TIME: 11:00 – 11:45 AM

SUNDAY WORSHIP ONLINE: JULY 19, 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 has 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. Further to our commitment to live into the calling to be an Anti-racist, Pro-reconciling Church, the Region is pleased to offer an online Anti-Racism workshop for anyone who is interested (lay or clergy) on Saturday, July 25, 2020. It will run from 10am EST until 2:30pm EST. Full details can be found below in the Announcements.

 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.

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost A
July 19, 2020
Welcome and Announcements: Nicole Delos-Reyes

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: Erika Steffer
“We Are Climbing Jacob’s Ladder” 

Call to Worship: Nicole Delos-Reyes

Invocation: Nicole Delos-Reyes

Scripture Reading:  Marilyn Ramkissoon
Genesis 28: 10-19; Psalm 139: 1-12, 23-24; Romans 8: 18-25
Response to the Word
Marilyn: The Word of God for the People of God.
Congregation: Thanks be to God.

Sermon: Rev. Dr. Nancy Hardy
Text: Genesis 28: 15, 16
Meditation: “You Can’t Run Away”

Special Music: Erika Steffer

Pastoral Prayer: Rev. Dr. Nancy Hardy

Lord’s Prayer (recited)

The Offering
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.

Online through our page on Canada Helps
Mail a cheque to Hillcrest Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 2 Vaughan Road, Toronto, ON M6G 2N1Prayer of Thanksgiving

Celebration of the Lord’s Supper: 
Rev. Dr. Nancy Hardy

Invitation to the Table
Consecration and Participation
Prayer for the Bread: Susan Dizon
Prayer for the Cup: Amando Osias

Closing Prayer  


 “God Be with You Till we Meet Again” 

God be with you till we meet again.
loving counsels guide, uphold you,
with a shepherd’s care enfold you:
God be with you till we meet again.
Till we meet, till we meet,
till we meet at Jesus’ feet;
Till we meet, till we meet,
God be with you till we meet again.



Further to our commitment to live into the calling to be an Anti-racist, Pro-reconciling Church,  the Region is pleased to offer an online Anti-Racism workshop for anyone who is interested (lay or clergy) on Saturday, July 25, 2020. It will run from 10am EST until 2:30pm EST. This workshop is being led by our own Drew Gillette of Sugarbush Christian Church (Guelph, ON). Drew has been leading workshops of this sort for over a decade in church, youth, and civic circles, and has been the trainer used by the Regional Board over the past four years.  Not only is Drew approachable, flexible, and very knowledgeable, he knows the DoC well and our specific context.This is an introductory session, geared to people who either have never taken part in an anti-racism event, haven’t been in some time, or who want to refresh their knowledge and gain some new skills. There is no charge for this workshop. For clergy, this will count towards the standing requirements of the Regional Committee on Ministry.Please register here: https://www.canadadisciples.org/anti-racism-workshop/  as soon as possible. Hard deadline for registrations is JULY 22. After you register, a link for online access to the event will be forwarded to you (by July 23rd). In addition, a reading and resource list will be provided so that you can familiarize yourself with some Canadian material before the course. 

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.

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.

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.


July 26 – Rev. Fred Dizon preaching
August 1 – Board meeting at 1 p.m.
August 2 – Rev. Warren McDougall
August 9 – Rev. Fred Dizon preaching
August 15 – Capital Campaign meeting at 10:30 a.m.
August 16 – Rev. Fred Dizon preaching
August 22 – Board meeting at 1 p.m.
August 23 – Rev. Dr. Nancy Hardy 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