The Gathering of the People

Hymn: Blue #5 Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies

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 of the Day

Stir up, O Lord,
the wills of your faithful people,
that richly bearing the fruit of good works,
we may by you be richly rewarded;
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: Exodus 12:1-14

Psalm 149

Second Reading: Romans 13:8-14

Hymn: Blue #338 Adoremus Te, Jesu Christe



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 by prayer and intercession with thanksgiving make our requests to God.

Gracious God, we pray for peace, justice and reconciliation throughout the world. We pray for the honouring of human rights, and for the relief of the oppressed. We give thanks for all that is gracious in the lives of men, women and children. Lord of life …. In your mercy hear us

We pray for the renewal of the Church in faith, love and service. We pray for Andrew our Diocesan bishop and Kevin our area bishop  We pray for Catherine and the wardens and for the life of our church. We give thanks for the gift of your word, the grace of the sacraments and the fellowship of your people.  Lord of life …. In your mercy hear us

We pray for this neighbourhood of Riverdale and for all people in their daily life and work. We pray particularly for students and teachers at the start of a new school term and for the Matthew John Daycare who we share our building with. We pray for the young and the elderly, for families, and all who are alone. We give thanks for human skill and creativity and all that reveals your loveliness.  Lord of life … in your mercy hear us

We pray for those who are in need; for the sick, sorrowful and bereaved. We pray for all who bring comfort, care and healing. (particularly …) We give thanks for human love and friendship and for all that enriches our daily lives. Lord of life … in your mercy hear us

Let us commend ourselves, and all for whom we pray, to the mercy and protection of God. Amen.

Hymn: Blue # 214 The Lamb’s High Banquet Called to Share

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

Father, your word and sacrament give us food and life. May we who have shared in holy things bear fruit to your honour and glory, in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.

Hymn: Blue #362 Tell Out My Soul

Leader: Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

All: Thanks be to God.

We pray for: Miriam John; Glenn Kerrigan and Benjamin


An Evening with Chagall

Thursday, Sep 14 at 7:00 pm

Wycliffe College is hosting an extraordinary exhibit of Chagall’s art, Chagall’s lithographs and prints on biblical stories. The College is offering a series of devotional talks on the art to the public on Thursday evenings – free! Mtr Catherine will be leading a meditation on Chagall’s David and Bathsheba on Thursday, Sep 14, at 7:00 pm. We’d like to make a parish trip of it! Join us for an hour of art and devotion, and a treat at Tim’s together afterwards. Please speak to Mtr Catherine for more details.

Sunday School Teachers Needed

Our children are so important! We want to teach them to know Jesus and to love him. So we need Sunday School teachers. Bill and Claire Middleton have provided a wonderful Sunday School this past year. Could you join them, for the sake of our children? If you feel a calling to this important ministry, please speak to Mtr Catherine.

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 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