The Collect for Sunday
Almighty and everliving God, who fulfilled the promises of Easter by sending us your Holy Spirit and opening to every race and nation the way of life eternal, keep us in the unity of your Spirit, that every tongue may tell of your glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for 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 Joan, Bob, 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: Pray for the united Church of North India, The Most Rev’d Dr Prem Chand Singh, Moderator of CNI & Bishop of Jabalpur.
- In our Niagara Diocese: St. James, Dundas, the Reverend Canon Peter Davison, Priest-in-Charge, The Reverend Mike Deed, Rector-designate, and the people of that parish.
- In our partner Diocese of Cuba: The mission of San Pedro in Jobabo; the Ven. Santiago Rodríguez Rodríguez, minister-in-charge, the candidate Yordanis Acosta and the people of that parish.
- For other faith communities in our neighbourhood, especially: Melrose United Church, the interim minister and the people of that congregation.
- For one another, especially (in our parish cycle of prayer): Joan; Jennifer; Gayle; Jean; pray also for our youth, our parish Youth Ministry and for all Youth Ministry Volunteers.
Prayer requests to be included on the following Sunday can can be submitted here by the Thursday morning before.
Readings for Sunday
The First Reading: 1 Kings 19:1-4 [5-7] 8-15a
Elijah has defeated the prophets of Baal through the power of the Lord. Now, fleeing from Queen Jezebel, Elijah comes to Mount Horeb (another name for Sinai). God appears to him there not in power but in “a sound of sheer silence” and reassures him that he is not alone.
Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 10He answered, “I have been very zealous for the Lord, the God of hosts; for the Israelites have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left, and they are seeking my life, to take it away.”
11He said, “Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; 12and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence. 13When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. Then there came a voice to him that said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 14He answered, “I have been very zealous for the Lord, the God of hosts; for the Israelites have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left, and they are seeking my life, to take it away.” 15aThen the Lord said to him, “Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus.”
The Second Reading: Galatians 3:23-29
For Paul, baptism is a powerful bond that unites people not only with God but with other believers. Those who call themselves children of God experience a transformation that removes prejudices of race, social class, or gender in favor of true unity in Christ.
The Holy Gospel: Luke 8:26-39
Jesus’ mission includes foreigners, and his authority extends to the casting out of demons. Some who witness Jesus’ work are seized with confusion and fear, but the man who was healed is commissioned to give testimony of God’s mercy and power.
26Then [Jesus and his disciples] arrived at the country of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee. 27As he stepped out on land, a man of the city who had demons met him. For a long time he had worn no clothes, and he did not live in a house but in the tombs. 28When he saw Jesus, he fell down before him and shouted at the top of his voice, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, do not torment me”—29for Jesus had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. (For many times it had seized him; he was kept under guard and bound with chains and shackles, but he would break the bonds and be driven by the demon into the wilds.) 30Jesus then asked him, “What is your name?” He said, “Legion”; for many demons had entered him. 31They begged him not to order them to go back into the abyss.
34When the swineherds saw what had happened, they ran off and told it in the city and in the country. 35Then people came out to see what had happened, and when they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind. And they were afraid. 36Those who had seen it told them how the one who had been possessed by demons had been healed. 37Then all the people of the surrounding country of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them; for they were seized with great fear. So he got into the boat and returned. 38The man from whom the demons had gone begged that he might be with him; but Jesus sent him away, saying, 39“Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.” So he went away, proclaiming throughout the city how much Jesus had done for him.
Prayers of Intercession
The prayers are prepared locally for each occasion. The following examples may be adapted or used as appropriate.
A brief silence.
For all servants of the gospel, for the church throughout the world, and for all who sing the praise and glory of God, that through the gift of faith, all declare the wonderful name of Christ, let us pray. Have mercy, O God.
For the well-being of creation, for mountains and lakes, for fields and forests, and for plants and animals, that God lift up good stewards to care for the entire earth, let us pray. Have mercy, O God.
For the nations and their rulers, for aid workers, and for people in war-torn areas (especially), that God raise up leaders and advocates to work for the equality of all, let us pray. Have mercy, O God.
For all who cry out in need: the hungry and poor, the downtrodden and outcast, the grieving and the sick (especially), that all know that God is near and hears their cries, let us pray. Have mercy, O God.
For teachers preparing for the upcoming school year, for those who are traveling and absent from worship, and for those who visit our congregation, that God’s love lead them in their daily vocations, let us pray. Have mercy, O God.
Here other intercessions may be offered.
For all baptized into Christ’s death and resurrection, including those who have died (especially). Confident that we belong to you in life and in death, let us pray. Have mercy, O God.Merciful God, you hear the prayers of your people even before they are spoken. We commend these and all our prayers to you, trusting in your abundant mercy; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.