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The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

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 God's good creation;
  • 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 this nation in this time of the federal election;
  • for all for whom we have been asked to pray: especially for Barb, Marion, 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: for the Church in Wales; The Most Rev’d John Davies, Primate of Wales & Archbishop of Swansea & Brecon.
  • In our Niagara Diocese: St. Matthew-on-the-Plains, Burlington, The Rev’d Canon Susan Wilson, Rector and the people of that parish.
  • In our partner Diocese of Cuba: The parish of El Buen Pastor in Esmeralda; the Rev’d Leandro Cardona Ceiro, minister-in-charge and the people of that parish.
  • For other faith communities in our neighbourhood, First Christian Reformed Church, The Rev’d Chris Schoon, Senior Pastor, and the people of that congregation.
  • For one another, especially (in our par­ish cycle of prayer): Andy & Orla, Fionn & Aedhan Hares; Sarah & Wes, Vivian and Liam Hatt; Emily Hill; Jennifer Holmes Beamer; pray also for all of our children and for our ministry to Children: especially for our Children’s Church and the 47th Hamilton Scouting program.

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

Readings

First Reading: Lamentations 1:1-6
Jeremiah’s announcement of destruction has become a reality. Now Judah is in exile in Babylon. The book of Lamentations contains five poems mourning the exile. In this passage, Jerusalem is portrayed as a widow with no one to comfort her.
1How lonely sits the city
  that once was full of people!
 How like a widow she has become,
  she that was great among the nations!
 She that was a princess among the provinces
  has become a vassal.

2She weeps bitterly in the night,
  with tears on her cheeks;
 among all her lovers
  she has no one to comfort her;
 all her friends have dealt treacherously with her,
  they have become her enemies.

3Judah has gone into exile with suffering
  and hard servitude;
 she lives now among the nations,
  and finds no resting place;
 her pursuers have all overtaken her
  in the midst of her distress.

4The roads to Zion mourn,
  for no one comes to the festivals;
 all her gates are desolate,
  her priests groan;
 her young girls grieve,
  and her lot is bitter.

5Her foes have become the masters,
  her enemies prosper,
 because the Lord has made her suffer
  for the multitude of her transgressions;
 her children have gone away,
  captives before the foe.

6From daughter Zion has departed
  all her majesty.
 Her princes have become like stags
  that find no pasture;
 they fled without strength
  before the pursuer.

Second Reading: 2 Timothy 1:1-14

This message written from Paul to Timothy is a personal message of encouragement. In the face of hardship and persecution, Timothy is reminded that his faith is a gift of God. He is encouraged to exercise that faith with the help of the Holy Spirit.

1Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, for the sake of the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus,
 2To Timothy, my beloved child:
  Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

 3I am grateful to God—whom I worship with a clear conscience, as my ancestors did—when I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day. 4Recalling your tears, I long to see you so that I may be filled with joy. 5I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, lives in you. 6For this reason I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands; 7for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.
 8Do not be ashamed, then, of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel, relying on the power of God, 9who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works but according to his own purpose and grace. This grace was given to us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, 10but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. 11For this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher, 12and for this reason I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know the one in whom I have put my trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard until that day what I have entrusted to him. 13Hold to the standard of sound teaching that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 14Guard the good treasure entrusted to you, with the help of the Holy Spirit living in us.

Gospel: Luke 17:5-10

On the way to Jerusalem, Jesus instructs his followers about the power of faith and the duties of discipleship. He calls his disciples to adopt the attitude of servants whose actions are responses to their identity rather than works seeking reward.

5The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” 6The Lord replied, “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.
 7“Who among you would say to your slave who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field, ‘Come here at once and take your place at the table’? 8Would you not rather say to him, ‘Prepare supper for me, put on your apron and serve me while I eat and drink; later you may eat and drink’? 9Do you thank the slave for doing what was commanded? 10So you also, when you have done all that you were ordered to do, say, ‘We are worthless slaves; we have done only what we ought to have done!’ ”

 

Prayers of Intercession

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

Knowing the one in whom we trust, and with the help of the Holy Spirit living in us, we offer our prayers for the church, the world, and all in need.

A brief silence.

Increase the faith of your church. Give us courage when we are reticent in sharing your love. Renew in us your holy calling, according to your own purpose and grace. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Tend the garden of your creation that teems with all kinds of life. Restore us as caretakers of animals and plants, mindful of the generations to come. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Destruction and violence are ever before us, and strife and contention rise up in many nations. Draw to yourself all the people of the world, emboldening them to strive for peaceful and just solutions to conflict. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

You promise life and wholeness to those who wait patiently for you, and you hear those who cry out to you for help. Heal the sick, bind up the brokenhearted, and attend to all in need of your care (especially). Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Rekindle your gift of love in this community. Bind together in Christ the weak and the strong, those with little faith and those with much. Help us to respond to one another with Christlike compassion. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

We remember with gratitude the faithful who have guided the next generations. Gather us and all your holy ones (especially, Paulinus, First Bishop of York, Missionary (644)) into the eternal, risen life in Christ. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Trusting and delighting in you, we commend all our lives into your loving hands. We offer these prayers in the name of Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord. Amen.