The Gathering of the Community

Hymn: Blue #318 Rejoice Today with One Accord

Rejoice today with one accord, sing out with exultation;
Rejoice and praise our mighty Lord, whose arm hath brought salvation;
His works of love proclaim the greatness of His name;
For He is God alone who hath His mercy shown;
Let all His saints adore Him!

When in distress to Him we cried, He heard our sad complaining;
O trust in Him, whate’er betide, His love is all sustaining;
Triumphant songs of praise to Him our hearts shall raise;
Now every voice shall say, "O praise our God alway" ;
Let all His saints adore Him!

Leader: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.

All: And also with you.

Collect for Purity

All: Almighty God to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden.  Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Christ our Lord.  Amen

Leader: Kyrie eleison: Lord, have mercy

All: Christe eleison: Christ, have mercy.

Leader: Kyrie eleison: Lord, have mercy.

Collect of the Day

Almighty God, you have broken the tyranny of sin and sent into our hearts the Spirit of your Son. Give us grace to dedicate our freedom to your service, that all people may know the glorious liberty of the children of God; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Children’s Song

Tell Me The Stories of Jesus

Tell me the stories of Jesus I love to hear;
Things I would ask him to tell me if He were here;
Scenes by the wayside, tales of the sea,
Stories of Jesus, tell them to me.

First let me hear how the children stood round His knee,
And I shall fancy His blessing resting on me;
Words full of kindess, deeds full of grace,
All in the love light of Jesus' face.

The Proclamation of the Word

First Reading: Genesis 45:1-15

Psalm 133

Second Reading: Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32

Hymn: Blue #345 King of Glory, King of Peace

King of glory, King of peace, I will love Thee;
and that love may never cease, I will move Thee.
Thou hast granted my request, Thou hast heard me;
Thou didst note my working breast, Thou hast spared me.

Wherefore with my utmost art I will sing Thee,
and the cream of all my heart I will bring Thee.
Though my sins against me cried, Thou didst clear me;
and alone, when they replied, Thou didst hear me.

Sev'n whole days, not one in sev'n, I will praise Thee;
in my heart, though not in heav'n, I can raise Thee.
Small it is, in this poor sort to enroll Thee:
e'en eternity's too short to extol Thee.

The Gospel

Matthew 15:21-28

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The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

The Prayers of the People

Let us by prayer and intercession with thanksgiving make our requests to God.

Gracious God, we pray for peace, justice and reconciliation throughout the world. We pray for the honouring of human rights, and for the relief of the oppressed. We give thanks for all that is gracious in the lives of men, women and children. Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.

We pray for the renewal of the Church in faith, love and service. We pray for Kevin our bishop and for the life of this parish. We give thanks for the gift of your word, the grace of the sacraments and the fellowship of your people. Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.

We pray for this local community and for all people in their daily life and work. We pray for the young and the elderly, for families, and all who are alone. We give thanks for human skill and creativity and all that reveals your loveliness. Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.

We pray for those who are in need; for the sick, sorrowful and bereaved. We pray for all who bring comfort, care and healing, especially in this time of COVID. We give thanks for human love and friendship and for all that enriches our daily lives. Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.

Let us commend ourselves, and all for whom we pray, to the mercy and protection of God. Amen.

The Peace

Leader: The peace of the Lord be always with you.

All: And also with you.

A Prayer for Spiritual Communion

Leader: The Lord be with you.

All: And also with you.

Leader: Jesus said, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry; whoever believes in me will never thirst…54 Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; 55 for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. 56 Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them.  57 Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me.  (John 6)

All: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

All: Dear Jesus, I believe that you are truly present in the Holy Sacrament. I love you above all things, and I desire to possess you within my soul. And since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, I beseech you to come spiritually into my heart. I unite myself to you, together with all your faithful people gathered around every altar of your Church, and I embrace you with all the affections of my soul. Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen.

Concluding Prayer

Eternal God,
we have received a token of your promise.
May we who have been nourished by holy things
live as faithful heirs of your promised kingdom,
in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Hymn: Blue #401 My Life Flows On in Endless Song

My life flows on in endless song
Above earth's lamentation.
I hear the real though far-off hymn
That hails a new creation.

No storm can shake my inmost calm,
While to that rock I'm clinging.
Since Love is Lord of heaven and earth,
How can I keep from singing?

Through all the tumult and the strife,
I hear that music ringing;
It sounds and echoes in my soul;
How can I keep from singing?

What though the tempest around me roar,
I hear the truth it liveth.
What though the darkness around me close,
Songs in the night it giveth.

When tyrants tremble, sick with fear,
And hear their knells ringing;
When friends rejoice both far and near,
How can I keep from singing?

The peace of Christ makes fresh my heart,
A fountain ever springing.
All things are mine since I am his;
How can I keep from singing?

Leader: Let us go forth into the world, rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit.

All: Thanks be to God. 

We pray for: Marjorie Bradshaw; Nell Bradshaw and Natasha Varjacic; Jeff Buchyns

Back To Church!

We will gather for worship together again on Sunday September 13, at 10:30 a.m. Thanks be to God! You will need to wear a mask and be mindful of social distancing. There will be directions and guidance provided at the church on Sunday morning, and by email closer to the time. It will be different, but it will be a joy to be praising God together, face to face.

Zoom Coffee Hour

Today at 11am All welcome! Invitation in email.

Mid-Week Meditation with Mtr Catherine

A weekly encouragement to help us stay strong in our faith. Check your inbox for it each Wednesday and read the latest instalment here.

Don’t fear, Pre-Authorized Giving is here!

Your generosity allows St. Matthew’s to maintain the church building as well as minister to our parishioners, refugees and the Riverdale neighbourhood. We have a monthly pre-authorised remittance system, through the United Church of Canada which allows for ease of giving. Please contact Audrey Chan for more information. Her email is:

St. Matthew’s Anglican Church, Riverdale,

135 First Avenue, Toronto ON, M4M 1W9



The Rev Dr Catherine Sider-Hamilton – Priest-in-charge: 416-463-9720 

The Rev Dr Ephraim Radner – Honorary Assistant

Please direct all enquiries to Peter Oakes, Peoples’ Warden or Audrey Chan, Rector’s Warden

Catherine Sider Hamilton

Catherine Sider Hamilton

Catherine Sider Hamilton is Priest-in-Charge of St. Matthew's Riverdale, and Professor of New Testament and New Testament Greek (part-time) at Wycliffe College. She has served also as Chaplain at Havergal College and Associate Priest at Grace Church on-the-Hill and St. John the Baptist, Norway (Toronto). She enjoys singing around the piano with her kids, her husband's Indian food, all things Italian -- and above all her two little grandchildren. Catherine and David live in Greektown. She blogs occasionally on feasts and fasts at