The Gathering of the Community
Hymn: Blue #397 Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness
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 chosen servant Abraham obeyed your call, rejoicing in your promise that in him the family of the earth is blessed, give us faith like his, that in us your promises may be fulfilled; through 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: Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4
Second Reading: 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4; 11-12
Gradual Hymn: Blue #361 Surely, it is God Who Saves Me
The Gospel: LUKE 19:1-10
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
In peace let us pray to the Lord, saying, “Lord, have mercy.”
For peace from on high and for our salvation, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.
For the peace of the whole world, for the welfare of the holy Church of God, and for the unity of all, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.
For our bishops, and for all the clergy and people, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.
For Charles our King, for the leaders of the nations, and for all in authority, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.
For this city, Toronto, and for every city and community, and for those who live in them in faith, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.
For good weather, and for abundant harvests for all to share, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.
For those who travel by land, water, or air, for the sick and the suffering (especially . . . ), for prisoners and captives, and for their safety, health, and salvation, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.
For our deliverance from all affliction, strife, and need, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.
For the absolution and remission of our sins and offences, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.
For all who have died (especially . . . ), let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.
Remembering ( . . . and) all the saints, we commit ourselves, one another, and our whole life to Christ our God.
Leader: Once we were far off, but now in union with Christ Jesus we have been brought near through the shedding of Christ’s blood, for he is our peace (Eph. 2:13, 14).
The peace of the Lord be always with you
All: And also with you.
Offertory Hymn: Blue #352 Amazing Grace
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: Heavenly Father, bring to perfection within us the communion we share in this sacrament. May the unity we know this day live in our community and family. This we pray in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord. AMEN.
Hymn: Blue #508 I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say
Leader: Let us go in peace, to love and serve the Lord.
All: Thanks be to God.
We pray for: Virginia and Mark MacDonald, and Rory, Brenna and Adrian, Tony and Stacey Mores and Simon and Lewis
Halloween Open Doors – Monday, October 31st
Join us at the church, TOMMOROW, October 31st at 6:00 p.m. as we serve hot drinks and candy to our neighbours while they trick or treat. Helpers of all ages are welcome!
Pumpkin and Pizza Party!
Sunday October 30, right after church. We are carving pumpkins for our Halloween Open Doors, to delight the children on Halloween night. All invited to come and help. Light lunch 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
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