replace what I could and include the mandatory gospel and ignore it. The gospel reading did not advance the theme that I had chosen; Workers rights and struggles. After all yesterday… Read More »8 Hour Work Day (Sermon)
  2. May Day – Sunday Gathering May 2, 2021 - A Gathering for May Day We welcome all to celebrate, with us, May Day as well as International Worker’s Day. Today we read a poem by Marge Piercy titled “Consider Those But You Won’t” from her book “On the Way Out, Turn Out the Light” and the Gospel According to John. Readers include Sonya Dykstra… Read More »May Day – Sunday Gathering
  3. Holy Week – Ann Weems March 24, 2021 - Dianne offers this poem by Ann Weems for your reflection during Holy Week Holy is the week… Holy, consecrated, belonging to God… We move from hosannas to horror  with predictable ease of those who know not what they do. Our hosannas sung, our palms waved, let us go with passion into this week. It is… Read More »Holy Week – Ann Weems
  4. for those who are… Grieving the Death of a Partner February 3, 2021 - If it has come to that, feel free to give rein to the outraged helplessness at the injustice of having to watch a beloved human being endure a difficult departure from this world. Perhaps it hasn’t come to that; perhaps your partner has been heavily drugged for some time and you’ve already whispered goodbyes and… Read More »for those who are… Grieving the Death of a Partner
  5. Isness January 31, 2021 - Now the moment I flowed out from the Creator all creatures stood and shouted: “Behold here is God!” They were correct. For you ask me: Who is God? What is God? I reply: Isness. Isness is God. Where there is isness, there God is. Creation is the giving of isness from God. And that is… Read More »Isness
  6. Sunset over Hallum Street Do-ing and Be-ing January 31, 2021 - When Dianne asked me if I would preach, I thought, “sure, it’s been a while. I can do this”. In those moments I think about the things that have been going through my thoughts lately and are driving my choices for myself and for my family and community. In those moments I find it easy… Read More »Do-ing and Be-ing
  7. Rights holding corporations bullying users of public domain content January 4, 2021 - A glimpse at some of what I’m dealing with in maintaining our online presence UPDATED JAN 6, 2021 This may seem esoteric and of little interest to the community of Holy Trinity. I might have agreed 10 months ago before we really posted any online content other than on our website. However, communications and technology… Read More »Rights holding corporations bullying users of public domain content
  8. Let’s believe in impossible change December 15, 2020 - We really love this new video from our friends at KAIROS and wanted to share it with our own network here at HT. – Keith Dear Friends, May we be ready this Christmas to really welcome the Holy One, the radical love and justice that changes everything. Let’s believe in impossible change and join our… Read More »Let’s believe in impossible change
  9. Comfort, O Comfort December 7, 2020 - A gathering on the Second Sunday of Advent 2020 Readings this morning from Isaiah and Wendell Berry. Music from many sources with both new and old represented. It was a wonderful service leading us further on the path of Advent. Dianne Mesh’s beautiful sermon Full service recording with readings and music
  10. First Sunday of Advent: Keep Awake! November 29, 2020 - This morning was the first Sunday of Advent and like many we had our first online advent service. It was a celebration of the possible, of hope, of waiting and perseverance. Jan Richardson’s advent poem, Blessing for Waking was our first reading today and many found it moving and apt. We’ve shared it again at… Read More »First Sunday of Advent: Keep Awake!
  11. Keep Awake! November 29, 2020 - Sermon for Advent 1 And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake.” (Mark 13:37) We begin Advent with news of the impending return of Jesus, the end of the world, the who knows what could happen kind of feeling. This is not a gentle invitation into a season of waiting. This… Read More »Keep Awake!
  12. Reign of Christ Sunday November 22, 2020 - Michael brought forward images of the servant king—and didn’t ignore the sheep and goats—in his excellent homily. The music and prayers were moving. Thanks to everyone involved. If you missed it or want to see any of it again, the videos are below. “Let the leader be one who serves” Homily by Michael Creal Full… Read More »Reign of Christ Sunday
  13. Homily – Abundance November 15, 2020 - Our Community Director, Zachary Grant, reflects on abundance, inclusion, and our current time. For to everyone who has, will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place… Read More »Homily – Abundance
  14. silhouetted figure walking on a city street in the bright light of sunset. Perseverence – Sunday Morning Gathering November 9, 2020 - November 8, 2020 Be pleased, O God, to deliver us.Make haste to help us.Let all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you.Let those who love your salvation say, “God is great!”Come quickly to us in our time of need, O God. Be our help and our deliverer, now and evermore. Full Service Start… Read More »Perseverence – Sunday Morning Gathering
  15. 173 years of Community October 25, 2020 - In our 33rd online gathering, Vivian, Rachael and Kevin offered a wonderful morning filled with inspiration and memory. We remembered our saints and accomplishments as a community over our many years together and up to the very recent times. It is amazing to me that we are growing stronger in most ways as we live… Read More »173 years of Community
  16. Where do We Go From Here? October 18, 2020 - Martin Luther King, Jr., The Radical King, ed by Cornel West, “Prophetic Vision: Where do We Go From Here,” 1967; p. 92-93. A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies.  We are called to play the Good Samaritan on life’s… Read More »Where do We Go From Here?
  17. Autumn Peltier, 2019 We need the waters October 18, 2020 - Autumn Peltier, age 15, in a speech to the United Nations September, 2019.  “It all started by learning why people couldn’t drink the water on Ontario indigenous lands.  I was confused as Canada is not a third world country but here in my country the indigenous people live in third world conditions. Boil water advisories… Read More »We need the waters
  18. A Revolution of Values October 18, 2020 - Jo Connelly offered an inspiring homily today that you can read and view below. It was set in the context of speeches by Dr. King, Jesus, and Autumn Peltier and music, ancient and modern, that reflects on justice and injustice. You can view the entire service here… Give to God, what is God’s As the… Read More »A Revolution of Values
  19. photo of a man tending his home garden; Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash Thankfulness in difficult times October 11, 2020 - We had a lovely service this morning that captured both the times we are living in and the special vibe that is Holy Trinity. You can read Joanna’s Homily over on her own blog, or watch it below. A Thanksgiving Collect We return thanks to our mother, the earth, who sustains us.We return thanks to… Read More »Thankfulness in difficult times
  20. Photograph of neurologist Suvendrini Lena | Photograph by Wade Hudson Over the last six months, I’ve tested more than 1,000 people for Covid in hospitals, shelters and homeless encampments October 9, 2020 - “The encampment at Trinity was nestled in the shadow of the Eaton Centre. The church supplied tents and drop-in meals throughout the week. I arrived on testing day, an hour before everyone else, and watched the encampment slowly wake up. The clusters of tents, the bags and boxes and personal belongings, reminded me of the… Read More »Over the last six months, I’ve tested more than 1,000 people for Covid in hospitals, shelters and homeless encampments