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Sunday, June 5 – Pentecost Sunday

All are welcome to attend in-person services, without per-registration. Entry to the building is solely from the main doors on King Street East.

Everyone–without exception–must wear a mask properly at all times while inside the building.

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 10am. You’ll still be able to watch or re-watch it on YouTube at the same link any time thereafter.

Keep this order of service handy! It has the readings, the responses, and hymn texts–so you can join in as fully as possible from afar.

Jesus Mafa image of the coming of the Holy Spirit as described in Acts 2.
Pentecost – Acts 2:1-4

This Sunday is the feast of Pentecost–the fiftieth and final day of Easter! Sundays and Seasons reminds us

On Pentecost, we celebrate that we have been given an Advocate to accompany us. Poured out in wind and fire, water, wine, and bread, the Holy Spirit abides in and among us. We give thanks that God speaks to each of us, no matter our origins, language, or life path. Filled with the Spirit of truth, we go out from worship to proclaim the saving power of Christ’s love and the freedom of God’s grace with all the world.

A pen & ink sketch of a dove embracing the world.

In the first reading, we hear of the descent of the Holy Spirit–chaos ensues with signs of fire, wind, and myriad languages, before Peter makes sense of what is happening and what the gift of the Spirit means for the followers of the way. (Acts 2.1–21)

In the gospel passage, although the disciples struggle with just who Jesus is, they’re promised that they are part of God’s mission–and that Jesus will send the Holy Spirit, the Advocate, to strengthen and enlighten them. (John 14.8–17)

At this service, we’ll welcome two young people into the Body of Christ through the sacrament of baptism, and renew our baptismal covenant.

Sunday, May 29 – Seventh Sunday of Easter

All are welcome to attend in-person services. We no longer need attendees to preregister, and you will be able to choose where to sit. One side of the church still has some pews blocked off to support those who need to maintain physical distancing. All entry to the building is from the King Street East main doors.

Everyone–without exception–must wear a mask properly at all times while inside the building.

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 10am. You’ll still be able to watch or re-watch it on YouTube at the same link any time thereafter.

Keep this order of service handy! It has the readings, the responses, and hymn texts–so you can join in as fully as possible from afar.

It’s the Church’s penultimate Sunday in the Great Fifty Days of Easter! In the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles, Paul casts out a spirit from an enslaved woman–ruining the chance to make money for those who enslaved her. They have him and his companions flogged and imprisoned–only for this moment, too, to turn into an opportunity for the jailer and his household to come to know Jesus. (Acts 16.16–34)

The second reading brings us to the end of the Revelation to John, and with it the reminder that God’s love and desire to hold us close has been from before time and will be for ever. Jesus testifies to welcome us into the fullness of God’s presence. (Revelation 022.12–14, 16–17, 20–21)

The gospel pericope is an excerpt from a moving prayer Jesus offers as part of the Farewell Discourse (the speech Jesus shares with his disciples after the conclusion of the Last Supper). In it, Jesus desires above all that the disciples may be part of the unity of God and God’s love, as he sends them to continue his work in the world. (John 17.20–26)

Sunday, May 22 – Sixth Sunday of Easter

All are welcome to attend in-person services. We no longer need attendees to preregister, and you will be able to choose where to sit. One side of the church still has some pews blocked off to support those who need to maintain physical distancing. All entry to the building is from the King Street East main doors.

Everyone–without exception–must wear a mask properly at all times while inside the building.

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 10am. You’ll still be able to watch or re-watch it on YouTube at the same link any time thereafter.

Keep this order of service handy! It has the readings, the responses, and hymn texts–so you can join in as fully as possible from afar.

Celtic Tree of Life

In our first reading, we hear about Lydia and her family being baptized by Paul. (Acts 16.9–15)

Our second readings is from the Revelation to St. John. John’s vision describes to us the New Jerusalem coming out of heaven. Unlike the earthly Jerusalem, it has no temple where people will go to pray and know God’s home–but instead God’s own presence replaces the temple! This is a transformed life, where all light is provided by God’s glory; this is a renewed world, remade in Christ, with the tree of life providing fruit for all and leaves that give healing. (Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5) (You’ll also notice that language in the Eucharistic Prayer we use throughout the Fifty Days of Easter directly quotes from this passage!)

Today’s gospel pericope describes the healing God brings: not just healing waters, but God’s presence restoring fullness of life to one who can barely remember what it looks like, one who is alone and bereft. We’re reminded that the sabbath is a gift for fuller life: a healing and creative time that brings us closer to God. (John 5.1–9)

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

Visions abound in the readings for the sixth Sunday of Easter. Paul has a vision about what to do. John has a vision of what will be. Jesus provides visions of peace that surpasses human understanding and power beyond human imagination.

Sunday, May 15th — Fifth Sunday of Easter

All are welcome to attend in-person services. We no longer need attendees to preregister, and you will be able to choose where to sit. One side of the church still has some pews blocked off to support those who need to maintain physical distancing. All entry to the building is from the King Street East main doors.

Everyone–without exception–must wear a mask properly at all times while inside the building.

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 10am. You’ll still be able to watch or re-watch it on YouTube at the same link any time thereafter.

Keep this order of service handy! It has the readings, the responses, and hymn texts–so you can join in as fully as possible from afar.

Peter’s vision as described in Acts 11.

In our first reading, Peter reports to the Church in Jerusalem about his baptism of non-Jewish believers. He shares a vision given to him by God that God’s intention to love Gentiles as well as Jews is revealed in Jesus’ testimony. This vision leads to the authorizing of the mission to the Gentiles. (Acts 11.1–18)

Our second readings is from the Revelation to St. John. John’s vision shows us that in the resurrection the new age has dawned; God dwells with us already. We wait for the time when the tears that cloud our vision will be wiped away. Then we will see the new heaven, new earth, and new Jerusalem. (Revelation 21.1–6)

Today’s gospel pericope takes us back to Maundy Thursday. After washing the disciples’ feet, predicting his betrayal, and then revealing his betrayer, Jesus speaks of his glorification on the cross. This deep complicated love of Jesus, even to death on the cross, will be the distinctive mark of Jesus’ community. (John 13.31–35)

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

Easter initiates a new day. It anticipates a new heaven and a new earth. The risen Christ is making all things new. In the mystery of holy baptism God has made new people of us. Today Jesus invites us to see everyone in a new light—through the lens of love.

Sunday, May 8th — Fourth Sunday of Easter

All are welcome to attend in-person services. We no longer need attendees to preregister, and you will be able to choose where to sit. One side of the church still has some pews blocked off to support those who need to maintain physical distancing. All entry to the building is from the King Street East main doors.

Everyone–without exception–must wear a mask properly at all times while inside the building.

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 10am. You’ll still be able to watch or re-watch it on YouTube at the same link any time thereafter.

Keep this order of service handy! It has the readings, the responses, and hymn texts–so you can join in as fully as possible from afar.

Coptic Icon of Christ the Good Shepherd: Jesus holds a pastoral staff in his left hand, and carries a small lamb with his right arm.

The Fourth Sunday of Easter is often called Good Shepherd Sunday. In each of the three years of the lectionary cycle, we hear a passage from the tenth chapter of John’s gospel (the discourse in which Jesus identifies himself as the Good Shepherd). We also always join in the familiar words of Psalm 23.

This year we’ll hear the promise Jesus makes of eternal life to his sheep (John 10.22-30).

We’ll also hear the moving story about the death of the disciple Tabitha (also called Dorcas), and how Peter raises her from the dead (Acts 9.36-43).

Coat of Arms of the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario.
Coat of Arms of the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario

In Anglican circles, this Sunday is also often called Vocations Sunday. Our metropolitan Archbishop Anne Germond has asked us and all Anglicans in the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario to pray for vocations. She writes:

We believe that all are called to serve God according to the gifts God has given them for their particular context and we give thanks for the ministry of the baptized, praying that on Good Shepherd Sunday we will hear God’s call on our hearts in a fresh new way.

God also calls people to serve in a particular way through ordered ministry in the church. This invitation to prayer comes at a key moment in our church and in the province as we move beyond the pandemic in a changing world and church.

https://www.province-ontario.anglican.ca/_files/ugd/5893ce_d867cd14ccb74ae998e3586a6a7b355f.pdf

We join in praying:
Almighty God,
by your grace alone
we are accepted and called to your service.
Strengthen us by your Holy Spirit
and make us worthy of our calling;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Sunday, May 1 – Third Sunday of Easter

All are welcome to attend in-person services. We no longer need attendees to preregister, and you will be able to choose where to sit. One side of the church still has some pews blocked off to support those who need to maintain physical distancing. All entry to the building is from the King Street East main doors.

Everyone–without exception–must wear a mask properly at all times while inside the building.

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 10am. You’ll still be able to watch or rewatch it on YouTube at the same link any time thereafter.

Keep the order of service handy! It has the readings, the responses, and hymn texts–so you can join in as fully as possible from afar.

Line drawing of Jesus grilling fish over a fire.

On the Third Sunday of Easter, we hear from the Acts of the Apostles about Paul’s dramatic conversion, baptism, and preaching. (Acts 9.1–20) And in John’s gospel, we hear about Jesus appearing to the disciples (John 21.1–19) by the shore while they’re out fishing, and then sharing in a breakfast of grilled fish and in conversation. In both, we hear about the dangers–both real and perceived–that are a part of following Jesus. We are also reminded that God will keep inviting us into this life, that God will seek after us and pursue us as God constantly longs to draw us close and to share God’s risen life with others.

Here’s what Sundays and Seasons writes about this week’s readings:

The disciples make a big splash and eat breakfast with the risen Jesus. Wading in the water (remembering baptism) and eating with Jesus (celebrating holy communion) is our weekly encounter with the risen Christ. Jesus asks us again and again: Do you love me? And Jesus invites us, again and again, to follow him, bringing the Easter life to others.

Sunday, April 24th

All are welcome to attend in-person services. We no longer need attendees to preregister, and you will be able to choose where to sit. One side of the church still has some pews blocked off to support those who need to maintain physical distancing. All entry to the building is from the King Street East main doors.

Everyone–without exception–must wear a mask properly at all times while inside the building.

You can join the service, live or later, via YouTube. The live-stream will begin at 10 am, and the service will remain viewable on YouTube thereafter.


You’re encouraged to keep the order of service handy: it has responses and hymn texts so you can join in as fully as possible from afar.

Easter Day Eucharist – April 17, 2022

All are welcome to attend in-person services. We no longer need attendees to preregister, and you will be able to choose where to sit. One side of the church still has some pews blocked off to support those who need to maintain physical distancing. All entry to the building is from the King Street East main doors.

Everyone–without exception–must wear a mask properly at all times while inside the building.

You can join the service, live or later, via YouTube. The live-stream will begin at 10 am, and the service will remain viewable on YouTube thereafter.

You’re encouraged to keep the order of service handy: it has responses and hymn texts so you can join in as fully as possible from afar.

Alleluia, alleluia! Christ is risen!
The Lord is risen indeed, alleluia, alleluia!

Easter – John 20:10-18

The women make their way to the tomb in their grief, only to find it empty, to be told that he is risen! God is doing something new indeed: breaking death’s chains, raising Jesus to new life, and us with him.

We celebrate Christ bursting the bonds of death, and the women sharing the good news with eleven and all the rest! We marvel at the awesome power of God’s love, triumphant. Happy Easter! Χριστὸς ἀνέστη! – Ἀληθῶς ἀνέστη!