The Gathering of the Community

Hymn: Blue #384 Praise to the Lord, the Almighty

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

Creator God, from you every family in heaven and earth takes its name. You have rooted and grounded us in your covenant love, and empowered us by your Spirit to walk in your way towards peace. Mercifully grant that your people, journeying together in Jesus Christ, may be strengthened and guided to grow into the full stature of Christ, who is our light and our life. Amen.

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: Isaiah 40:25-31

Psalm 19

Second Reading: Philippians 4:4-9

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 1:1-18

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Sermon – Guest Preacher: Susie Kim

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

Holy Creator, in whom all things in heaven and earth live and move and have their being, Have mercy on us.

Risen Christ, through whom the whole creation is reconciled to God, Have mercy on us.

Life-giving Spirit, whose love and truth fills the world and searches the depths of our lives, Have mercy on us.

Blessed Trinity, source of all unity, Have mercy on us.

For the gift of all the peoples of the world, and especially the First Peoples of this land; for their unique wisdom and culture and beauty, Father, we give you thanks.

For the beauty of the earth, and for the First Peoples who teach us to honour your creation, Father, we give you thanks.

For your Word, its truth and grace, and for the First Peoples who teach us to be faithful to the Scriptures, Father, we give you thanks.

For the wrong we have done to each other and especially to our brothers and sisters of the First Nations, in misappropriation of land, in cruelty known and unknown in the residential schools, in continuing economic and social inequities, Saviour, forgive us and heal us.

For our continued acceptance of the suffering of indigenous communities and people, and for the acts and choices in our own lives that make such suffering possible, Saviour, forgive us and heal us.

O God, we pray for the gifts of your grace and your love which is forever faithful. Inspire our minds with a vision of the reconciliation of your kingdom in this time and place. Hear us, O Christ.

Draw your Church together, O Lord, into one great company of disciples, together repentant, together faithful, together trusting in your grace; following our Lord Jesus Christ into every walk of life and witnessing to your love on every continent and island of your creation. We ask this in the name of the Risen Christ in whom we are one. Amen.

The Peace

Leader: In Christ you have stripped off the old self with its practices and put on the new, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of your creator, where there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, slave and free, but Christ is all and in all! (Col 3:10-11)

Leader: The peace of the Lord be always with you.

All: And also with you.

Hymn: Blue #576 For the Healing of the Nations

For the healing of the nations,  Lord, we pray with one accord; 
for a just and equal sharing of the things that earth affords.
To a life of love in action help us rise and pledge our word.

Lead your people into freedom, from despair your world release,
that, redeemed from war and hatred, all may come and go in peace.

Show us how, through care and goodness, fear will die and hope increase.

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: Creator God, you have fed us with bread from heaven. Continue to renew us in your truth, to give light to our minds and strength to our bodies, and seal us with your Holy Spirit. We ask this in Christ’s name. Amen

Hymn: Blue #497 Eternal Ruler of the Ceaseless Round

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

All: Thanks be to God. Alleluia!

We pray for: Susan Musgrave; Peter Newell and Cheryl, Betsy Milne; Peter O’Dell

Many thanks to our guest preacher today, Susie Kim!

ZOOM Coffee Hour: 11:00 a.m. TODAY!

We will be saying farewell to our dear Sarah Choi, who is moving to Seattle in the fall. Sarah is joining us today from Korea; come and hear about her exciting new venture and send her off with your prayers.

National Indigenous Day of Prayer

To mark the National Indigenous Day of Prayer, Archbishop Mark MacDonald will share with us his reflections in our mid-week meditation next Wednesday. Don’t miss it!

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