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“I thirst…” Ecumenical Good Friday Walk

2016 TORONTO GOOD FRIDAY WALK TO FOCUS ON WATER

Jesus’ cry from the cross, “I am thirsty,” is the impetus for this year’s Ecumenical Good Friday Walk for Justice in downtown Toronto.

On the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, we will walk in the Lake Ontario Waterfront watershed, starting on the shore of Lake Ontario at Harbour Square Park, just west of the ferry docks at the foot of Bay Street.  Participants will gather at 2 p.m., then proceed north on Bay Street, stopping at ‘stations’ along the way to decry the unjust use of the divine gift of water leading to environmental degradation and vast numbers of refugees.

The Walk will end at the Church of the Holy Trinity (just west of the Eaton Centre) for a brief worship service and message from Jennifer Henry, Executive Director of Kairos. “The health of water is about the health of our communities — not only the quality of our relations with the earth community within watersheds, but also the nature of relationships with Indigenous peoples as the original custodians of water,” Henry says.

A simple supper will take place there at approximately 4:00 p.m. A freewill offering will support the efforts of participating social justice organizations.

As Jesus cried out in thirst from the Cross, we too thirst for justice – for the environment and for all creatures adversely affected by systems that misuse or destroy Earth, our sacred home.

History of the walk and past walk pictures on their website.

Holy Week at Holy Trinity

You are invited to join us for the whole Easter Story or just what speaks to your soul.

Services:

  • Sunday, March 20 10:30 AM Palm Sunday Service with the procession of Palms – separate program for youth and children
  • Thursday,  March 24 6:00 PM Maundy Thursday with service, supper that involves youth, children, and the San Esteban (Spanish speaking) community. A family sleepover follows
  • Friday, March 25 10:30 AM Solemn Good Friday Liturgy with Choral Music.  Program provided for young people.
  • Friday, March 25 2:00 PM Ecumenical Good Friday Walk for Justice theme this year is “I thirst…” This year the walk will begin at Lake Ontario and proceed up Bay Street to Holy Trinity.  Details on the EGFW  website
  • Saturday, March 26 8:00 PM The Great Vigil of Easter This service includes Biblical readings, the lighting of the Paschal Fire and a service of light, remembering our baptismal vows, and the First Eucharist of Easter. Young people and families are active in the leadership of the service.
  • Sunday, March 27 10:30 AM Easter Eucharist with an all ages present. We will flower the cross and share the Eucharist followed by a celebratory lunch and Easter Egg Hunt. We will use both English and Spanish in this service.

a long walk to freedom

On February 21 at 10:30am we will reprise a powerful theme from last year: “Freedom”. We’ve been digging the roots of african-american spirituals. We were particularly moved by an interview and song sharing with Joe Carter you can listen to here. I would encourage you to listen, whether you are going to attend this service or not. It is very powerful.

a long walk to freedom

The spirituals were not just songs about god, they carried hopes for literal freedom, secret resistance and, unimpressed with the religion of the masters, a claiming of the person of Jesus for themselves and as a way to reconnect with the high god they had been separated from by the ocean. While some of the language, particularly the word Lord, can be hard for some of us who consider ourselves modern and progressive, entering into the world of the composers and singers of this music was powerful for us and we hope to capture some of that power in our service this month and share it with the whole community.

The music will be mostly traditional spirituals, but we will be using a few more recent songs as well

Reflections on 1 Corinthians chapter 13 – a homily by Michael Creal

Homily Jan 31,2016 — Michael Creal

Michael Creal

Today’s readings provide rich fare for reflection and commentary but following the principle that sometimes less is more, I’m not going to deal with either the Isaiah passage or the gospel passage, important as they are. Instead, I’m going to focus on Paul, and that chapter from first Corinthians. [Ch. 13]

Just to contrast some features of the contemporary world with what Paul sets out in that famous chapter, let me draw to your attention the movie, The Big Short. If you have seen it, you will probably agree that it is pretty chilling stuff. It’s about four stock traders (and, of
course, there were many like them)in the period of the 2008 crash who saw they could make a killing by selling to unsuspecting buyers bundles of mortgages that they knew would eventually be worthless). Continue reading Reflections on 1 Corinthians chapter 13 – a homily by Michael Creal

Sunday Mornings at Holy Trinity

We worship together every Sunday at 10:30 AM

The service includes:

  • Readings, not always exclusively Biblical
  • Music on organ, piano, and sometimes with a live band
  • Prayers, spoken and sung
  • A time of sharing community news and holding that news up in prayer
  • Eucharist, sometimes known as communion or Lord’s Supper

During the service separate programming is offered for younger people. It explores themes of Social Justice, Faith Formation, Biblical Stories and the participants questions.

Sometimes the service is followed by a Forum. This is an opportunity for conversation and education on a specific topic. The 2016 schedule is still under development.

Upcoming Sundays look like this:

Breakfast at 8:00 AM, Bible Study 9:00 AM, Worship 10:30 AM

  • February 7 – Transfiguration Sunday, followed by Pancake lunch. Faith Formation for young people with Merylie Houston
  • February 14 – Lent I
  • February 21 – Lent II Worship with Fallen Angles band and Faith Formation for young people with Merylie Houston
  • February 28 – Lent III
  • March 6 – Lent IV
  • March 13 – Lent V
  • March 20 – Palm Sunday

Keepers of the Water – Wed, Jan 13 6:30 PM

KeepersOfTheWater2016“Keepers of the Water: A Vigil of Lament and Celebration” (Toronto), January 14 6:30 PM
The Church of the Holy Trinity (10 Trinity Square, beside the Eaton Centre, Toronto) will be hosting the annual Keepers of the Water vigil on Wednesday January 14 at 6:30 p.m.

Bishop Mark MacDonald, National Indigenous Anglican Bishop for the Anglican Church of Canada, will preside over this evening of reflection, song, and prayer in celebration of the blessings of water.
All are welcome at this free event.

Want to know more read about last year’s service here.

Mary’s Song

MarysSong

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

Christmas Eve & Day Services

Church of the Holy Trinity is excited to welcome you to our festive services next week.

December 24: Christmas Eve (Thursday)
7:45 PM Cider and Caroling
8:30 PM Festive Bi-lingual Eucharist with San Esteban Community

December 25: Christmas Day (Friday)
10:30 AM Eucharist with Carols

December 27: Sunday after Christmas
Lessons and Carols with Eucharist

There will be no children’s program at any of these services. However there will be materials for the children to use either in the pew or in child friendly space laid out for them.

The Spanish Speaking Congregation of San Esteban worships every Sunday at 2 PM. Visit them on Facebook.

Advent every Sunday including December 20th

advent wreathAdvent Sundays at 10:30 AM

December 20: Advent IV  Song of Mary with the Fallen Angles Band – children actively integrated into worship.

 

December 24: Christmas Eve
7:45 PM Cider and Caroling
8:30 PM Festive Bi-lingual Eucharist with San Esteban Community

December 25: Christmas Day
10:30 AM Eucharist with Carols

December 27: Sunday after Christmas
10:30 AM Lessons and Carols with Eucharist

The Spanish Speaking Congregation of San Esteban worships every Sunday at 2 PM during Advent in the Community Room in #10 Trinity Square. Visit them on Facebook.