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The Collect for Sunday

Holy and blessed Trinity, we praise you: through your Word and Holy Spirit, Father, you created all things. You reveal your salvation in all the world by sending to us Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh. Through your Holy Spirit you give us a share in your life and love. Fill us with the vision of your glory, that we may always serve and praise you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. 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 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; for all in civil authority and for all citizens that we might work for the common good;
  • for those who are thankful;
  • for Gareth, our newly appointed Director of Ministry for the Discovery Service, as he begins his ministry;
  • for all for whom we have been asked to pray: especially for Joan, 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: Pray for the Anglican Church of Australia, The Most Rev’d Philip Leslie Freier, Archbishop of Melbourne & Primate of Australia.
  • In our Niagara Diocese: St. John, Stewartown, (Georgetown), The Rev’d Wendy Phipps, Rector and the people of that parish.
  • In our partner Diocese of Cuba: The parish of San Juan Bautista in Palma Soriano, the Ven. Halbert Pons Santana, minister-in-charge, the Candidate Noel José Rodríguez Santos and the people of that parish.
  • For other faith communities in our neighbourhood, especially, First Christian Reformed Church, The Rev’d Hayden Regeling, Pastor, and the people of that congregation..
  • For one another, especially (in our par­ish cycle of prayer): Lynda & Woody Woodward; Heather Sheppard & Andrew Woolnough; Linda Yates-Cyopeck; Susanne Adams; Virginia Aksan; pray also for the Parish Council and all leaders of parish ministries.

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

The Readings

Reading: Isaiah 42:1-9

God’s servant is endowed with God’s spirit in order to bring justice to the nations. The servant will not exercise authority boisterously or with violence, nor will weariness ever prevent the fulfilling of the servant’s task. God’s old promises have been fulfilled; the servant’s new assignment is to bring light to the nations.

 1 Here is my servant, whom I uphold,
  my chosen, in whom my soul delights;
 I have put my spirit upon him;
  he will bring forth justice to the nations.
 2 He will not cry or lift up his voice,
  or make it heard in the street;
 3 a bruised reed he will not break,
  and a dimly burning wick he will not quench;
  he will faithfully bring forth justice.
 4 He will not grow faint or be crushed
  until he has established justice in the earth;
  and the coastlands wait for his teaching.

 5 Thus says God, the Lord,
  who created the heavens and stretched them out,
  who spread out the earth and what comes from it,
 who gives breath to the people upon it
  and spirit to those who walk in it:
 6 I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness,
  I have taken you by the hand and kept you;
 I have given you as a covenant to the people,
  a light to the nations,
  7t o open the eyes that are blind,
 to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon,
  from the prison those who sit in darkness.
 8 I am the Lord, that is my name;
  my glory I give to no other,
  nor my praise to idols.
 9 See, the former things have come to pass,
  and new things I now declare;
 before they spring forth,
  I tell you of them.

Second Reading: Acts 10:34-43

Peter crosses the sharp religious boundary separating Jews from Gentiles and proclaims the good news of God’s inclusive forgiveness in Jesus’ name to Cornelius, a Roman centurion. As a result of Peter’s preaching, Cornelius and his family become the first Gentiles to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.

34 Peter began to speak to [Cornelius and his household]: “I truly understand that God shows no partiality, 35 but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. 36 You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ—he is Lord of all. 37 That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. 39 We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; 40 but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, 41 not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42 He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. 43 All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”

Gospel: Matthew 3:13-17

Before Jesus begins his ministry, he is baptized by John, touched by the Spirit, and identified publicly as God’s child.

13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. 14 John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” 15 But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now; for it is proper for us in this way to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented. 16 And when Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.”

Prayers of Intercession

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

Called together through water and the Word, we boldly pray for the church, the world, and all who long to hear God’s voice. 

A brief silence.

Renewing God, thank you for the gift of baptism (especially for [name/s] baptized among us today). Give your church boldness to proclaim your promises. Tear down obstacles of injustice so that your word of hope reaches the ends of the earth. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Almighty God, we rejoice in the glory of your creation: the beauty of rivers and streams, glaciers and oceans, lakes and ponds. Bring restoration to your earth, and free us from overuse and abuse of water, air, and land. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

God of peace, we give thanks for order in the midst of chaos, though we long for greater justice in our world. Raise up wise and compassionate servant leaders so that all experience your reign of peace. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Holy God, thank you for the powerful healing we witness through doctors and nurses, medication, therapy, and holistic means. Break through clouds of pain and anguish with your voice of comfort. Proclaim hope to all who grieve, and send healing to all who are sick (especially). Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

God of courage, we rejoice in this community of hope. Strengthen all who are preparing for baptism and renew the faith of sponsors, mentors, parents, grandparents, friends, and all who guide the newly baptized in this life of joy. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

God of hope, unleash your Spirit to increase our trust in you. We give thanks for the lives of the saints who inspire us with lives of baptismal witness (especially). Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

We place our prayers before you, God, united in your Spirit; through your beloved Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.