The Gathering of the Community

Hymn: Blue #388 Glorious Things Of Thee Are Spoken

Leader: Lord, open our lips,

People: And our mouth shall proclaim your praise

Leader: O God, make speed to save us

People: O Lord, make haste to help us.

All: Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Leader: God rules over all the earth: O come, let us worship


The Proclamation of the Word

First Reading: 1 Kings 3:5-12

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Psalm 105

Second Reading: Romans 8:26-39


The Gospel

Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

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Guest Preacher: Peter Newell

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

Merciful Lord, we pray for all who call themselves Christians: that we may become a royal priesthood, a holy nation, to the praise of Christ Jesus our Saviour. Lord, hear our prayer.

We pray for Andrew and Kevin our bishops, and for all bishops and other ministers especially in this time of difficult leadership: that they may remain faithful to their calling and rightly proclaim the word of truth. Lord, hear our prayer.

We pray for Elizabeth our Queen, for the leaders of the nations, and all in authority: that your people may lead quiet and peaceable lives. Lord, hear our prayer.

We pray for this city and those who live here, the poor and the rich, the elderly and the young, men and women: that you will show your goodwill to all. Lord, hear our prayer.

We pray for the victims of our society and those who minister to them: that you will be their help and defence. Lord, hear our prayer.

We pray for those preparing for baptism: that they may be strengthened in the faith. Lord, hear our prayer.

We give thanks for all the saints who have found favour in your sight from earliest times, prophets, apostles, martyrs, and those whose names are known to you alone: and we pray that we too may be counted among your faithful witnesses. Lord, hear our prayer.

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.

Leader: Lord God, the well-spring of life, pour into our hearts the living water of your grace. By your light we see light. Increase our faith, and grant that we may walk in the brightness of your presence, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Hymn: Blue #347 The God Of Abraham Praise

Leader: The Lord be with you

People: And with thy spirit

Leader: Let us pray

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.

Leader: O Lord, show thy mercy upon us;

People: And grant us thy salvation

Leader: Endue thy ministers with righteousness;

People: And make thy chosen people joyful

Leader: Give peace, O Lord, in all the world;

People: For only in thee can we live in safety

Leader: Lord keep this nation under they care

People: And guide us in the way of justice and truth.

Leader: Let thy way be known upon earth

People: Thy saving health among all nations

Leader: Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten;

People: Nor the hope of the poor be taken away

Leader: Create in us clean hearts, O God;

People: And sustain us with thy Holy Spirit.

Collect of the Day

Leader: O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy, increase and multiply upon us your mercy, that with you as our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we lose not the things eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

A Collect For Sunday

Leader: O God, who makest us glad with the weekly remembrance of the glorious resurrection of thy Son our Lord: Grant us this day such blessing through our worship of thee, that the days to come may be spent in thy favor; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Collect For Grace

Leader: O Lord our heavenly Father, Almighty and everlasting God, who hast safely brought us to the beginning of this day: Defend us in the same with thy mighty power; and grant that this day we fall into no sin, neither run into any kind of danger; but that all our doings may be ordered by thy governance, to do always that is righteous in thy sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The General Thanksgiving

All: Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we thine unworthy servants  do give thee most humble and hearty thanks for all thy goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all men. We bless thee for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all for thine inestimable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. And, we beseech thee, give us that due sense of all thy mercies, that our hearts may be unfeignedly thankful; and that we show forth thy praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up our selves to thy service, and by walking before thee in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with thee and the Holy Spirit, be all honor and glory, world without end.  Amen

A Prayer of St Chrysostom 

Almighty God, who hast given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplications unto thee; and dost promise that when two or three are gathered together in thy Name thou wilt grant their requests: Fulfil now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of they servants, as may be most expedient for them; granting us in this world knowledge of thy truth, and in the world to come life everlasting. Amen.

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

Hymn: Blue #378 Crown Him With Many Crowns

Leader: Let us bless the Lord.

All: Thanks be to God. 

We pray for: Donald and Cathy Sturrock; Ron Williams; Lilla Wright, Leah and Alison


Many thanks to Peter Newell for opening the Word to us today!

Morning Prayer: Friday Mornings

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St. Matthew’s Anglican Church, Riverdale,

135 First Avenue, Toronto ON, M4M 1W9



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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