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The Collect for Sunday

Almighty God, your Son came into the world to free us all from sin and death. Breathe upon us with the power of your Spirit, that we may be raised to new life in Chrsit, and serve you in holiness and reigheousness all our days; throug the same Jesus Christ, our Lord.  (BAS, 1985)

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 vaxxine;
  • for essential workers, especially those on the front lines;
  • 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 all those who suffer from various other challenges related to the brokenness of our world;
  • for the whole church: for Susan, our Bishop; for David and Brian, our priests; 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; Doug, the Premier of Ontario; Fred, the mayor of Hamilton and those who serve with him on the City Council; for all in civil authority and for all citizens that we might work for the common good;
  • for all for whom we have been asked to pray: especially for Lynn 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 Province de L'Eglise Anglicane Du Congo, The Most Rev'd Zacharie Masimango Katanda - Archbishop of the Congo & Bishop of Kindu.
  • In the Niagara Diocese: Holy Trinity, Fonthill, The Venerable Dr. John Course, Rector, the Reverend Deacon Ron Hubbard, Deacon, and the people of that parish.
  • In our partner Diocese of Cuba: The parish of Fieles a Jesus in Matanzas; the Rev. Tulia Sanchez Ortiga, rector 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, especially (in our par­ish cycle of prayer): Andy, Orla, Aedan, & Fionn Hares; Sarah Hatt; Emily Hill; Andrew, Kyle & Quinn Hornby, Gareth Inkster.

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: Ezekiel 37:1-14

Ezekiel’s vision of the valley of dry bones is a promise that Israel as a nation, though dead in exile, will live again in their land through God’s life-giving spirit. Three times Israel is assured that through this vision they will know that “I am the Lord.”

1 The hand of the Lord came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. 2 He led me all around them; there were very many lying in the valley, and they were very dry. 3 He said to me, “Mortal, can these bones live?” I answered, “O Lord God, you know.” 4 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. 5 Thus says the Lord God to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. 6 I will lay sinews on you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am the Lord.”
  7 So I prophesied as I had been commanded; and as I prophesied, suddenly there was a noise, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone. 8 I looked, and there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them; but there was no breath in them. 9 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, mortal, and say to the breath: Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.” 10 I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood on their feet, a vast multitude.
  11 Then he said to me, “Mortal, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are cut off completely.’ 12 Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord God: I am going to open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people; and I will bring you back to the land of Israel. 13 And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people. 14 I will put my spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you on your own soil; then you shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken and will act, says the Lord.”

Psalm: Psalm 130

I wait for you, O Lord; in your word is my hope. (Ps. 130:5)

Second Reading: Romans 8:6-11

For Paul, Christian spirituality entails living in the reality of the Holy Spirit. The driving force behind our actions and values is not our sinful desire for self-satisfaction but the very Spirit by which God raised Jesus from the dead and will also raise us from the dead.

6 To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. 7 For 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, 8 and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
  9 But 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. 10 But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 If 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: John 11:1-45

Jesus is moved to sorrow when his friend Lazarus falls ill and dies. Then, in a dramatic scene, he calls his friend out of the tomb and restores him to life.

1 Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. 2 Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped his feet with her hair; her brother Lazarus was ill. 3 So the sisters sent a message to Jesus, “Lord, he whom you love is ill.” 4 But when Jesus heard it, he said, “This illness does not lead to death; rather it is for God’s glory, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” 5 Accordingly, though Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus, 6 after having heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was.
  7 Then after this he said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.” 8 The disciples said to him, “Rabbi, the Jews were just now trying to stone you, and are you going there again?” 9 Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Those who walk during the day do not stumble, because they see the light of this world. 10 But those who walk at night stumble, because the light is not in them.” 11 After saying this, he told them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I am going there to awaken him.” 12 The disciples said to him, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will be all right.” 13 Jesus, however, had been speaking about his death, but they thought that he was referring merely to sleep. 14 Then Jesus told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead. 15 For your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” 16 Thomas, who was called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”

  17 When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. 18 Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, some two miles away, 19 and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother. 20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary stayed at home. 21 Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him.” 23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24 Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” 27 She said to him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world.”

  28 When she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary, and told her privately, “The Teacher is here and is calling for you.” 29 And when she heard it, she got up quickly and went to him. 30 Now Jesus had not yet come to the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. 31 The Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary get up quickly and go out. They followed her because they thought that she was going to the tomb to weep there. 32 When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” 33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. 34 He said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” 35 Jesus began to weep. 36 So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” 37 But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”

  38 Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. 39 Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead four days.” 40 Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” 41 So they took away the stone. And Jesus looked upward and said, “Father, I thank you for having heard me. 42 I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me.” 43 When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”

  45Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him.

 An Intercession

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

Turning our hearts to God who is gracious and merciful, we pray for the church, the world, and all who are in need.

A brief silence.

God of life, bind your faithful people into one body. Enliven the church with your Spirit and bless the work of those who work for its renewal. Accomplish your work of salvation in us and through us, for the sake of the world. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

God of life, you love the world you have made and you grieve when creation suffers. Restore polluted lands and waterways. Heal areas of the world ravaged by storms, floods, wildfires, droughts, or other natural disasters (especially). Bring all things to new life. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

God of life, show redemption to all who watch and wait with eager expectation: those longing for wars to cease, those waiting for immigration paperwork to finalize, and those in dire need of humanitarian relief. Come quickly with your hope. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

God of life, you weep with those who grieve. Unbind all who are held captive by anxiety, despair, or pain (especially). Fill us with compassion and empathy for those who struggle, and keep us faithful in prayer. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

God of life, we give thanks for opportunities for this congregation to collaborate with our community in caring for the needs of our neighbours. (Particular ministry partnerships may be named.) Strengthen our ties with other local congregations, agencies, and services. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

God of life, you are our resurrection. We remember all those who have died and trust that, in you, they will live again (especially). Breathe new life into our dry bones, that we, too, might live with you forever. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

According to your steadfast love, O God, hear these and all our prayers as we commend them to you; through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Readings for the Week

Fifth Sunday in Lent (Violet or Rose) | Sunday, March 29, 2020

Passiontide. The last two weeks of Lent have traditionally been referred to as Passiontide. It is customary in some places to veil images, statues, crosses, and crucifixes with violet veils during Passiontide. This may be done either on the Eve of Lent V or on the Eve of The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday. 

  • Morning Prayer: Ps 118; Ex 3:16—4:12; Rom 12:1-21; Coll 295
  • Holy Eucharist: Propers 293; Ezek 37:1-14; Ps 130; Rom 8:6-11; Jn 11:1-45; Preface of Lent
  • Evening Prayer: Ps 145; (Jer 23:16-32); Jn 8:46-59; Coll 295

Lenten Feria (Violet) | Day of discipline and self-denial | Monday, March 30, 2020

  • Morning Prayer: Ps 31; Ex 4:10-20 (21-26) 27-31; 1 Cor 14:1-19; Coll 295
  • Holy Eucharist: As Sunday, except: Sus 1:1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62 or Sus 1:41c-62; Ps 23; Jn 8:1-11
  • Evening Prayer: Ps 35; (Jer 24:-10); Mk 9:30-41; Coll 295

John Donne, Priest and Poet, 1631 - Com (Violet) | Day of discipline and self-denial | Tuesday, March 31, 2020

  • Morning Prayer: Ps [120], 121, 122, 123; Ex 5:1—6:1; 1 Cor 14:20-33a, 39-40; Coll 295 (Com: 438/9 or FAS 131)
  • Holy Eucharist: Feria: As Sunday, except: Num 21:4-9; Ps 102:1-2, 15-22; Jn 8:21-30 (Com: 438/9 or FAS 131)  Or  Donne: Common of a Saint 438/9 or FAS 131; Pr 8:1-11; Ps 19:9-14; Jn 12:20-26; Preface of a Saint
  • Evening Prayer: Ps 124, 125, 126, [127]; (Jer 25:8-17); Mk 9:42-50; Coll 295 (Com: 438/9 or FAS 131)

Frederick Denison Maurice, Priest, 1872 - Com (Violet) | Day of discipline and self-denial | Wednesday, April 1, 2020

  • Morning Prayer: Ps 119:145-176; Ex 7:8-24; 2 Cor 2:14—3:6; Coll 295 (Com: 436 or FAS 133)
  • Holy Eucharist: Feria: As Sunday, except: Dan 3:13-28; C 13 or Ps 24:1-6; Jn 8:31-47 (Com: 436 or FAS 133)  Or  Maurice: Common of Doctors and Teachers of the Faith 436 or FAS 133; Mic 4:1-4; Ps 72:11-17; Mt 25:31-40; Preface of a Saint
  • Evening Prayer: Ps 128, 129, 130; (Jer 25:30-38); Mk 10:1-16; Coll 295 (Com: 436 or FAS 133)

Henry Budd, First Canadian Native Priest, 1850 – Com (Violet) | Day of discipline and self-denial | Thursday, April 2, 2020

  • Morning Prayer: Ps 131, 132, [133]; Ex 7:25—8:19; 2 Cor 3:7-18; Coll 295 (Com: 435 or FAS 135)
  • Holy Eucharist: Feria: As Sunday, except: Gen 17:3-9; Ps 105:1-9; Jn 8:51-59 (Com: 435 or FAS 135)   Or   Budd: Common of a Pastor 435 or FAS 135; Is 61:1-3; Ps 23; Lk 10:1-9; Preface of a Saint
  • Evening Prayer: Ps 140, 142; (Jer 26:1-16); Mk 10:17-31; Coll 295 (Com: 435 or FAS 135)

Richard, Bishop of Chichester, 1253 - Com (Violet) | Day of discipline and self-denial | Friday, April 3, 2020

  • Morning Prayer: Ps 95 (Invitatory), 22; Ex 9:13-35; 2 Cor 4:1-12; Coll 295 (Com: 435 or FAS 137)
  • Holy Eucharist: Feria: As Sunday, except: Jer 20:7-13; Ps 18:1-7; Jn 10:31-42 (Com: 435 or FAS 137)  Or  Richard: Common of a Pastor 435 or FAS 137; Phil 4:10-13; Ps 84:7-12; Lk 22:24-30; Preface of a Saint
  • Evening Prayer: Ps 141, 143:1-11, (12); (Jer 29:1, 4-13); Mk 10:32-45; Coll 295 (Com: 435 or FAS 137)

Reginald Heber, Bishop of Calcutta, 1826 - Com (Violet) | Day of discipline and self-denial | Eve of the Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday (Red) | Saturday, April 4, 2020

  • Morning Prayer: Ps 137:1-6, (7-9), 144; Ex 10:21—11:8; 2 Cor 4:13-18; Coll 295 (Com: 435 or FAS 139)
  • Holy Eucharist: Feria: As Sunday, except: Ezek 37:21b-28; C 8 or Ps 121; Jn 11:45-57 (Com: 435 or FAS 139)  Or  Heber: Common of a Pastor 435 or FAS 139; 1 Tim 3:1-7; Ps 68:33-36; Lk 10:1-9; Preface of a Saint
  • Evening Prayer: Ps 42, 43; (Jer 31:27-34); Mk 10:46-52; Coll 299 (Eve of the Sunday of the Passion)