The Gathering of the Community

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

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

Leader: Almighty God,

All: 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

Leader: 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 forever. AMEN.

The Proclamation of the Word

First Reading: Genesis 14:18-20

Psalm 110

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

The Gospel: Luke 9:11-17


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

Lord, as we celebrate this gift of Christ’s body to be our spiritual food, hear us as we pray for his body the Church throughout the world … In faith we pray: we pray to you our God.

Lord, here where we recognize the presence of Christ who takes away the sin of the world, hear us as we pray for that world and for its peoples for whom his blood was shed … In faith we pray: we pray to you our God.

Lord, here where we come together as Christ gathered with his friends to give us this meal of holy fellowship, hear us as we pray for all whom you have given us, our friends and all whose lives are joined with ours …In faith we pray: we pray to you our God.

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

Lord, here where we join our praises with the whole company of heaven, hear us 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 …In faith we pray: we pray to you our God.

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: Once we were far off, but now in union with Christ Jesus we have been brought near through the shedding of Christ’s blood, for he is our peace (Eph. 2:13, 14).

The peace of the Lord be always with you

All:  And also with you.

Offertory Hymn: Blue #48 Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

The Holy Eucharist

A Prayer for Spiritual Communion

Leader: The Lord be with you.

All: And also with you.

Leader: Jesus said, “Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who eats this bread will live forever.” (John 6:54-58)

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: 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.

Hymn: Blue #84 Lord, Enthroned in Heavenly Splendour

Leader: Go forth in the name of Christ. Alleluia!

All: Thanks be to God. Alleluia!

Postlude: Sonata No. 2 Mendelssohn

We pray for:  Mark and Virginia MacDonald, and Rory, Brenna and Adrian; Kira Moolman


Young Adult/Families Small Group

Our new young adult small group met this past Wednesday for a meal (great food, reportedly!) and conversation about faith and life. Many thanks to Fr. Trent and Kira for hosting.

Next meeting: Wednesday July 5, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Kira’s place. Kira’s address: 5 Hoskin Ave (Wycliffe College). Text or call Fr. Trent when you arrive to be let in – 337-353-0665

Parish Picnic – Sunday June 26th

Next Sunday June 26, after church. Bring your favourite food to share, and blankets/plates/picnic stuff. We will go to Withrow Park and share food and fellowship together.  

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 Trent Pettit – Associate Priest

The Rev Dr Ephraim Radner – Honorary Assistant

Please direct all enquiries to William Middleton, People’s 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