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The Collect for Sunday

God, you root those who trust in you by streams of healing water. Release us from the bonds of disease, free us from the power of evil, and turn us from falsehood and illusion, so that we may find the blessing of new life in you through the power of Christ, who with the Father and the Son, lives and reigns, one God, now and forever. 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 Linda, Sarah, Duncan, Melissa, Margaret, and Duncan, that God will bring them healing and wholeness;
  • for those who are dying;
  • for all those who have departed from this life and are at rest.

In our cycles of prayer:

  • In the Worldwide Anglican Communion: the Church of the Province of Central Africa,
    The Most Revd Albert Chama, Archbishop of Central Africa & Bishop of Northern Zambia.
  • In our Niagara Diocese: Christ Church, McNab, the Reverend Dorothy Hewlett, Rector and the people of that parish.
  • In our partner Diocese of Cuba: the parish of San Francisco de Asis in Cardenas; the Rev'd Aurelio de la Paz Cot, rector and the people of that parish.
  • For other faith communities in our neighbourhood, especially, Beth Jacob Synagogue, Rabbi Hillel Israel and the people of that congregation.
  • For one another, especially (in our parish cycle of prayer): Karen and Linda-Jane Southon; Ruth Sutherland; Karen Tamblyn; Duncan and Edie Thompson; Patricia Troughton; pray also for Artaban Place, our neighbours: for all residents; for members of the Artaban Place Board of Directors; and for the building Superintendent.

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; for Fran our student; 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.

United as one body in Christ, let us pray for the church, the world, and all those in need.

A brief silence.

We pray for the church. Raise up faithful leaders to proclaim the gospel. Guide us in the ways of love. Empower us in ministry and service. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

For the earth. Bless deserts and canyons, farmlands and vineyards. Bring sufficient rainfall to lands parched by drought, and restore places scorched by wildfire. Protect fragile environments from harm. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

For the nations. Grant wisdom to our elected leaders for the sake of the common good. Give courage to those who suffer persecution. Give patience and perseverance to those who work to bring an end to injustice. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

For those in need. For those who do not have enough food; for those who lack money; for those who are estranged from their families; for those who worry about many things. Comfort those who mourn. Heal and strengthen those who are sick (especially). Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

For this assembly. For newcomers, visitors, longtime members, and those who are absent from us today. Root us deeply in your word and increase our faith. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

With thanksgiving, we remember those who have died and gone before us in the faith, especially remembering Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna, Martyr, 156, together with all those whom we have known and loved. Encourage us by their example and lead us in faith until we are united at your unending feast. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Receive our prayers and fill us with the radiance of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Readings of the Day

First Reading: Jeremiah 17:5-10

These verses compose a poem that is part of a larger collection of wisdom sayings (17:5-11) that contrast two ways of life. Life with God brings blessing; the power and vitality of God is active in our life. Life without God brings a curse, the power of death.

 5Thus says the Lord:
 Cursed are those who trust in mere mortals
  and make mere flesh their strength,
  whose hearts turn away from the Lord.
 6They shall be like a shrub in the desert,
  and shall not see when relief comes.
 They shall live in the parched places of the wilderness,
  in an uninhabited salt land.

 7Blessed are those who trust in the Lord,
  whose trust is the Lord.
 8They shall be like a tree planted by water,
  sending out its roots by the stream.
 It shall not fear when heat comes,
  and its leaves shall stay green;
 in the year of drought it is not anxious,
  and it does not cease to bear fruit.

 9The heart is devious above all else;
  it is perverse—
  who can understand it?
 10I the Lord test the mind
  and search the heart,
 to give to all according to their ways,
  according to the fruit of their doings.

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:12-20

For Paul, the resurrection of Christ is the basis for Christian hope. Because Christ has been raised, those who are in Christ know that they too will be raised to a new life beyond death.

12Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say there is no resurrection of the dead? 13If there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised; 14and if Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation has been in vain and your faith has been in vain. 15We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified of God that he raised Christ—whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. 16For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised. 17If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. 18Then those also who have died in Christ have perished. 19If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.
  20But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died.

Gospel: Luke 6:17-26

After choosing his twelve apostles, Jesus teaches a crowd of followers about the nature and demands of discipleship. He begins his great sermon with surprising statements about who is truly blessed in the eyes of God.

17[Jesus] came down with [the twelve] and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea, Jerusalem, and the coast of Tyre and Sidon.18They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured. 19And all in the crowd were trying to touch him, for power came out from him and healed all of them.
  20Then he looked up at his disciples and said:
 “Blessed are you who are poor,
  for yours is the kingdom of God.
 21“Blessed are you who are hungry now,
  for you will be filled.
 “Blessed are you who weep now,
  for you will laugh.
  22“Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man. 23Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven; for that is what their ancestors did to the prophets.
 24“But woe to you who are rich,
  for you have received your consolation.
 25“Woe to you who are full now,
  for you will be hungry.
 “Woe to you who are laughing now,
  for you will mourn and weep.
  26“Woe to you when all speak well of you, for that is what their ancestors did to the false prophets.”