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 all for whom we have been asked to pray: especially for Joan, Bob, Melissa, 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: The Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea.
- In our Niagara Diocese: Canterbury Hills Camp.
- In our partner Diocese of Cuba: The parish of San Juan Evangelista in Vertientes.
- For other faith communities in our neighbourhood, especially: Holy Trinity Ethiopian Orthodox Church.
- For one another, especially (in our parish cycle of prayer): Patti Troughton, Brent & Rosalee, Nora, Alida Rose vanStaalduinen.
Prayer requests to be included on the following Sunday can can be submitted here by the Thursday morning before.
Reading: Galatians 6:[1-6] 7-16
In the close of his letter to the Galatians, Paul encourages them to live as people made right with God through faith in Jesus Christ. Here Paul offers practical advice about how believers exercise common concern for one other in “the family of faith.”
7Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for you reap whatever you sow. 8If you sow to your own flesh, you will reap corruption from the flesh; but if you sow to the Spirit, you will reap eternal life from the Spirit. 9So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up. 10So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith.
11See what large letters I make when I am writing in my own hand! 12It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh that try to compel you to be circumcised—only that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. 13Even the circumcised do not themselves obey the law, but they want you to be circumcised so that they may boast about your flesh. 14May I never boast of anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. 15For neither circumcision nor uncircumcision is anything; but a new creation is everything! 16As for those who will follow this rule—peace be upon them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.
Gospel: Luke 10:1-11, 16-20
Jesus commissions harvesters and laborers to go where he would go and do what he would do. Risking hardship and danger in exchange for the experience of great joy, they offer peace and healing as signs that the reign of God is near.
16“Whoever listens to you listens to me, and whoever rejects you rejects me, and whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me.”
17The seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, in your name even the demons submit to us!” 18He said to them, “I watched Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning. 19See, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing will hurt you. 20Nevertheless, do not rejoice at this, that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
Prayers of Intercession
The prayers are prepared locally for each occasion. The following examples may be adapted or used as appropriate.
Joining our voices with God’s people around the world, let us offer our prayers for those in need.
A brief silence.
For the church and its ministries; for pastors and musicians; for teachers and leaders, that their joyful noise clearly announce your reign of peace come near, let us pray. Have mercy, O God.
For your works revealed in creation: for rivers and streams; for thunderstorms and sunshine; and for those preparing for harvesttime, that you inspire our care for the earth, let us pray. Have mercy, O God.
For peace and justice in the world; for all levels of government; for areas affected by strife, that those in authority always work for the good of all, bringing your justice to all people, let us pray. Have mercy, O God.
For the sick and those who console them; for prisoners and those who show them mercy; for the downtrodden and those who help them flourish; for those suffering from malaria and zika; and for all in need of care (especially), that you comfort them as a mother comforts her child, let us pray. Have mercy, O God.
For those spending time with friends and family this summer; for those making employment decisions; for those uncertain what the future holds, that they set their minds on Christ who has called us to himself, let us pray. Have mercy, O God.
Here other intercessions may be offered.
In thanksgiving for the faithful departed who have inspired us by their witness to the gospel, that with them we will know the confidence of being held in your embrace, 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 Saviour and Lord. Amen.