Category Archives: Worship Services

Anglican Nuns

SSJD-community-photo-Nov2014cYes, we have two Anglican orders of religious women in Canada; the Community of the Sisters of the Church and the Sisterhood of St. John the Divine. This latter order(pictured above) recently sent us their newsletter and a calendar of upcoming events.

Food for the SOUL 2015 to 2016 offers one day reflective events and longer weekend events like Listen to Your life a weekend event led by our own Sherman Hesselgrave. Some of the events are more action oriented like a writers workshop with Kathleen Norris.

You can also choose to simply retreat for the day or days on your own or seek the guidance of a sister. They are happy to host you in the guesthouse and you can discover more here. They also welcome people to join them in their regular worship.

The Sisterhood of St. John the Divine is a contemporary expression of the religious life for women within the Anglican Church of Canada. Nurtured by our founding vision of prayer, community and ministry, we are open and responsive to the needs of the church and the contemporary world, continually seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit in our life and ministry.

This community is one of several spiritual resources that we have close to home and will be looking at ways to share and highlight these communities in the coming months.

Lammas Day – Aug 1

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Lammas Day is a traditional festival giving thanks for the beginning of harvest. Historically there was a custom of bringing a freshly baked loaf of bread to church and in some traditions the loaf was broken and left in the four corners of the barn to protect the grain.

St. Stephen in the Fields will celebrate Lammas Day this Saturday at 7 PM behind the Scadding Court Community Centre at Dundas and Bathurst.

Together,we bless the produce of the community garden, and bread freshly baked in the park’s wood-fired oven. We remember that even in the city we depend on the goodness of the natural world, and we celebrate the nurture, growth and richness of urban agriculture and food production. The service will be followed by a potluck; please bring food to share if you can.

Read more in this article about a previous St Stephen’s in the Fields celebration.

 

Unsettling the Settler – Service & Parish Picnic June 21 11:00 AM – the picnic is on

the picnic is on!

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Service & Picnic on Sunday, June 21, 2015 @ 11:00 AM in Area 26 in High Park (directions below)

NO SERVICE AT THE CHURCH (open for drop in breakfast 8 to 9 AM)

Join us at High Park and invite others! We will bring our hearing assist devices to connect to the portable PA.

Today the worship service is led by Holy Trinity’s band Fallen Angles in a pop vein. We strive for an integrated experience that affects everyone who comes. This month our theme is “Unsettling the Settler” which will continue to explore our relationship with the First Peoples of this land in light of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Anglican Church #22Days campaign. June 21 is National Aboriginal Day.

Picnic: The parishes of San Esteban and St. Paul’s will be joining us. Between the three communities the barbeques & propane, beverages, hamburgers & veggie burgers will be provided.

Please bring a picnic side dish to share with a serving utensil. Plates, napkins, & cutlery will be provided. You may want to bring a folding chair or blanket to sit on.

Picnic Games will be played if we have enough (8 to 12 people would be nice) to play: three legged race, sack race, sponge toss, etc. Please bring the young and young-at-heart ready to participate in games!
Come ready for a good time and please dress for the weather. There is a covered shelter and we hope to go on regardless of weather.

Ways of getting to the park:
Toronto Transit
1) Take the 506 Carlton streetcar to the end of the line (High Park Loop) walk back out to Parkside Drive and go south or right to High  Park Blvd where you turn right to enter the park. Walk past the washrooms to Area 26 picnic shelter on your left.

2) Take the Bloor Subway to the Keele Station (Keele becomes  Parkside at Bloor) –it’s a bit of a walk, (the 80 Queensway bus does not run on Sunday) Simply walk straight down Parkside Drive and turn right to enter the park. Walk past the washrooms to Area 26 picnic shelter on your left.

Drive – there is parking if you follow High Park Blvd into the park where it becomes Deer Pen Road. Drive past Area 26 picnic shelter and you will find parking on your left.

Wheel-Trans can drive right up to the shelter to drop off

If you are lost call Sherman 416-527-4860

Bicycle Blessing & Doors Open this Sunday, May 24th

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The church will be open at noon as part of Great Gulf Doors Open Toronto.  We will  be holding a Bicycle Blessing at 12:30 PM outside the west doors of the church. This year’s theme is Recreation, Sport, & Leisure. We invite you to visit the church, enjoy some time of re-creation for your soul and celebrate the spirituality of physical movement and the history of this place. There will be music:

  • 12:00 – 12:20 Fallen Angles play
  • 12:30 – 12:50 Ian G playing and demonstrating organ
  • 1:00 – 1:20 Michael S & Marty duo
  • 1:20 – 2:15 Penthelia Singers will perform a 45 minutes concert of selections from our spring concert, “Music of the Americas
  • 2:20 – 4:30 organ played and demonstrated

May 24, Worship: The Spirit’s Fire – Decolonizing Our Hearts

Once a month our worship service is led by our local band, Fallen Angles, in a pop vein. The service is always thematic and uses contemporary music, both popular and liturgical. We strive for an integrated experience that affects everyone who comes.

This month our theme is “The Spirit’s Fire – Decolonizing Our Hearts”. We’ll be engaging with the Spirit’s call to compassion and action. We’ll sing, reflect and plant a heart garden in remembrance of the children who attended the Indian Residential Schools.

We’ll be joined by local singer-songwriter, Lynn Harrison.

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Palm Sunday – Disrupting Empire

fist-palm3The story of Palm Sunday is a story of theatrical resistance: a usurping of entrenched authority. The procession into Jerusalem parodied the imperial triumphus of the roman occupiers and even that of earlier Jewish kings. Christ’s entry into Jerusalem claimed the imagery of power and turned it on its head–a donkey, not a war horse; children, beggars, parents and labourers, not an army and priests.  His entry proclaimed not imperial power, but a new realm of peace: a place where what matters are not the powers, but the people and the land itself.

Join Fallen Angles and the whole community of Holy Trinity as we consider Christ’s disruptive power in the face of empire, both then and now, in story, movement and song.

March 29 at 10:30am