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The Collect for Sunday

Almighty God, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven. Mercifully give us faith to know that, as he promised, he abides with us on earth to the end of time; who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.Amen.

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 essential workers, especially grocers, pharmacists , first responders, truck drivers, garbage collectors, delivery personnel, and all who protect us and supply us with our needs;
  • for those who are particularly vulnerable to this virus;
  • for those who are isolated;
  • for those who are anxious;
  • for all those who live in poverty, without adequate housing, food, or drinking water;
  • for prisoners, captives, and refugees;
  • for the whole church: for Susan, our Bishop; for David and Brian, our priests; for Jann our deacon; and 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 council members; 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 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, and for those who mourn.

In our cycles of prayer:

  • In the Worldwide Anglican Com­mun­ion: on this Anglican Communion Sunday, for all members of the Anglican Communion around the world; for the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Justin Welby, and all primates and bishops; for members of the Anglican Consultative Council; for the Secretary General, The Most Revd Dr Josiah Idowu-Fearon; for the staff at the Anglican Communion Office in London and the UN offices in Geneva and New York.
  • In the Niagara Diocese: St. John, Ridgemount, The Reverend Daniel Bennett, Rector and the people of that parish;
  • For other faith communities in our neighbourhood: especially, Beth Jacob Synagogue, Rabbi Hillel Israel and the people of that congregation;
  • For one another, especially (in our par­ish cycle of prayer): Martin and Rebecca Sanfridson; Joan Seabrook; Gayle Shears; Jean Shepherd; Karen and Lynda Jane Southon.

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: Acts 1:6-14

Today’s reading is part of the introduction to the narrative of the outpouring of the Spirit on Pentecost. These verses tell of the risen Lord’s conversation with his disciples on the eve of his ascension, in which he promises that they will receive the power of the Holy Spirit.

6When[the apostles]had come together, they asked[Jesus], “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?”7He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority.8But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”9When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.10While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them.11They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”   

12Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day’s journey away.13When they had entered the city, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying, Peter, and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James.14All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers.

Psalm: Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35

Sing to God, who rides upon the clouds. (Ps. 68:4)

Second Reading: 1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11

Our faith in Christ does not make us immune from the scorn of others. Nevertheless, we are to resist the designs of evil when we experience disparagement from others because we trust God’s grace will strengthen and guide us.

12Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that is taking place among you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13But rejoice insofar as you are sharing Christ’s sufferings, so that you may also be glad and shout for joy when his glory is revealed. 14If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the spirit of glory, which is the Spirit of God, is resting on you.

5:6Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time. 7Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. 8Discipline yourselves, keep alert. Like a roaring lion your adversary the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour. 9Resist him, steadfast in your faith, for you know that your brothers and sisters in all the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering. 10And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you. 11To him be the power forever and ever. Amen.

Gospel: John 17:1-11

On the night before his crucifixion, Jesus prays to his heavenly Father, asking that those who continue his work in this world will live in unity.

1After Jesus had spoken these words [to his disciples], he looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, 2since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. 3And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. 4I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. 5So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed.

  6“I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. 7Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; 8for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. 9I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. 10All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. 11And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.”

Prayers of Intercession

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

Uplifted by the promised hope of healing and resurrection, we join the people of God in all times and places in praying for the church, the world, and all who are in need.

A brief silence. 

O God, call your people to be one, as you are one. Unite your church in the truth of your gospel, the love of our neighbor, and the call to proclaim your reign to all people. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Breathe life into your creation. Guide your people as we explore the mysteries of the universe. We pray for the work of scientists and mathematicians whose skill enriches our understanding (like Nicholas Copernicus and Leonard Euler, whom the church commemorates today). Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Make your justice known among the nations of the earth. Protect the vulnerable (especially in nations currently in crisis). Redirect those who use violence and greed as weapons. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Come to the aid of your children. We pray for those engulfed in grief, those without supportive families, and for all who are isolated, powerless, or afraid, that all may rest their anxieties in your care. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Give courage to all who embark on new ventures. We especially remember this day those who risked their lives to serve in our armed forces. Grant safety to those serving at home or abroad, and assure them of your never-failing strength. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Raise all your saints to eternal life. Until that day, we give you thanks for the faithful examples of those who have listened to your voice and now rest in you. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

With bold confidence in your love, almighty God, we place all for whom we pray into your eternal care; through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Readings for the Week

Seventh Sunday of Easter (White) | Jerusalem Sunday | Sunday, May 24, 2020

  • Morning Prayer: Ps 66, 67; Ex 3:1-12; Heb 12:18-29; Coll 344
  • Holy Eucharist: Easter 7: Propers 344; Acts 1:6-14; Ps 68:1-10, 33-36; 1 Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11; Jn 17:1-11; Preface of the Ascension
  • Evening Prayer: Easter 7: Ps 19, 46; (Ezek 3:16-27); Lk 10:17-24; Coll 344

Jerusalem Sunday: In 2013 the General Synod designated today as "Jerusalem Sunday" in solidarity with the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem. Further liturgical information may be found online. If today is kept as Ascension Sunday then Jerusalem Sunday may be observed by special intentions in the prayers of the people.

Bede, Priest, Monk of Jarrow, Historian and Educator, 735 - Com (White) | Monday, May 25, 2020

  • Morning Prayer: Ps 89:1-18; Jos 1:1-9; Eph 3:1-13; Coll 344 (Com: 438/9 or FAS 173)
  • Holy Eucharist: Feria: As Easter 7, except: Acts 19:1-10; Ps 68:1-6; Jn 16:29-33 (Com: 438/9 or FAS 173) OR Bede: Common of a Saint 438/9 or FAS 173; Mal 3:16-18; Ps 78:1-4; Mt 13:44-46, 51-52; Preface of a Saint
  • Evening Prayer: Ps 89:19-52; (Ezek 4:1-17); Mt 8:5-17; Coll 344 (Com: 438/9 or FAS 173)

Augustine, First Archbishop of Canterbury, 605 - Mem (White) | Tuesday, May 26, 2020

  • Morning Prayer: Ps 97, 99, [100]; 1 Sam 16:1-13a; Eph 3:14-21; Coll 344 (Mem: 434 or FAS 175)
  • Holy Eucharist: Feria: As Easter 7 except: Acts 20:17-27; Ps 68:7-20; Jn 17:1-11a (Mem: 434 or FAS 175) OR Augustine of Canterbury: Common of a Missionary 434 or FAS 175; 2 Cor 10:7-18; Ps 66:1-8; Mt 13:31-33; Preface of Pentecost
  • Evening Prayer: Ps 94, [95]; (Ezek:7:10-15, 23b-27); Mt 8:18-27; Coll 344 (Mem: 434 or FAS 175)

John Charles Roper, Archbishop of Ottawa, 1940 - Com (White) | Wednesday, May 27, 2020

  • Morning Prayer: Ps 101, 109:1-4, (5-19), 20-30; Is 4:2-6; Eph 4:1-16; Coll 344 (Com: 435 or FAS 177)
  • Holy Eucharist: Feria: As Easter 7, except: Acts 20:28-38; Ps 68:28-36; Jn 17:11b-19 (Com: 435 or FAS 177) OR Roper: Common of a Pastor 435 or FAS 177; Ezek 34:11-16; Ps 40:5-11; Lk 12:42-48; Preface of a Saint
  • Evening Prayer: Ps 119:121-144; (Ezek 11:14-25); Mt 8:28-34; Coll 344 (Com: 435 or FAS 177)

Easter Feria (White) | Thursday, May 28, 2020

  • Morning Prayer: Ps 105:1-22; Zech 4:1-14; Eph 4:17-32; Coll 344
  • Holy Eucharist: As Easter 7, except: Acts 22:30, 23:6-11; Ps 16; Jn 17:20-26
  • Evening Prayer: Ps 105:23-45; (Ezek 18:1-4, 19-32); Mt 9:1-8; Coll 344

Easter Feria (White) | Friday, May 29, 2020

  • Morning Prayer: Ps 102; Jer 31:27-34; Eph 5:1-20; Coll 344
  • Holy Eucharist: As Easter 7, except: Acts 25:13-21; Ps 103:1-2, 19-22; Jn 21:15-19
  • Evening Prayer: Ps 107:1-32; (Ezek 34:17-31); Mt 9:9-17; Coll 344

Roberta Elizabeth Tilton, Founder of the Woman's Auxiliary of the Canadian Church, 1925 - Com (White) | Eve of Pentecost (Red) | Saturday, May 30, 2020

  • Morning Prayer: Ps 107:33-43, 108:1-6, (7-13); [two of the following three readings]: Ezek 36:22-27; Eph 6:10-24; Coll 344 (Com: 438/9 or FAS 179)
  • Holy Eucharist: Feria: As Easter 7, except: Acts 28:16-20, 30-31; Ps 11; Jn 21:20-25 (Com: 438/9 or FAS 179) 
  • Evening Prayer: Ps 33; Ex 19:3-8a, 16-20; 1 Pet 2:4-10; Coll 345 (Eve of Pentecost)