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The Collect for Sunday
O God, patient and forbearing, strengthen our spirit when we are slow and temper our zeal when we are rash, so that in your own good time you may produce in us a rich harvest from the seed you have sown and tended; through Jesus Christ, the promise of a new creation, who with you, Father, and the Holy Spirit, reigns one God, now and for ever. Amen. (AC, 2019, alt.)
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 Episcopal Church in the Philippines, The Most Revd Joel Atiwag Pachao, Prime Bishop of the Philippines, and the people of that province of the church.
- In the Diocese of Niagara: In the Niagara Diocese: St. John, Elora: the Reverend Paul Walker, Rector; the Reverend Judy Steers, Assistant Curate; Canon Robert Hulse, Rector Emeritus; the Reverend John Lockyer, Honorary Assistant; and the people of that parish.
- For other faith communities in our neighbourhood, especially, Holy Trinity Ethiopian Orthodox Church, The Rev’d Aba Gebreeyesus Ayalew, head priest, and people of that parish.
- For one another, in our parish cycle of prayer, for Pam Battersby; Wendy Leigh Bell; Alvaro & Koyuki Beltran; Ken & Penny Bond; John & Deborah Bowen.
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: Isaiah 44:6-8
There are no other gods besides God: the word of the Lord does not fail to come to pass. We can trust in God, through whom Israel—and we—are redeemed.
6Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel,
and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts:
I am the first and I am the last;
besides me there is no god.
7Who is like me? Let them proclaim it,
let them declare and set it forth before me.
Who has announced from of old the things to come?
Let them tell us what is yet to be.
8Do not fear, or be afraid;
have I not told you from of old and declared it?
You are my witnesses!
Is there any god besides me?
There is no other rock; I know not one.
Psalm: Psalm 86:11-17
Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth. (Ps. 86:11)
Second Reading: Romans 8:12-25
For Paul, true spirituality means that we experience the reality of the Spirit, which enables us to pray as God’s children, keeps us in solidarity with creation, and gives us unseen hope that God will liberate us and creation from bondage to death and decay.
12So then, brothers and sisters, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh—13for if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. 15For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ—if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.
18I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us. 19For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God; 20for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; 23and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. 24For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? 25But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
Gospel: Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
Jesus tells a parable about the coexistence of good and evil in this world. God’s judgment will remove all evildoers and causes of sin, but not until the end of human history.
24[Jesus] put before [the crowds] another parable: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field;25but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away. 26So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared as well. 27And the slaves of the householder came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where, then, did these weeds come from?’ 28He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The slaves said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ 29But he replied, ‘No; for in gathering the weeds you would uproot the wheat along with them. 30Let both of them grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.’ ”
36Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples approached him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.” 37He answered, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man; 38the field is the world, and the good seed are the children of the kingdom; the weeds are the children of the evil one, 39and the enemy who sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels. 40Just as the weeds are collected and burned up with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. 41The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers, 42and they will throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Let anyone with ears listen!”
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.
God of the harvest, you sow the good seed of the gospel of Jesus Christ into your field. Help your church throughout the world to be both diligent and patient, full of resolve and gentleness, that our witness may be faithful to your intentions. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
God of all space and time, your whole creation groans in labour pains, awaiting the gift of new birth. Renew the earth, sky, and sea, so that all your creation experiences freedom from the bondage of decay. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
God of the nations, teach us your ways, that we may walk in your truth. Mend the fabric of the human family, now torn apart by our fearful and warring ways (regions and nations in conflict may be named). Guide us by your mercy, grace, and steadfast love. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
God of hope, you accompany those who suffer and are near to the brokenhearted. Open our hearts to your children who are lonely and abandoned, who feel trapped by despair, and all who suffer in any way. Especially we pray for those who continue to be impacted by the corona virus pandemic. Heal the sick, comfort the lonely, protect the vulnerable. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
God of the seasons, in the midst of summer, give us refreshment, renewal, and new opportunities. We pray for the safety of those who travel. We pray for those who cannot take the rest they need. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Here other intercessions may be offered.
God of life, those who have died in you shine like the sun in your endless kingdom. We remember with thanksgiving St Mary Magdelene; St James the Apostle; St John the Evangelist; and the Blessed Virgin Mary, together with the saints of all times and places and saints close to us (especially). Gather us with them on the day of salvation. 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
Seventh Sunday after Pentecost [Proper 16] (Green) | Sunday, July 19, 2020
- Morning Prayer: Ps 63:1-8, (9-11), 98; Jos 6:15-27; Acts 22:30-23:11; Coll 369
- Holy Eucharist: Propers 368; Gen 28:10-19a; Ps 139:1-11, 22-23; (or Wis 12:13, 16-19 or Is 44:6-8; Ps 86:11-17); Rom 8:12-25; Mt 13:24-30, 36-43; Preface of the Lord's Day
- Evening Prayer: Ps 103; (1 Sam 23:7-18); Mk 2:1-12; Coll 369
Feria (Green) | Monday, July 20, 2020
- Morning Prayer: Ps 41, 52; Jos 7:1-13; Rom 13:8-14; Coll 369
- Holy Eucharist: As Sunday, except: Mic 6:1-8; Ps 50:5-15; Mt 12:38-42; Preface of Weekdays
- Evening Prayer: Ps 44; (1 Sam 24:1-22); Mt 26:36-46; Coll 369
Feria (Green) | Tuesday, July 21, 2020
- Morning Prayer: Ps 45; Jos 8:1-22; Rom 14:1-12; Coll 369
- Holy Eucharist: As Sunday, except: Mic 7:14-15, 18-20; Ps 85:1-7; Mt 12:46-50; Preface of Weekdays
- Evening Prayer: Ps 47, 48; (1 Sam 25:1-22); Mt 26:47-56; Coll 369
St Mary Magdalene - Holy Day (White) | Wednesday, July 22, 2020
- Morning Prayer: Ps 116; Zeph 3:14-20; Mk 15:37-16:7; Coll 415 or FAS 221
- Holy Eucharist: Propers 415 or FAS 221; Jdt 9:1, 11-14 or 2 Cor 5:14-18; Ps 42:1-7; Jn 20:1-3, 11-18; Preface of a Saint
- Evening Prayer: Ps 30, 149; Ex 15:19-21; 2 Cor 1:3-7; Coll 415 or FAS 221
Feria (Green) | Thursday, July 23, 2020
- Morning Prayer: Ps 50; Jos 9:3-21; Rom 15:1-13; Coll 369
- Holy Eucharist: As Sunday, except: Jer 2:1-3, 7-13; Ps 36:5-10; Mt 13:10-17; Preface of Weekdays
- Evening Prayer: Ps [59, 60] or 66, 67; (1 Sam 28:3-20); Mt 26:69-75; Coll 369
Feria (Green) | Day of discipline and self-denial | Friday, July 24, 2020
- Morning Prayer: Ps 40, 54; Jos 9:22-10:15; Rom 15:14-24; Coll 369
- Holy Eucharist: As Sunday, except: Jer 3:14-18; C 8 or Ps 121; Mt 13:18-23; Preface of Weekdays
- Evening Prayer: Ps 51; (1 Sam 31:1-13); Mt 27:1-10; Coll 369
St James the Apostle - Holy Day (Red) | Eve of Sunday (Green) | Saturday, July 25, 2020
- Morning Prayer: Ps 34; Jer 16:14-21; Mk 1:14-20; Coll 416 or FAS 223
- Holy Eucharist: Propers 416 or FAS 223; Jer 45:1-5 or Acts 11:27-12:3; Ps 7:1-10; Mt 20:20-28; Preface of Apostles
- Evening Prayer: Ps 138, 139:1-17, (18-23); (2 Sam 1:1-16); Mt 27:11-23; Coll 370 (Eve of Pentecost VIII)