The Collect for Sunday
Steadfast God, you have enriched and enlightened us by the revelation of your eternal Christ. Strengthen us to walk the path of his teaching, so that by word and deed and in the power of the Spirit we may manifest the gracious news of your faithfulness and love. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with the Father and the Holy Spirit, reigns forever, one God. Amen.
Prayer Intentions for the Week
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 Joan, Margaret, Park, 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 Bangladesh, The Most Rev’d Samuel Sunil Mankhin - Moderator, Church of Bangladesh & Bishop of Kushtia.
- In our Niagara Diocese: St. John, Stewarttown, (Georgetown), The Rev’d Wendy Phipps, Rector and the people of that parish.
- In our partner Diocese of Cuba: TThe Episcopal Diocese of Cuba; Bishop Griselda Delgado del Carpio and her family.
- For other faith communities in our neighbourhood, especially, Blessings Christian Church, Pastors Bill DeJong, Hilmer Jagersma, and Ian Wildeboer, and the people of that congregation.
- For one another, especially (in our parish cycle of prayer): Linda Allen; Tibor & Erzebet Almassy, Adam & Marton Palfi; Kathryn, David, Fiona & Kaelynn, Anderson; Lydell, Ann Emory & Liska Andree-Wiebe; Amy Angelo; pray also for all members of the parish who care for those with special needs through such ministries as: St Matthew’s House; Out of the Cold; The Rector’s Discretionary Fund.
- For the whole church, especially during this Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: for Susan, our Diocesan Bishop; Anne, our Metropolitan; Linda, our Primate; for Justin of Canterbury, Francis of Rome, and Bartholomew of Constantinople; for David, Brian, and Tom, our priests; 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.
The Sunday Readings
First Reading: Isaiah 49:1-7
Here the servant, identified as Israel, speaks for herself and describes her honored mission. Called before her birth like Jeremiah and John the Baptist, the servant is not only to restore Israel. The servant’s ultimate assignment is to bring news of God’s victory to the ends of the earth. God in faithfulness has chosen Israel for this task.
1 Listen to me, O coastlands,
pay attention, you peoples from far away!
The Lord called me before I was born,
while I was in my mother’s womb he named me.
2 He made my mouth like a sharp sword,
in the shadow of his hand he hid me;
he made me a polished arrow,
in his quiver he hid me away.
3 And he said to me, “You are my servant,
Israel, in whom I will be glorified.”
4 But I said, “I have labored in vain,
I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity;
yet surely my cause is with the Lord,
and my reward with my God.”
5 And now the Lord says,
who formed me in the womb to be his servant,
to bring Jacob back to him,
and that Israel might be gathered to him,
for I am honored in the sight of the Lord,
and my God has become my strength—
6 he says,
“It is too light a thing that you should be my servant
to raise up the tribes of Jacob
and to restore the survivors of Israel;
I will give you as a light to the nations,
that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”
7 Thus says the Lord,
the Redeemer of Israel and his Holy One,
to one deeply despised, abhorred by the nations,
the slave of rulers,
“Kings shall see and stand up,
princes, and they shall prostrate themselves,
because of the Lord, who is faithful,
the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.”
Psalm: Psalm 40:1-11
I love to do your will, O my God. (Ps. 40:8)
1 I waited patiently up- | on the Lord,
who stooped to me and | heard my cry.
2 The Lord lifted me out of the desolate pit, out of the | miry clay,
and set my feet upon a high cliff, making my | footing sure.
3 The Lord put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise | to our God;
many shall see, and stand in awe, and put their trust | in the Lord.
4 Happy are they who trust | in the Lord!
They do not turn to enemies or to those who | follow lies. R
5 Great are the wonders you have done, O Lord my God! In your plans for us, none can be com- | pared with you!
Oh, that I could make them known and tell them! But they are more than | I can count.
6 Sacrifice and offering you do | not desire;
you have opened my ears: burnt-offering and sin-offering you have | not required. R
7 And so I said, “Here I | am; I come.
In the scroll of the book it is writ- | ten of me:
8 ‘I love to do your will, | O my God;
your law is | deep within me.’ ”
9 I proclaimed righteousness in the | great assembly;
I have not restrained my lips, O | Lord, you know.
10 I have not hidden your righteousness in my heart; I have spoken of your faithfulness and | your deliverance;
I have not concealed your steadfast love and truth from the | great assembly.
11 You are the Lord; do not withhold your compas- | sion from me;
may your steadfast love and your truth continually | keep me safe. R
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:1-9
Though God’s church in Corinth is a fractious congregation beset with many conflicts, Paul opens this letter by spotlighting the multiple ways God has enriched and sustained its life as part of the divine call into the fellowship of our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes,
2 To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, together with all those who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours:
3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
4 I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, 5 for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind—6 just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you—7 so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ. 8 He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Gospel: John 1:29-42
John the Baptist’s witness to Jesus initiates a chain of testimony as his disciples begin to share with others what they have found.
29 [John the Baptist] saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’ 31 I myself did not know him; but I came baptizing with water for this reason, that he might be revealed to Israel.” 32 And John testified, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. 33 I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ 34 And I myself have seen and have testified that this is the Son of God.”
35 The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, 36 and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, “Look, here is the Lamb of God!” 37 The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. 38 When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher), “where are you staying?” 39 He said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon. 40 One of the two who heard John speak and followed him was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. 41 He first found his brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated Anointed). 42 He brought Simon to Jesus, who looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You are to be called Cephas” (which is translated Peter).
A Prayer of Intercession
The prayers are prepared locally for each occasion. The following examples may be adapted or used as appropriate.
Called together through water and the Word, we boldly pray for the church, the world, and all who long to hear God’s voice.
A brief silence.
Faithful God, thank you for the testimony of disciples throughout the generations and for opportunities to proclaim your mercy. Reveal your truth and glory to all who ponder your word of life. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
Creating God, we marvel at the abundance of the world you have made. Give us confidence in our calling to be stewards of the earth so that our lives are in fellowship with all creation. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
Almighty God, we are thankful for all who have marched for justice and advocated for peace. Entrust our elected leaders (especially) with strength, wisdom, and a discerning spirit, so that both our words and our actions serve you. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
God of hope, thank you for your constant presence as you walk with your children through challenges of joblessness, homelessness, grief, and sickness. Gather your community around all who need your healing power, that they find strength in you (especially). Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
God of persistence, we glory in the gifts of our church leaders. Bless and strengthen our council members, staff, pastors, worship leaders, and all those who offer their gifts to this community, that our work together would serve your mission. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
Here other intercessions may be offered.
Living God, we give thanks for the whole communion of saints, each called in their own time to serve you (especially Agnes, Martyr at Rome, c. 304; Vincent, Deacon of Saragossa, Martyr, 304; Frances de Sales, Bishop of Geneva, Teacher of the Faith, 1622). Inspire our lives with their testimony. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
We place our prayers before you, God, united in your Spirit; through your beloved Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
This Week's Readings
The Baptism of the Lord - HD [Proper 1] (White)
Sunday, January 12th, 2020
Morning Prayer: Ps 146, 147; Gen 1:1—2:3; Eph 1:3-14; Coll 348. GBD: Mt 3:13-17. Evening Prayer: Ps 111, 112, 113; (Is 40:1-11); Jn 1:29-34; Coll 348.
Hilary, Bishop of Poitiers, Teacher, 367 - Mem (White)
Monday, January 13th, 2020
Morning Prayer: Ps 1, 2, 3; Gen 2:4-9, (10-15), 16-25; Heb 1:1-14; Coll 348 (Mem: 436 or FAS 53). GBD: Mk 1:14-20. Evening Prayer: Ps 4, 7; (Is 40:12-23); Jn 1:1-18; Coll 348 (Mem: 436 or FAS 53).
Tuesday, January 14th, 2020
Morning Prayer: Ps 5, 6; Gen 3:1-24; Heb 2:1-10; Coll 348. GBD: Mk 1:21-28. Evening Prayer: Ps 10, 11; (Is 40:25-31); Jn 1:19-28; Coll 348.
Richard Meux Benson, Religious, Founder of the SSJE, 1915 - Com (Green)
Wednesday, January 15th, 2020
Morning Prayer: Ps 119:1-24; Gen 4:1-16; Heb 2:11-18; Coll 348 (Com: 435 or 436 or FAS 55). GBD: Mk 1:29-39; Preface of Weekdays (Com: 435 or 436 or FAS 55). Evening Prayer: Ps 12, 13, 14; (Is 41:1-16); Jn 1:(29-34), 35-42; Coll 348 (Com: 435 or 436 or FAS 55).
Thursday, January 16th, 2020
Morning Prayer: Ps 18:1-20; Gen 4:17-26; Heb 3:1-11; Coll 348. GBD: Mk 1:40-45. Evening Prayer: Ps 18:21-50; (Is 41:17-29); Jn 1:43-51; Coll 348.
Antony, Abbot in Egypt, 356 - Mem (White)
Day of discipline and self-denial
Friday, January 17th, 2020
Morning Prayer: Ps 16, 17; Gen 6:1-8; Heb 3:12-19; Coll 348 (Mem: 438/9 or FAS 57). GBD: Mk 2:1-12. Evening Prayer: Ps 22; (Is 42:(1-9), 10-17); Jn 2:1-12; Coll 348 (Mem: 438/9 or FAS 57).
The Confession of St Peter the Apostle - HD (White)
Eve of Sunday (Green)
Saturday, January 18th, 2020
Morning Prayer: Ps 66, 67; Ezek 3:4-11; Acts 10:34-44; Coll 399 or FAS 59. GBD: Mt 16:13-19. Evening Prayer: Ps 110:1-5, (6-7), 116, 117; (Is 43:1-13); Jn 2:13-22; Coll 349 (Eve of Epiphany 2).