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The First Sunday of Advent

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 God's good creation;
  • for all those whom wait;
  • 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 all for whom we have been asked to pray: especially for Park, Lil, Marilyn, Barb, Bob, Margaret, and 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 mission agencies and their work throughout the Anglican Communion
  • In our Niagara Diocese: Church of the Epiphany, Oakville, the Reverend Ronda Ploughman, Rector and the people of that parish.
  • In our partner Diocese of Cuba: The parish of Cristo Rey in Cuatro Esquinas; the Rev. Juan Carlos Moreira Diez, rector and the people of that parish.
  • For other faith communities in our neighbourhood: especially, Holy Trinity Ethiopian Orthodox Church, the clergy and people of that parish.
  • For one another, especially (in our parish cycle of prayer): Melodie Prichard; Geoffery & Judith-Purdell Lewis; Ruwan & Theresa, Nethmi & Thiyuni Rajapaske; Bev Redshaw; Beth McKay & Jim Reilly; pray also for our entire Music Ministry including all musicians, groups and concerts.

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


First Reading: Isaiah 2:1-5

The visionary message presented in this reading focuses on a future day when God establishes a universal reign of peace. Divine decisions will make war obsolete, and the worshiping community responds: “Let us walk in the light of that Lord now!”

1The word that Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
2In days to come
  the mountain of the Lord’s house
 shall be established as the highest of the mountains,
  and shall be raised above the hills;
 all the nations shall stream to it.
  3Many peoples shall come and say,
 “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
  to the house of the God of Jacob;
 that he may teach us his ways
  and that we may walk in his paths.”
 For out of Zion shall go forth instruction,
  and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
4He shall judge between the nations,
  and shall arbitrate for many peoples;
 they shall beat their swords into plowshares,
  and their spears into pruning hooks;
 nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
  neither shall they learn war any more.

5O house of Jacob,
  come, let us walk
  in the light of the Lord!

Second Reading: Romans 13:11-14

Paul compares the advent of Christ to the coming of dawn. We live our lives today in light of Christ’s coming in the future.

11Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; 12the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; 13let us live honorably as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy. 14Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

The Holy Gospel: Matthew 24:36-44

Jesus describes his second coming as a sudden, turbulent event that will bring about deep change to our normal, day-to-day lives. Therefore, he urges people to stay awake, be aware, and wait expectantly, because the Son of Man will come unannounced.

[Jesus said to the disciples,] 36“About that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 37For as the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 38For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark, 39and they knew nothing until the flood came and swept them all away, so too will be the coming of the Son of Man. 40Then two will be in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. 41Two women will be grinding meal together; one will be taken and one will be left. 42Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. 43But understand this: if the owner of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into.  Therefore you also must be ready, fo the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour."

Prayers of Intercession

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

Keeping awake as we watch for Christ, let us pray for the church, the world, and all in need.

A brief silence.

Not knowing the day or hour of your coming, O Lord, the church cries to you. Strengthen the church in the land of Jesus’ birth. Wherever Christians gather, empower them to proclaim love and defy the powers of sin and evil. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

Not knowing the day or hour of your coming, O Lord, your creation cries to you. Sustain the balance of all living things. Protect the earth from drought, bitter cold, eroding coastlines, and fires and floods, that the earth may flourish. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

Not knowing the day or hour of your coming, O Lord, the nations cry to you. Bring justice to the marginalized, courage to peacemakers, wisdom to leaders, and hope to generations who have only known conflict, oppression, or poverty. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

Not knowing the day or hour of your coming, O Lord, your people cry to you. Comfort those separated from loved ones by distance, estrangement, or loss. Help us as we care for others and rely on others’ care. (We pray especially for . . .). Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

Not knowing the day or hour of your coming, O Lord, this congregation (or place of ministry) cries to you. Guide our worship, service, and outreach, that our hearts and hands may be opened in generosity toward others. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Not knowing the day or hour of your coming, O Lord, we remember those whose days on earth have ended, who live now in your eternal love (especially). Remind us of their faithful witness, that their example might inspire our daily living. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

You hear the cries of our hearts, O Lord. Fill us with hopeful expectation, that in each day and hour we may love and serve our neighbors, in Jesus’ name.