At 5pm today all are invited to gather at the SW corner of Yonge and Dundas to mourn the death of the man who died there last night of hypothermia and cardiac arrest. City warming shelters were not open and the regular shelters are full.
Holy Trinity folks are invited to join with the congregation of San Esteban at 3 p.m. this coming Sunday to mark the 10th anniversary of their congregation sharing space at Holy Trinity.
Bishop Philip Poole will be on hand. (The congregation first started worshiping at St. Stephen-in-the-Fields parish on College Street, and have continued as part of a different episcopal area from us.)
For those newer to HT, the two congregations signed an agreement entitled ‘En Amistad’ (In Friendship) when we entered into this
relationship 10 years ago. Sara Boyles was instrumental in bringing this about. Nancy Whitla, Sherman and I sit on the steering committee, along with Irma Romero, Carmen Garcia and Fr Maurice Francois.
In case you want to know more about St Stephen, the church’s first martyr, there are two whole chapters about him -Acts 6 and 7.
He was the first named of seven deacons appointed to see to the fair distribution of food in the community, because the widows were being neglected. He also stuck his neck out with the religious authorities, hence the martyrdom.
P.S. The Feast of the Epiphany will be celebrated at the 10:30 a.m. service this Sunday.
Keepers of the Water: A Vigil of Lament and Celebration
Church of The Holy Trinity
Wed, Jan 14, 2015 at 6:30 pm
Presiding, Bishop Mark MacDonald
We won’t save a place we don’t love;
we can’t love a place we don’t know;
and we can’t know a place we haven’t learned.
- Ched Myers
Advent Services 10:30 AM Sundays December 7, 14, & 21.
On Advent Sundays from 9:00 to 9:30 AM there is a Bible Study on Gender Justice, using a resource from the Church of Ireland.
December 14, Advent III will be an interactive service for people of all ages. with musical leadership from the band Fallen Angles. December 7 & 21 will have separate programming for children. Toddlers are welcome to be in the sanctuary with family and can use our carpet and toys as they wish.
During Advent come to one of 12 performances of The Christmas Story. It is a great tradition to start or continue beginning December 5th. Tickets can be reserved on the right sidebar.
Wed, Dec 24, Christmas Eve 7:30 PM Mulled Cider and Caroling 8:30 Festival Eucharist with Traditional and Contemporary Music
Thurs, Dec 25 Christmas Day 10:30 AM Eucharist with Carols
Sunday December 28 10:30 AM Eucharist with Readings and Carols
Sunday, January 4 10:30 AM Epiphany Sunday
Advent Sermon by Jennifer Henry
I met Bishop Sofie Petersen at the World Council of Churches Assembly in Busan. An Indigenous woman, the Lutheran Bishop of Greenland, she is rooted in the challenges and experiences of her community and spiritually wise. I had the delight of listening in on an animated discussion between Bishop Sofie and National Indigenous Bishop Mark MacDonald, former Bishop of Alaska, about the delicacies of Arctic foods I could not even imagine. Bishop Sofie wants us to know that two of her churches need to move because the permafrost is disappearing in her country, foundations “bowing and bending”, the churches cannot be saved. Hunters and fishermen are being dramatically affected by extreme weather. The shrimp population is decreasing and hungry polar bears are showing up in towns. She, on the frontlines of climate change, begs us to see what’s coming everywhere: stay awake.
The pilgrimage began early in the morning at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, where churchwarden Michael Shapcott, who has been involved in housing advocacy in Toronto for many years, provided some historical context for the drastic decrease in social housing since the mid-1980s.
Bonnie Briggs, founder of the Toronto Homeless Memorial, then shared some of her own experiences as a homeless person on the streets of Toronto. “I first became homeless in 1987,” she said. “The landlord of the place we were living at sold the house. We were told that the new owner wanted the whole house for himself. Three months later we were on the street.”
Surviving Huronia: An art show about the Huronia Regional Centre by survivors and their allies on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014 6:30-9:00PM
Marie Slark and Patricia Seth will deliver words of welcome and opening remarks at 7 PM. The will speak to their experience of surviving the Huronia Regional Centre, reflect on the class action settlement, and speak to the question, ‘how can art help to bring justice for survivors of Huronia?’
Surviving Huronia is an event that tells the story of the experience of Huronia through first-hand accounts by some of the people who survived it. Continue reading Surviving Huronia Art Show December 2, 2014
Church of the Holy Trinity has joined 160 organizations across Canada in opposing provisions in the budget bill (Bill C-43) that would open to the door to refugee claimants being denied social assistance.
In an open letter to Minister of Finance Joe Oliver sent today (November 18) the organizations ask for the withdrawal of sections 172 and 173 of the bill, which would allow provinces to deny social assistance based on immigration status.
Refugee claimants, who are among the most vulnerable in our society, could be denied the crucial lifeline that allows them to survive and begin to rebuild their lives in Canada.
This legislative initiative is similar to the denial of healthcare to refugee claimants, which the Federal Court recently ruled was “cruel and unusual”.
Continue reading Help stop the cruel treatment of refugees
Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18 Psalm 90 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 Matthew 25:14-29 (Homily for November 16th)
Building One Another Up
The Parable of the Talents (or Bags of Gold in the translation used today–to convey that a talent was a very large sum of money) is a parable that appears only in the Gospel of Matthew, so we encounter it only once every three years in our cycle of liturgical readings. But it’s a well-known Bible passage, so is there a way of approaching it that isn’t cliché? Then I came across what was for me a fresh insight in the analysis of one interpreter. Because of the condemnation heaped on the third servant, I had never considered the point Bernard Brandon Scott makes: that it’s most likely that Jesus’ original audience would have initially identified most strongly with the third servant. The average peasant did not look kindly on wealthy people who multiplied their wealth ‘without sowing,’ i.e., without honest labor. The prudent and just thing to do with one’s wealth was precisely to bury it. Jesus’ audience would have favored the actions of the third servant. [Bernard Brandon Scott, Hear then the Parable, pp. 219ff] They didn’t need an Occupy Wall Street movement to tell them that money under that mattress or buried in the back yard might have an advantage.
On November 22, we will be visiting together 5 local places that are responding to homelessness/housing needs in their neighbourhoods. This could be good for parishes looking for inspiration/direction regarding outreach initiatives, for individuals wanting to get involved in local outreach, or for people just interested in learning more about housing and homelessness in Toronto. We will have mutliple leaders from each congregation present (people with lived experience, priests, coordinators, etc.) and will journey by bus through the city, from 8am-3:30pm that day.
The costs are all covered by the Anglican National Church office, lunch and transit are included. But registration is needed!