The Gathering of the People
Hymn: Blue #645 Come Down, O Love Divine
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 of the Day
you have made us for yourself,
and our hearts are restless
until they find their rest in you.
May we find peace in your service,
and in the world to come, see you face to face;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
The Proclamation of God’s Word
First Reading: Genesis 25:19-34
Psalm 119: The Glory of God’s Laws
Second Reading: Romans 8:1-11
Hymn: Blue #561 Lord, Your Word Shall Guide Us
GOSPEL: MATTHEW 13:1-9, 18-23
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
As we stand in God’s presence, let us pray to the Lord, saying, “Lord, have mercy.”
For the whole People of God, that each one may be a true and faithful servant of Christ, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.
For those drawing near to the light of faith, that the Lord will bring them to true knowledge of himself, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.
For our families and friends, that the Lord will give them joy and satisfaction in all that they do, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.
For those who are lonely, sick, hungry, persecuted, or ignored, that the Lord will comfort and sustain them, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.
For our country, that the Lord will help us to contribute to its true growth and well-being, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.
For the whole human family, that we may live together in justice and peace, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.
Hymn: Blue #447 Lord, We Hear Your Word with Gladness
The Holy Eucharist
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.
in this sacrament we have shared in your eternal kingdom.
May we who taste this mystery
forever serve you in faith, hope, and love.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.
Hymn: Blue #446 Word of God, Come Down on Earth
Leader: Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
All: Thanks be to God.
We pray for: Nell Bradshaw and Natasha Varjacic; Jeff Buchyns
Prayers and Vigil
We grieve with the family and friends of Karolina Huebner-Makurat, who was killed last week tragically at Carlaw and Queen. She leaves her two young daughters and her husband; they are part of the Matthew-John daycare community and our neighbours. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help provide for her daughters, at
A neighborhood vigil will be held for Karolina Monday July 17, 6:30-7:30 pm at Jimmy Simpson Park. All are welcome.
Sunday School returns in September. During the summer we invite the children to join us for the whole service and help bring the gifts up to the altar. Toys and books are available in our play area at the back of the church, and the church playground is always available (with parental supervision). We are glad to have the children with us! Many thanks to Bill and Claire Middleton for providing a wonderful Sunday School for our children this year. We would be delighted to have more Sunday School teachers. If you feel a calling to this important ministry to our children, please speak to Mtr Catherine.
Please join us after the service for refreshments on the lawn
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 William Middleton, People’s Warden or Audrey Chan, Rector’s Warden