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The Collect for Sunday

Almighty and everliving God, who fulfilled the promises of Easter by sending us your Holy Spirit and opening to every race and nation the way of life eternal, keep us in the unity of your Spirit, that every tongue may tell of your glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. 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 all for whom we have been asked to pray: especially for Bob, Chrsitie, Kevin, Sylvia, Mark, Duncan, Melissa, Mary, and Margaret, Duncan, that God will bring them healing and wholeness;
  • for those who are dying  and all those who have departed from this life and are at rest.

In our cycles of prayer:

  • In the Worldwide Anglican Communion: for the Church of the Province of Myanmar (Burma), The Most Revd Stephen Than Myint Oo - Archbishop of Myanmar and Bishop of Yangon.
  • In our Niagara Diocese: St. John the Divine, Cayuga, the Reverend Holly Klemmensen, Rector and the people of that parish.
  • In our partner Diocese of Cuba: The parish of San Andres in Manatí; the Rev. Gil Fat Yero, minister-in-charge and the people of that parish.
  • For other faith communities in our neighbourhood, St Joseph Roman Catholic Parish, Fr. Jim Link, C.R., Pastor; and the people of that parish.
  • For one another, especially (in our par­ish cycle of prayer): Aaron & Melissa, Jonah, Autumn Powell; Alan & Louise Powell; Chris Powell; Ruwan & Theresa, Nethmi, Thiyuni Rajapaske; Bev Redshaw; pray also for the church office that acts as a hub for so many of our ministries and activities, and especially for Frances Ward, our office administrator and Lynda Winter, our volunteer co-ordinator.

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

Readings for Sunday

The First Reading: Acts 2:1-21

Before Jesus ascended into heaven, he told his disciples they would be filled with the Holy Spirit. Now, surrounded by signs of fire, wind, and a variety of languages in their midst, the people were amazed and astonished at Jesus’ promise coming true.

When the day of Pentecost had come, [the apostles] were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.
  Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.” All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.”
  But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:
 ‘In the last days it will be, God declares,
 that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh,
  and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
 and your young men shall see visions,
  and your old men shall dream dreams.
 Even upon my slaves, both men and women,
  in those days I will pour out my Spirit;
   and they shall prophesy.
 And I will show portents in the heaven above
  and signs on the earth below,
   blood, and fire, and smoky mist.
 The sun shall be turned to darkness
  and the moon to blood,
   before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day.
 Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’ ”

Second Reading: Romans 8:14-17

Here Paul speaks about the mystery of baptism: through the Holy Spirit we are claimed, gathered, and welcomed into Christ’s body, the church. And we receive new names in our adoption: brother, sister, child of God.

For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, “Abba! Father!” it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ—if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.

Gospel: John 14:8-17

Though the disciples struggle with Jesus’ nature and identity, they receive the promise that they too will be identified with God and God’s mission. Though he must leave them now, Jesus promises the coming of the Advocate whom God will send to comfort and enlighten them.

Philip said to [Jesus,] “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.
  “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you. 

Prayers of Intercession

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

Trusting God’s promise of new life, we pray for the renewal of the church, the world, and all of creation.

A brief silence.

Come, Holy Spirit. Enliven the church to speak your words of forgiveness and salvation in every language and tongue. Pour out your Spirit on witnesses of every age, gender, and nationality. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

Come, Holy Spirit. Send cooling breezes where people and creatures are suffering oppressive heat. Save the land from drought and wildfires. Bless the work of those who make it possible to harness the power of the sun and the wind. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

Come, Holy Spirit. Dispel human arrogance and establish leaders who are humble of heart. Speak peace into all the world (especially). Overcome prejudice and fear. Move us to support international aid organizations and those who provide aid to immigrants and refugees. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

Come, Holy Spirit. You hear us when we cry to you. Bring clarity and hope to those living with dementia, anxiety, depression, or addiction. Accompany those who feel weak and worn (especially). Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

Come, Holy Spirit. Reveal your love through families of all shapes and sizes. Bring joy to coparents, single parents, and those without children. Bless extended families, foster families, adoptive families, and families of friends. Bring closure and healing to broken relationships. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Come, Holy Spirit. You make us children of God and joint heirs with Christ. We praise you for (Columba, Aidan, Bede, and) all the saints who called on your name and who now know the fullness of your salvation. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

We commend these and all our prayers to you, O God. Come near to us with your saving help, for the sake of Jesus Christ, our risen Lord.
Amen.