The Gathering of the Community

Hymn: Blue #205 The Day of the Resurrection

Leader: Alleluia! Christ is rien.

All: The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Leader: May his grace and peace be with you.

All: May he fill our hearts with joy.

Collect of the Day

Merciful God,
you have prepared for those who love you
riches beyond imagination.
Pour into our hearts such love toward you,
that we, loving you above all things,
may obtain your promises,
which exceed all that we can desire;
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 God’s Word

First Reading: Acts 17:22-31

Psalm 66: Praise for God’s Goodness to Israel

Second Reading: 1 Peter 3:13-22

Hymn: #222 All Shall Be Well

Gospel: John 14:15-21


The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

The Prayers of the People

Jesus, our exalted Lord, has been given all authority. Let us seek his intercession that our prayers may be perfected by his prayer. Jesus Christ, great high priest, living for ever to intercede for us, pray for the Church, your broken body in the world …

Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.

Jesus Christ, King of righteousness, enthroned at the right hand of the majesty on high, pray for the world, and make it subject to your gentle rule …

Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.

Jesus Christ, Son of Man, drawing humanity into the life of God, pray for your sisters and brothers in need, distress, or sorrow …

Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.

Jesus, pioneer of our salvation, bringing us to glory through your death and resurrection, surround with your saints and angels those who have died trusting your promises …

Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.

Jesus Christ, Lord over all things, ascended far above the heavens and filling the universe, pray for us who receive the gifts you give us for work in your service …

Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.

Jesus Christ, keep the Church in the unity of the Spirit and in the bond of peace, and bring the whole created order to worship at your feet; for you are alive and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Hymn: #237 Now the Green Blade Rises (piano solo)

The Holy Eucharist

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

you restored us to life
by raising your Son from death.
May we who receive this sacrament
always be strengthened to do your will,
in the name of Jesus Christ the risen Lord.

Hymn: #210 Yours Be the Glory, Risen, Conquering Son

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

All: Thanks be to God. Alleluia!

We pray for: Olaniran and Aminat Olatoya, King David and King Dominion


May 27-28: Doors Open Toronto
St Matthew’s has been chosen again to participate in Doors Open, a festival of Toronto’s great buildings. We open our doors and invite the city to come in and see our beautiful church. This year, the theme is Music. Our choir will be singing some of the great music of our Anglican tradition on Sunday, May 28 in the afternoon. Stay for coffee hour and enjoy the music! We welcome volunteers to greet people both Saturday and Sunday. Please speak to Meaghan Candy and Anthony Granville if you can help.
Thanks to Sam and our choir for a glorious Evensong last Sunday evening. We hope to offer Choral Evensong again so that you all have an opportunity to participate in this lovely Anglican service. Thank you also to the Trinity Bach Project for a magnificent evening of Bach and Brahms last night, here at St. Matthew’s. Stay tuned for the next concert!
Mother Catherine will be away next Sunday, May 21st. She and Sarah are on a mother-daughter trip to Wales, following the ancient pilgrimage route from Chepstow to St. David’s along the Pembrokeshire Coast. We hope to worship in the medieval cathedral church of St. David’s next Sunday and will take your greetings to the people there. Fr. Trent will celebrate the service here and be available May 15-27 in case of pastoral emergency.

Thank you to St. Matthew’s
The Kishibe family have been deeply moved by the love and support we have received from our friends at St. Matthew’s.  We especially appreciate the pastoral visits Mtr. Catherine and Fr. Trent made to Kaye’s bedside during his last days. We are also very grateful for Audrey Chan’s assistance in conveying the funeral arrangements to as many parishioners as she could. The beautiful bouquet that all of you at St. Matthew’s gave in memory of Kaye has given us great pleasure.  A heart-felt thank you from all of us. 

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