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The quarterly magazine of the Church of the Transfiguration • Lent & Easter 2015
Rooted in the
Kingdom of God p.4
by Kristen Hamilton,
Director of Music Ministry
Church of the Transfiguration
111 Manor Road East
Toronto, ON M4S 1R4
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Church of the
The Bishop sang
e had the privilege of having Bishop Patrick Yu with us for our ‘almost midnight mass’ this
Christmas Eve. As we sang a variety of carols before the service began, the Bishop was whisked
away during our last selection - “O Holy Night”- to dress in his robes and chasuble and to ready
himself for the service.
At the close of the service, we musicians
were jamming out to the Pentatonix version of “Carol of the Bells” when the
Bishop came up, complimented us
warmly on our contribution to
the service, and continued
back to the narthex to
shake some more
hands. As we
began to pack
up our music,
the Bishop circled back and
said to me,
“David deprived
me of the last verse
of “O Holy Night”.
Do you think we could
sing it?”
I looked at him sceptically and said,
“Right now?”
“Yes,” he replied.
So as the congregation enjoyed eggnog
and sherry in the narthex, Bishop Patrick Yu
stood in the almost empty sanctuary beside
the piano and sang a beautiful solo version of
“O Holy Night”.
As we began to sing, Brenton jumped in
on the cello, and our violinist, David, picked
up his bow and joined us. And so, at midnight on Christmas Eve, we brought in the
birthday of Jesus with a solo by the Bishop.
It was great! ✣
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Feasting on the
Sunday, February 22nd
Stay for a simple lunch right after the
morning service, and invest an hour in
learning more about why we do what we do.
The Transfiguration
community coming
by Jeff Potter,
Pastor of Outreach and Evangelism
On November 29th, a team of 19 volunteers from Transfiguration took on the task of preparing and serving
a hot meal for the Out of the Cold community at Blythewood Baptist Church. For many of us, myself included,
the prospect of preparing a meal for up to 120 people within very limited time constraints was a little bit
daunting - and involved working with challenging quantities of food to prepare a meal of shepherd's pie,
salad, veggies, and dessert.
On our morning shopping trip to Costco,
we bought all of the ground beef available in
the meat department - some 90 lbs in total.
Combined with 150 potatoes (fresh from the
Swidersky-Futter farm), dozens upon dozens
of heads of lettuce, bags of frozen veggies,
and quantities of spices meant for commercial kitchens, we bought enough food to
surprise even the Costco sales clerk.
Food prep was hard work - our team
suffered a minor cut, strained muscles and
plenty of blisters from peeling, cutting, boiling and mashing 150 lbs of potatoes - but
provided an excellent opportunity for us to
pull together as a team and have some fun.
It was remarkable to see everyone enjoying
themselves, and working as a (mostly)
well-organized unit. In the end, the food
even turned out reasonably well!
Most of all, the true success of the evening
was the opportunity that we were all given
to take part in the extraordinary ministry
offered by Out of the Cold, to meet new
people from a range of backgrounds, and
to experience the way in which the divide
between guest and volunteer can seem to
disappear over a shared meal. Father David
and I spend a good deal of time talking
about 'Kingdom moments' - times when we
catch of glimpse of the way that God is at
work in the world. For me personally, and
as I've heard from many of our volunteers this evening was full of many such Kingdom
Thanks be to God! ✣
Here’s what some of our volunteers said
they would most remember from the
“I remember taking my plate, and feeling
unsure as to where to sit. I picked a
spot, and two of the guests said, “Are
you eating with us?” I said yes, and
wondered that they were so surprised.”
“Standing in line with Father David
to be served and have people look
up and smile with recognition that
friends of theirs were being served
along with strangers.”
“ What a
moment of
“Sitting down to share a meal with
a stranger. A stranger with whom
I share a name - Kathleen. My
new friend calls
herself "Kat”, I call
“I shall
myself Kathy. A
bonding. Reflecting
remember Kris
how two Kathleens
and Kamalini
have led such
juggling slippery
different lives.”
(launching more
than one in my
direction), and
how polite the
guests were.”
“As I started chatting with the
woman sitting across from
me, the man sitting next to
her disappeared. He came
back a few minutes later; he
had stood in line to get me a
glass of juice.
Serving, or being served…that
distinction didn’t really exist just
Art in the City
Friday, February 20
An evening of wine and cheese and jazz music,
in support of our Little Lambs ministry.
Art by local artists.
Drop in between 7 and 10 pm.
by Susan Carlén,
Office Administrator
“As you therefore
have received
Christ Jesus the
Lord, continue to
live your lives in
him, rooted and
built up in him
and established
in the faith, just as
you were taught,
abounding in
Colossian 2:6-7
Roots take time to develop. Roots are not established overnight. These truths have been lived out by both
John Lawer and Patrick Dugan, two recipients of the Order of the Diocese of Toronto, and two long-time
members of the Church of the Transfiguration.
The Diocese of Toronto explains the
thinking behind the Order: “In 2013, the
Archbishop of Toronto and the College of
Bishops, with the approval of the Diocesan
Council, created an award titled the Order
of the Diocese of Toronto. The purpose of
the Order is to recognize and honour those
members of the laity in the Diocese who have
given outstanding service over a significant
period of time in their voluntary ministry.
We give thanks to God for the work and
witness of those faithful lay persons in the
Diocese who in the exercise of their baptismal ministry have demonstrated that “their
light shines, their works glorify”.”
John described receiving the award as
“A pleasant surprise! Older members of the
congregation will know what I mean when
I say with age one tends to be forgotten – so
it was pleasant to be remembered.” When
Patrick found out that he would be receiving
the award he said that after the “initial shock
it was heartwarming to have years of involvement recognized.” One of the endlessly
fascinating truths of the Body of Christ is
that “work and witness” can look very different from person to person. This is certainly
the case with Patrick and John.
John Lawer is a lawyer. With his professional background and knowledge he served
for many years on numerous committees
and commissions of the Diocese, and was
Honorary Lay Secretary of Synod for a time.
His distinguished service on the Diocesan
Trusts Committee (the committee which
oversees license agreements with groups who
I consider myself to be
especially blessed…to have
enjoyed the friendship and
fellowship of the members
of the Church of the
Transfiguration for more than
half a century.
John Lawer
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emphasized when he was presented with the
Order on New Year’s Day, 2014.
When asked what Transfiguration means
to him John replied, “Although I have been
a member of many organizations throughout my adult life, in some of which I have
been very involved, I have always considered
my commitment to the church of Jesus as
particularly expressed in the Anglican communion to be paramount. I consider myself
to be especially blessed…to have enjoyed the
friendship and fellowship of the members of
the Church of the Transfiguration for more
than half a century.”
Patrick Dugan’s background is in building. As a contractor and master carpenter,
he has donated countless hours to the maintenance and upkeep of the physical church
building here at Transfiguration. From moving the altar to hanging enormous paintings
Patrick has had his hand in
almost everything. Anyone
who wants to know what he
does or has done needs only
to look around: his heart, soul
and fingerprints are all over
the building.
from the ceiling to reconstruction after the
pipe organ was removed to replacing all the
windows, Patrick has had his hand in almost
everything. Anyone who wants to know
what he does or has done needs only to look
around: his heart, soul and fingerprints are
all over the building.
Patrick describes Transfiguration as
always being “an anchor point, a place to
regroup, re-establish and reflect.” He has
belonged here for 40 years now.
Jan. 1, 2015: Archbishop Colin and Patrick Dugan
Three days,
one journey
Celebrate Holy Week with The Paschal Triduum
When asked what they would say to
someone who asked, “What does it mean
to serve God?” Patrick replied that for him
it has meant using his talents and skills to
support the church’s work in the community.
John underlined the importance of choosing
Jesus as a role model: “Study the life of Jesus
– what he did and what he said, and resolve
to truly follow him. Consider always, when
faced with a problem, to ask yourself quietly,
what would Jesus say or do? And remember
that he is alive and will respond if only we
What is my “work and witness”? What is
yours? Whether with our hands, our heads,
or our hearts – whether with our prayers,
our music, or our friendship – whatever our
education – whatever our age - we who are
rooted in Christ are invited to serve him,
each other, and the world around us. ✣
Jan. 1, 2014: Archbishop Colin and John Lawer
Maundy Thursday – April 2 at 7:30 pm
Good Friday – April 3 at 12:00 pm
Easter Vigil – April 4 at 9:00 pm
by Father David
One Body in Christ
gain and again throughout the New Testament, Saint Paul and others make reference to Christians
belonging to one body in Christ. The idea around this concept is that for those of us who have come to
belong to Jesus – and to his Body though our baptism – we have also come to belong to one another.
That might be an easier concept to understand when we look at our community at Transfiguration, to the
fellow parishioners that we know and love who sit alongside us in the pews each week, but what about
Christians who belong to other denominations, or in different countries; those who follow Jesus who we
have never met?
Last summer, a former parishioner, and
ardent supporter of Transfiguration, Virginia
Davies, approached me to float an idea. She
wanted to fund an initiative with us that
would give our community the opportunity
to look out well beyond our front doors.
In memory of her ancestors – Armenian
refugees who found solace and comfort in
Anglican churches years ago – Virginia asked
me to come up with an idea that would
invite the people of our community to see
that when Christians worship in Toronto
on Sunday, they worship alongside her in
Manhattan, alongside Christians in South
Africa, alongside followers of Jesus in Asia,
and alongside members of the Body of
Christ across the globe. That although we are
many, we are one body in Christ.
With this in mind, I began a conversation
with Archbishop Colin. In recent years, the
Archbishop has become the Diocesan Bishop
not only for Toronto, but for the Diocese of
Moosonee (Northern Ontario and Quebec)
as well. I asked him what he thought of
our congregation beginning a companion
We will spend a year in correspondence and
prayer with one another, and in 2016, I will lead
a group of people from Transfiguration to visit
them and take part in their ministry.
“…so we, who
are many, are one
body in Christ, and
individually we are
members one of
– Romans 12:5
relationship with a congregation from his
other Diocese in the Canadian Church.
He was delighted by this, and from there, a
new relationship between the Church of the
Transfiguration, Toronto, and St John the
Baptist, Wemindji, was born.
Wemindji is approximately a 21 hour
drive from Toronto. It is a part of the Cree
Nation in Northern Quebec and a historic
Anglican presence in their region. The
clergy couple team of the Reverends Rod
and Lisa BrantFrancis spend much of their
time on the road (often unable to be back in
Wemindji for Sunday service) as their pastoral presence reaches far beyond what we know
from urban parish boundaries. Their context
in Christian ministry is very different from
ours, but also very much the same, as both
our communities seek to follow Christ into
the world, serving as his hands and his feet.
This Easter season, Rod and Lisa will
be coming to visit Transfiguration for four
days. They will take part in ministry with us
and teach us a little bit about who they are
and what their ministry looks like. In turn,
they will garner experience with us, taking
stories home with them to share with their
community. We will spend a year in correspondence and prayer with one another, and
in 2016, I will lead a group of people from
Transfiguration to visit them and take part in
their ministry.
by Patti Ryan
s a librarian, I spend much of my day answering questions. They come
in all shapes and sizes, from the unexpected to the absurd. Tucked
neatly behind the fortress of the reference desk with my fingers
hovered over a Google search box, no question seems beyond reach. But,
in my real life as the parent of an (almost) five and a seven year old, things
aren’t quite as simple.
I am very excited about this budding relationship between our
two parishes, and look forward to the fruits it will bear in the coming
months and years. I encourage you to keep the people of St. John’s,
Wemindji in your prayers, as they have begun to do for us, looking
forward to a day when we will experience a unity in presence, as we
already know in unity of prayer and in Christ.
- David +
My professional training has not prepared me for the questions
that I routinely hear in the quiet moments before sleep, or more
likely, as we are racing out the door to school, hoping not to be
late for the second time that week. These questions, unlike those
I hear at work, are not for the faint of heart: “Mommy, how old is
God? Did Jesus drive a red car? Does God have a grandma?” And,
the one that always stops me in my tracks: “Mommy, why can’t
we see God?”
One of the reasons I joined the Children’s Ministry team at the
Church of the Transfiguration is that I have come to realize that
the best, and perhaps the only way, for me to respond to these
important questions from my children is to experience God’s love
alongside them. I am slowly learning that unlike at work, my job
at home is not to have all the answers at my fingertips, but to provide opportunities for my children to see and feel God at work in
their everyday lives, surrounded and supported by a community
of Christian faith. Every week, as the children of Transfiguration
gather together to pray, sing, dance, read, talk, create, laugh,
and get to know each other better, I am silently struck by the
awareness that we can indeed see God. In those moments, I am
reminded that sometimes the best answers aren’t found in dusty
old reference books, but are revealed to us in unexpected ways
through God’s infinite grace.
I feel very fortunate to be a part of a Children’s Ministry team
that works to create a welcoming physical and spiritual space for
the children of Transfiguration to experience Jesus through, and
in the presence of, one another. The experience has helped to
deepen my own faith, and has given me a chance to spend time
with some of the most entertaining members of the congregation!
I am grateful for the dedication and generous leadership of Becky,
Roopdai, Kristel, and all the other volunteers, and am honoured
to be a part of such a vibrant ministry at Transfiguration. ✣
by Kathy Bailie
I sing with a pencil in my hand
llow me to clarify this. I am one of the Transfiguration Singers. I hold a hymn book in one
hand and a pencil in the other hand. As one of the singers, you won’t ever hear me do
a solo, duet or be a part of a trio. Maybe a member of a quartet if only four singers turn
up on a Sunday morning. It has happened. Two sang descant, one sang a lot and I carried the
melody. I refer to it as my only solo performance.
Being in the choir stalls has perks. You get a full view of what is
going on in the pews. Who sits where, and best of all: the 10:28
arrival of the parishioners, the Transfig phenomenon. Some
even come later…
Back to the pencil bit. I enjoy music and singing. But I have
a very basic understanding of how to read music. Hence the
pencil. My hymn book has all kinds of pencilled notations; arrows up, arrow down, messages that tell me how long to hold a
note, when to take a breath, and, most importantly, which line
to follow. No descant, no alto. Sounds complicated? Not really.
I enjoy music and
But I have a very
basic understanding
of how to read music.
But it is fun. Lots of fun. Kris Hamilton (a.k.a. Director of Music Ministry)
makes it fun. The other singers and the musicians make it fun. Mistakes
are accepted – we learn from each other. We have a good time! Consider
joining us.
On a more personal note, Sunday mornings and being a Transfig Singer has
become “my time”: singing with friends, learning new music and perhaps
most importantly, focusing on the sacred part of my life and putting aside
the profane part that tries to take over. Recently we sang “Christ, Be Our
Light”, written by Bernadette Farrell: “Christ be our light! Shine in our hearts.
Shine through the darkness. Christ be our light. Shine in your church gathered
My invitation to you is to come at 9:30 am on Sundays to practise and
celebrate. Sing glory to God. ✣
At the Church of the Transfiguration we look
forward to welcoming new people every Sunday
and every day throughout the week. If you have
been longing to connect – or reconnect – to God,
or have been seeking the comfort and care of a
loving community, you are most welcome to join
us here. Sunday worship takes place at 10:30am
every week and Children’s Ministry is always
available for children aged two-twelve. Make sure
you stay for coffee afterwards, as we look forward
to getting to know you better. Welcome!