12th Sunday after Pentecost - August 23, 2020

Welcome to our Service (click here for the service video)

Please join us here at 10:00am Sunday morning when the service becomes 'live'.
Many thanks to everyone who continues to donate through the Diocesan Electronic Collection Plate or Canada Helps (see more information on how to give here.)
Please note that we can also receive cheques through the mail chute at All Saints.

Click here for instructions for making use of closed captioning with the service.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS to Surge Taylor (Aug 21), David Sasaki (Aug 22), Anne Clapham (Aug 22), Paul McManus (Aug 23), Doreen Davidson (Aug 24), and Rita Robertson, who turns 90! (Aug 25).
O God, our times are in your hand:
Look with favour, we pray, on your servants Surge, David, Anne, Paul, Doreen and Rita, as they begin another year. Grant that they may grow in wisdom and grace, and strengthen their trust in your goodness all the days of their lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

WE REMEMBER, the late Sydney Wigen who died 20 years ago on Aug 20 at age 77, and
Oliver Clapham who died five years ago on Aug 26 at age 43.
The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.
[Deut. 33.27]

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SERVICE BULLETIN:

Welcome & Acknowledgement

Gathering of the Community
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
be with you all.
And also with you.

Collect for Purity 
Almighty God,
to you all hearts are open
all desires known
and from you no secrets are hidden.
Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
that we may perfectly love you
and worthily magnify your love
through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Collect of the Day - Prayers for an Inclusive Church (2009) alt.
Living God, you accept our stumbling faith, our misplaced answers,
our false horizons, and through them you build a way of peace.
Empower and enable us to bind the wounds of the world
and loose the bonds of oppression,
so that all may confess the grace that is your work alone;
through Jesus Christ, your anointed one. Amen.
 
Readings
Before watching the service, we invite you to read the lectionary first. The links below are the actual texts; you can use your favourite Bible or read the texts right here:
Exodus 1:8-2:10
Psalm 124
Romans 12:1-8
Matthew 16:13-20

The Apostles’ Creed - BAS p. 189
Let us confess the faith of our baptism, as we say,
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.  Amen.  


Prayers of the People
(from the Presbyterian Church in Canada)
God who is full of kindness and love,
hear our prayers for the world, for one another, and for ourselves:

For this congregation and for the church around the world: that we may be faithful and courageous in the face of all challenges that arise day by day;
In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the people of the Church of the Province of South East Asia and Melter Tais, their Archbishop.
In the Anglican Church of Canada, we pray for our Primate, Linda Nicholls, for our National Indigenous Archbishop, Mark MacDonald, and for the clergy and people of the Diocese of Saskatchewan and Michael Hawkins and Adam Halkett, their bishops.
In our Ecclesiastical Province, we pray for the people of the Diocese of Kootenay and Lynne McNaughton, their bishop.
In our Diocese, we pray for Logan, our Bishop, Ansley, our diocesan administrator, and for the people of the congregation of St. Barnabas in Victoria and Travis O’Brian, their priest.
And on our Island, we pray for the people of Our Lady of Grace and St. Paul's Historic churches and Father Scott Whittemore, their priest.
In our own Parish, we pray this week for the households of Beverly Byron, Denise Calderwood, Sally Carr, Anne & Roger Clapham and Brenda Cornwall.
Lord, have mercy. Hear our prayer.

For mercy, justice, understanding, and peace in relationships between nations: that in this time of anxiety about the future there will still be generosity for all in need.
Lord, have mercy. Hear our prayer.

For those who work in fields and forests, in mines and offices, in hospitals, schools and shops; and for those who cannot find work: that as the economy is reorganized, all who do work will be fairly treated and those seeking work will not lose hope.
Lord, have mercy. Hear our prayer.    

For those who travel by land, air and on water, and for those on vacation taking time to explore your creation: that as we recover from the pandemic we will remember to cherish the earth and treat it wisely.
Lord, have mercy. Hear our prayer.  

For those who are teachers and students, for schools, colleges and universities, who plan for a new season of learning in challenging times: that creativity and commitment will lead to discoveries about the world you love and the truth rooted in your wisdom.
Lord, have mercy. Hear our prayer.  

For all those in danger and need: for the sick and the dying, the poor and the oppressed, for those standing up against injustice, and for all still at risk from COVID-19. We lift up to you Charles Hingston & family, Michael Overholt and his family, Brian & Marjie Radford, Tony & Pam Brentnall, Bob & Connie Wray, Betty Rothwell, Al & Rita Robertson, Margaret Wooldridge & family and any others on our hearts.  
Lord, have mercy. Hear our prayer.  

For those who are closest to us, for friendships that have stood the test of many years, and for those who love us enough to tell us the truth about ourselves: that they may know our love and appreciation.
Lord, have mercy. Hear our prayer.  

That all may be one in Christ, Source of all true unity, who is with us today and always, even to the end of time. Amen. 

Confession - from Shore to Shore
We confess that we have considered the earth to be our own,
believing God gave us dominion and, thus, absolute control over it.
We affirm that “the earth is the LORD’s and all that is in it,
for he has founded it on the seas and established it on the rivers.” (Psalm 24:1-2)
We repent.
We know we need to change our understanding of creation, taking our share of responsibility for its care and protection.
We believe that the Spirit, God’s recreating power, is active in us and in the world. God, Creator of all,
may humankind be freed from greed, which is destroying the earth; and may your courageous churches take up causes against the forces that threaten life. Amen

Absolution - Based on Psalm 103
God does not deal with us according to our sins,
nor repay us by the measure of our failings.
As vast as the distance from one end of creation to another,
God’s love for us is even greater.
As far as east is from west, from greater than this distance
does God remove our sin from us. Thanks be to God.

Doxology
Glory to God,
whose power, working in us,
can do infinitely more
than we can ask or imagine.
Glory to God from generation to generation,
in the Church and in Christ Jesus,
for ever and ever. Amen. 

Aaronic Blessing
The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace,
And the blessing of God, Creator, Healer, and Bright Flame of Love
Be with you and remain with you always.

Dismissal  
Go in peace to be a bright flame of generosity
and the heart of God’s love in the world.
Thanks be to God.