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.
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 the upcoming meeting of the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada, meeting July 10 to 16 in Vancouver;
- 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, Christie, Mark, 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: Pray for the United Church of Pakistan.
- In our Niagara Diocese: Christ Church, Flamborough; The Reverend Sue Nicolls, Priest in Charge, the Reverend Canons Laurie Duby and Wendy Roy, Honorary Assistants; and the people of that parish.
- In our partner Diocese of Cuba: The parish of San Lucas in Sibanicu.
- For other faith communities in our neighbourhood, especially: First Christian Reformed Church.
- For one another, especially (in our parish cycle of prayer): Karen & Lynda Jane; Ruth; Duncan & Edie; Sue & Brian; Ally.
- 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.
Reading: Galatians 5:1, 13-25
For Paul, the freedom Christ gives is not permission to do whatever we want. It is the invitation to be what we could not be otherwise. The power and guidance of Christ’s Holy Spirit produce a different kind of life, one marked by the fruit of this Holy Spirit.
1For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.
13For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another. 14For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 15If, however, you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another.
16Live by the Spirit, I say, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17For what the flesh desires is opposed to the Spirit, and what the Spirit desires is opposed to the flesh; for these are opposed to each other, to prevent you from doing what you want. 18But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not subject to the law. 19Now the works of the flesh are obvious: fornication, impurity, licentiousness, 20idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions, 21envy, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these. I am warning you, as I warned you before: those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
22By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, 23gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things. 24And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit.
Gospel: Luke 9:51-62
Jesus is unwavering in his commitment to his mission in Jerusalem and will not be swayed by pettiness. In a series of striking cases in point, he calls his disciples to a similar single-mindedness.
51When the days drew near for [Jesus] to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. 52And he sent messengers ahead of him. On their way they entered a village of the Samaritans to make ready for him; 53but they did not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem. 54When his disciples James and John saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” 55But he turned and rebuked them. 56Then they went on to another village.
57As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 58And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” 59To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” 60But Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” 61Another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” 62Jesus said to him, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”
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 all followers of Christ; for the church and its ministers; and for the mission of the gospel, that all will know the gifts of the Holy Spirit, let us pray. Have mercy, O God.
For the wilderness and deserts; for the rain forests and tundra; for native lands and farmland; and for all who tend the land, that God’s mighty work be seen in all creation, let us pray. Have mercy, O God.
For those who govern in Canada and the United States; for those responsible for peace among people and nations; and for those who strive for freedom, that all are guided by Christ’s commandment to love our neighbors as ourselves, let us pray. Have mercy, O God.
For refugees in need of protection; for the homeless in need of shelter; for those who work in the summer’s heat; for those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit (especially), that God provide compassionate advocates and skilled medical professionals to aid them, let us pray. Have mercy, O God.
For those who travel this summer; for those celebrating significant events in their lives; and for this community of faith, that the love of Christ be present in our joy and pleasure, let us pray. Have mercy, O God.
Here other intercessions may be offered.
In thanksgiving for those who now rest in the hope of the resurrection, that with them we receive assurance that God does not abandon us in any time or place, 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.