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Lost Together

a homily at HT, April 27, 2014

We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.”

There is a famous (or infamous) story in this congregation about a father who insisted on reading the Nicene creed at his daughter’s baptism. And then again at his son’s. How irritating! That’s not a statement we can get behind at Holy Trinity. However, that annoying man was and is a valued member of this community.

He was a warden for a time, he served on the diocesan doctrine and worship committee, spent ten years pouring himself into youth ministry in this diocese, toured with a liturgical band bringing the good news to parishes all over. He even, for a time, considered himself something of an evangelist.

Some of you who know that man know that over time he became more and more like Thomas of the gospel today in his desire for proof, or at least strong indications, of god’s presence. You may think or have heard that he has lost his faith. Continue reading

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Sold out for Silver photos

“Sold out for Silver” was the theme of this year’s Ecumenical
Good Friday Walk for Justice, which started and ended with worship at Holy Trinity. Walkers visited
four stations in the downtown core to note modern-day crucifixions including environmental degradation,
human trafficking, unjust trials of refugee claimants and homelessness.

Photo by Josh Harrower
Gathered at Holy Trinity for an Ecumenical Good Friday service. Photo by Josh Harrower.

More photos available on the event Facebook page.

The empty tomb the kids made set up in front of the altar.

Easter service photos 2014

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“Lost Together” with the Fallen Angles

Our band, The Fallen Angles, are playing at the 10:30am service on Sunday, April 27. The theme is “Lost Together”. Lots of music and a mix of ancient and modern stories and poems. Hope you’ll come join us.

FallenAngles_logo1 Holy Trinity is at 19 Trinity Square. Trinity Square is centred between Bay, Dundas, Yonge and Queen, hidden in the canyon of the Eaton Centre and Marriott Hotel.


The Church of the Holy Trinity is a community of people who seek to express their faith through lives of integrity, justice and compassion. We foster lay leadership, include the doubter and the marginalized, and challenge oppression wherever it may be found.

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April 26: Refugee Committee Fundraising Dinner

On Saturday April 26th, the refugee committee of the Church of the Holy Trinity will host a dinner to raise funds for our important work sponsoring refugees.

“Rising for Refugees” will be a great evening with music by Common Thread Community Chorus of Toronto, the Fallen Angles, and Guy Smagghe of Welcome Soleil.  Delicious food will be home-cooked by families we have sponsored (and others) from Iran, Iraq, El Salvador, Sri Lanka, and other places.
The keynote speakers are Loly Rico and Francisco Rico-Martinez, long-time refugee rights defenders and co-directors of the FCJ Refugee Centre in Toronto.

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Created for Community (Homily for Lent 1)

Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7    Psalm 32      Romans 5:12-19     Matthew 4:1-11

 Created for Community

 by Sherman Hesselgrave

Human beings were created for relationship—relationship with one another, and relationship with God. When God realized it was not right that Adam should be alone, God set about to create a companion for him—‘companion,’ a word whose roots are in sharing bread together. The stories from Genesis and Matthew that we hear again today are foundational stories for us. The story of Jesus’ temptation in Matthew is Shakespeare’s reference when, in The Merchant of Venice, Antonio says to Bassanio: “The devil can cite scripture for his purpose.” The stories are foundational because they show us how our relationships with God and others can be distorted or corrupted by our everyday human desires.

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Holy Week and Easter at Holy Trinity

The empty tomb with garden
The empty tomb with garden

Sunday, April 13  PALM SUNDAY  10:30 AM  (English only); Domingo de Ramos 2:00 PM (en español)
Thursday, April 17 MAUNDY THURSDAY 6:00 PM Supper and Maundy Thursday liturgy (with San Esteban Community)
Friday, April 18  GOOD FRIDAY LITURGY 10:30 AM; 2:00 PM Ecumenical Good Friday Walk for Justice.
Saturday, April 19, GREAT VIGIL OF EASTER  8:00 PM (English only)
Sunday, April 20, EASTER DAY SERVICE 10:30 AM (with San Esteban Community)

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The flowered cross

loving justice in the heart of the city