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Theme of the Day

In today’s first reading God invites all who are hungry or thirsty to receive food and drink without cost. Jesus feeds the hungry multitude and reveals the abundance of God. We remember all who are hungry or poor in our world today. We remember too that we are sent forth to give ourselves away as bread for the hungry.

The Collect for Sunday

Glorious God, your generosity waters the world with goodness, and you cover creation with abundance. Awaken in us a hunger for the food that satisfies both body and spirit, and with this food fill all the starving world; through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord. Amen. (S&S, 2020)

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 all who have returned to work and those who have been working, that they be kept safe from harm;
  • for those who are particularly vulnerable to this virus;
  • for those who are isolated;
  • for those who are anxious;
  • for our parish family in this time of social isolation;
  • for the healing of racial inequality, prejudice, bigotry, systemic racism, and injustice;
  • for all those who experience poverty or homelessness;
  • for those who are threatened by violence, abuse, or injustice;
  • for those who travel or are enjoying the leisure of summer vacation;
  • for the whole church: for Susan, our Bishop; for David and Brian, our priests; for Janice, our deacon; for 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 councils; 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 for 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 new Province of Alexandria, created from the former Diocese of Egypt with North Africa, and the Horn of Africa in the Episcopal Church of Jerusalem and the Middle East.
  • In the Diocese of Niagara: In the Niagara Diocese: St. James, Fergus; the Reverend Ann Turner, Rector; the Reverend Amy Cousineau, Honorary Assistant; and the people of that parish.
  • For other faith communities in our neighbourhood, especially, St Joseph Roman Catholic Parish, Fr. Jim Link, C.R., Pastor; and the people of that parish.
  • For one another, in our parish cycle of prayer, for Bill and Dorothy Chapman; John Charles; Jacob Chodoriwsky and Rebecca Vendetti, Zechariah and Elijah; Allison Courey; Graham and Emma Cubitt.

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: Genesis 32:22-31

Jacob wrestled all night with God, and when God wanted to get away as dawn was breaking, Jacob would not let God go until God had blessed him. Jacob’s name is changed to Israel to mark his new relationship with God as he enters the land. Jacob is astonished that he remains alive after seeing God face-to-face.

22[At night Jacob] got up and took his two wives, his two maids, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok.23He took them and sent them across the stream, and likewise everything that he had. 24Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. 25When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he struck him on the hip socket; and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. 26Then he said, “Let me go, for the day is breaking.” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go, unless you bless me.” 27So he said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.” 28Then the man said, “You shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with humans, and have prevailed.” 29Then Jacob asked him, “Please tell me your name.” But he said, “Why is it that you ask my name?” And there he blessed him. 30So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, “For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life is preserved.” 31The sun rose upon him as he passed Penuel, limping because of his hip.

Semicontinuous Psalm: Psalm 17:1-7, 15

I shall see your face; when I awake, I shall be satisfied. (Ps. 17:15)

Second Reading: Romans 9:1-5

This begins a new section in Paul’s letter in which he will deal with the place of Israel in God’s saving plan. He opens by highlighting how Israel’s heritage and legacy include being God’s children, having God’s covenants, being given God’s law, participating in worship of God, and receiving divine promises.

1I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience confirms it by the Holy Spirit—2I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. 3For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my own people, my kindred according to the flesh. 4They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises; 5to them belong the patriarchs, and from them, according to the flesh, comes the Messiah, who is over all, God blessed forever. Amen.

Gospel: Matthew 14:13-21

After John the Baptist is murdered, Jesus desires a time of solitude. Still, his compassion for others will not allow him to dismiss those who need him, and he is moved to perform one of his greatest miracles.

13Now when Jesus heard [about the beheading of John the Baptist], he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. 14When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. 15When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” 16Jesus said to them, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” 17They replied, “We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.” 18And he said, “Bring them here to me.” 19Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 20And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. 21And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

Prayers of Intercession

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

Confident of your care and helped by the Holy Spirit, we pray for the church, the world, and all who are in need.

A brief silence.

You take resources that appear to be meager, bless them, and there is enough. May your church trust that what you bless and ask us to share with the world is abundantly sufficient. Lord, in your mercy,  hear our prayer.

Your bountiful creation offers sustenance and life for all creatures. Protect this abundance for the well-being of all. Reverse the damage we have caused your creation (local needs may be named). Replenish ground water supplies, provide needed rains in places of drought, and protect forests from wildfires. Lord, in your mercy,  hear our prayer.

You offer yourself to all the nations and peoples of the earth, inviting everyone to abundant life. Bring the prophetic vision to fullness, that all nations will run to you and that nations who do not know you will find their joy in you. Lord, in your mercy,  hear our prayer.

You open your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing. Hear the anguish of tender hearts who cry to you in suffering and satisfy their deepest needs. Bring wholeness and healing to those who suffer in body, heart, soul, and mind (especially). Lord, in your mercy,  hear our prayer. 

You offer freely the fullness of salvation. Give our parish family such a welcoming heart, that our words and actions may extend your free and abundant hospitality to all whom we encounter. Lord, in your mercy,  hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

You gather your saints as one, united in the body of Jesus. Bring us with all your saints to the heavenly banquet. We remember with love and thanksgiving the saints we have known together with St Stephen, Deacon and Martyr; Dominic, Priest and Friar; St John the Evangelist[ and the Blessed Virgin Mary. Lord, in your mercy,  hear our prayer.

In the certain hope that nothing can separate us from your love, we offer these prayers to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Readings for the Week

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost [Proper 18] (Green) | Sunday, August 2, 2020

  • Morning Prayer: Ps 93, 96; Jg 6:1-24; 2 Cor 9:6-15; Coll 371
  • Holy Eucharist: Propers 371; Gen 32:22-31; Ps 17:1-7, 16; (or Is 55:1-5; Ps 145:8-9, 15-22); Rom 9:1-5; Mt 14:13-21; Preface of the Lord's Day
  • Evening Prayer: Ps 34; (2 Sam 6:12-23); Mk 3:20-30; Coll 371

St Stephen, Deacon and Martyr - Holy Day (Red) | Monday, August 3, 2020

  • Morning Prayer: St Stephen: Ps 28, 30; 2 Chr 24:17-22; Acts 6:1-7; Coll 417 or FAS 229 
  • Holy Eucharist: St Stephen: Propers 417 or FAS 229; (Jer 26:1-9, 12-15); Acts 6:8-7:2a, 51c-60; Ps 31:1-7, 16; Mt 23:34-39; Preface of a Martyr 
  • Evening Prayer: St Stephen: Ps 118; Wis 4:7-15; Acts 7:59-8:8; Coll 417 or FAS 229

Feria (Green) | Tuesday, August 4, 2020

  • Morning Prayer: Ps 78:1-39; Jg 7:1-18; Acts 3:1-11; Coll 371
  • Holy Eucharist: As Sunday, except: Jer 30:1-2, 12-22; Ps 102:16-22; Mt 14:22-36; Preface of Weekdays
  • Evening Prayer: Ps 78:40-72; (2 Sam 7:18-29); Jn 1:19-28; Coll 371

Feria (Green) | Eve of the Transfiguration of the Lord (White) | Wednesday, August 5, 2020

  • Morning Prayer: Ps 119:97-120; Jg 7:19-8:12; Acts 3:12-26; Coll 371
  • Holy Eucharist: As Sunday, except: Jer 31:1-7; C 8 or Ps 121; Mt 15:21-28; Preface of Weekdays
  • Evening Prayer: Eve of the Transfiguration: Ps 84; 1 Kgs 19:1-12; 2 Cor 3:1-9, 18; Coll 418 or FAS 231

The Transfiguration of the Lord - Holy Day (White) | Thursday, August 6, 2020

  • Morning Prayer: Ps 2, 24; Ex 24:12-18; 2 Cor 4:1-6; Coll 418 or FAS 231
  • Holy Eucharist: Propers 418 or FAS 231; Dan 7:9-10, 13-14; Ps 99; 2 Pet 1:16-19; Lk 9:28-36; Preface of the Incarnation
  • Evening Prayer: Ps 72; Dan 7:9-10, 13-14; Jn 12:27-36a; Coll 418 or FAS 231

John Mason Neale, Priest, 1866 - Commemoration (Green) | Day of discipline and self-denial | Friday, August 7, 2020

  • Morning Prayer: Ps 88; Jg 9:1-16, 19-21; Acts 4:13-31; Coll 371 (Com: 438/9 or FAS 233)
  • Holy Eucharist: Neale: Common of a Saint 438/9 or FAS 233; Sir 4:11-14, 16-18; Ps 106:1-5; Mt 13:44-52; Preface of a Saint  OR  Feria: As Sunday, except: Nah 1:15, 2:2, 3:1-3, 6-7; Ps 124; Mt 16:24-28; Preface of Weekdays (Com: 438/9 or FAS 233)
  • Evening Prayer: Ps 91, 92; (2 Sam 12:1-14); Jn 2:1-12; Coll 371 (Com: 438/9 or FAS 233)

Dominic, Priest and Friar, 1221 - Memorial (White) | Eve of Sunday (Green) | Saturday, August 8, 2020

  • Morning Prayer: Ps 87, 90; Jg 9:22-25, 50-57; Acts 4:32-5:11; Coll 371 (Mem: 435 or FAS 235)
  • Holy Eucharist: Dominic: Common of a Pastor 435 or FAS 235; Rom 10:13-17; Ps 40:4-11; Lk 10:1-12; Preface of Pentecost  OR  Feria: As Sunday, except: Hab 1:12-2:4; Ps 9:7-12; Mt 17:14-20; Preface of Weekdays (Mem: 435 or FAS 235)
  • Evening Prayer: Ps 136; (2 Sam 12:15-31); Jn 2:13-25; Coll 373 (Eve of Pentecost X)