Processional Hymn: Blue Hymnal #393 Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise

The Greeting

Celebrant: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.

People: And also with you

Collect For Purity

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

Almighty God, through the waters of baptism your Son has made us children of light. May we ever walk in his light and show forth your glory in the world; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

The Proclamation of the Word

First Reading: 1 Samuel 16:1-13 (page 226 in the pew Bible)

Second ReadingEphesians 5:8-14 (page 951 in the pew bible)

Gradual Hymn: Blue #179 Tree of Life and Awesome Mystery (verses 1-2)

The Gospel

JOHN 9:1-41 (pages 871-872 in the pew Bible)

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Gradual Hymn: Blue #179 Tree of Life and Awesome Mystery (verses 3 and 6e)


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.

Collect For Those In Affliction 

Almighty and everlasting God, the comfort of those who are sad and the strength of those who suffer, hear the prayers of your people in this time of trouble. Grant to everyone in distress mercy, relief and refreshment; comfort and heal those who are ill, and keep us all in the shelter of your everlasting arms, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Offertory Hymn: Blue #520 The King of Love My Shepherd Is

The Lord’s Prayer

People: 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.

Recessional Hymn: Blue #352 Amazing Grace


Let us bless the Lord.

Thanks be to God

May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing, through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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


Friday Morning Prayer with Susie Kim

Join Susie for Morning Prayer at 8:30am on Friday mornings at the St. Matthew’s Facebook page.

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Mid-Week Meditation with Mtr Catherine

A weekly encouragement to help us to stay strong in our faith. The first instalment is here.

Check in on Wednesday for the next post. It will be available on the church website and Facebook page.

Are you concerned about not having anywhere to put your weekly offering while we don’t have church services?

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