Sunday Prayers – January 16, 2022

Coptic Icon of the Wedding at Cana

Due to the wide-spread community transmission of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, our worship services are currently only online. We encourage you to limit the number of people you encounter, and to get the vaccinations and boosters that are available to you: keep yourself as safe as possible, and strive to protect others!
Ethiopian Icon of the Baptism of Jesus

You can join in our Sunday service, live or later, via YouTube. The stream will begin at about 9:45 with a welcome and some prelude music; the service will begin at 10 am.

To make it easier to join in the responses and to sing along with the hymn of the day, make sure you have the order of service handy.

A large stone water jar for the rite of purification. Photo courtesy L. Griffin.

Last week we invited you to have some water handy as we renewed our baptismal covenant; we’ll leave it up to you to be inspired by today’s readings. On this second Sunday after the Epiphany, we’ll hear Paul teaching the followers of Jesus in Corinth about spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12.1-11) and we’ll hear about the first sign Jesus performs, at a wedding in Cana (John 2.1-11).

Here’s Sundays and Seasons‘ introduction to this week’s readings:

The Sundays after Epiphany continue to celebrate the revelation of God’s glory to us as it was made known to the magi and to those on Jordan’s banks at Jesus’ baptism—today using wedding imagery. Our God rejoices over God’s people as those being married rejoice over one another. By the power of the Spirit there are gifts galore for everyone. In Christ Jesus the best wine is saved for last. Taste and see.

Here’s a direct link to Sunday’s live-streamed worship.

Sunday Prayers – January 9, 2021

Due to the wide-spread community transmission of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, our worship services are currently only online. We encourage you to limit the number of people you encounter, and to get the vaccinations and boosters that are available to you: keep yourself as safe as possible, and strive to protect others!

Ethiopian Icon of the Baptism of Jesus

You can join in our Sunday service, live or later, via YouTube. The stream will begin at about 9:45 with a welcome and some prelude music; the service will begin at 10 am.

To make it easier to join in the responses and to sing along with the hymn of the day, make sure you have the order of service handy!

We also encourage you to have a small bowl of water with you this week. This is the first Sunday after the Epiphany, and we commemorate the Baptism of Jesus. It’s a continuing of the making known of Jesus coming into the world, and the beginning of his public ministry. Here’s what Sundays and Seasons offers about the day and its readings.

Today’s festival rejoices in God’s blessings. We recall and celebrate our adoption as God’s children, the gift of the Holy Spirit, and the promised company of almighty God when we “pass through the waters . . . the rivers . . . fire.” On this day the heavens open again for this assembly, and we receive the gift of God’s Beloved, Jesus, in bread and wine.

Sunday Prayers – January 2nd, 2022

As the new calendar year begins, we are not gathering in-person. If you haven’t yet been vaccinated, please make that a priority–and if you have, please get your booster as soon as you can!

You can join in our Sunday service, live or later, via YouTube. The stream will begin at about 9:45 with a welcome and some prelude music from Peter; the service will begin at 10 am.

To make it easier to join in the responses and sing along with the hymn of the day, make sure you have the order of service handy!

Star

We’ll be observing the Feast of the Epiphany.

We are four days early–the feast itself is January 6th–but the church calendar has us anticipate it on the Sunday beforehand, so that churches around the world can join in recalling the Baptism of Jesus together on the first Sunday after the Epiphany next week.

Two Kings' cakes, colourfully decorated with pink, yellow, and green sprinkles.

Christmas continues…

There are lots of traditions associated with this feast. Covid keeps us from enjoying one of the tastiest together, but if you’re feeling inspired, here’s a link to the recipe that Matthew uses to make Kings’ Cake for Coffee Hour.

At the feast of the Epiphany, we celebrate that God’s glory is revealed to all the world and all its peoples. Sundays and Seasons movingly observes:

In Isaiah and Ephesians, that glory is proclaimed for all nations and people. Like the light of the star that guided the magi to Jesus, the light of Christ reveals who we are: children of God who are claimed and washed in the waters of baptism. We are sent out to be beacons of the light of Christ, sharing the good news of God’s love to all people.

Christmas Eve Service

Although we cannot gather for in-person worship as we had hoped, nevertheless we can come together from our various homes to join in singing carols, praying, and proclaiming the birth of Jesus!

You can join the Christmas Eve live-stream at any time from 3:45 on Christmas Eve onwards! Peter will offer prelude music, and the service will start at 4–but if you’re used to coming to the later service, you can join in then instead: whatever works for you.

You can join the live-stream of the Christmas Eve service here.

The order of service is available here. The great thing about Christmas Carols being in the public domain means that we were able to include all the words to the carols in the order of service.

A very happy and joy-filled Christmas to you!

Sunday, December 19 – Advent 4

We had a mishap this Sunday with our live-streaming. You can hear the welcome, and then most of our music director offering musical preludes at this video.

For the actual service, you’ll need to go to this video.

The order of service is available here to enable you to follow along and join in the congregational responses.

We apologize for the inconvenience we have caused.

Sunday, December 12 – Advent 3 – Rejoice!

Join the live-stream of the Nativity’s 10:00 Eucharist this Sunday! The stream will go live at about 9:45 with a welcome and territorial acknowledgement, and our Director of Music will offer about 15 minutes of music to help us pray. The service itself will begin at 10. If you’re not able to join in live, you can always do so at a later time using the same link!

The order of service is available here to enable you to follow along and join in the congregational responses.

The third Sunday of Advent is a moment of light-ening in the darkness. It’s traditionally called Gaudete Sunday (from the beginning of the introit–the first part of the service–for the day: “Gaudete in Domino semper“, or, in English: “Rejoice in the Lord always”). We’ll use rose coloured vestments, and light the rose-coloured candle in the Advent Wreath.

We’ll hear the great promise God makes through the prophet Zephaniah that we should sing and rejoice as God changes shame into praise and delight (3.14-20). Together we’ll proclaim the canticle from Isaiah of trusting in God with joy. And we’ll hear the invitation that John offers to the people of Israel who come out to be baptised, to bear fruits worthy of repentance (Luke 3.7-18).

Sundays and Seasons offers this reflection on the day’s readings:

Christ’s presence in our midst in the wonder of the holy supper is cause for singing. The nearness of the God in prayer, in every circumstance, is cause for rejoicing. The coming of one “more powerful” than John, even with a winnowing fork in hand, is good news—and cause for exultation—for us who are being saved. Great joy is the tone for the third Sunday of Advent.

Sunday, December 5 – Advent II

The Nativity will live-stream our 10:00 Eucharist this Sunday. The stream will go live at about 9:45 with a welcome and territorial acknowledgement, and our Director of Music will offer about 15 minutes of music to help us pray. The service itself will begin at 10. If you’re not able to join in live, you can always do so at a later time using the same link!

The order of service is available here to enable you to join in the congregational responses.

On the second Sunday of Advent this year we’ll hear from one of the Apocryphal books of the Bible! The prophet Baruch speaks to God’s people while exiled in Babylon, promising that every high mountain will be made low and the valleys filled to make level ground–a promise of new beginnings and joy and a new future. (Baruch 5.1-9). We’ll join together in praying Zechariah’s expression of joy, the Benedictus, that revels in what God has done and what God is doing (Luke 1.68-79). And in the gospel, we’ll hear about the beginnings of the ministry of John the Baptiser, who promises that “all flesh will see the salvation of our God (Luke 3.1-6).

First Sunday of Advent – 28 November 2021

Our Eucharist at 10 am will be live-streamed to YouTube.

The stream will begin at about 9:45 with a welcome, and then there will be about fifteen minutes of prelude music. The service will begin at 10 am. You can also take part in the service at a later time.

The order of service is available here.

We’ll hear the promise God makes through the prophet Jeremiah to bring a new future to God’s people. (Jeremiah 33.14-16), and respond to it with words from Psalm 25 that help us to trust in God’s promise (Psalm 25.1-10). Our new Church year begins with Jesus speaking of how we will know that God’s reign draws near and that the Son of Man is coming (Luke 21.25-36).

Sundays and Seasons offers the following reflection about this Sunday:

Advent is about the “coming days.” God’s people have always lived in great expectation, but that expectation finds specific, repeated enunciation in the texts appointed for these four weeks. The ancients anticipated a “righteous Branch to spring up for David.” The Thessalonians awaited “the coming of our Lord Jesus with all the saints.” Jesus’ contemporaries hoped for the time “to stand before the Son of Man.” With them we eagerly await the coming days: another Christmas celebration, a second coming, and the advent of Christ in word and supper.