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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, 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, 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.

Sunday, July 17 — Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

All are welcome to attend in-person services. Entry to the building is solely from the main doors on King Street East. Weather permitting, coffee hour will follow the ten o’clock service in the Nativity Gardens. Masks are not required, but with the current surge in COVID cases we do highly recommend that you wear a high-quality medical-mask for services.

Service Guidelines have changed; learn more here.

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.

A photo of a basket filled with fruits and berries.
Photo courtesy Sarah Barker: “Fruit Basket” (used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

The first reading this week is from the prophet Amos. It’s a great passage, showing him at his doom-iest and gloom-iest, while simultaneously showing him sharing God’s thirst for justice and care for those who are impoverished and oppressed–and all by describing a basket of summer fruit (Amos 8.1–12).

Mary sits listening to Jesus, while her sister Martha works away.
Martha and Mary – Luke 10:38-42

The gospel passage is a brief and powerful description of Martha being concerned that her sister isn’t helping her with her work–and Jesus helping her re-frame and re-direct her attention. (Luke 10.38–42).

Sunday, July 10 – Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

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

Service Guidelines have changed; learn more here.

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.

The first reading this Sunday describes a vision of a plumb line judging the people. (Amos 7.7–17)

A merciful Samaritan assists a man who has been beaten and robbed, as a priest and a Levite pass by in the distance
The Merciful Samaritan – Luke 10:25-37

In the gospel reading, we hear a familiar and still challenging story Jesus tells when he’s asked, “And who is my neighbour?,”–the parable of the merciful Samaritan. (Luke 10.25–37)

Sunday, July 3 – 4th Sunday after Pentecost, with Prayers for Canada Day

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

Service Guidelines have changed; learn more here.

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.

The first reading describes the prophet Elisha giving God’s healing to a foreign leader–even if it’s not quite the way that Naaman was expecting help! (2 Kings 5.1–14).

Russian Icon of the Sending of the Seventy
Icon of the Synaxis of the Seventy

The gospel reading describes Jesus sending the seventy to share the good news about God’s reign coming near, and their experience of sharing God’s power with those they served (Luke 10.1–11, 16–20).

Sunday, June 26 – Third Sunday after Pentecost

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

Service Guidelines have changed; learn more here.

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.

The first reading this Sunday describes the departure of the prophet Elijah, and him being succeeded by his disciple, the prophet Elisha. (2 Kings 2.1–2, 6–14)

In the gospel reading, we’ll hear about the challenges of discipleship and the focus God invites us to–and the freedom we can know in following. (Luke 9.51–62).

Sunday, June 19 – Second Sunday after Pentecost

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

Service Guidelines have changed; learn more here.

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.

This Sunday is the Second Sunday after Pentecost. In the first reading, we’ll hear about the prophet Elijah fearing for his life, and encountering God in an unexpected way (1 Kings 19.1-15a). In the gospel passage, we’ll hear about Jesus casting out demons possessing a man of the Gerasenes–a place on the eastern side of the Sea of Galilee toward the Golan Heights (Luke 8.26–39).