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Sunday, 5 February – 5th Sunday after the Epiphany

We strongly encourage you to wear a high-quality medical mask for in person attendance at worship. Although not required, this advice comes from the provincial Chief Medical Officer of Health and Hamilton’s Medical Officer of Health, and from diocesan guidelines. Wearing a mask while indoors in public is the best way to protect yourself and others.

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

The order of service is available here. It includes the readings, all the responses, and the words of the hymns, to help you join in as fully as possible via the live-stream.

This Sunday is the Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany. Sundays and Seasons offers this reflection on the readings we’ll hear:

Light shines in the darkness for the upright, the psalmist sings. Isaiah declares that when we loose the bonds of injustice and share our bread with the hungry, the light breaks forth like the dawn. In another passage from the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus, the light of the world, calls his followers to let the light of their good works shine before others. Through baptism we are sent into the world to shine with the light of Christ.

Sunday, 29 January 2023 – 4th Sunday after the Epiphany

We strongly encourage you to wear a high-quality medical mask for in person attendance at worship. Although not required, this advice comes from the provincial Chief Medical Officer of Health and Hamilton’s Medical Officer of Health, and from diocesan guidelines. Wearing a mask while indoors in public is the best way to protect yourself and others.

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

The order of service is available here. It includes the readings, all the responses, and the words of the hymns, to help you join in as fully as possible via the live-stream.

A photograph of the plainchant musical setting for Sunday’s gospel, as displayed in the Church of the Beatitudes, located on the Mount of Beatitudes by the Sea of Galilee where Jesus is said to have taught the ‘sermon on the mount.’ The photograph is courtesy of the rector.

This Sunday is the Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany. Sundays and Seasons offers this reflection on the readings we’ll hear:

Who are the blessed ones of God? For Micah, they are those who do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God. For Paul, they are the ones who find wisdom in the weakness of the cross. For Jesus, they are the poor, the meek, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers, those who mourn, and those who hunger for righteousness. In baptism we find our blessed identity and calling in this countercultural way of living and serving.

Sunday, January 22, 2023 – Third Sunday after the Epiphany

We strongly encourage you to wear a high-quality medical mask for in person attendance at worship. Although not required, this advice comes from the provincial Chief Medical Officer of Health and Hamilton’s Medical Officer of Health, and from diocesan guidelines. Wearing a mask while indoors in public is the best way to protect yourself and others.

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

The order of service is available here. It includes the readings, all the responses, and the words of the hymns, to help you join in as fully as possible via the live-stream.

This Sunday is the Third Sunday after the Epiphany. Sundays and Seasons offers this reflection on the readings we’ll hear:

Jesus begins his public ministry by calling fishers to leave their nets and follow him. In Jesus the kingdom of God has come near. We who have walked in darkness have seen a great light. We see this light most profoundly in the cross—as God suffers with us and all who are oppressed by sickness, sin, or evil. Light dawns for us as we gather around the word, the font, and the holy table. We are then sent to share the good news that others may be “caught” in the net of God’s grace and mercy.

Sunday, January 15, 2023 – Second Sunday after the Epiphany

We strongly encourage you to wear a high-quality medical mask for in person attendance at worship. Although not required, this advice comes from the provincial Chief Medical Officer of Health and Hamilton’s Medical Officer of Health, and from diocesan guidelines. Wearing a mask while indoors in public is the best way to protect yourself and others.

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

The order of service is available here. It includes the readings, all the responses, and the words of the hymns, to help you join in as fully as possible via the live-stream.

This Sunday is the Second Sunday after the Epiphany. Sundays and Seasons offers this reflection on the gospel we’ll hear:

Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland, CA

Today’s gospel opens with further reflection on Jesus’ baptism. He is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world and the one anointed by the Spirit. In the liturgy we come and see Christ revealed among us in word and meal. We go forth to invite others to come and worship the Holy One and to receive the gifts of grace and peace made known among us.

Sunday, January 8, 2023 – Three Theophanies!

Following the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health of Ontario and diocesan guidelines, we strongly encourage you to 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 words of the hymns, so you can join in as fully as possible via the live-stream.

This Sunday, we’re keeping three feasts in one day! We’ll remember the wise men from the East arriving to pay homage to Jesus after following his star — the feast of the Epiphany. We’ll remember his parents taking him to the temple, forty days after his birth, and the prophets Simeon & Anna marvelling to meet the Messiah — the feast of the Presentation. And we’ll remember Jesus going out to John by the Jordan, and the Spirit descending on Jesus like a dove when he comes up out of the river — the feast of the Baptism of Jesus.

Each of these moments is a special kind of an epiphany, a theophany: God showing God’s self to us, making God known in Jesus. And God continues to make God’s self known through us and all of the remarkable work God is up to in the world around us–so we’ll sing and rejoice and pray that we would be open to noticing God even when we’re not expecting a divine encounter.

Sunday, January 1, 2023

Following the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health of Ontario and diocesan guidelines, we strongly encourage you to 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 words of the hymns, so you can join in as fully as possible via the live-stream.

Christmas Eve at 8 pm — December 24th, 2022

Following the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health of Ontario and diocesan guidelines, we strongly encourage you to 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 7:45 pm, and the service itself will begin at 8 pm. 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 words of the hymns, so you can join in as fully as possible via the live-stream.

Sing familiar carols and enter the joy of Christmas as we rejoice that God makes us God’s own home! Jesus is born, Alleluia!

Christmas Eve at 4 pm – December 24th

Following the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health of Ontario and diocesan guidelines, we strongly encourage you to 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 3:45 pm, and the service itself will begin at 4pm. 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 words of the hymns, so you can join in as fully as possible via the live-stream.

Instead of a homily at the 4 o’clock service, we’ll unwrap the joy of Christmas as we remember the story of what God is up to in the world and set the crèche.

We’ll celebrate the Eucharist, sing carols, and rejoice together: Jesus, the Light of the World, is born!

Christmas Songs & Stories

A Christmas tree--whose greenery is musical staff, whose base is a treble clef, and whose ornaments are musical notes.

Join in singing Christmas Carols, hear the Christmas story, enjoy special anthems from the choir and musical treats from some parishioners, and keep the kleenex handy for a special Christmas-themed story!

Christmas Songs and Stories will be streamed to YouTube at 3 o’clock on December 18th, and you can join in via live-stream either then or later. If you’re coming in person, you won’t want to miss out on the refreshments after the service, so we suggest getting here early to snag a great pew and to enjoy an incredible afternoon!

A copy of the booklet for this afternoon’s celebration is available here.

Sunday, 18 December – 4th Sunday of Advent

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Following the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health of Ontario and diocesan guidelines, we strongly encourage you to 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 words of the hymns, so you can join in as fully as possible via the live-stream.

Sundays and Seasons offers this reflection on this Sunday’s readings:

Today Isaiah prophesies that a young woman will bear a son and name him Emmanuel. The gospel is Matthew’s account of the annunciation and birth of the one named Emmanuel, God-with-us. During these final days of Advent we pray, “O come, O come, Emmanuel,” a beloved hymn based on the O Antiphons, ancient prayers appointed for the seven days preceding Christmas. On this final Sunday of Advent we prepare to celebrate the birth of the one born to save us from the power of sin and death.