Journeys to Light: An Epiphany Homily

Readings: Isaiah 60:1-6     Ephesians 3:1-12     Matthew 2:1-12

Sherman Hesselgrave, homilist

Epiphany is about revelation, disclosure, making one’s presence known, shining a light on things. In the Christian tradition, the season of Epiphany is a time when we hear the stories of God’s self-disclosure through the public ministry of Jesus, beginning with Jesus’ baptism by John the Baptist in the River Jordan. We will hear more about that story next week. Today’s gospel is a flashback to a kind of magical story—although I don’t suppose ‘magical’ is the correct adjective that goes with Magi, who appear from a distant eastern land in Matthew’s narrative of Jesus’ infancy, on account of their astrological reading of the stars.

Over the last couple weeks, as I was reflecting on today’s readings, one of the features that pushed to the front was the different ways that God’s self-disclosure is facilitated. The prophet Isaiah has received a vision of a hopeful future now that the harrowing period of exile has passed. The letter to the Ephesians recalls Pauls’ own dramatic revelatory encounter with the risen Christ, and his reaching the conclusion that Jesus’ message was not just for Jews, but for all humanity. Then we get to the three astrologers who have been guided by activity in the heavens. There is one other medium of disclosure that is part of today’s gospel, but was left out of the bulletin: [v.12] “And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by a different road.” Dreams are yet another way that God has enlightened people. Continue reading Journeys to Light: An Epiphany Homily

Homeless Memorial January 10 noon

Join us next week for the first 2017 memorial. We will gather outside for 20 to 30 minutes and then enjoy a light lunch together inside.

There maybe an opportunity to create quilt squares.

This event and the actual recording of names takes on even more importance in the face of new approaches to counting people without homes.

Read The Globe and Mail article

Go to our main memorial page

Keepers of the Water Vigil 7:00 PM Jan 11

All are welcome to join us on Wednesday, January 11 at 7 PM for this moving reflective service.

 

Organized by Toronto Urban Native Ministry, the Diocese of Toronto Creation Matters committee, and the Church of the Holy Trinity, this service incorporates Indigenous and Christian traditions around the blessing of water and valuing of its role in God’s creation.

Bishop-elect Riscylla Walsh Shaw will preside.

 

Sermon for Ordination of Michael Shapcott to the Diaconate December 4

Ordination of Michael Shapcott to the Diaconate
Church of the Holy Trinity, Toronto, December 4, 2016
A Sermon by Maylanne Maybee

 

 

How glad I am on this Advent evening to be in this hopeful place with this prophetic company of people – gathered to remember the Human One, Jesus the Christ, in the breaking of bread, to commemorate Nicholas Ferrar, deacon, gathered to ordain our friend Michael to the diaconate in the laying on of hands, gathered to be nurtured and sent forth as agents of God’s transforming justice.

How glad I am to celebrate this evening with Michael and with so many others! I’ve known Michael off and on over the years. We have followed parallel and sometimes intersecting paths in the cause of housing for those who face homelessness. I was delighted when I first heard he was discerning a call to the diaconate, delighted to see him at General Synod this summer, delighted to be invited to be your homilist this evening on this wonderful occasion.

Continue reading Sermon for Ordination of Michael Shapcott to the Diaconate December 4

Worship hosted by Refugee Committee 10:30 AM December 11

10:30 AM Worship service including Erefugee-trioucharist/Communion prepared by The Holy Trinity Refugee Committee
and the Sidra Project

Including an immersive experience viewing the short film
Clouds over Sidra
using virtual reality technology.

After the service you will be invited to engage in a dialogue
About the Sidra experience, the global refugee crisis and hear about
the work of our refugee committee.

Final four shows Thursday, Friday, Saturday!

This dramatisation of the nativity story has been performed every December since 1938. It was first performed at St. Martin’s-in-the-fields in London and brought to Toronto complete with script and costumes by Patricia Frank who was the daughter of St. Martin’s vicar and then married his student John Frank who became priest at Holy Trinity. 2016 performances:

Evening shows 7:30 PM:  Thursday, December 22 and Friday, December 23

Afternoon shows 4:30 PM: Saturday, December 24

Special for this year! Christmas Eve at 1:30 PM

Book Tickets

loving justice in the heart of the city