The Gathering Of The Community

Hymn: Blue #540 Just As The Deer

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

Leader: Kyrie eleison

All: Lord, have mercy

Leader: Christe eleison

All: Christ, have mercy

Leader: Kyrie eleison

All: Lord, have mercy 

Collect of the Day

Father of all, we pray to you for those we love, but see no longer. Grant them your peace, let light perpetual shine upon them, and in your loving wisdom and almighty power, work in them the good purpose of your perfect will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

The Proclamation of the Word

First Reading: Wisdom 3:1-9


Psalm 116

Second Reading: 1 Peter 1:3-9

Hymn: Blue #402 Confitemini Domino

The Gospel

John 6:37-40



Blessed Be The God And Father – Samuel Sebastian Wesley

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

Let us pray for all who suffer as a result of violent conflict, and ask that God may give us peace. Today we remember especially the recent victims of terrorism in Quebec City and in France. We remember the service men and women who have died in the violence of war, each one known by God; 

The Reading of The Names Of The Fallen – Peter Oakes, Royal Navy (retired)

Soldiers From Our Parish Who Died in Action During the First World War

A. Ayre; C. Baker; C. Belch; R. A. Berry; S. C. Bewly; B. Borthwick; C. J. Bradbrook; B. Coles; W. H. Cox; E. F. Crossland; J. P. Cruxton; F. Daly; C. Daniels; B. Devitt; J. W. T. Durst; A. J.  Faulkner; W. Fick; E. Field; O. W. Fowle; H.A. Gates; J. A. Gates; C. Goldstone; N. Gould; H. Guest; H. Hill; W. James; W. Jolly; K. C. Jordan; D. Kidman; G. Littlewood; N. McKay; A. C. McMillan; V.  Mishaw; C. Morris; B. Newell; W. C. Noble; W. E. Oxland; G. S. Passmore; A. J. Patterson; H. Peers; W. C. Pegler; J. J. Penberthy; E. Phillips; J. Stammers; P. Taylor; W. Thomas; W. Turley; G. Wilson; W. Wilson

Soldiers From Our Parish Who Died in Action During the Second World War

A. Archibald; M. Grosser; R. Grosser; N. Jensen; J. Jupp; R. Lloyd; J. McEvoy; R. Miller; J. Rooney; R. Ryan; F. Smith;  R. Walker; E. Wright

may God give peace. God give peace. 

For those who have died this year in our own parish, especially Locksley; for all those we love who have died (especially…) we pray the peace of Christ. Rest eternal grant unto them, O Lord, And let light perpetual shine upon them. God give peace.

For those who love them in death as in life, offering the sadness of our loss and our hope in Christ; may God give peace. God give peace. 

For all members of the armed forces who are in danger this day, remembering family, friends and all who pray for their safe return; may God give peace. God give peace. 

For civilian women, children and men whose lives are disfigured by war or terror, calling to mind in penitence the anger and hatreds of humanity; may God give peace. God give peace.

For peacemakers and peacekeepers, who seek to keep this world secure and free; may God give peace. God give peace. 

For all who bear the burden and privilege of leadership, political, military and religious; asking for gifts of wisdom and resolve in the search for reconciliation and peace; may God give peace. God give peace. 

We pray to you also for the forgiveness of our sins

Have mercy upon us, most merciful Father. In your compassion forgive us our sins, known and unknown, things done and left undone, and so uphold us by your Spirit that we may live and serve you in newness of life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O God of truth and justice, we hold before you those whose memory we cherish, and those whose names we will never know. Help us to lift our eyes above the torment of this broken world, and grant us the grace to pray for those who wish us harm. As we honour the past, may we put our faith in your future; for you are the source of life and hope, now and for ever. Amen. 

The Peace

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

All: And also with you.

Hymn: Blue 572 Let There Be Light

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: God of love, may the death and resurrection of Christ, which we celebrate in this eucharist, bring us, with the faithful departed, into the peace of your eternal home. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, our hope and our salvation.

Hymn: Blue #575 Let Streams Of Living Justice

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

All: Thanks be to God. 

We pray for: Peter Newell and Cheryl, Betsy Milne;  Peter O’Dell;  Peter and Ruth Oakes


Welcoming Advent

The Advent Event is back! Mark your calendars for Friday November 27. We will make Advent wreaths together in the parish hall (masks and social distancing and all!) Please sign up so we know how many are coming. We also want to make wreaths for those at home; please consider whether you could make a wreath for a parishioner or neighbour who can’t get out right now. Stay tuned for more information.

An Opportunity to Help

The Mustard Seed was thrilled to receive so much fresh food and clothing for its ministry to street people from St. Matthew’s this Thanksgiving. This year the need is great, since many Out of the Cold programs are not running and people without homes are cautious about staying in shelters during COVID. We would like to help. We will be collecting food, used clothing in good condition, new warm socks, mitts, hats, and sleeping bags to donate to Mustard Seed on an ongoing basis this fall. Please speak to Mary or Mtr Catherine if you have any questions.

Pre-Authorised Monthly Remittances and E-Transfers

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.  We are also set up for e-transfers, as follows:

General Fund

Refugee Fund

Please speak to Audrey Chan for more information.

Recorded Music

We will be recording music live from our Sunday morning worship and it will be added to the online service on Sunday afternoons. Check back later on Sunday to hear the latest recordings!

Online Services

We will continue to post our online services so if you cannot come to church you will still be able to worship with the St. Matthew’s family online!

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