The Gathering of the People

Hymn: Blue #180 Giver of the Perfect Gift

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

Most merciful God,
by the death and resurrection
of your Son Jesus Christ,
you created humanity anew.
May the power of his victorious cross
transform those who turn in faith
to him who lives and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Proclamation of the Word

First Reading: Jeremiah 31:31-34

Psalm 51

Second Reading: Hebrews 5:5-10

Gradual Hymn: #179 Tree of Life and Awesome Mystery

Gospel: JOHN 12:20-33


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

With confidence and trust let us pray to the Father. For the one holy catholic and apostolic Church …let us pray to the Father. Lord of compassion, in your mercy hear us. 

For the mission of the Church, that in faithful witness it may preach the gospel to the ends of the earth, let us pray to the Father. Lord of compassion, in your mercy hear us. 

For those preparing for baptism [and confirmation] … and for their teachers and sponsors, let us pray to the Father. Lord of compassion, in your mercy hear us. 

For peace in the world … that a spirit of respect and reconciliation may grow among nations and peoples, let us pray to the Father. Lord of compassion, in your mercy hear us. 

For the poor, the persecuted, the sick, and all who suffer …for refugees, prisoners, and all in danger; that they may be relieved and protected, let us pray to the Father. Lord of compassion, in your mercy hear us. 

For those whom we have injured or offended, let us pray to the Father. Lord of compassion, in your mercy hear us. 

For grace to amend our lives and to further the reign of God, let us pray to the Father. Lord of compassion, in your mercy hear us. 

In communion with all those who have walked in the way of holiness … let us pray to the Father. Lord of compassion, in your mercy hear us. 

God our Father, in your love and goodness you have taught us to come close to you in penitence with prayer, fasting and generosity; accept our Lenten discipline, and when we fall by our weakness, raise us up by your unfailing mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

The Peace

Leader: Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. Give thanks in all things. For this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thess 5:16-18)

The peace of the Lord be always with you

All:  And also with you.

Offertory Hymn: Blue #436 I Bind Unto Myself Today

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

Merciful God,
you have called us to your table
and fed us with the bread of life.
Draw us and all people to your Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

Hymn: Blue # 237 Now the Green Blade Rises

Leader: Go in peace to love and serve the Lord

All: Thanks be to God.

Prayer Cycle

We pray for:  Tony and Stacey Mores, Simon and Lewis; Susan Musgrave 


Easter Lilies 
Each Easter Sunday we decorate the church with Easter Lilies to celebrate our Lord’s resurrection.  If you would like to contribute to the Easter Lily Fund, please place your cash donations in the envelope inserted into your bulletin and print your name and remembrances clearly on the envelope.  The last day for contributing to the fund is Sunday, March 24th.  

An introduction to Christian faith for new Christians and those interested in Christianity. Food-video-discussion. Come for lunch and stay for a chat. 
Sundays at 12:00 after church. 
Childcare provided. 

Holy Week Services 

March 24th at 10:30am  
Greet Jesus as he enters Jerusalem with waving palms and a procession! 
Children’s program provided 

Maundy Thursday  
March 28th at 6pm 
Potluck Supper followed by Holy Eucharist with Foot-washing 

Good Friday  
March 29th at 10:30am  
Liturgy of the Passion with Veneration of the Cross 

Easter Vigil  
March 30th at 9pm  
Candlelight, bells, and Resurrection Party!

March 31st at 10:30am  
Eucharist of the Resurrection with Procession 
Children’s program provided 

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 

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