The Gathering of the Community
Hymn: Blue #349 All People That on Earth Do Dwell
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: Almighty God, whose people are knit together in one holy Church, the mystical Body of your Son, grant us grace to follow your blessed saints in lives of faith and commitment, and to know the inexpressible joys you have prepared for those who love you; through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
The Proclamation of the Word
First Reading: Daniel 7:1-3, 15-18
Second Reading: Ephesian 1:11-23
Gradual Hymn: Blue #279 Lo, Round the Throne a Glorious Band
The Gospel: LUKE 6:20-31
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
United in the company of all the faithful and looking for the coming of the kingdom, let us offer our prayers to God, the source of all life and holiness.
Merciful Lord, strengthen all Christian people by your Holy Spirit, that we may live as a royal priesthood and a holy nation to the praise of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.
Bless Andrew our bishop and all ministers of your Church, that by their faithful proclamation of your word we may be built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets into a holy temple in the Lord. Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.
Empower us by the gift of your holy and life-giving Spirit, that we may be transformed into the likeness of Christ from glory to glory. Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.
Give to the world and its peoples the peace that comes from above, that we may walk in Christ’s way of truth and life. Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.
Hold in your embrace all who witness to your love in the
service of the poor and needy, all who minister to the sick and dying; and all
who bring light to those in darkness. Lord, in your mercy
hear our prayer.
Remember in your mercy all those gone before us; preserve in your faith your servants on earth, guide us to your kingdom and grant us your peace at all times. Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.
Hasten the day when many will come from east and west, from north and south, and sit at table in your kingdom. Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.
We give you thanks for the whole company of your saints in glory, with whom in fellowship we join our prayers and praises; by your grace may we, like them, be made perfect in your love. Blessing and glory and wisdom, thanksgiving and honour and power, be to our God for ever and ever. Amen.
The peace of the Lord be always with you
All: And also with you.
Offertory Hymn: Blue #286 Give Me the Wings of Faith
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.
Leader: Lord of hosts, we praise your glory reflected in your saints. May we who share at this table be filled with the joy of your eternal kingdom, where Jesus is Lord, now and for ever. AMEN.
Hymn: Blue #276 For All the Saints
Leader: Let us go in peace, to love and serve the Lord. Alleluia!
All: Thanks be to God. Alleluia!
We pray for: Bill and Claire Middleton, Sam, Kate and Mairi
Thank you to all who carved pumpkins (and all who gave moral support) last Sunday. Those weird and wonderful Jack-o’-lanterns delighted the neighborhood children as we gave out treats and hot cider on Hallowe’en. Many thanks to Audrey and Miriam, Fr. Trent and Kira, and Adrian for all your help on Hallowe’en.
SAVE THE DATE
Friday November 25th – Welcoming Advent
Celebrate the arrival of the Advent season with an evening of festivities for the whole family. The evening runs from 6 to 7:30pm and includes wreath making and a pot luck supper. Suggested donation $15/family for Advent wreath frame and candles, or bring your own.
Sunday December 18 – Advent Lessons and Carols. Mark your calendars and bring your friends! Freewill offering to support our new refugee sponsorship.
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
Dr. Samuel Tam – Organist and Music Director
Please direct all enquiries to William Middleton, People’s Warden or Audrey Chan, Rector’s Warden