The Collect for Sunday
God of glory, you have given us a new name and robed us in salvation. May we like Anna find our home in your presence and like Simeon recognize Jesus as the Christ, so that, in joy and thanksgiving at becoming your children, we may join with all creation to sing your praise; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
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:
- In the Worldwide Anglican Communion: the Diocese of Kyushu (Japan); The Rt. Rev’d Luke Kenichi Muto, Diocesan Bishop.
- In our Niagara Diocese: The Church of the Apostles, Guelph, the Rev’d Canon Trudy Lebans, Priest-in-Charge; and the people of that parish.
- In our partner Diocese of Cuba: The mission of La Santísima Trinidad in La Gloria; the Ven. Evelio Perez Rubi, Rector, and the people of that parish.
- For other faith communities in our neighbourhood, Holy Trinity Ethiopian Orthodox Church, the clergy and people of that parish.
- For one another, especially (in our parish cycle of prayer): Carmen & Christin, Evie & Levi Kocznur; Pradeep & Ranmalee, Kavi & Kevin Kulendran; Eva Lampman; Matthew Lee; Susan Little; Jacob Little; pray also for all members of the parish who care for those with special needs through such ministries as: St Matthew’s House; Out of the Cold; The Rector’s Discretionary Fund.
For the Diocese of Kootenay as they prepare to elect a bishop, for all members of the electoral synod, and for the candidates for election: that God will give wisdom and discernment.
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.
Dwelling in the presence of God with us, let us boldly pray for the church, the world, and all in any need.
A brief silence.
God of wisdom, open our ears to hear your grace through the words and deeds of children. Inspire the youngest and oldest in our midst to learn from one another with humility and patience. Hear us, O God. | Your mercy is great.
God of creation, praise to you for hills and mountains, fruit trees and forests, animals wild and tame, sea monsters, birds, and reptiles. Spark delight in our hearts for all that you have made. Hear us, O God. | Your mercy is great.
God of hope, call us to peace and bind us together in perfect unity. Make wars to cease. Guide the leaders of the nations in your way of wisdom, compassion, and tolerance. Hear us, O God.
| Your mercy is great.
God of healing, mend the broken hearts of those who suffer this day. Treasure everyone who struggles with addiction, loneliness, hunger, unemployment, mental illness, or sickness (especially). Hear us, O God. | Your mercy is great.
God of life, draw us into the body of Christ and make us grow in faith and hope. Fill us with hearts of thanksgiving made visible in our words and actions for the sake of the whole world. Hear us, O God. | Your mercy is great.
Here other intercessions may be offered.
God of delight, fill us with songs of praise and hope even in the midst of despair and death. Comfort the grieving (especially). Strengthen our faith until the day we will be gathered around your throne singing in eternal praise. Hear us, O God. | Your mercy is great.
Trusting in the presence of God by the power of the Holy Spirit, we commend all for whom we pray, dwelling in the light and hope of Christ, our Saviour. | Amen.