The Gathering of the Community

Hymn: Blue #207 At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing

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

Lord Jesus Christ, we thank you that in this wonderful sacrament you have given us the memorial of your passion: grant us so to reverence the sacred mysteries of your body and blood that we may know within ourselves and show forth in our lives the fruits of your redemption; for you are alive and reign with the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Children’s Song

God has a special name: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God is our Father who made us, and his son Jesus who died for us, and the Holy Spirit, who prays in our hearts. We’re going to sing to God now in his special name, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Father, I Adore You

Father, I adore you
Lay my life before you
How I love you

Jesus, Son, I adore you
Lay my life before you
How I love you.

Spirit, I adore you
Lay my life before you
How I love you

The Proclamation of the Word

First Reading: Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 14-16

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Psalm 147

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 10:16-17

Hymn: Blue # 336 Masithi: Amen

Masithi: Amen, siyakudumisa
Masithi: Amen, siyakudumisa
Masithi: Amen, Bawo, amen, Bawo
Amen, siyakudumisa

Sing amen: Amen, we praise your name, O Lord
Sing amen: Amen, we praise your name, O Lord
Sing amen: Amen, amen, amen, amen,
Amen, we praise your name, O Lord.

The Gospel

John 6:51-58

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The Nicene Creed

All: 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

We pray to the Lord. Lord, listen to the prayers of your people, gathered at your table. In faith we pray through our Lord Jesus Christ: we pray to you our God.

Here, where we celebrate how Christ gave us his body to be our salvation, listen as we pray for his body the Church, spread throughout the world. Grant that we may be faithful.… In faith we pray through our Lord Jesus Christ: we pray to you our God.

Here, where we recognize the presence of Christ who takes away the sin of the world, listen as we pray for that world and for its peoples for whom his blood was shed. We pray for those places where this is violence, that we might turn to Jesus for our peace. … In faith we pray through our Lord Jesus Christ: we pray to you our God.

Here, where we come together as Christ gathered with his friends to give us this meal of holy fellowship, listen as we pray for all whom you have given us, our friends and all whose lives are joined with ours. Keep us in love of you and of each other, even while we are apart … In faith we pray through our Lord Jesus Christ: we pray to you our God.

Here, where we remember the night of Christ’s agony and trial, listen as we pray for all who share his sufferings through fear or sickness or pain or distress of many kinds … In faith we pray through our Lord Jesus Christ: we pray to you our God.

Here, where we join our praises with the whole company of heaven, listen as we pray for all who have trusted Christ’s promise to raise up on the last day those who eat his flesh and drink his blood. We pray especially for those known to us: for Locksley, for Mike and for Quentin; for George Floyd and all victims of violence … In faith we lift up their lives to you in Jesus Christ our Lord: we pray to you our God.

Bread of Life broken for us, 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.

Lord, satisfy our hunger with the food that lasts, the bread of God which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world, Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.

The Peace

Leader: We are the body of Christ. In the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body. Let us then pursue all that makes for peace and builds up our common life.

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

All: And also with you.

Hymn: Blue #78 Deck Yourself, My Soul with Gladness

Deck yourself, my soul, with gladness;
leave the gloomy haunts of sadness.
Come into the daylight's splendour,
there with joy your praises render
to the Lord whose grace unbounded
has this royal banquet founded:
though all other powers excelling,
with my soul he makes his dwelling.

Lord, I bow before you lowly,
filled with joy most deep and holy,
as with trembling awe and wonder
all your mighty works I ponder
how, by mystery surrounded,
depth no-one has ever sounded,
none may dare to pierce unbidden
secrets that in you are hidden.

Shining sun, my life you brighten,
radiance, you my soul enlighten;
joy, the best of all our knowing,
fountain, swiftly in me flowing:
at your feet I kneel, my Maker
let me be a fit partaker
of this sacred food from heaven,
for our good, your glory, given.

Jesus, Bread of life, I pray you,
let me gladly here obey you;
never to my hurt invited,
always by your love delighted:
from this banquet let me measure,
Lord, how vast and deep its treasure;
through the gifts your hands have given
let me be your guest in heaven.

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.

Ave verum corpus by William Byrd – The Hamilton Family

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: All praise to you, our God and Father, for you have fed us with the bread of heaven and quenched our thirst from the true vine: hear our prayer that, being grafted into Christ, we may grow together in unity and feast with him in his kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Message from Mtr Catherine and Blessing

Hymn: Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer

Leader: Let us go forth into the world, rejoicing in the saving body of Christ. Alleluia!

All: Thanks be to God. Alleluia!

We pray for: Bill and Claire Middleton, Sam, Kate and Mairi; Tony and Stacey Mores, Simon and Lewis

Prayer: Tuesday Afternoons and Friday Mornings

Join Susie and Aubrey on Tuesday afternoons from 5-5:30pm for an online Zoom prayer meeting. You will find a link in today’s Call to Worship email that you can click on Tuesday afternoon to join.

On Fridays follow along with Susie as she leads a short service of Morning Prayer starting at 8:30am on Facebook Live at the St. Matthew’s page.

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