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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!