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What do we do with the King of Kings?

Keith Nunn, Nov 26, 2017.
In case the lectionary readings today didn’t tip you off, this Sunday is called the Reign of Christ. This is the last stop before we start the cycle over with Mary’s story and the infant Jesus.

Co-incidentally, the first sermon I delivered after entering theological education was on the reign of Christ. At that time, I felt a need and pressure to justify my position through scripture. Not so much anymore. However, I do feel a need to maintain the conversation with scripture in general and with the person of Jesus Christ in particular.

Today, in spite of my infamous reputation for jettisoning the lectionary, I have kept all the appointed readings, albeit in abridged form. The straightforward interpretation of these texts probably makes most of us somewhat uncomfortable—I know it does me. I’ll return to them shortly, however. Continue reading What do we do with the King of Kings?

Many Waters

Here are a few excerpts from our recent Sunday gathering: Many Waters.

Come, launch the light canoe;
The breeze is fresh and strong:

The summer skies are blue,
And ’tis joy to float along;
Away o’er the waters.
The bright-glancing waters,
The many-voiced waters.
As they dance in light and song.

Susanna Moodie

Today we have gathered and we see that the cycles of life continue.
We have been given the duty to live in balance and harmony
with each other and all living things.
So now, we bring our minds together as one as we give greetings and thanks to each other as people.

(Excerpt from Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address, Greetings to the Natural World)

Lace your boots,
pick up your paddle,
mount your bike and go out
blessing each other—
strong, brave, laughing
and making hope wherever you may.

Many Waters Bulletin – final

Sunday, July 3rd – more Pride at Holy Trinity

Joins us for Pride Part II this Sunday at 10:30 AM A reprise of the True Colours and Pulse by Melissa Ethridge will be performed along with some repeated readings. New music will be there and our musician will be William Aide.

Parade follows.proud anglicans

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Last week’s bulletin can be found here: HT bulletin Sun Jun 26 6th Pent & Pride






Feast – reflecting on community and intimacy

Our liturgy this morning was on the theme of feast. I am including the reflection I shared, in both text and video forms as well as the bulletin which has most of the service text. There are a few bits missing from the bulletin, but the most exciting bit was that the Fallen Angles played “Changes” by David Bowie as a Postlude and tribute. Thanks to everyone who sang and danced along. Continue reading Feast – reflecting on community and intimacy

Mary’s Song


This service is on opportunity to delve into Mary’s song musically, emotionally, and physically. The worship leadership will be moving from place to place and we invite you to participate in as many ways as you feel comfortable. We recognize that this does not fit our familiar pattern, but hope the richness of words, images, and actions will offer much to your spiritual experience this morning.

The service will be in 4 movements:

  1. Relationship (Family/community/gathering). Who do you run to? Who do you talk to?
  2. Revolution/Re-creation (Justice). “The arc of the universe bends toward justice.”
  3. Redress/Reconciliation (Jubilee). What is a good thing?
  4. Response (Action). How do we respond? What are we to do?

Continue reading Mary’s Song

Disrupting Empire – service text

PDF: HT bulletin Mar 29 Palm Sunday 4

While empire in Jesus’ time consisted of distinct forms of oppression including military occupation, violence, unjust taxation, and slavery, … we have to look deeper and wider to put a recognizable face on empire. … As stated in To Seek Justice and Resist Evil, contemporary “empire is not dominated by any single state but by a network of powerful economic interests held together by the ideology of neoliberalism,” and furthermore, is a system in which most of us play some role, wittingly or unwittingly.
Living Faithfully in the Midst of Empire, United Church of Canada, 2006

Territorial Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that we gather upon the traditional territories of the Mississauga Anishaabeg, Haudenosaunee and Wendat Indigenous Peoples, the original nations of this land, who continue to cry out for justice.

prelude – Entry of the Kings

Opening – Prepare ye the way of the lord

Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem was not a simple act of obedience to God, following some preordained path to destruction and ancient prophesy. It was a radical challenge to an Empire that could not be physically resisted. It was a powerful act of political theatre and call to revolutionary change that still reverberates today. Unfortunately, empire continues to dominate our lives.
Let us prepare ourselves to join Christ’s parade into Jerusalem by first asking each other for forgiveness. Continue reading Disrupting Empire – service text

Bulletin – Sunday March 14 – Lent 4

Lent 4: March 14, 2010

Incumbent: The Rev’d  Sherman  Hesselgrave
Music Director: Becca Whitla     Coordinator: Nola Crewe
Celebrant: Bill Whitla
Homilist: Sherman Hesselgrave – “The God Who Won’t Let Go”

Welcome to the Church of the Holy Trinity.  We are delighted to have you with us this morning. Holy Trinity is an accessible, active, vibrant, justice-seeking, queer-positive community in the heart of downtown Toronto. 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.  All are welcome to share in the Eucharist as they feel comfortable. To help you know Holy Trinity better, and to help you navigate through this service, be sure you have one of the handouts, Welcome to the Church of the Holy Trinity. A special welcome Newcomers!!!! Please fill out the Newcomers Form which will let us know how to reach you.

10 Trinity Square
Tor, Ont, M5G 1B1
Tel:(416) 598-4521
We gather in our pews for the morning welcome
✜ Welcome
✜ Opening Meditation: Meditation  by Nicholas Choveaux
✜ Opening hymn: (All rise, in body or spirit):

This Day God Gives Me

✜ 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.

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.

✜ Collect for the Day: God of the covenant, you call us to be fruitful servants within creation and to offer our lives as the foundation of your realm. We lay before you the desires of our hearts, that we may be transformed by their fulfilment. AMEN.

✜ The Hebrew Scripture: Joshua 5:9-12    Reader: Anne Grasham

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

✜ Psalm 32    A Hymn, adapted, Ian Sowton

HAPPY are those whose sins are mercifully set aside,
the ones whose transgression is forgiven;
2 those who have no iniquity reckoned against them,
and in whose spirit there lurks no deceit.

3 While I kept silence, my body wasted away
to the sound of my groaning all day long.
4 For your hand was heavy on me day and night;
my strength dried up as if by heat of summer.

5 Then finally I admitted my sin to you,
and stopped trying to conceal my iniquity;
I said, “I will confess my transgression to God,”
and you blotted out the guilt of my sin.

6 Then let all the faithful offer up their prayers,
so the floodwaters of distress will not reach them.
7 You are my hiding place, preserving me from trouble;
you surround me with glad shouts of deliverance.

8 I will teach you, instructing you in the right way;
I will guide you with my counselling eye.
9 Do not be clueless, like some horse or mule
that requires bit and bridle so as not to stray.

10 The wicked are subject to all sorts of torment,
but steadfast love encircles those who trust in God.
11 Rejoice in your Creator, O justice lovers, be glad –
sound out! enjoy your happiness, all you of upright heart.

✜ Epistle: 2 Corinthians 5:16-21    Reader: Alan Gasser

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

✜ Hymn: “Healer of Our Every Ill”    #619
All rise, in body or spirit for the hymn and Gospel.

✜ Holy Gospel: Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32     Reader: Carole Clark
Reader:     May God be with you    All: And also with you
Reader:      The Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Luke
All:    Glory to Christ our Saviour
after the reading
Reader:     The Gospel of Christ     All: Praise to Christ our Saviour

✜ Homily: “The God Who Won’t Let Go” Sherman Hesselgrave

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 will also be received.  You may also join the many who give by Pre-authorized Donation; simply request a PAD form from today’s Coordinator.

✜ Offertory Hymn: “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling”    #333

✜Prayers of the People
In the Anglican Cycle we remember for The Church of the Province of the Indian Ocean; in the Diocesan Cycle: Crosslink Housing and Support Services 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 (see orange book)
Presider: 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.

✜ Communion Anthem: Here is Bread

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: “Precious Lord, Take My Hand”    #670
✜Dismissal:    p. 36 in the green booklet
✜Postlude:  Rondeau from Te Deum by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
(Josh Grossman, Trumpet)
Please join us after the service at the back of the church for soup.
March 14, 2010

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:
◆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.

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 Malcolm Savage: 416-421-7248
◆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 Services:
March 21 – Lent 5: Isaiah 43:16-21; Psalm 126; Philippians 3:4b-14; John 12:1-8

Announcements for the Bulletin: A great way to share information with the community!! Please get your announcement for the bulletin to Becca by Monday for the following Sunday – thanks!

Parking Notice: The church itself has no parking, but parking is available, free of charge, on Sundays between 10 am and 1 pm, in the new City Hall underground parking garage. If you park at new City Hall,  please remember to bring your parking chit and have it stamped at the church. Parking is also available in the parking garage at the Bell Trinity Building for a flat rate on Sundays of $5.00.   Parking is also available at the Eaton Centre.  We are wheelchair accessible at the south entrance of the church.

Lenten Book Study: The Work of the People: What We Do in Worship and Why (Marlea Gilbert, Christopher Grundy, Eric T. Myers, and Stephanie Perdew, published by The Alban Institute). It is a quick read, about 100 pages of text divided among four chapters, with discussion questions provided. There are four groups organized across the city or feel free to create your own group. Please speak with Sherman Hesselgrave if you’d like more details. He has copies of the book available for $16.
Hearing System: We regret that our hearing assistive system is not currently available for use.   It is undergoing repairs and we expect that it will be available again within a couple of weeks. We apologize for any inconvenience.

HT CHOIR – Hymnody of Earth
The Holy Trinity choir is hosting a special choral project with three choirs this spring: We will be performing Hymnody of Earth on Sat April 17 at 8pm on the 40th anniversary of Earth Day (April 22). The composer, Malcolm Dalglish, will be here. Please mark the date in your book!!
For info, contact: or 416-598-4521, ex 224

Massey College Presents:
An Arts Gala Benefit for Romero House
In collaboration with Holy Trinity, San Esteban and Romero House
Sunday, March 28 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $20

The concert will feature classical, jazz and blue grass musicians from Massey College as well as the Echo Women’s Choir, the Toronto Morris Dancers, a special song for Oscar Romero. During intermission there will be a bake sale, a magician and an art sale (thanks to Fran Sowton)

For info:
See Becca Whitla for tickets

Volunteers Needed for Bakesale:
Holy Trinity will host an arts gala benefit for Romero House, a residence for refugees in Toronto’s west end, on Sunday March 28 at 7:30 p.m. Apart from ticket sales, there will be a number of other fund-raising activities at this event.  All proceeds will go to support the work of Romero House.

Holy Trinity and San Esteban have been asked to organize and run a bake sale at the intermission.  We need several volunteers to help during the actual sale, as well as donations of baked goods, and “finger food” that can be eaten without utensils, such as cookies, cupcakes, cheese and crackers, empanadas, and cut-up fruit and vegetables. Items from the bake sale will be sold by donation and all proceeds will go to Romero House. We are expecting 200-300 people to attend this event.

If you plan to donate food, or if you are available to help  at the bake sale, please contact Gail Holland at or 905-427-9668.

News from the Refugee Committee
We have been meeting with representatives of St. James Cathedral congregation and also members of St. Martin in the Fields. Together we have agreed to sponsor a refugee family from Iraq. This is the first time in recent years that the other congregations have sponsored refugees. We are quite excited about working together with these congregations. We will be sharing the costs as well as the excitement, fun and hard work that this involves.

You are invited to experience the Spring Equinox with the Labyrinth Community Network.
Walk to the beat of live medieval music and to the pulsing new vigour of our long heralded spring.

Saturday, March 20
12:00 Noon
Toronto Public Labyrinth
Trinity Square Park

Everyone welcome
Fully accessible
Free of charge