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Readings and prayers for Sunday 17 September and the following week: 

We pray for Anna, our bishop, and Allen, our rector.  In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for the people of St Peter & St Paul, Esquimalt, and their incumbent, Gail Rodger;  in our ecclesiastical province, we pray for the clergy and people  of the Diocese of Yukon and Bishop Lesley Wheeler-Dame.

In the Anglican Church of Canada cycle of prayer, we pray for the Provincial Synod of the Ecclesiastical Province of British Columbia and Yukon. .

 During this Season of Creation we pray for a renewed commitment to a healthy relationship with  the Earth.

In the Anglican Council of Indigenous People cycle of prayer, we pray for Indigenous Archbishop Chris Harper and  for mothers and grandmothers who suffered through the absence of their children away at residential schools.

In the Anglican Communion cycle of prayer, we pray for The Church of the Province of the Indian Ocean.

Collect:   Lord of the deep waters, you call us from the safety of the shore to an adventure of the Spirit: open wide our arms to embrace the world you dare us to serve; through Jesus Christ your living Word Amen.
(Prayers for an Inclusive Church (2009))

Anglican Communion Cycle of Prayer for the week:

  • Mon Sept 18 The Diocese of Abyei – Province of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan
  • Tues Sept 19 The Diocese of Accra – The Church of the Province of West Africa
  • Wed Sept 20 The Diocese of Adelaide – The Anglican Church of Australia
  • Thurs Sept 21 The Diocese of Afikpo – The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion)
  • Fri Sept 22 The Diocese of North Africa – The Episcopal / Anglican Province of Alexandria
  • Sat Sept 23 The Diocese of Agra – The Church of North India (United)

BIBLE READINGS FOR THE WEEK - click links for full text of readings for that day

Sunday September 17th 2023 , Pentecost 16 (Proper 24)  Exodus 14:19-31 and Psalm 114 •  Romans 14:1-12  •  Matthew 18:21-35

"After Pentecost during Ordinary Time, there are two sets of Hebrew Bible readings. One set progresses semi-continuously through the Patriarchal/Exodus narratives (Year A), the Monarchial narratives (Year B), and the Prophets (Year C). The other set is related thematically, or is complementary, to the gospel lections for those dates. The Hebrew Bible lections during the rest of the year are thematically related to the gospel lections, which are in turn connected to the seasons of the Church Year. Additional readings are provided for special feast days." Daily readings below are from the Complementary thread, related to the weekly Sunday Gospel lection and sermonSource