Deep Transformation (Homily for February 12, 2017)

Readings:   Deut. 30:15-20     Psalm 119:1-8      1 Cor. 3:1-9     Matthew 5:21-27

Sherman Hesselgrave

Canticle of Transformation

Transform us, O God, as we walk with your grace;
your Word since creation has shown us your face.
Entrust us with vision of your reign on earth;
from chaos and corruption bring us to new birth.

When we flee, like Jonah, our calling from you,
you do not desert us to gloom in a slough.
To trust and to wholeness you call us once more,
and deep in our being we find faith restored.

As Jesus in story true love did portray:
a parent’s compassion for a child gone astray.
The prodigal in us may lead us to roam;
but may we be blessed with outstretched arms of home.

Saint Paul was transformed by a vision of Christ;
his new-found vocation: the world to entice
to One who had sojourned God’s news to make known,
a Light to the nations, and death overthrown.

© 2012 Sherman Hesselgrave

The hymn we sang between the Epistle and the Gospel, Canticle of Transformation, was written in the summer of 2012, when I was invited to coordinate worship for a week at the Sorrento Centre, on the shores of Shuswap Lake in British Columbia. According to their mission statement, “Sorrento Centre is a holy place of transformation for learning, healing, and belonging.” Transformation is a consistent theme in the Bible—including all three of today’s readings—and it is a theme that runs through the Church’s history, sometimes disrupting the status quo in dramatic ways. Continue reading Deep Transformation (Homily for February 12, 2017)

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. 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.

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An Evening with the Marion Singers January 28

Come join us for a night of music and drinks in support of a great cause!

refugee-committee

 

 

 

 

 

We will open the doors of Church of the Holy Trinity, 19 Trinity Square, Toronto at 7 pm

Price: Adult:$20
Student:$15

Drinks available for purchase throughout the evening

Purchase tickets online  Print our Marion-singers-poster

For more information on the Church and its Refugee Committee, check us out online.

Have any questions? Feel free to email us at:
holytrinityrefugee@gmail.com

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By then end of 2015, The United Nations Refugee Agency reported 65.3 million people were displaced from their homes. This means every 60 seconds, 24 people were forced to flee due to conflict or persecution.

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