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Sunday, 25 September 2022

All are welcome to attend in-person services. Entry is from the main doors on King Street East. Weather-permitting, coffee hour follows the ten o’clock service out in the Nativity Gardens behind the church.

Service Guidelines are available here.

Masks are not required, but with the current surge in COVID cases we do strongly recommend that you wear a high-quality medical mask for in-person attendance.

You can join the service, live or later, via YouTube. The live-stream will begin at 9:45 am, and the service itself will begin at 10 am. You’ll be able to watch or re-watch it on YouTube at the same link at any later time.

You can find the order of service here. It includes the readings, the responses, and the hymns, so you can join in as fully as possible via the live-stream.

Detail from the Romanesque South Door of the Abbey of Moissac, featuring the Dives and Lazarus sequence. Photo credit Nick Thompson (via flickr) used under CC BY-NC 2.0 licence.

Sundays and Seasons offers this reflection on the readings we hear this Sunday:

Consideration of and care for those in need (especially those “at our gate,” visible to us, of whom we are aware) is an essential component of good stewardship. It is in the sharing of wealth that we avoid the snare of wealth. It is the one whom death could not hold—who comes to us risen from the dead—who can free us from the death grip of greed.

Sunday, 18 September, 2022

All are welcome to attend in-person services. Entry is from the main doors on King Street East. Weather-permitting, coffee hour follows the ten o’clock service out in the Nativity Gardens behind the church.

Service Guidelines are available here.

Masks are not required, but with the current surge in COVID cases we do strongly recommend that you wear a high-quality medical mask for in-person attendance.

You can join the service, live or later, via YouTube. The live-stream will begin at 9:45 am, and the service itself will begin at 10 am. You’ll be able to watch or re-watch it on YouTube at the same link at any later time.

You can find the order of service here. It includes the readings, the responses, and the hymns, so you can join in as fully as possible via the live-stream.

Sundays and Seasons offers this reflection on the readings we hear this Sunday:

As we are invited today to consider what it means to be managers (rather than owners) of all that we have, it is crucial to recognize that we are bought with a price. “Christ Jesus, himself human, . . . gave himself a ransom for all.” Apart from the generosity of God we have nothing—we are nothing. By God’s gracious favour we have everything we need.

Sunday, 11 September 2022

All are welcome to attend in-person services. Entry is from the main doors on King Street East. Weather-permitting, coffee hour follows the ten o’clock service out in the Nativity Gardens behind the church.

Service Guidelines are available here.

Masks are not required, but with the current surge in COVID cases we do strongly recommend that you wear a high-quality medical mask for in-person attendance.

You can join the service, live or later, via YouTube. The live-stream will begin at 9:45 am, and the service itself will begin at 10 am. You’ll be able to watch or re-watch it on YouTube at the same link at any later time.

You can find the order of service here. It includes the readings, the responses, and the hymns, so you can join in as fully as possible via the live-stream.

This Sunday, we’ll begin with some special prayers marking the death of our head of state, the Elizabeth II, the Queen of Canada, and praying for our new monarch, King Charles III.

The woman who had lost one of her ten coins rejoices after lighting the lamp and sweeping the floor to search for it.

From the first letter to Timothy, we’ll be reminded that Christ Jesus comes into the world to save sinners–good news for all people! (1 Timothy 1.12–17). And in the gospel passage, we’ll hear two parables Jesus tells when religious leaders grumble about him welcoming and eating with sinners–and the joy of finding those who had been lost (Luke 15.1–10).

Sunday, 4 September 2022

All are welcome to attend in-person services. Entry is from the main doors on King Street East. Weather-permitting, coffee hour follows the ten o’clock service out in the Nativity Gardens behind the church.

Service Guidelines are available here.

Masks are not required, but with the current surge in COVID cases we do strongly recommend that you wear a high-quality medical mask for in-person attendance.

You can join the service, live or later, via YouTube. The live-stream will begin at 9:45 am, and the service itself will begin at 10 am. You’ll be able to watch or re-watch it on YouTube at the same link at any later time.

You can find the order of service here. It includes the readings, the responses, and the hymns, so you can join in as fully as possible via the live-stream.

Sunday, 28 August 2022

All are welcome to attend in-person services. Entry is from the main doors on King Street East. Weather-permitting, coffee hour follows the ten o’clock service out in the Nativity Gardens behind the church.

Service Guidelines are available here.

Masks are not required, but with the current surge in COVID cases we do strongly recommend that you wear a high-quality medical mask for in-person attendance.

You can join the service, live or later, via YouTube. The live-stream will begin at 9:45 am, and the service itself will begin at 10 am. You’ll be able to watch or re-watch it on YouTube at the same link at any later time.

You can find the order of service here. It includes the readings, the responses, and the hymns, so you can join in as fully as possible via the live-stream.

In the first reading from the letter to the Hebrews, we’re reminded of the importance of love and hospitality–and of God’s never-failing support as we seek to share God’s love with all other people (Hebrews 13.1–8, 15–16).

The Poor invited to the feast – Luke 14:15-24

In the gospel, we hear Jesus challenging societal norms and inviting us to live into God’s way of being (Luke 14.1, 7–14).

Sundays and Seasons offers this brief but powerful summary of this week’s readings:

Invited and inviting—that is the nature of the church. By God’s grace in holy baptism we have a place at Christ’s banquet table. When, by the power of that same Spirit, humility and mutual love continue among us, the church can be more inviting still.

And if you want a hint about what might be part of this Sunday’s homily? Well, maybe take a look at this clip…

Sunday, 21 August 2022

All are welcome to attend in-person services. Entry is from the main doors on King Street East. Weather-permitting, coffee hour follows the ten o’clock service out in the Nativity Gardens behind the church.

Service Guidelines are available here.

Masks are not required, but with the current surge in COVID cases we do strongly recommend that you wear a high-quality medical mask for in-person attendance.

You can join the service, live or later, via YouTube. The live-stream will begin at 9:45 am, and the service itself will begin at 10 am. You’ll be able to watch or re-watch it on YouTube at the same link at any later time.

You can find the order of service here. It includes the readings, the responses, and the hymns, so you can join in as fully as possible via the live-stream.

Sunday, 14 August 2022

All are welcome to attend in-person services. Entry is from the main doors on King Street East. Weather-permitting, coffee hour follows the ten o’clock service out in the Nativity Gardens behind the church.

Service Guidelines are available here.

Masks are not required, but with the current surge in COVID cases we do strongly recommend that you wear a high-quality medical mask for in-person attendance.

Unfortunately, we had technical issues with sound and we were unable to live-stream this service. You can still read through the order of service here. It includes the readings, the responses, and the hymn texts.

Dante Gabriel Rossetti's Ecce Ancilla Domine is a depiction of the Annunciation of our Lord to Saint Mary the Virgin. She cowers on her bed, eyes fixed on the lilies in the angel's hand as he floats above her bedroom floor with feet of fire as he informs her that she has been chosen to bring Jesus into the world.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s depiction of the Annunciation, Ecce Ancilla Domine

This Sunday the Nativity will keep the feast of Saint Mary the Virgin. It’s a Holy Day that has slightly different names and emphases in different traditions. Our Roman Catholic siblings celebrate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary; our Orthodox relations, the Dormition of the Blessed Virgin Mary (closest to our old name, ‘the Falling Asleep of the Blessed Virgin Mary’); Lutherans, Mary the Mother of our Lord. We have many different ways of thinking about Mary, but all alike are drawn to her saying yes to God, to her praise of God’s actions of scattering the proud, lifting up the lowly, and feeding the hungry—as we are invited to say yes and join in God’s work in the world.

Sunday, August 7 – Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

All are welcome to attend in-person services. Entry is from the main doors on King Street East. Weather-permitting, coffee hour follows the ten o’clock service out in the Nativity Gardens behind the church.

Service Guidelines are available here.

Masks are not required, but with the current surge in COVID cases we do strongly recommend that you wear a high-quality medical mask for in-person attendance.

You can join the service, live or later, via YouTube. The live-stream will begin at 9:45 am, and the service itself will begin at 10 am. You’ll be able to watch or re-watch it on YouTube at the same link at any later time.

You can find the order of service here. It includes the readings, the responses, and the hymns, so you can join in as fully as possible via the live-stream.

Monica preaching on Passion Sunday. (Photo credit: William Pleydon)

Sunday’s service will also honour Monica Romig Green, on her final Sunday with us. We’ve been blessed by her presence as our Theological Intern throughout this year. She’s formed strong bonds with many in the Nativity community; we’ve enjoyed her preaching and her liturgical leadership. The Wednesday Midweek Eucharistic community was deeply nourished by her leading them through a variety of different styles of prayer. Monica’s next placement during the week will include school chaplaincy, and she’ll be with another parish community on Sundays to give her more experience of the breadth of life in the Diocese of Niagara. We’ll take a moment to wish her well in her journey toward the end of the service.

Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” (1889)

The letter to the Hebrews reminds the listeners not just of what faith is, but of the new home we are given through it by God. (Hebrews 11.1–3, 8–16)

In the gospel, we’ll hear Jesus encouraging disciples to invest their hearts and live fully into God’s reign–and to be ready even in the middle of the night for God’s invitation. (Luke 12.32–40)

Sunday, July 31 2022 – Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

All are welcome to attend in-person services. Entry is from the main doors on King Street East. Weather-permitting, coffee hour follows the ten o’clock service out in the Nativity Gardens behind the church.

Service Guidelines are available here.

Masks are not required, but with the current surge in COVID cases we do strongly recommend that you wear a high-quality medical mask for in-person attendance.

You can join the service, live or later, via YouTube. The live-stream will begin at 9:45 am, and the service itself will begin at 10 am. You’ll be able to watch or re-watch it on YouTube at the same link at any later time.

Keep this order of service handy! In it, you’ll find the readings, the responses, and the hymns–all so you can join in as fully as possible from afar.

In the first reading, we’ll hear about how we have been clothed with Christ and gathered into God’s presence. (Colossians 3.1-11); in the gospel we’ll hear Jesus warning us to be rich toward God instead of storing up treasure for ourselves (Luke 12.13-21).

Sunday, July 24th – Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

All are welcome to attend in-person services. Entry is from the main doors on King Street East. Weather-permitting, coffee hour follows the ten o’clock service out in the Nativity Gardens behind the church.

Service Guidelines are available here.

Masks are not required, but with the current surge in COVID cases we do strongly recommend that you wear a high-quality medical mask for in-person attendance.

You can join the service, live or later, via YouTube. The live-stream will begin at 9:45 am, and the service itself will begin at 10 am. You’ll be able to watch or re-watch it on YouTube at the same link at any later time.

Keep this order of service handy! In it, you’ll find the readings, the responses, and the hymns–all so you can join in as fully as possible from afar.

The first reading this week is from the letter to the Colossians. Colossae was a city in the Roman province of Phrygia Pacatiana, and a significant city in Anatolia (modern Türkiye). The followers of Jesus in Colossae are encouraged to know that because they were buried with Christ in baptism, they are raised with him through faith. (Colossians 2.6–19)

The Courtyards of the Church of the Pater Noster, built on the location where Jesus is said to have taught the disciples the prayer we call “the Lord’s Prayer.”

This Sunday’s gospel passage begins with Jesus’s disciples asking him to teach them to pray–and him sharing the familiar words of what we now refer to as the Lord’s Prayer. Jesus goes on to reassure them that they will be heard as they continue to pray, and that God’s love will protect and care for them. (Luke 11.1–13)

Here are pictures of some of the plaques from around the Church of the Pater Noster, built on the Mount of Olives where Jesus is said to have taught the disciples to pray. They ones here–a small fraction of all the plaques at the church!–record the Lord’s Prayer in English, Greek, Latin, Cree, Ojibwe, Welsh, and German.