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The Collect for Sunday

God of heaven and earth, you reveal your wisdom to the childlike; may we learn from your Son humility of heart, so that we find refreshment and rest even as we shoulder the cross of Christ; who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, now and for ever. Amen. (AC, 2019)

Prayer Intentions

The prayers of the church are offered especially:

  • for the needs of the world, especially at this time of global pandemic;
  • for those who are sick and for all medical personnel and caregivers;
  • for research workers and scientists who are working to protect us, provide adequate testing, and to develop a vaccine;
  • for all who have returned to work and those who have been working, that they be kept safe from harm;
  • for those who are particularly vulnerable to this virus;
  • for those who are isolated;
  • for those who are anxious;
  • for our parish family in this time of social isolation;
  • for the healing of racial inequality, prejudice, bigotry, systemic racism, and injustice;
  • for all those who experience poverty or homelessness;
  • for those who are threatened by violence, abuse, or injustice;
  • for those who suffer the effects of natural or human-caused disaster;
  • for the whole church: for Susan, our Bishop; for David and Brian, our priests; for Janice, our deacon; for Rob, our intern; for all bish­ops, priests and dea­cons; and for all the bap­tized: that God may accomplish God's work in and through us for the sake of the world;
  • for Elizabeth our Queen and all set in authority under her; for Justin, the Prime Minister of Canada and all members of parliament; Doug, the Premier of Ontario and all members of the legislature; Fred, the mayor of Hamilton and those who serve city council; for the First Nations of this land, for elders, chiefs, and band councils; for all in civil authority and for all citizens that we might work together for the common good;
  • for all for whom we have been asked to pray: especially for 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 Pakistan
    The Most Revd Humphrey Peters, Bishop of Peshawar & Moderator of the Church of Pakistan and the people of that province of the church.
  • In the Diocese of Niagara: In the Niagara Diocese: St. Alban the Martyr, Acton, Naomi Kabugi, Rector and the people of that parish.
  • For other faith communities in our neighbourhood, especially, Central Presbyterian Church, The Rev’d Dr. Gregory Davidson, Minister, and the people of that congregation.
  • For one another, in our parish cycle of prayer, for Lynda Yates-Cyopeck; Susanne Adams; Ginny Aksan; Linda Allen; Erzebet and Tibor Almassy, Adam and Marton Palfi.

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: Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67

The marriage of Isaac and Rebekah helped to fulfill God’s promise that Abraham and Sarah would become the ancestors of many nations.

[Laban, Rebekah’s brother, received a visitor who said,] 34“I am Abraham’s servant. 35The Lord has greatly blessed my master, and he has become wealthy; he has given him flocks and herds, silver and gold, male and female slaves, camels and donkeys. 36And Sarah my master’s wife bore a son to my master when she was old; and he has given him all that he has. 37My master made me swear, saying, ‘You shall not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I live; 38but you shall go to my father’s house, to my kindred, and get a wife for my son.’
 42“I came today to the spring, and said, ‘O Lord, the God of my master Abraham, if now you will only make successful the way I am going! 43I am standing here by the spring of water; let the young woman who comes out to draw, to whom I shall say, “Please give me a little water from your jar to drink,” 44and who will say to me, “Drink, and I will draw for your camels also”—let her be the woman whom the Lord has appointed for my master’s son.’
 45“Before I had finished speaking in my heart, there was Rebekah coming out with her water jar on her shoulder; and she went down to the spring, and drew. I said to her, ‘Please let me drink.’ 46She quickly let down her jar from her shoulder, and said, ‘Drink, and I will also water your camels.’ So I drank, and she also watered the camels. 47Then I asked her, ‘Whose daughter are you?’ She said, ‘The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor’s son, whom Milcah bore to him.’ So I put the ring on her nose, and the bracelets on her arms. 48Then I bowed my head and worshiped the Lord, and blessed the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who had led me by the right way to obtain the daughter of my master’s kinsman for his son. 49Now then, if you will deal loyally and truly with my master, tell me; and if not, tell me, so that I may turn either to the right hand or to the left.”
 58And they called Rebekah, and said to her, “Will you go with this man?” She said, “I will.” 59So they sent away their sister Rebekah and her nurse along with Abraham’s servant and his men. 60And they blessed Rebekah and said to her,
 “May you, our sister, become
  thousands of myriads;
 may your offspring gain possession
  of the gates of their foes.”
61Then Rebekah and her maids rose up, mounted the camels, and followed the man; thus the servant took Rebekah, and went his way.
 62Now Isaac had come from Beer-lahai-roi, and was settled in the Negeb. 63Isaac went out in the evening to walk in the field; and looking up, he saw camels coming. 64And Rebekah looked up, and when she saw Isaac, she slipped quickly from the camel, 65and said to the servant, “Who is the man over there, walking in the field to meet us?” The servant said, “It is my master.” So she took her veil and covered herself. 66And the servant told Isaac all the things that he had done. 67Then Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s tent. He took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her. So Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.

Semicontinuous Psalm: Psalm 45:10-17

God has anointed you with the oil of gladness. (Ps. 45:7)

Second Reading: Romans 7:15-25a

Life captive to sin is a catch-22 existence in which we know good but do not do it and do things we know to be wrong. Through Jesus Christ, God has set us free from such a futile existence.

15I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. 16Now if I do what I do not want, I agree that the law is good. 17But in fact it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me. 18For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot do it. 19For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do. 20Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me.
 21So I find it to be a law that when I want to do what is good, evil lies close at hand. 22For I delight in the law of God in my inmost self, 23but I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind, making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. 24Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? 25aThanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!

Gospel: Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

Jesus chides people who find fault with both his ministry and that of John the Baptist. He thanks God that wisdom and intelligence are not needed to receive what God has to offer.

[Jesus spoke to the crowd saying:] 16“To what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to one another,
17‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance;
  we wailed, and you did not mourn.’
18For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon’; 19the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.”
 25At that time Jesus said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; 26yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. 27All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
 28“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Prayers of Intercession

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

Called into unity with one another and the whole creation, let us pray for our shared world.

A brief silence.

We pray for the church. Sustain us as we share your word. Embrace us as we struggle to find our common ground. Lift up leaders with powerful and prophetic voices. Free us from stagnant faith. Hear us, O God.  Your mercy is great.

We pray for the well-being of creation. Protect the air, water, and land from abuse and pollution. Free us from apathy in our care of creation and direct us toward sustainable living. Hear us, O God.  Your mercy is great.

We pray for the nations. We pray especially for Canada and our neighbours in the United States as we mark national birthdays. We pray for the renew of civic life. Guide leaders in developing just policies and guide difficult conversations. Free us from patriotism that hinders relationship-building. Lead us to expansive love for our neighbour. Hear us, O God.  Your mercy is great.

We pray for all in need. For all who are tired, feeling despair, sick, or oppressed (especially). Take their yoke upon you and ease their burdens. Give your consolation and free us from all that keeps us bound. Hear us, O God.  Your mercy is great.

We pray for this congregation. Bless our priests, deacon, and congregational leaders. Energize children’s ministry volunteers, our church administrator, and those who maintain our building. Shine in those who make a spiritual home together, that we might notice the ways your love transforms our lives. Hear us, O God.  Your mercy is great.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

We give thanks for those who have died in faith. Welcome them into your eternal rest and comfort us in our grief until we are joined with them in new life. Hear us, O God.  Your mercy is great.

Receive these prayers, O God, and those too deep for words; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Readings for the Week

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost [Proper 14] (Green) | Sunday, July 5, 2020

  • Morning Prayer: Ps 146, 147; Num 27:12-23; Acts 19:11-20; Coll 366
  • Holy Eucharist: Propers 366; Gen 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67; Ps 45:11-18 or S of S 2:8-13; (or Zech 9:9-12; Ps 145:8-15); Rom 7:15-25a; Mt 11:16-19, 25-30; Preface of the Lord's Day
  • Evening Prayer: Ps 111, 112, 113; (1 Sam 14:36-45); Mk 1:14-20; Coll 366

Thomas More, Lawyer, 1535 (Commemoration, Green) | Monday, July 6th, 2020

  • Morning Prayer: Ps 1, 2, 3; Num 32:1-6, 16-27; Rom 8:26-30; Coll 366 (Com: 438/9 or FAS 215)
  • Holy Eucharist: More: Common of a Saint 438/9 or FAS 215; 1 Peter 3:13-16; Ps 119:161-168; Mk 12:13-17; Preface of a Saint OR Feria: As Sunday, except: Hos 2:16-23; Ps 145:1-9; Mt 9:18-26; Preface of Weekdays (Com: 438/9 or FAS 215)
  • Evening Prayer: Ps 4, 7; (1 Sam 15:1-3, 7-23); Mt 23:1-12; Coll 366 (Com: 438/9 or FAS 215)

Feria (Green) | Tuesday, July 7, 2020

  • Morning Prayer: Ps 5, 6; Num 35:1-3, 9-15, 30-34; Rom 8:31-39; Coll 366
  • Holy Eucharist: As Sunday, except: Hos 8:4-7, 11-13; Ps 115:1-10; Mt 9:32-38; Preface of Weekdays
  • Evening Prayer: Ps 10, 11; (1 Sam 15:24-35); Mt 23:13-26; Coll 366

Feria (Green) | Wednesday, July 8, 2020

  • Morning Prayer: Ps 119:1-24; Dt 1:1-18; Rom 9:1-18; Coll 366
  • Holy Eucharist: As Sunday, except: Hos 10:1-3, 7-8, 12; Ps 105:1-7; Mt 10:1-7; Preface of Weekdays
  • Evening Prayer: Ps 12, 13, 14; (1 Sam 16:1-13); Mt 23:27-39; Coll 366

Feria (Green) | Thursday, July 9, 2020

  • Morning Prayer: Ps 18:1-20; Dt 3:18-28; Rom 9:19-33; Coll 366
  • Holy Eucharist: As Sunday, except: Hos 11:1-9; Ps 80:1-7; Mt 10:7-15; Preface of Weekdays
  • Evening Prayer: Ps 18:21-50; (1 Sam 16:14-17:11); Mt 24:1-14; Coll 366

Feria (Green) | Day of discipline and self-denial | Friday, July 10, 2020

  • Morning Prayer: Ps 16, 17; Dt 31:7-13, 24-32:4; Rom 10:1-13; Coll 366
  • Holy Eucharist: As Sunday, except: Hos 14:1-9; Ps 51:1-12; Mt 10:16-23; Preface of Weekdays
  • Evening Prayer: Ps 22; (1 Sam 17:17-30); Mt 24:15-31; Coll 366

Benedict of Nursia, Abbot, c. 547 (Memorial, White) | Eve of Sunday (Green) | Saturday, July 11, 2020

  • Morning Prayer: Ps 20, 21:1-7, (8-14); Dt 34:1-12; Rom 10:14-21; Coll 366 (Mem: 438/9 or FAS 217)
  • Holy Eucharist: Benedict: Common of a Saint 438/9 or FAS 217; Acts 2:42-47a; Ps 34:1-8; Jn 15:12-17; Preface of a Saint  OR  Feria: As Sunday, except: Is 6:1-8; Ps 93; Mt 10:24-33; Preface of Weekdays (Mem: 438/9 or FAS 217)
  • Evening Prayer: Ps 110:1-5, (6-7), 116, 117; (1 Sam 17:31-49); Mt 24:32-51; Coll 367 (Eve of Pentecost VI)