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The Collect for Sunday

God of the earth, all creation awaits your gift of new life. Prepare our hearts to receive your Word so that it may grow within us and yield a hundredfold harvest; through Jesus Christ, the Sower. Amen.  (AC, 2019)

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 suffer the effects of natural or human-caused disaster;
  • 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 Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea, The Most Revd Allan Migi - Archbishop of Papua New Guinea and the people of that province of the church.
  • In the Diocese of Niagara: In the Niagara Diocese: Grace Church, Arthur, the Reverend Dr. Shirley Christian, Rector and the people of that parish.
  • For other faith communities in our neighbourhood, especially, First Christian Reformed Church, The Rev’d Hayden Regeling, Pastor, and the people of that congregation.
  • For one another, in our parish cycle of prayer, for David and Kathryn, and Kaelynn Anderson; Lydell and Ann, Azra, Emory, and Liska Andree-Wiebe; Amy Angelo; Eileen Arsenault; Phyliss Baker.

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 25:19-34

Although Jacob was younger than his twin, Esau, he eventually takes the birthright away from his brother. Jacob is portrayed in the Bible as deceptive, gripping his brother when he came out of the womb and driving a hard bargain by buying the birthright for a bowl of lentils.

19These are the descendants of Isaac, Abraham’s son: Abraham was the father of Isaac, 20and Isaac was forty years old when he married Rebekah, daughter of Bethuel the Aramean of Paddan-aram, sister of Laban the Aramean. 21Isaac prayed to the Lord for his wife, because she was barren; and the Lord granted his prayer, and his wife Rebekah conceived. 22The children struggled together within her; and she said, “If it is to be this way, why do I live?” So she went to inquire of the Lord. 23And the Lord said to her,
 “Two nations are in your womb,
  and two peoples born of you shall be divided;
 the one shall be stronger than the other,
  the elder shall serve the younger.”
24When her time to give birth was at hand, there were twins in her womb. 25The first came out red, all his body like a hairy mantle; so they named him Esau. 26Afterward his brother came out, with his hand gripping Esau’s heel; so he was named Jacob. Isaac was sixty years old when she bore them.
 27When the boys grew up, Esau was a skillful hunter, a man of the field, while Jacob was a quiet man, living in tents. 28Isaac loved Esau, because he was fond of game; but Rebekah loved Jacob.
 29Once when Jacob was cooking a stew, Esau came in from the field, and he was famished. 30Esau said to Jacob, “Let me eat some of that red stuff, for I am famished!” (Therefore he was called Edom.) 31Jacob said, “First sell me your birthright.” 32Esau said, “I am about to die; of what use is a birthright to me?” 33Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob. 34Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew, and he ate and drank, and rose and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.

Psalm: Psalm 119:105-112

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light upon my path. (Ps. 119:105)

Second Reading: Romans 8:1-11

There is no condemnation for those who live in Christ. God sent Christ to accomplish what the law was unable to do: condemn sin and free us from its death-dealing ways. The Spirit now empowers proper actions and values in our lives and gives us the promise of resurrected life.

1There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. 3For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do: by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and to deal with sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, 4so that the just requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 5For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. 6To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. 7For this reason the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law—indeed it cannot, 8and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
 9But you are not in the flesh; you are in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. 10But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you.

Gospel: Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

In Matthew’s gospel, both Jesus and his disciples “sow the seed” of God’s word by proclaiming the good news that “the kingdom of heaven is near.” Now, in a memorable parable, Jesus explains why this good news produces different results in those who hear.

1That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. 2Such great crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there, while the whole crowd stood on the beach. 3And he told them many things in parables, saying: “Listen! A sower went out to sow. 4And as he sowed, some seeds fell on the path, and the birds came and ate them up. 5Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and they sprang up quickly, since they had no depth of soil. 6But when the sun rose, they were scorched; and since they had no root, they withered away. 7Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. 8Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 9Let anyone with ears listen!”

 18“Hear then the parable of the sower. 19When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what is sown in the heart; this is what was sown on the path. 20As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; 21yet such a person has no root, but endures only for a while, and when trouble or persecution arises on account of the word, that person immediately falls away. 22As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the lure of wealth choke the word, and it yields nothing. 23But as for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”

Prayers of Intercession

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

Called into unity with one another and the whole creation, let us pray for our shared world.

A brief silence.

Gracious God, your word has been sown in many ways and places. We pray for missionaries and newly planted congregations around the world. Inspire us by their witness to the faith we share. Hear us, O God.  Your mercy is great.

Creating God, the mountains and hills burst into song and the trees and fields clap their hands in praise. We pray for the birds and animals who make their home in the trees, and for lands stripped bare by deforestation. Empower us to sustainably use what you have given. Hear us, O God.  Your mercy is great.

Reigning God, we pray for our nation’s leaders. Increase their desire for justice and equality. We pray for our enemies. Bridge the chasms that divide us and guide authorities to a deep and lasting peace. Hear us, O God.  Your mercy is great.

Abiding God, care for all who are in need. We pray especially for our world still gripped in pandemic. For all who are ill and all who are vulnerable, that you would bring them health and safety. For those who are doubting, renew faith. For those who are worrying, provide release. For those who are struggling, ease burdens. For those in fear, give hope. Hear us, O God.  Your mercy is great.

Renewing God, revive your church in this city. Nourish and nurture the seeds you have planted, that we might grow as disciples. Replace what has been depleted. Sustain our ministries especially in this time of change and uncertainty. Deepen relationships with the wider community and lead us to discern your direction. Hear us, O God.  Your mercy is great.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Eternal God, we give thanks for all who have died. Comfort us in the sure and certain hope of the resurrection. Hear us, O God.  Your mercy is great.

Receive these prayers, O God, and those too deep for words; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Readings for the Week

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost [Proper 15] (Green) | Sunday, July 12, 2020

  • Morning Prayer: Ps 148, 149, 150; Jos 1:1-18; Acts 21:3-15; Coll 367
  • Holy Eucharist: Propers 367; Gen 25:19-34; Ps 119:105-112; (or Is 55:10-13; Ps 65:(1-8), 9-14); Rom 8:1-11; Mt 13:1-9, 18-23; Preface of the Lord's Day
  • Evening Prayer: Ps 114, 115; (1 Sam 17:50-18:4); Mk 1:21-27; Coll 367

Henry, Missionary Bishop in Finland - Commemoration (Green) | Monday, July 13, 2020

  • Morning Prayer: Ps 25; Jos 2:1-14; Rom 11:1-12; Coll 367 (Com: 434 or FAS 219)
  • Holy Eucharist: Henry: Common of a Missionary 434 or FAS 219; 1 Cor 4:9-13; Ps 96; Mk 4:30-32; Preface of a Saint  OR  Feria: As Sunday, except: Is 1:10-17; Ps 50:7-15; Mt 10:34-11:1; Preface of Weekdays (Com: 434 or FAS 219)
  • Evening Prayer: Ps 9, 15; (1 Sam 18:5-16, 27b-30); Mt 25:1-13; Coll 367 (Com: 434 or FAS 219)

Feria (Green) | Tuesday, July 14, 2020

  • Morning Prayer: Ps 26, 28; Jos 2:15-24; Rom 11:13-24; Coll 367
  • Holy Eucharist: As Sunday, except: Is 7:1-9; Ps 48; Mt 11:20-24; Preface of Weekdays
  • Evening Prayer: Ps 36, 39; (1 Sam 19:1-18); Mt 25:14-30; Coll 367

Feria (Green) | Wednesday, July 15, 2020

  • Morning Prayer: Ps 38; Jos 3:1-13; Rom 11:25-36; Coll 367
  • Holy Eucharist: As Sunday, except: Is 10:5-7, 13-16; Ps 94:5-15; Mt 11:25-27; Preface of Weekdays
  • Evening Prayer: Ps 119:25-48; (1 Sam 20:1-23); Mt 25:31-46; Coll 367

Feria (Green) | Thursday, July 16, 2020

  • Morning Prayer: Ps 37:1-18; Jos 3:14-4:7; Rom 12:1-8; Coll 367
  • Holy Eucharist: As Sunday, except: Is 26:7-9, 12, 16-19; Ps 102:12-22; Mt 11:28-30; Preface of Weekdays
  • Evening Prayer: Ps 37:19-42; (1 Sam 20:24-42); Mt 26:1-16; Coll 367

Feria (Green) | Day of discipline and self-denial | Friday, July 17, 2020

  • Morning Prayer: Ps 31; Jos 4:19-5:1, 10-15; Rom 12:9-21; Coll 367
  • Holy Eucharist: As Sunday, except: Is 38:1-6, 21; Ps 6; Mt 12:1-8; Preface of Weekdays
  • Evening Prayer: Ps 35; (1 Sam 21:1-15); Mt 26:17-25; Coll 367

Feria (Green) | Eve of Sunday (Green) | Saturday, July 18, 2020

  • Morning Prayer: Ps 30, 32; Jos 6:1-14; Rom 13:1-7; Coll 367
  • Holy Eucharist: As Sunday, except: Mic 2:1-5; Ps 10:1-9, 18-19; Mt 12:14-21; Preface of Weekdays
  • Evening Prayer: Ps 42, 43; (1 Sam 22:1-23); Mt 26:26-35; Coll 369 (Eve of Pentecost VII)