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.

Oct 25, 2009 Proper 25 (30)

Incumbent: The Rev’d Sherman Hesselgrave
Music Director: Becca Whitla
Coordinators: Carol Clarke and 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.

THE GATHERING OF THE COMMUNITY

Welcome
Today we are concluding a visioning process that began yesterday. We
welcome visitors and invite you to sit at a table with our Incumbent
Sherman Hesselgrave.

Opening Chant:

Greeting:
All: May the grace of Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion
of the Holy Spirit be with us all. ? Hymn (All rise, in body or spirit):

Cantad al senor – Sing to Our God

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.

The Gospel Reading

Holy Gospel: Mark 10:46-52
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

Question number 3:
What am I/are you prepared to do in order to achieve this vision?
Visitors this morning are invited to sit at a table with our Incumbent
Sherman Hesselgrave.

As we move to different tables for the second round, we will sing: Mungu
Ni Mwema 0 Know that God is God.

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.

During the offertory hymn, the congregation is invited to place their
gifts in the offertory basket in the middle of the space, in front of
the altar.

Offertory Hymn:”Be Thou My Vision” Music: Traditional Irish
Words: Traditional Irish, trans/verses Byrne/Hull, alt

1. Be thou my vision, O joy of my heart,
naught be all else to me save that thou art,
thou my best thought, by day or by night.
Walking or sleeping thy presence my light.

2. Be thou my wisdom, the lamp to my feet;
Thy word, like honey, to my lips is sweet;
Thou my delight, my joy, thy command;
My dwelling ever, be the palm of thy hand.

3. Be thou my heart’s shield, O lift me in flight;
Be thou my dignity, thou my delight,
Thou my soul’s shelter, thou my high tower,
Raise thou me heavenward, O power of my power.

4. High God of heaven, my victory won,
May I reach heaven’s joys, O bright heaven’s Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my vision, O Ruler of all!

Prayers of the People: In our prayers today, we remember: in the
Anglican Cycle: Sudan; and in the Diocesan Cycle: Flemingdon Park
Ministry and the San Esteban congregation here at Holy Trinity.
The community now offers its prayers, both spoken and unspoken. Please
keep your prayers brief. Please move forward to one of the two
microphones to make your intercession, if you wish to speak it out loud.

The Great Thanksgiving

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.

Eucharistic Prayer — Oracion Eucaristica

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:

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
Please say the prayer in the language of your choice.
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 Song: Un Granito de Mostaza

?Dismissal: p. 36 in the green booklet

Please join us after the service for soup at the back of the church.

ANNOUNCEMENTS
October 25, 2009 WEEKLY NOTICES

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.

Upcoming readings:
Nov 1: All Saints: Wisdom of Solomon 3:1-9 or Isaiah 25:6-9; Psalm 24;
Revelation 21:1-6a; John 11:32-44
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

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.

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 Aine Arro, and the Echo Women’s Choir
Come and Enjoy!!
www.holytrinitytoronto.org 416-598-4521, ex 224

Oct 18, 2009 Proper 24 (29)

Incumbent: The Rev’d Sherman Hesselgrave
Music Director: Becca Whitla
Coordinators: Marilyn Ferrel and Lee Creal
Guest Homilist: Bradley Mulder

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, M5G 1B1
Tel:(416) 598-4521
www.holytrinitytoronto.org
THE GATHERING OF THE COMMUNITY

Welcome
Opening Musical Meditation
Hymn (All rise, in body or spirit):

Grreeting:
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: 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.
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…
All: Most High, your Anointed One offered himself freely as witness
against our violence, our acts of oppression, and our sin. Enlighten
us with true faith and humble obedience that seeks to serve others in
your name. AMEN. Silence

The First Reading: Isaiah 53:4-8 Reader: Chris Lind
Reader: A Reading from…
After the reading
Reader: Hear what the Spirit says to God’s people
All: Thanks be to God

Response to the Reading Please join in on the refrain.

Voices that Challenge

Second Reading: “Addicted Brain” from “Close to Addiction”
by Nancy MacDonald – an outline of Dr. Gabor Mate’s approach. Dr.
Gabor Mate worls at the safe injection site in Vancouver’s downtown
east side. Reader: Carol Clarke
After the reading
Reader: Hear what the Spirit says to the Churches
All: Thanks be to God

Hymn: “Voices that Challenge” (see refrain on previous page)
The collection will be received during the singing of this hymn.
All rise, in body or spirit for the hymn and Gospel.

Holy Gospel: Matthew 25:34-41 Reader: Len Desroches
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 Bradley Mulder

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: “Jesus Christ is Waiting”
©1988 WGRG, Iona Community, tune: Noel Nouvelet
Jesus Christ is waiting, waiting in the streets;
No one is his neighbour, all alone he eats.
Listen, O Jesus, I am lonely too.
Make me, friend or stranger, fit to wait on you

Jesus Christ is raging, raging in the streets,
Where injustice spirals and real hope retreats.
Listen, O Jesus, I am angry too.
In the Kingdom’s causes let me rage with you.

Jesus Christ is healing, healing in the streets;
Curing those who suffer, touching those he greets.
Listen, O Jesus, I have pity too.
Let my care be active, healing just like you.

Jesus Christ is dancing, dancing in the streets,
Where each sign of hatred, He, with love, defeats.
Listen, O Jesus, I should triumph too.
On suspicion’s graveyard let me dance with you.

Jesus Christ is calling, calling in the streets,
“Who will join my journey? I will guide their feet.”
Listen, O Jesus, Let my fears be few.
Walk one step before me; I will follow you.

Prayers of the People: In our prayers today, we remember: in the
Anglican Cycle: The Gulf, Pakistan; and in the Diocesan Cycle: Durham
and Northumberland 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.

Communion Anthem:
God is Passionate Life, p. 45 in the green book

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 for soup at the back of the church.
This is an opportunity to engage in conversation
with our guest homilist.

Parish Vestry Weekend Countdown

In two weeks, Saturday and Sunday, October 24 and 25, as many of us as
possible will gather to discuss what we want for our community in the
future. The Planning Team has been asking over the summer, ‘what is
the one question that, if we could answer it, would make the most
difference to our life together?’

Lunch will be provided both days, and there will be a Children’s
Program. Sign up today in church or call the office at 416-598-4521
x222. Please plan to be there, to make sure your voice and wishes for
the future of Holy Trinity are heard.

Planning Team: Chris Lind, Nola Crewe, Sue Crowe Connolly, Nancy
Whitla, Carole Clark, Jean Robinson, or Sherman Hesselgrave.
The Holy Trinity Choir will be meeting on Thursday evenings from Oct
29 – Dec.5, between 7 and 8:30 p.m. All welcome.

Upcoming readings: Oct 25: Job 42:1-6, 10-17 or Jeremiah 31:7-9 Psalm
34:1-8, (19-22) or Psalm 126; Hebrews 7:23-28; Mark 10:46-52
Nov 1 (All Saints): Wisdom of Solomon 3:1-9 or Isaiah 25:6-9;
Psalm 24; Revelation 21:1-6a; John 11:32-44
Visitors are warmly welcome at Holy Trinity.

Homeless memorial remembers those who died on the streets

By John Bonnar, Rabble.ca | August 15, 2009

They held candles, bowed their heads and observed a moment of silence for the men, women and children who died of homelessness in Toronto.

“This month we have no new names that must be added,” said the minister.

“Not that we know of anyway,” said one of the mourners.

“We pray this month we were spared more deaths,” added the minister.

On the second Tuesday of the month, they gather outside the Church of the Holy Trinity to mourn the dead. The Homeless Memorial, a small wooden structure near the steps to the entrance, contains over 600 names of those who have lived and died on the streets.

… read the whole article.

Community is Letting Go of Fear

Mike Harris, in repealing the Employment Equity Act, said: only those viewed as
competitive deserve a job.  On the other hand, in lowering the welfare rates,
he said only those who had a job deserved an adequate income.  At the same he
changed the Tenant Protection Act so that people without a job or without
adequate income could be evicted for not paying their rent.  Mike Harris was
violent. He forced people to live and die on the street.  However Mike Harris
is not seen as violent.  He is seen as upholding the values of our survival of
the fittest economy.

Victims of violence, myself included, usually respond to violence with
violence.  Many of the victims of Mike Harris’ policies feel powerless,
helpless defeated, devalued and thrown away.  Some escape their subsistence
lives by using suicidal addiction of drugs and alcohol

I am afraid of people who are drunk.  I perceive their behaviour as being out
of control.  I fear I might be physically hurt.  I am vulnerable. But how much
of this fear is real, and how much of it is my projection, I do not know: it
depends on the individual.  I want to run away.  I want to exclude
“them”.  Yet. I know in my bones the violence of exclusion.  I know what
it is like to be a label, seen only as part of an unwanted group—a
‘them’.   I know what it is like to be treated according to another
persons idea of who I am, rather then who I actually am as an individual
person.  I know what it’s like to be left on the periphery of a community,
ignored and excluded. (Fortunately, you at Holy Trinity have gotten to know me
as a person)

Our scripture today is about inclusion.  We read about an Eunuch, someone
rejected, despised and outcast by the early Christian Community..  He wants to
be baptized:  he wants to belong.

Jean Vanier describes the needs of an alcoholic in his book “Be Not
Afraid.”  I shall name the alcoholic John
{John} “is told that he needs to stop drinking: it’s bad for his
health.  But he doesn’t need to be told that—he’s been vomiting all
day…What he wants is to find someone who will give him the force, the
motivation, the thirst for life….He needs strength, he needs to be attached to
someone who will give him life and courage, the peace and the love,. which will
help him…not to take drugs, not to drink, not to be depressed”  [95]

Sara Miles, in her book “Takes this Bread” talks about the challenge of
setting up a food pantry at St. Gregory’s, San Francisco,  Initially, the food
pantry was for people living in nearby housing project. But to her astonishment
it ended up a food pantry run by the people who used the food pantry.

“Just as St. Gregory’s encouraged laypeople to serve as deacons in its
liturgies, at the pantry, the people I thought of as “pantry deacons”—our
volunteers—weren’t a select or professional group….[More and more] were
unofficial; visitors who came to get groceries and then stuck around to help.
They were more often misfits; jobless or homeless or [psychiatric survivors} or
just really poor.  They’d stand in line for weeks, then one day they would
ask if we needed a hand..  The next week, they’d show up early, and the next,
they’d be redesigning our system, explaining to me how things could work
better.  Little by little, these new volunteers were beginning to run the
pantry.

Sara soon found that more and more her role was to listen:   When someone
steals, acts out, loses there temper, there is generally a reason.   Listening
involves being present;  Putting aside one’s own concerns and being present
to the story on another person.  It means imaging what it feels like to live
the story of another person.  Not Easy..

Sara describes her experience of listening:

So I’d sit down with people and let them talk: I’d listen and put my hands
on them at some point.

…I get people like Ed, a fiftyish white guy with long hair who’d frequently
flop down on the curb, begging for help.  One of our most insane and drug addicted visitors, he’d sob and
rant. In no particular sequence, about the secret lessons of First Corinthians,
his imaginary machine gun, his father and the immanence of the Day of
Judgment, the evils of the VA hospital, and his present need for healing
prayer.  I’d sit down on the sidewalk with him and wipe his nose. “Oh
God,’ he’d say. “I can’t go on like this. Help me, help me.:  I was
sort of fond of Ed, despite his hysteria, so I pat his stringy arm and murmur
until he calmed down a bit, then fetch a snack, make a sign of the cross on his
dirty forehead, and send him on his way with a few bags of food. (131)

As people bond together becoming community, support comes from people
unexpectedly. Sara describes;

…I was outside, trying to chat with Christa, the lady with bright pink hair.
I could hear one of our meanest drunks shouting and being nasty to people at the
end of the line.  I went over and asked if he wanted food.  “Hell yeah,”
he snarled.  I could tell he wanted really badly to hit me.
An enormous black guy started to come over, protectively.
“I’m Dave,” he said…his voice was amused and gentle. “You need
help.”  I told Dave no, it was Okay, and walked the drunk away from the line,
telling him I’d get him some food.  When I came back out with the groceries,
the drunk was sitting down on the curb and he’d yanked up a handful of pansies
from our garden and was holding them out to me roots and all.  “Here, he
slurred, ‘for you. I like you  These are for you.  [135-138]

Sara writes about the bonding of community

…Traditionally, Lent was a time of preparation for the death and rebirth of
our baptism….At St. Gregory’s, and especially at the food pantry,   Lent
was embodied in my experience with others.  I could feel it as more then a
metaphor:  Together at the pantry, we really were turning into a people…
We were dying to our individual selves and becoming a
body.  It had sore places and unhealed scars: it wasn’t perfect, but it was
beautiful.  It was Christ body or…a church..  {169-170}

Sara talks about the change in Teddy one of the food pantry users and volunteers

Teddy said he’d hit bottom two years before he walked through our doors.
“I’d been up for seven days straight on meth’ he told me…and finally
crashed under the bridge where I had a little encampment.  When I woke up,
there were rats crawling on me.  That was the moment when something inside me
said, Get out of here and start getting help…
“But,” Teddy went on. “I came here for food, and
then I thought I could volunteer, and volunteering changed me.  After all those
years of being a drug addict, living on the streets, this gave me tht sense that
there was the possibility of happiness again.  Now every time I give out food
and make contact and am able to smile at somebody, even if I can’t speak their
language, I’m just really touched—I’m being fed by it. [214-215]

Teddy still had relapses and fights and weeks of almost unmanageable anxiety,
but being one of the people in charge of the pantry had become what he called a
kind of spiritual practice.  He looked at me earnestly.  ‘It’s very easy
for me to try to control people,” he said.  “But when I’m not sarcastic
or arrogant or egotistical,  I see that the qualities in people that frustrate
me are really about me.  It’s not just about feeding people who come to the
pantry with food.  It’s about nourishing them with love.
[246]

Sara sums up the experience of the food pantry:

“This was the hunger that first drew me to the Table at St. Gregory’s.  It
was the same hunger that drew parents to the pantry to get groceries and brought
them back to blurt out
Help or thank you or some other real word.  It was the hunger of the
volunteers, with their yearning for jokes, lunch, company and work to do.  It
was the hunger of everyone who gave us dollar bills, cans of hominy, apples from
their backyard, huge checks… It was a hunger that had to do with the bodies of
strangers, with offering everything we had, giving away control and receiving
what we needed to live.  Communion.  I wanted communion

On Thursday, as I was leaving Holy Trinity, a man held the door for me.  I
recognized him as one of the people living on the square.  I’m sorry I
don’t know his name.  I asked him;’ How are you doing?”  This is the
House of the Lord, “ he replied, “I am safe here.”

Marilyn Ferrel

The organ as metaphor

I imagine each of us has a different story of how we came to love organ music. Two things did it for me as a missionary kid growing up at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro: a 7-inch extended play 45-rpm recording of Thurston Dart playing some of Handel’s Aylesford pieces*, and a one-manual, 6-stop Walcker tracker organ that arrived in crates, a gift to our local church, from the Leipzig Missionary Society. My Dad, who had a bit of an engineering background, got the job of putting it together, and I, with some guidance from my piano teacher, got to play for services.

Three decades later, as the Chair of the Liturgy and Music Commission of the diocese where I served before moving to Toronto, I watched more and more congregations moving away from organ music, and for a variety of reasons: Fewer and fewer people could play the organ (at one point I read a frightening remark that there were more organ builders than organ majors—not a sustainable situation); for others, the organ represented the past, and signified an aesthetic with severe limitations. The expense of a pipe organ was another barrier, and in more than one situation, I was called in to mediate conversations between church members who felt it was immoral to be spending so much money on an organ, money that should better be given to the poor. In every instance, I tried to help people understand that both/and had a few advantages over either/or.

There is a reason, I have come to believe, that the organ became the archetypical musical instrument of the church—quite apart from all the glorious music that has been written for it. As the all-time champion of wind instruments, the organ is the perfect metaphor for the relationship between God and the Church. You probably have heard that, in both Hebrew and Greek (the principal languages of the Bible), the words for Spirit, wind, and breath are the same: in Hebrew it’s ruah; in Greek, pneuma. The wind that makes the pipes of an organ sound, and the breath that enables us to sing, are both like the Spirit of God, that blows where it will, breathing life into us and empowering us to do the things God has given us to do.

The Valley of Dry Bones reading, which we usually hear at the Easter Eve service, suggested itself, because all summer, the pipes and parts of this great instrument lay strewn about the church like so many bones, bleached by the sun, as they waited their turn to be reassembled so that, when the wind was turned on again—naturally, it blew a fuse the first time—the breath of life would course through the organ’s winding.

In its nearly 40 years of life, this instrument has comforted mourners at funerals, brought joy to hundreds of baptisms and wedding parties, and of course, helped a congregation to raise its voice in praise to God each week. In the decades to come, it will bring joy and comfort and inspiration to thousands of listeners and worshippers, and for this we give glory to God, and gratitude to the Rathgeb family and to the congregation of Deer Park United Church for the vision to bring this fine instrument to life so that we might all enjoy its beauty and power for generations to come.

* Recorded on “one of the largest and most beautiful of the 17th
century English organs still remaining.” [1958] St. John’s Church,
Wolverhampton

“Fan into a flame the gift that God gave you”

Our affections and beliefs are wiser than we; the best that is in us is better than we can understand; for it is grounded beyond experience, and guides us, blindfold but safe, from one age on to another.

Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson wrote these words in the dedication of a collection of his youthful writings and his Ethical Papers. I had picked up the book at a yard sale years ago, but finally got around to reading it this week, and when I read the passage above I flashed on Paul’s words to Timothy: “fan into a flame the gift that God gave you…” (2 Tim. 1:6)

As we looked around this week and watched the financial markets reel and tumble, I’m sure I was not the only one wondering how on earth, with all the Ivy-League brain-power on Wall Street, no one saw this scenario coming. The blinding ability of greed, perhaps.

I see a more hopeful scenario as we look to the future at Holy Trinity. In the three months I’ve been in Toronto, I have seen glimpses of the goodness and gifts that reside in the members of this community, and the future they envision is not powered by self-interest, but by a deep and rich desire to live out the gospel values, engaging the brokenness of the world with compassion. May God’s Spirit continue to blow on our embers and fan us into a roaring flame.

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