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The Collect for Sunday

God of promise, you look with favour on the lowly, you scatter the proud and you fill the hungry. May we, like Mary, respond to your call and be obedient to your will; through Jesus Christ who is to come. Amen

Prayer Intentions

The prayers of the church are offered especially:

  • for the needs of the world;
  • for our parish family in this time of discernment, planning, and holy conversation;
  • for all those who suffer from violence and war;
  • for Elizabeth our Queen and all set in authority under her; for Justin, the Prime Minister of Canada; Doug, the Premier of Ontario; Fred, the mayor of Hamilton; for all in civil authority and for all citizens that we might work for the common good;
  • for those who are thankful;
  • for the Almassy family who are in danger of deportation;
  • for all for whom we have been asked to pray: especially for Jean, Mary, Marion, Arlene, Lynda, Penny, Margaret, and Duncan, that God will bring them healing and wholeness;
  • for those who are dying;
  • for Paul, and all those who have departed from this life and are at rest.

In our cycles of prayer:

For Susan our Diocesan Bishop, Anne our Metropolitan, Fred our Primate; for Justin of Canterbury, Francis of Rome, and Bartholomew of Constantinople; for David, Brian, and Tom, our priests; and for all the baptised: that we may be faithful in our response to God's redemptive reign. 

Prayer requests to be included on the following Sunday can can be submitted here by the Thursday morning before.

A Prayer of Intercession

The prayers are prepared locally for each occasion. The following examples may be adapted or used as appropriate.

As we await the coming of Christ, we pray in hope for the church, the world, and all of creation.

A brief silence.

Faithful Lord, you keep your promises. Move your church to sing like Mary and rejoice like Elizabeth. Teach us to sing of your faithfulness all our days. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

Ancient of Days, with joy you danced over the waters and birthed creation. Give us joy in caring for the soil beneath us, the water around us, and the sky above us. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

Prince of peace, your sacrifice gives abundant life to all. Raise up leaders in every nation whose goals are health and well-being for all people and creation. Grant them wisdom and compassion to serve as you would have them serve. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

Good Shepherd, you feed your flock. Fill the hungry with good things. Lift up the lowly. Accompany the refugee. Comfort the lonely. Heal the sick (especially). Send us in haste to surround them with your love. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

Love Incarnate, you are with us at the manger, on the cross, and on the resurrection road. Walk with all who live with depression, grief, or heartache in this season. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Ever-living God, you are Alpha and Omega. We thank you for all who sing now in the heavenly choir, especially those dear to us. Join our voices with theirs in praise of the Christ child. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

Confident that the Holy Spirit intercedes for us, we bring to you these prayers and those unspoken, in the name of Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen.