Hymn: Blue #393 Immortal, Invisible God Only Wise

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

Collect of the Day

Almighty Father, whose Son was revealed in majesty before he suffered death upon the cross, give us grace to perceive his glory, that we may be strengthened to suffer with him and be changed into his likeness, from glory to glory; who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

The Proclamation of the Word

First Reading: 2 Kings 2:1-12

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Psalm 50

Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 4:3-6

Hymn: Blue #167 ‘Tis Good To Be Here

The Gospel

Mark 9:2-9

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Hymn: Blue #162 Sing of God Made Manifest


The Nicene Creed

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen.  We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man.  For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.  We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son.  With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified.  He has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.  We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.  We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.  Amen.

The Prayers of the People

In the power of the Spirit and in union with Christ, let us pray to the Father.

Lord of glory, it is good that we are here. In peace we make our prayer to you. In trust we confirm our faith in you … Help us to set our faces steadfastly to where you would have us go. Lord, look with favour on your people. Lord, transfigure and heal.

Lord of glory, look with favour on your Church. Grant that we may proclaim your beloved Son to the world and listen to his Word … May your church be renewed in holiness that she may reflect your glory. Lord, look with favour on your church. Lord, transfigure and heal.

Lord of glory, look with favour on the nations of the world, scarred by hatred, strife and war … May they be healed by the touch of your hand. Lord, look with favour on the nations. Lord, transfigure and heal.

Lord of glory, look with favour on those in need and distress, suffering as your Son has suffered and waiting for the salvation you promise. We pray especially for all those who are ill, and for those who in these long days of COVID are lonely and tired. …May the day break and Christ the Morning Star bring them the light of his presence. Lord, look with favour on those in need. Lord, transfigure and heal.

Lord of glory, it is good if we follow in the way of your Son’s suffering self-giving, so that we may be changed into his likeness from glory to glory. To him be praise, dominion and worship now and for all eternity. Amen.

We pray to you also for the forgiveness of our sins

Have mercy upon us, most merciful Father. In your compassion forgive us our sins, known and unknown, things done and left undone, and so uphold us by your Spirit that we may live and serve you in newness of life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Let us commend the world and all its families, for whom Christ came, to whom Christ showed the way, 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.

Hymn: #460 Shine, Jesus, Shine

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

Leader: Holy God, we see your glory in the face of Jesus Christ. May we who are partakers of his table reflect his life in word and deed, that all the world may know his power to change and save. We ask this in his name.

Hymn: Blue #378 Crown Him With Many Crowns

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

All: Thanks be to God. 


We pray for: Reg and Ainslie Mclean, Marcia and Loretta Froese;  Bill and Claire Middleton, Sam, Kate and Mairi


Shrove Tuesday Zoom Pancake Supper! Feb 16, 6 p.m.

We’ll gather over zoom to eat our pancakes and celebrate Shrove Tuesday together at home. We are collecting favourite pancake recipes to share; please reply here if you have one.
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Meeting ID: 841 4578 5377 Passcode: 509753

Ash Wednesday – Feb. 17, 7:30 pm

Worship in person and at home

Vestry Sunday: Feb 28, 12:15 (noon)

Please mark the date and join the meeting to pass our budget and approve our officers for the coming year.

A Lenten Discipline: 40 Days – 40 Nights – 40 Miles

“Sing and walk! Walk and sing!” St. Augustine said about being a Christian. This has been a year for walking! It is one thing we can do even in this COVID winter. This Lent, an invitation to “sing and walk”: walk and pray and give.

1. Walk — each of us in our own places but together in love of Christ. Walk a daily mile, inside or outside, through the neighborhood or around your living room or up and down the stairs. 

2. Pray with your walking — it is our “singing.” On Sunday we will provide a ‘sing-and-walk’ bible passage to read, with a key verse to accompany you throughout the week. 

3. Give. This too is our “singing”: pledge a gift in Jesus’ name for each mile you walk, and if you like, ask others to pledge. Our giving has a goal: We would like to help our refugee family and friends the Berberians with education costs, especially — if we raise enough — a university education fund for their girls.

Many thanks to Aubrey who had the inspiration. She will be walking and praying and giving this Lent: join her! For more information contact Mother Catherine:

Upcoming Services

We continue with Sunday worship online and in person at 10:30 a.m. every Sunday (for in-person please sign up here so that we can respect the 10-person limit).

*You can now sign up for all February services including the Ash Wednesday service at 7:30pm.

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