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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 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 Bob, Christie, Kevin, Marilyn, Mark, Duncan, Melissa, Mary, 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 Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), The Most Rev’d Nicholas Okoh - Metropolitan & Primate of all Nigeria & Bishop of Abuja.
  • In our Niagara Diocese: St. John’s, Cheapside, the Reverend Canon Richard Moorse, Rector and the people of that parish.
  • In our partner Diocese of Cuba: The parish of San Jorge in Bartle; the Rev. Rody Perez Risco, minister-in-charge, the candidate Yordanis Acosta and the people of that parish.
  • For other faith communities in our neighbourhood, especially: Blessings Christian Church, Pastors Bill DeJong and Hilmer Jagersma and the people of that congregation.
  • For one another, especially (in our par­ish cycle of prayer): Beth McKay & Jim Reilly; Marie Richardson; Lyall & Debbie, Evan, Lily, Finnegan Rudderham; Brian & Barbara Ruttan; Sue & Brian, Ally Samson; pray also for the church office that acts as a hub for so many of our ministries and activi­ties, and especially for Frances Ward, our office administrator and Lynda Winter, our volunteer co-ordinator.
  • For Susan our Diocesan Bishop, Anne our Metropolitan, Fred our Primate; for Justin of Canterbury, Francis of Rome, and Bartholomew of Constantinople; for David, Brian, and Tom, our priests; for Fran, our pastoral intern; and for all the baptised: that we may be faithful in our response to God's redemptive reign. 

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

Readings

The First Reading: Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31

In the Bible, wisdom has many faces. It is portrayed in terms sometimes human and sometimes divine. Often, it is personified as feminine. In this passage, Woman Wisdom is depicted not only as the first creation of God but also as God’s helper, rejoicing in God’s creation, especially in human beings.

1 Does not wisdom call,
  and does not understanding raise her voice?
 2 On the heights, beside the way,
  at the crossroads she takes her stand;
 3 beside the gates in front of the town,
  at the entrance of the portals she cries out:
 4 “To you, O people, I call,
  and my cry is to all that live.

 22 The Lord created me at the beginning of his work,
  the first of his acts of long ago.
 23 Ages ago I was set up,
  at the first, before the beginning of the earth.
 24 When there were no depths I was brought forth,
  when there were no springs abounding with water.
 25 Before the mountains had been shaped,
  before the hills, I was brought forth—
 26 when he had not yet made earth and fields,
  or the world’s first bits of soil.
 27 When he established the heavens, I was there,
  when he drew a circle on the face of the deep,
 28 when he made firm the skies above,
  when he established the fountains of the deep,
 29 when he assigned to the sea its limit,
  so that the waters might not transgress his command,
 when he marked out the foundations of the earth,
  30 then I was beside him, like a master worker;
 and I was daily his delight,
  rejoicing before him always,
 31 rejoicing in his inhabited world
  and delighting in the human race.”

Psalm: Psalm 8

Your glory is chanted above the heavens. (Ps. 8:2)

 1 O | Lord our Lord,
  how majestic is your name in | all the earth!—
 2 you whose glory is chanted above the heavens out of the mouths of in- | fants and children;
  you have set up a fortress against your enemies, to silence the foe | and avenger. R
 3 When I consider your heavens, the work | of your fingers,
  the moon and the stars you have set | in their courses,
 4 what are mere mortals that you should be mind- | ful of them,
  human beings that you should | care for them? R
 5 Yet you have made them little less | than divine;
  with glory and hon- | or you crown them.
 6 You have made them rule over the works | of your hands;
  you have put all things un- | der their feet:
 7 all | flocks and cattle,
  even the wild beasts | of the field,
 8 the birds of the air, the fish | of the sea,
  and whatever passes along the paths | of the sea.
 9 O | Lord our Lord,
  how majestic is your name in | all the earth! R

Second Reading: Romans 5:1-5

Paul describes the life of faith with reference to God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. Even now, we have peace with God through Jesus, and our hope for the future is grounded in the love of God that we experience through Christ’s Holy Spirit.

1 Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.

Gospel: John 16:12-15

Jesus’ ongoing presence with the disciples will be borne by the coming Spirit, who will guide them and communicate to them Jesus’ will and glory.

[Jesus said,] 12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. 14 He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. 15 ll that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.”

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 throughout the world and its leaders, that the work of the Spirit unite us in Christ to proclaim the wonders of God, let us pray.
Have mercy, O God. 

For the majesty of creation: the moon and stars that enlighten the night, the birds that inhabit the sky, and the fish that reside in the seas, that all creatures flourish together, let us pray.
Have mercy, O God. 

For all levels of government; for wisdom and truth displayed in world leaders, and for international relief agencies, that God’s love poured into our hearts extend to all people and nations, let us pray.
Have mercy, O God.

For the sick, that they are comforted; for the despairing, that they receive hope; for infants and children, that they be granted nurturing caretakers; and for all who cry out to God in any need (especially), let us pray.
Have mercy, O God.

For all who provide fatherly care and guidance, for those estranged from family, for friends and neighbors, and for our congregation, that God’s mercy serve as a model for all relationships, let us pray.
Have mercy, O God.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

In thanksgiving for the faithful departed who now rest from their labors, that we cling to the hope of sharing with them the glory of God, 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.