TIME: 11:00 – 11:45 AM

SUNDAY WORSHIP ONLINE: AUGUST 23, 2020 AT 11:00 – 11:45 AM

Dear friends, 

 We invite you to join us Sunday morning for our worship service online. You can join in as early as 10:30am to ensure you are properly logged in and for a time of fellowship, 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.

12th Sunday after Pentecost A

August 23, 2020

Hymn Sing:  Shema Dizon

Welcome and Announcements: 

Gathering Music: Michelle Chong

Call to Worship:  Dr. Ashley Danguecan


Scripture Reading:  Lowell Saguil

Exodus 1: 8-10, 13-17; 2: 1-10; Romans 12: 1-8

Response to the Word
Lowell: The Word of God for the People of God.
Congregation: Thanks be to God.

Sermon: Rev. Dr. Nancy Hardy
Text: Matthew 16: 13-17, 20 
Meditation: Unexpected Heroes and Heroines

Special Music:  Michelle Chong

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer (recited)

The Offering: 

Invitation to Stewardship:  Dr. Ashley Danguecan
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. Dr. Nancy Hardy

Invitation to the Table
Consecration and Participation
Prayer for the Bread: Susan Dizon
Prayer for the Cup: Amorsolo Himaya

Closing Prayer  

Dismissal:   Michelle Chong                                      

“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.



On Sunday September 6, there will be an emergency congregational meeting. The Toronto Public Health Covid19 Guidance for Re-Opening Places of Worship. will be discussed.  The document is included in today’s Order of Worship. Anyone who is not able to read the information online may contact Ann Stainton and she will mail a copy to you. Please be prepared to remain online after the worship service on September 6 for this important discussion. 


The General Board of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada voted to cancel the 2021 General Assembly originally scheduled for July 31-Aug. 4, 2021, in Louisville, KY. This was not a decision that was made lightly. After many weeks of prayer, investigation and long discussion, it became obvious to us that we needed to act in the best interests of the Church going forward. The COVID-19 pandemic has made travel and large gatherings ill-advised until the situation becomes more stable.

Since the 2020 Regional Assembly was cancelled, the Region and the College of Churches of Christ in Canada have the College Lecturer, Nestor Gomez, to present 2 workshops with the information he would have presented at the Assembly. The first workshop will be held online on Saturday, August 22, at 3pm and the second one on Saturday, September 19. Login information will be sent closer to the date. You do need to register for this event which you can do by visiting www.canadadisciples.org and clicking on the registration link.
Rev Dr Néstor A. Gómez Morales is the middle son of three boys and one girl, originally from Medellín, Colombia. In Colombia, they call us paisas. Néstor has served in both Spanish and English-speaking churches, at various times as associate pastor and lead pastor in the Central Rocky Mountain Region. Currently, Néstor serves as a Lead Pastor at First Congregational Church in Stamford CT. He serves as a Second Vice Doderator of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), member of the Division of Overseas Ministries Board of Directors and representative of Common Global Ministries Board, and board member of the National Council of Churches. Néstor has a PhD in Religion and Social Change and postgraduate studies at the Ecumenical Institute at Bossey. He has been an affiliate faculty at Universidad Bautista, Regis University, Columbia College and Claremont School of Theology. He loves sharing with people of all ages and knowing about other cultures. In his free time, Néstor enjoys reading, walking, traveling, and listening to music. Good book: Nobody Cries When We Die (Patrick Reyes); excellent song: La Canción más Hermosa del Mundo (Joaquín Sabina); good walking route: Cherry Creek Trail (Denver); nice place to visit: Louvre Museum (Paris). One of his favorite quotations: “Until the Lion tells the story, the hunter will always be the hero.” (African Proverb).


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.


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.


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

1. Ask everyone to state their name upon logging in. If you have invited a guest, please introduce them at the beginning of the meeting.
2. 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.


August 30   –   Rev. Ben Kidd preaching
September 6 – Rev. Fred Dizon preaching
September 6 – Emergency Congregational meeting immediately following the worship service.
September 12 – Region’s Business meeting at 1 p.mAGM at 3 p.m.
September 13 – Rev. Warren McDougall preaching
September 13 – Capital Campaign meeting following the worship service
September 18 – Bible Study at 7:30 p.m.
September 19 – Rev, Dr. Nestor Gomez webinar at 3 p.m.
September 20 – Rev. Dr. Nancy Hardy preaching
September 26 – Board meeting at 1 p.m.
September 27 – 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