By James Harbeck
I’m going to tell a little story today. I don’t know whether I’d call it a parable. It’s not quite a literal history. But it’s close enough.
There was, once, a place that was very nice. Lush. Great for growing grapes and things like that. There was a family living there, and they were pretty happy with it. We’ll call them the Ones. Nothing’s perfect, but, you know, the Ones had food, family, all the things that people do with their time when nothing and no one is forcing them to do something else. Life was good enough.
And then another family showed up from another place. We’ll call them the Twos. They liked where the Ones were living. They wanted to live there. They didn’t say, “Hey, do you mind if we fit in here somehow?” or “What can we give you in exchange for some of what you have so we can live here?” They said, “Hi. We’re the Twos. These are guns. Look what they can do: [BANG BANG BANG]. Get the idea? We want this land. Oh, you? You can get out and live somewhere else, or you can stay and work for us.” Some of the Ones left. Some were killed. Some decided to stay and work for the Twos, because at least they’d still be in this nice place getting the benefit of the land. Continue reading Sour Grapes
As part of our ongoing work and hope for reconciliation with indigenous people, we realise that we need to change our understanding of who we are and to whom we belong. Through the season of Lent this year, we will be exploring our relationship with the land we share–the land our building is part of, the land we live on, the other people who share this land.
We invite any and all who share this place with us to join us in this process:
- We will explore our watershed (Taddle Creek) with Lost Rivers on Sat, Apr 29 at 11am (moved from March 25)
- We will explore the treaties of this place through wampum with Brian Charles on Sat, Apr 8.
- We hope to plant and care for indigenous plants here on the square
- If there is interest, we may host a Kairos Blanket Exercise (Keith is facilitating one at St. Clement’s on March 26)
- the sermons at most Sunday services throughout Lent will address the work of reconciliation
More information will be added to this page as details firm up. If you would like to be notified of specifics or to ask questions, feel free to contact Keith at firstname.lastname@example.org
Preached by Alison Kemper on June 12, 2016
The biggest concern for any organization should be when their most passionate people become quiet.
All three stories today look at the problem of who’s good enough to be in the circle of God’s love and approval. First, God gets Nathan to show David he’s being an outrageously arrogant, entitled jerk, a murderer and adulterer. Continue reading Homily for June 12, 2016
the picnic is on!
Service & Picnic on Sunday, June 21, 2015 @ 11:00 AM in Area 26 in High Park (directions below)
NO SERVICE AT THE CHURCH (open for drop in breakfast 8 to 9 AM)
Join us at High Park and invite others! We will bring our hearing assist devices to connect to the portable PA.
Today the worship service is led by Holy Trinity’s band Fallen Angles in a pop vein. We strive for an integrated experience that affects everyone who comes. This month our theme is “Unsettling the Settler” which will continue to explore our relationship with the First Peoples of this land in light of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Anglican Church #22Days campaign. June 21 is National Aboriginal Day.
Picnic: The parishes of San Esteban and St. Paul’s will be joining us. Between the three communities the barbeques & propane, beverages, hamburgers & veggie burgers will be provided.
Please bring a picnic side dish to share with a serving utensil. Plates, napkins, & cutlery will be provided. You may want to bring a folding chair or blanket to sit on.
Picnic Games will be played if we have enough (8 to 12 people would be nice) to play: three legged race, sack race, sponge toss, etc. Please bring the young and young-at-heart ready to participate in games!
Come ready for a good time and please dress for the weather. There is a covered shelter and we hope to go on regardless of weather.
Ways of getting to the park:
1) Take the 506 Carlton streetcar to the end of the line (High Park Loop) walk back out to Parkside Drive and go south or right to High Park Blvd where you turn right to enter the park. Walk past the washrooms to Area 26 picnic shelter on your left.
2) Take the Bloor Subway to the Keele Station (Keele becomes Parkside at Bloor) –it’s a bit of a walk, (the 80 Queensway bus does not run on Sunday) Simply walk straight down Parkside Drive and turn right to enter the park. Walk past the washrooms to Area 26 picnic shelter on your left.
Drive – there is parking if you follow High Park Blvd into the park where it becomes Deer Pen Road. Drive past Area 26 picnic shelter and you will find parking on your left.
Wheel-Trans can drive right up to the shelter to drop off
If you are lost call Sherman 416-527-4860