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The Collect for Sunday

Eternal God, give us insight to discern your will for us, to give up what harms us, and to seek the perfection we are promised; through Jesus Christ our Saviour, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, 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 all for whom we have been asked to pray: especially for Marilyn, Mark, Duncan, Tom, 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: Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui; The Most Rev’d Paul Kwong, Primate of Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui & Archbishop of Hong Kong Island.
  • In our Niagara Diocese: St. Mark, Orangeville; The Ven. Peter Scott, Rector; The Rev’d Dn. Richard Beaudoin, Deacon; The Rev’d Canon Lynne Thackwray, Honorary Assistant; and the people of that parish.  
  • In our partner Diocese of Cuba: The parish of San Felipe Diacono in Limonar; the Rev’d Marianela de la Paz, minister-in-charge; and the people of that parish. 
  • For other faith communities in our neighbourhood, First Christian Reformed Church; The Rev’d Chris Schoon, Senior Pastor; and the people of that congregation.
  • For one another, especially (in our parish cycle of prayer): Ken & Penny Bond; Jennifer, Abigail & Oliver Bowen; John & Deborah Bowen; Karen Bretzier; Tim & Kim, Victoria Burns; pray also for all of our children and for our ministry to Children: especially for our Children’s Church.

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 pastoral intern; 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.

Readings for Sunday

First Reading: Isaiah 55:1-9

To those who have experienced long years in exile, the return to their homeland is a celebration of abundant life. God calls them into an everlasting covenant of love. Those who return to the Lord will enjoy new life and forgiveness, because God’s ways are not our ways.

 1Ho, everyone who thirsts,
  come to the waters;
 and you that have no money,
  come, buy and eat!
 Come, buy wine and milk
  without money and without price.
 2Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
  and your labor for that which does not satisfy?
 Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good,
  and delight yourselves in rich food.
 3Incline your ear, and come to me;
  listen, so that you may live.
 I will make with you an everlasting covenant,
  my steadfast, sure love for David.
 4See, I made him a witness to the peoples,
  a leader and commander for the peoples.
 5See, you shall call nations that you do not know,
  and nations that do not know you shall run to you,
 because of the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel,
  for he has glorified you.

 6Seek the Lord while he may be found,
  call upon him while he is near;
 7let the wicked forsake their way,
  and the unrighteous their thoughts;
 let them return to the Lord, that he may have mercy on them,
  and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
 8For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
  nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord.
 9For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
  so are my ways higher than your ways
  and my thoughts than your thoughts.

The Psalm: Psalm 63:1-8

O God, eagerly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you. (Ps. 63:1)

 1O God, you are my God; eager- | ly I seek you;
  my soul thirsts for you, my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there | is no water.
 2Therefore I have gazed upon you in your | holy place,
  that I might behold your power | and your glory.
 3For your steadfast love is better than | life itself;
  my lips shall | give you praise.
 4So will I bless you as long | as I live
  and lift up my hands | in your name. R
 5My spirit is content, as with the rich- | est of foods,
  and my mouth praises you with | joyful lips,
 6when I remember you up- | on my bed,
  and meditate on you in | the night watches.
 7For you have | been my helper,
  and under the shadow of your wings I | will rejoice.
 8My whole being | clings to you;
  your right hand | holds me fast. R

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 10:1-13

Paul uses images from Hebrew story and prophecy to speak the truth of Jesus Christ: He is our rock, our water, our food, and our drink. Christ is the living sign of God’s faithfulness.

1I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, 2and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, 3and all ate the same spiritual food, 4and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual rock that followed them, and the rock was Christ. 5Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them, and they were struck down in the wilderness.
  6Now these things occurred as examples for us, so that we might not desire evil as they did. 7Do not become idolaters as some of them did; as it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink, and they rose up to play.” 8We must not indulge in sexual immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day. 9We must not put Christ to the test, as some of them did, and were destroyed by serpents. 10And do not complain as some of them did, and were destroyed by the destroyer. 11These things happened to them to serve as an example, and they were written down to instruct us, on whom the ends of the ages have come. 12So if you think you are standing, watch out that you do not fall. 13No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it.

Gospel: Luke 13:1-9

Asked about current tragic events, Jesus turns a lesson about whether suffering is deserved into a hard call to obedience. He then tells a parable that holds out hope that the timeline for ultimate judgment will be tempered by patience.

1At that very time there were some present who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.2[Jesus] asked them, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all other Galileans?3No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as they did. 4Or those eighteen who were killed when the tower of Siloam fell on them—do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others living in Jerusalem? 5No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish just as they did.”
  6Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. 7So he said to the gardener, ‘See here! For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none. Cut it down! Why should it be wasting the soil?’ 8He replied, ‘Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig around it and put manure on it. 9If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’ ”

Prayers of Intercession

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

Seeking the grace, mercy, and love of almighty God, we offer our prayers for the church, for people in need, and for all of creation.

A brief silence.

Holy God, build up the body of Christ and cause the gifts of your Spirit to grow among us. Lead us to recognize your saving work through the spiritual practices you encourage. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

Water the earth with gentle rains and melting snow. Provide clean water for drinking, washing, and nourishing plants that will bear fruit for your creatures. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

Uphold people who speak your righteousness in the face of religious or political persecution. Receive martyrs (like Oscar Arnulfo Romero, whom we commemorate today) into your everlasting peace. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

Provide relief for those suffering and in pain (especially). Grant wisdom to health care workers who seek to diagnose ailments, and bring healing to patients. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

Promote unity within your church and among the nations. Uncover the common threads in our shared humanity, and keep us from making hasty judgments about others. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Knit together the communion of saints, and bind us to Christ, our head. Through the diversity of gifts present in our communities, help us to overcome our limitations and increase our understanding of ourselves and others. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

Reveal your will as you receive our prayers, and conform our ways to your ways; through the saving work of Jesus Christ our Lord.