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The Collect for Sunday

God of blazing light, through the power of the cross you shattered our darkness and set us free to live as your children. Give us courage and conviction, so that we may joyfully turn and follow you, led by the light that shines through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen. (AC, 2019)

Divine Gardener, you give growth to our seeds and raise to abundant life that which seems dead. Teach us to choose blessing and life, so that we may walk blamelessly, seeking you through reconciliation with all your children; we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with the Father and the Holy Spirit, reigns for ever, one God. Amen. (AC, 2019)

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 and for our annual vestry meeting;
  • for those who are effected by wildires, floods, earthquakes, or other natural or human-made disasters;
  • for all those who suffer from violence and war;
  • for the whole church: for Susan, our Di­ocesan Bishop; Anne, our Metropol­i­tan; Linda, our Primate; for David and Brian, our priests; for all bish­ops, priests and dea­cons; and for all the bap­tized: that God may give us boldness to proclaim God’s promises and tear down obstacles of injustice so that God’s hope reaches the ends of the earth.
  • 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 and those who serve with him on the City Council; for all in civil authority and for all citizens that we might work for the common good;
  • for those who are thankful;
  • for those preparing for ordination to the holy order of priests, especially Fran, Jody, and Judy;
  • for all for whom we have been asked to pray: especially for Margaret, and Duncan, that God will bring them healing and wholeness;
  • for those who are dying--especially, Scott--and for all those who have departed from this life and are at rest--especially, Sylvia--and for all who mourn.

In our cycles of prayer:

  • In the Worldwide Anglican Com­mun­ion: for the Church of the Province of Central Africa, The Most Rev'd Albert Chama - Archbishop of Central Africa & Bishop of Northern Zambia.
  • In our Niagara Diocese: for the Church of the Nativity, Hamilton, the Reverend Canon Matthew Griffin, Rector and the people of that parish.
  • In our partner Diocese of Cuba: for the parish of San Juan Evangelista in Bacuranao; Rev. Frank Miguel Fernández Triana, minister-in-charge and the people of that parish.
  • For other faith communities in our neighbourhood,  especially, Holy Trinity Ethiopian Orthodox Church, The Rev’d Aba Gebreeyesus Ayalew, head priest, and people of that parish.
  • For one another, especially (in our par­ish cycle of prayer): Kate Connelly; George Crawford; Graham & Emma Cubitt; Alison Currie; pray also for all who work behind the scenes to enhance our worship: for all members of the Sacristy Guild; for all Servers and other Eucharistic Ministers.

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

The Readings for Sunday

First Reading: Deuteronomy 30:15-20

The Lord sets before the people of God a clear choice. Life and prosperity will come to the faithful; loss of the land will be the consequence of disobedience. Choosing life entails loving and holding fast to the Lord. Life in God’s presence presupposes the promise made to the ancestors.

[Moses said to the people:] 15 See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, death and adversity. 16 If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I am commanding you today, by loving the Lord your God, walking in his ways, and observing his commandments, decrees, and ordinances, then you shall live and become numerous, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to possess. 17 But if your heart turns away and you do not hear, but are led astray to bow down to other gods and serve them, 18 I declare to you today that you shall perish; you shall not live long in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess. 19 I call heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live, 20 loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and holding fast to him; for that means life to you and length of days, so that you may live in the land that the Lord swore to give to your ancestors, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.

Psalm: Psalm 119:1-8

Happy are they who follow the teaching of the Lord. (Ps. 119:1)

 1 Happy are they whose | way is blameless,
  who follow the teaching | of the Lord!
 2 Happy are they who observe | your decrees
  and seek you with | all their hearts,
 3 who never do | any wrong,
  but always walk | in your ways.
 4 You laid down | your commandments,
  that we should | fully keep them. R
 5 Oh, that my ways were made | so direct
  that I might | keep your statutes!
 6 Then I should not be | put to shame,
  when I regard all | your commandments.
 7 I will thank you with | a true heart,
  when I have learned your | righteous judgments.
 8 I will | keep your statutes;
  do not utter- | ly forsake me. R

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 3:1-9

Human leaders in the church are not the ones who control ministry. Rather they are coworkers who belong to God, the one who truly controls and continuously empowers the ministry of the church.

1 Brothers and sisters, I could not speak to you as spiritual people, but rather as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. 2 I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for solid food. Even now you are still not ready, 3 for you are still of the flesh. For as long as there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not of the flesh, and behaving according to human inclinations? 4 For when one says, “I belong to Paul,” and another, “I belong to Apollos,” are you not merely human?
  5 What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you came to believe, as the Lord assigned to each. 6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. 7 So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. 8 The one who plants and the one who waters have a common purpose, and each will receive wages according to the labor of each. 9 For we are God’s servants, working together; you are God’s field, God’s building.

Gospel: Matthew 5:21-37

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus exhorts his followers to embrace standards of righteousness that exceed legal requirements and traditional expectations.

[Jesus said to the disciples:] 21 “You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not murder’; and ‘whoever murders shall be liable to judgment.’ 22 But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgment; and if you insult a brother or sister, you will be liable to the council; and if you say, ‘You fool,’ you will be liable to the hell of fire. 23 So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift. 25 Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are on the way to court with him, or your accuser may hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison. 26 Truly I tell you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny.
  27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to go into hell.
  31 “It was also said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ 32 But I say to you that anyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of unchastity, causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
  33 “Again, you have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but carry out the vows you have made to the Lord.’ 34 But I say to you, Do not swear at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, 35 or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. 36 And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. 37 Let your word be ‘Yes, Yes’ or ‘No, No’; anything more than this comes from the evil one.”

An Intercession

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

Trusting that God hears us, let us pray for the church, the world, and all those in need.

A brief silence.

Shepherding God, you protect and guide us with your word. Lead your church into ever closer relationship with you, that we might better know your commands, hold fast to your decrees, and live in your law. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

God of the cosmos, heaven and earth bear witness to the splendor of all you have created. Bless the ground, trees, waterways, and skies with abundant life. Restore synergy between humankind and the natural world, that we may live in harmony with the world you have made. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

God of peace, you show solidarity with all who suffer. Bring an end to violence, war, discrimination, and all other forms of deadly hate, that we may experience your love through the power of justice. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

God of hope, you provide bountifully for all people. Use our lives to alleviate global injustice and eliminate poverty, that all benefit from the abundant gifts you pour out for your people. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

God of growth, you nurture this community. Cultivate in us a spirit of service to one another, and bless us in the ministry we share (ministries of the congregation may be named). Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

God of our ancestors, Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebecca, Jacob and Leah and Rachel, we give you thanks for our forebears in the faith who now rest in your eternal grace and love (especially). Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

Confident that you are able to accomplish more than we even dare to ask, we bring these prayers before you, believing in your saving grace revealed in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Readings for the Week

Monday, February 17, 2020: Feria (Green)

  • Morning Prayer: Ps 89:1-18: Gen 30:1-24; 1 Jn 1:1-10; Coll 355
  • Holy Eucharist: As Sunday, except: Jas 1:1-11; Ps 119:65-72; Mk 8:11-13; Preface of Weekdays
  • Evening Prayer: Ps 89:19-52; (Is 63:1-6); Jn 9:1-17; Coll 355

Tuesday, February 18, 2020: Feria (Green)

  • Morning Prayer: Ps 97, 99, [100]; Gen 31:1-24; 1 Jn 2:1-11; Coll 355
  • Holy Eucharist: As Sunday, except: Jas 1:12-18; Ps 94:12-19; Mk 8:14-21; Preface of Weekdays
  • Evening Prayer: Ps 94, [95]; (Is 63:7-14); Jn 9:18-41; Coll 355

Wednesday, February 19, 2020: Feria (Green)

  • Morning Prayer: Ps 101, 109:1-4, (5-19), 20-30; Gen 31:25-50; 1 Jn 2:12-17; Coll 355
  • Holy Eucharist: As Sunday, except: Jas 1:19-27; Ps 15; Mk 8:22-26; Preface of Weekdays
  • Evening Prayer: Ps 119:121-144; (Is 63:15—64:9); Jn 10:1-18; Coll 355

Thursday, February 20, 2020: Feria (Green)

  • Morning Prayer: Ps 105:1-22; Gen 32:3-21; 1 Jn 2:18-29; Coll 355
  • Holy Eucharist: As Sunday, except: Jas 2:1-9; Ps 72:1-4, 13-14; Mk 8:27-33; Preface of Weekdays
  • Evening Prayer: Ps 105:23-45; (Is 65:1-12); Jn 10:19-30; Coll 355

Friday, February 21, 2020: Feria (Green), day of discipline and self-denial

  • Morning Prayer: Ps 102; Gen 32:22—33:17; 1 Jn 3:1-10; Coll 355
  • Holy Eucharist: As Sunday, except: Jas 2:14-26; Ps 112; Mk 8:34—9:1; Preface of Weekdays
  • Evening Prayer: Ps 107:1-32; (Is 65:17-25); Jn 10:31-42; Coll 355

Saturday, February 22nd, 2020: Feria (Green), Eve of Sunday (Green)

  • Morning Prayer: Ps 107:33-43, 108:1-6, (7-13); Gen 35:1-20; 1 Jn 3:11-18; Coll 355
  • Holy Eucharist: As Sunday, except: Jas 3:1-10; Ps 12:1-7; Mk 8:2-13; Preface of Weekdays
  • Evening Prayer: Ps 33; (Is 66:1-6); Jn 11:1-16; Coll 356 (Eve of the Last Sunday after Epiphany)