TIME: 11:00 – 11:45 AM

SUNDAY WORSHIP ONLINE: JULY 12, 2020 AT 11:00 – 11:45 AM

Dear friends, 

As a response to the Black Lives Matter protests and demonstrations, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Canada shared the Call to Action to “reaffirm the Disciples’ commitment to be an Anti-Racist, Pro-Reconciling Church.” Click here to read the full letter. As a community of faith, let us continue to take action to be the church we say we are, in faith, love and peace. 

We invite you to join us tomorrow for our Sunday morning worship service online. At 10:30am, you can join in for a short hymn sing and fellowship. We will also use this time to ensure you are properly connected, before we begin our service at 11:00am. Please state your name at the beginning of logging in. We encourage you to forward this email to friends and family who may want to join our online service. The login information is updated each week.

The Ministerial Team and the Board of Elders/Administrative Board
Hillcrest Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)


We will continue to provide the login information each week by e-mail/phone. If you, or someone you know, would like to join the distribution list, please click here or contact Rev. Ann Stainton at hillcrest@bellnet.ca or 416-433-7997.


You are encouraged to prepare a piece of bread and juice and we will partake in Communion together.

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost A
July 12, 2020

Welcome and Announcements:  Richelle Himaya

Indigenous Land Acknowledgement
We acknowledge the land we are standing on today is the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples. We also acknowledge that Toronto is covered by Treaty 13 signed with the Mississaugas of the Credit, and the Williams Treaty signed with multiple Mississaugas and Chippewa bands

Gathering Music: Shema Dizon

Call to Worship   Richelle Himaya


Scripture Reading:  Karen Bowen
Genesis 25:19-34; Psalm 119:105-112; Romans 8:1-11
Response to the Word
Karen: The Word of God for the People of God.
Congregation: Thanks be to God.

Sermon: Rev. Fred Dizon
Text: Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
Meditation: “Seed, Scattered and Sown”

Special Music:  Shema Dizon

Pastoral Prayer: Rev. Fred Dizon
Lord’s Prayer (recited)

The Offering: Richelle Himaya
Invitation to Stewardship:
We invite you to continue with your tithes and offering through one of the options below. We know many of you are facing challenges due to COVID-19 and offer understanding for any decision you make.

  1. Online through our page on Canada Helps
  2. Mail a cheque to Hillcrest Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 2 Vaughan Road, Toronto, ON M6G 2N1

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Celebration of the Lord’s Supper: Rev. Fred Dizon

Invitation to the Table
Consecration and Participation
Prayer for the Bread: Hubert Reece
Prayer for the Cup: Carolyn Carruthers

Closing Prayer  


 “Go Now in Peace”

Go now in peace. Never be afraid.
God will go with you each hour of ev’ry day.
Go now in faith, steadfast, strong and true.
Know He will guide you in all you do.
Go now in love, and show you believe.
Reach out to others so all the world can see.
God will be there, watching from above.
Go now in peace, in faith and in love.



We would like to thank everyone for joining us each Sunday for our worship services online during these unprecedented times. Over the past few weeks, we have been in communication with other congregations to discuss best practices while conducting services virtually. We understand that there have been instances where online services have been taken over by unknown participants. To ensure our services continue to be a safe, open and inviting space for anyone who would like to participate, we conduct the following:Have a moderator ensuring our services run smoothly Ask everyone to state their name upon logging in. If you have invited a guest, please introduce them at the beginning of the meeting.Continue to provide the login information each week by e-mail/phone. If you, or someone you know, would like to join the distribution list, please click here or contact Rev. Ann Stainton at 416-433-7997. In the case where we have to promptly close the conference line, we appreciate your understanding and will follow up with a communication, which can be found in the News section of the Hillcrest website: https://hillcrestdisciples.ca/news/. If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch with our Ministerial Team at hillcrest@bellnet.ca or 416-433-7997.

Thank you again for your support and we continue to be grateful for your dedication in congregating each Sunday online.


After reviewing the restrictions and limitation, the Board decided that the church will remain closed until at least September. The situation will be reviewed again at that time.


On July 15, from 3-4pm EST, New Church Ministry will be hosting “16 Action-Hacks to Attack Racism,” a free webinar about practices we can implement within our churches to address racism. It will be recorded and sent to all registrants, so if people can’t attend, we encourage them to register anyways! Click the following link to register: https://event.webinarjam.com/register/9/54xy5tp.


July 15 –  New Church Ministry anti-racism webinar at 3 p.m..
July 17 – Bible Study at 7:30 p.m.
July 18 – Capital Campaign meeting at 10:30 a.m.
July 19 – Rev. Dr. Nancy Hardy preaching
July 25 – Board meeting at 1 p.m.
July 26 – Rev. Fred Dizon preaching
August 2 – Rev. Warren McDougall
August 9 – Rev. Fred Dizon preaching
August 16 – Rev. Fred Dizon preaching

For tip sheets and the latest news on COVID-19, please visit the World Health Organization’s website by clicking here. https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public