The Collect for Sunday
Gracious God, through a vision you sent forth Paul to preach the gospel and called the women to a place of prayer on the sabbath. Like Paul and Lydia, may our hearts respond to your word and be open to go where you lead us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with the Father and the Son, reigns one God, for ever and 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 all for whom we have been asked to pray: especially for Marion, Chrsitie, Kevin, Sylvia, Mark, Duncan, 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: for all members of the Anglican Communion around the world; the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev'd Justin Welby, and all primates and bishops; for members of the Anglican Consultative Council; for the Secretary General, the Most Rev'd Dr Josiah Idowu-Fearon; for the staff at the Anglican Communion Office in London and the UN offices in Geneva and New York.
- In our Niagara Diocese: St. John’s, Ancaster, the Reverend Canon Joseph Asselin, Rector; the Reverend Audrius Sarka, Priest Assistant; Ms. Donna Ellis, Licensed Layworker; the Reverend Richard Dentinger, the Reverend Mary Ryback, and the Reverend Olive Shepherd, Honorary Assistants; and the people of that parish.
- In our partner Diocese of Cuba: The parish of Santa Maria in Santiago de Cuba; the Ven. Halbert Pons Santana, 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): Jean Mitchell; Leslie & Jim, Amy, Faith, Miriam Muirhead; Roger & Bonnie Munn; Norm & Sue Newbery; pray also for all of our children and for our ministry to Children: especially for our Children’s Church and the 47th Hamilton Scouting program.
Prayer requests to be included on the following Sunday can can be submitted here by the Thursday morning before.
Readings for Sunday
First Reading: Acts 16:9-15
A vision compels Paul to move his ministry into Greece. There he meets Lydia, an important person in the business community, whose heart has been opened by God to receive the gospel. Her conversion and baptism provide the impetus for the founding of the church at Philippi.
9During the night Paul had a vision: there stood a man of Macedonia pleading with him and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” 10When he had seen the vision, we immediately tried to cross over to Macedonia, being convinced that God had called us to proclaim the good news to them.
Second Reading: Revelation 21:10, 22--22:5
John’s vision of a new Jerusalem coming out of heaven provides continuity with God’s past actions. Yet in this new city, God’s presence replaces the temple, and the glory of God and the Lamb supplant sun and moon.
10And in the spirit [one of the angels] carried me away to a great, high mountain and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God.
22I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. 23And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God is its light, and its lamp is the Lamb. 24The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it. 25Its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there. 26People will bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations. 27But nothing unclean will enter it, nor anyone who practices abomination or falsehood, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
22:1Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2through the middle of the street of the city. On either side of the river is the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. 3Nothing accursed will be found there any more. But the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him; 4they will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 5And there will be no more night; they need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.
Gospel: John 14:23-29
As Jesus talks of returning to the Father, he promises to send the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, who will teach Jesus’ followers and remind them of all that Jesus taught. Even more, those in whom God makes a home will experience a peace that overcomes fear.
23Jesus answered [Judas (not Iscariot),] “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not mine, but is from the Father who sent me.
25“I have said these things to you while I am still with you. 26But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. 27Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. 28You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I am coming to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I. 29And now I have told you this before it occurs, so that when it does occur, you may believe.”
Prayers of Intercession
The prayers are prepared locally for each occasion. The following examples may be adapted or used as appropriate.
Trusting God’s promise of new life, we pray for the renewal of the church, the world, and all of creation.
A brief silence.
Prevail upon us with your Spirit. Convince us daily that you have called us to proclaim the good news of your grace. Let all who love you proclaim your word of life. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.
Feed us with the bounty of your creation. Bless the earth with enough rain and sunshine for the flourishing of orchards, gardens, and fields. Give us thankful hearts as we share the fruit of the land with all who hunger. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.
The leaves of your tree of life are for the healing of the nations. Bring an end to civil war, genocide, terrorism, and violence. Overcome divisions of race, politics, and religion. Mend relationships across borders and across oceans (especially). Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.
Our hearts are troubled and afraid. Visit us again with your peace. Comfort those facing uncertain futures: those who are unemployed or underemployed, those in difficult relationships, those with chronic pain, those waiting for news about their health, and those who are sick (especially). Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.
We give you thanks for all who have died in service to nation. Inspire us to walk in your light and to live for the sake of freedom and justice for your children. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.
Here other intercessions may be offered.
Open the gates of salvation to all who are written in your book of life (especially). Lead us into the city that needs no light of sun or moon, where you will be our light forever. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.
We commend these and all our prayers to you, O God. Come near to us with your saving help, for the sake of Jesus Christ, our risen Lord. Amen.