Homily for November 9th (Areeta Bridgemohan)

Good morning! My name is Areeta and I am a student from Trinity College, doing a placement here at Holy Trinity for the fall semester. It has been a great privilege to worship with you and to participate in the life of this community.

When I read over the passages for today –I groaned internally. Harsh prophecy voicing God’s dissatisfaction, Paul’s concrete description of the Second Coming – topped off with a judgment parable! Each individual piece evokes discomfort – and together they amplify that discomfort.

From what I know of this community, I imagine that I am not alone in these sentiments.
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Solidarity – Fallen Angles Nov 23

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 Solidarity. We’ll be singing songs and hearing words of hope and protest. Join us and be moved to action.

Fallen Angles, Sep 2014

Chris Lind Memorial

Photo_Dr_Christopher_LindThe memorial service in Toronto for Chris Lind will take place at Holy Trinity on Saturday, November 8th at 2:00 PM. It will be a bit different from the usual Holy Trinity memorial service, in that there have already been three celebrations of his life: at Christ Cathedral in Vancouver, interment at the Sorrento Centre, and a memorial service in Saskatoon.
There are plans underway to hold the Christopher Lind Moral Economy Symposium at Holy Trinity next year.

Render Unto Caesar

by Michael Shapcott

Sometimes a handful of words in the Bible can be wrenched with violence out of context in order to support a position that is pernicious. Take today’s Gospel reading of the Pharisees trying to trick Jesus. The phrase often plucked out of this little passage is part of verse 21 that most of us know by heart in the poetical language of the King James Version:

“Render therefore unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s.”

This story was obviously considered important to early Christians as it is repeated, in somewhat similar form, in Mark and Luke.

Skip forward to Romans 13 and we read, once again, in the good old KJV, ‘let every soul be subject to higher powers’ in verse 1 and the word ‘render’ appears once again in verse 7. In fact, the margins notes in my old and beloved King James Bible has these three phrases next to the first few verses in Romans 13 – Duty to the State, Authority of the State, Duties of Citizenship.

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Billy Joel & Elton John are fundraising for HT!

Acting Up Stage Company presents UnCovered: Billy Joel & Elton John.BJEJ-church_of_holy_trinity-sep222014

Don’t miss it–Wednesday, November 12 or Thursday, November 13, 8 pm, Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor Street West.

A donation from the sale of each ticket will be made to Holy Trinity.   Click on the thumbnail image for full information.  For ticket purchase,  using promo code “Square”, please click on the link below:

http://tickets.rcmusic.ca/Public/show_events_list.asp?shcode=1023

Sun Oct 26 – Death and Loss with Fallen Angles

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 death and loss as we approach all hallows and all saints. We will be featuring the music of Carrie Newcomer, Grievous Angels, Marty Haugen, Stephen Foster, Bobby McFerrin. There will also be contemporary readings and time to reflect on the losses in our lives.

Fallen Angles, Sep 2014

Music and Children featured this Sunday, September 14

Holy Cross Sunday will be marked in both the service and children’s time this week beginning at 10:30 AM
Ian Grundy, our new music director will play his first service this Sunday. Ian has a rich and diverse background in music. Since 1997, he has been teaching music at Buttonville Public School (Grades 1-8). He has also been the music director of two Anglican congregations: St Cuthbert’s and Christ Church, Deer Park. He conducts a chamber choir, VocalPoint, which has held concerts at Holy Trinity in the past.
Children’s program for school age children begins this Sunday. We leave during the peace and will explore images of the cross and forgiveness together.Our children’s program combines stories, conversation, prayer and physical activity determined by the children present. Beth Baskin leads our children’s ministry and has thirty years of experience exploring faith with children.

The fully flowered cross set up behind the altar.
Easter resurrection cross

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