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God of extravagant love

Readings: Isaiah 43:16-21, Psalm 125, John 12:1-8,
and “The Heavens Torn Apart” – John Terpstra

Joanna Manning

The readings today are full of the promise of restoration. Isaiah has rivers gushing in the desert; the psalmist sings of those who sowed with tears reaping with joy and carrying home their sheaves; Paul tells us to forget what lies behind and strain forward to what lies ahead; and in John’s gospel, Mary of Bethany pours out a jar of costly ointment which fills the whole house with its fragrance.

 And So we read about a God who breaks boundaries, does new things, a God of surprises, and a God of extravagant love! This is the thread that runs like gold through the readings of today, culminating in John’s account of the anointing of Jesus’s feet by Mary of Bethany then drying them with the strands of her lustrous long hair.

So in this gospel, after the raising of Lazarus, Jesus has returned again to the house at Bethany. It is possibly his last stop before he enters Jerusalem for the Passover. Jesus feels safe here. Elsewhere Jesus has spoken wistfully about the birds of the air having a nest to shelter themselves, but he has nowhere to lay his head. But it does appear that he was a familiar and much loved guest here. It was a safe refuge, possibly the closest Jesus came anywhere to feeling at home and amongst friends.

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Hiring a Community Director

Holy Trinity has a long history of community engagement in Toronto.

We are looking to the future with intention to be an active and positive force in downtown Toronto, celebrating what has got us here and letting go of what holds us back.

We are looking for a partner with a fire in their belly, proven leadership experience and a desire to explore how a community like this can further open the doors, energizing and supporting the broader community we are a part of.

Purpose of the Position:

Reporting to the Vestry Executive, the Community Director will contribute to the growth and management of Holy Trinity by providing strong operational and professional leadership for a team of Animators which oversee the program and administration of the
community. The Community Director will also provide creative, flexible, and effective leadership in one of the Animation areas.


The Community Director will be the daily face and connector that will carry forward the community priorities expressed in our mission statement and strategic plan. This position will help build Holy Trinity’s community ministry and organizational development (including fundraising). This includes overseeing the development and implementation of operational plans and budgets, supervising staff performance, and holding vision and ministry. This position plays a crucial role in advising the Vestry Executive on organizational development and contributes to the overall management of Holy Trinity

More details at our posting on Indeed and Charity Village.

Easter and Holy Week

2019 Services

Palm Sunday, April 14th, (Holy Trinity Community) 10:30 am

Liturgy of the Palms and the Passion, read by the congregation

Domingo de Ramos (San Esteban) 2:00 PM

Maundy Thursday / Jueves Santo Supper and Liturgy, April 18th, 6:00 pm

We gather for a meal on this night to recall the Passover meal Jesus shared with his disciples, a meal that would, for Christians, become the Eucharist. We also remember the commandment of Jesus to show our love for one another through lives of service to one another. This meal and liturgy are also an opportunity for members of the Holy Trinity and San Esteban communities to eat and worship together.

Esta noche, nos congregamos para una comida en común, para rememorar la cena de la Pascua que Jesús compartió con sus discípulos, una comida que, para los Cristianos, se convertiría en la Eucaristía. También recordamos el mandamiento de Jesús de mostrar nuestro amor mutuo por medio de vidas de servicio de los unos a los otros. Esta comida y esta liturgia también son oportunidades para que los miembros de las comunidades de Holy Trinity y San Esteban para comer y adorar en común.

Good Friday, April 19th 10:30 am

A solemn service in English

Ecumenical Good Friday Walk for Justice  2:00 PM

2019 Theme: For the Sake of the World: 40 years of hopeful persistence

The walk begins and ends at the Church of the Holy Trinity and the crowd moves as a procession to stations around the city within walking distance, each set with a different aspect of the theme.  At the end of the walk, back at the church there is a short reflection followed by a light meal of soup and bread. In English.

Easter Vigil / Vigilia Pascual  Saturday, April 20th, 8:00 pm
A service in four parts: The Word, The Light, Renewal of Baptismal Vows, and The First Eucharist of Easter. Fire, water, rebirth, celebration, and thanksgiving! Bilingual in English and Espanol.

Un servicio en cuatro partes: La Palabra, La Luz, Renovación de los votos bautismales y La Primera Eucaristía de la Pascua. ¡Fuego, agua, renacimiento, celebración y acción de gracias! Bilingüe en inglés y español.

Easter Day Sunday / Dia de Pascua, April 21st, 10:30 am
Happy Easter! Rejoice with us in a bilingual English and Spanish service. Bring flowers if you have them for the flowering of the cross. Stay afterwards for a community feast all are welcome to join!

¡Felices Pascuas! Regocíjate con nosotros en un servicio bilingüe de inglés y español. Trae flores si las tienes para el coronación de la cruz. ¡Quédate después para una fiesta comunitaria, todos son bienvenidos!