15th Sunday after Pentecost - September 13

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

Please join us here at 10:00am Sunday morning when the service becomes 'live'.
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WE CELEBRATE the life and pray for the soul of Stephen Drance. May he rest in peace and rise in glory. May light perpetual shine upon him.
Stephen Drance was head of ophthalmology at UBC and found a practical way to diagnose glaucoma among first nations in the north. He was an Officer of the Order of Canada. He was a prolific fund-raiser and established the Vancouver Eye Centre at VGH. His wife was an active member of St. Anselm's when Rev. Harold Munn was there, and he attended from time to time, although he was a Jew. A deeply gracious and gentlemanly person in the old European mould!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS to Claire Pickering (Sep 10), Peter Grove (Sep 10), and Wayne Hewitt (Sep 11).
O God, our times are in your hand:
Look with favour, we pray, on your servants, Claire, Peter, and Wayne, 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 Merle Sheffield who died 3 years ago on Sep 10 at age 95, and the late Pat Herchmer who 10 years ago on Sep 15 at age 98.
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 - Revised Common Lectionary Prayers (2002) alt.   
God of love,
you brought your people out of slavery
with a mighty hand.
Deliver us from our captivity to self-interest
and our indifference to the gifts of others,
so that we may be ready to love
as you have loved us;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. 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 14:19-31
Psalm 114
Romans 14:1-12
Matthew 18:21-35

Affirmation of Faith: A Celtic Creed - Iona Community p 22
We believe in God above us,
maker and sustainer of all life,
of sun and moon,
of water and earth,
of male and female.

We believe in God beside us,
Jesus Christ, the word made flesh,
born of a woman, servant of the poor,
tortured and nailed to a tree.
A man who experienced sorrow, he died forsaken.
He descended into the earth to the place of death.
On the third day he rose from the tomb.
He ascended into heaven, to be everywhere present,
and His kingdom will come on earth.

We believe in God within us,
the Holy Spirit of Pentecostal fire,
life-giving breath of the Church,
Spirit of healing and forgiveness,
source of resurrection and of eternal life. Amen.

Prayers of the People
In this Season of Creation we pray for the world and for ourselves.
In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer
, we pray for the people of the Anglican Church of South America and Gregory James Venables, their Presiding Bishop.
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 Ecclesiastical Province of British Columbia and Yukon and Melissa Skelton, their Archbishop.
In our Ecclesiastical Province, we pray for the people of the Territory of the People Anglican Church and Lincoln McKoen, their Bishop-elect.
In our Diocese, we pray for Logan, our Bishop, Ansley, our diocesan administrator, and for the people of the congregations of St. Peter in Campbell River & St. Saviour by-the-Sea on Cortes Island.
And on our Island, we pray for the people of Community Gospel Chapel and Micah Bergen, their pastor.
In our own Parish, we pray this week for the households of Gloria Dorworth, Esme Douglas, Ronald Dyck & Walter Stewart, Lyle Eide and Julian & Brigitte Elwes.

Let us pray for the revealing of the reign of God in the world, now & always:  Creator of earth, sea, and sky, kindle the fire of your Spirit within us that we may be bold to heal and defend the earth around us, and pour your blessing upon the people and organizations working everywhere for the good of the planet.
God, Giver of life,
Hear our prayer.  

Light and source of life, heal and redeem the wounds of your creation, and visit the places and people who suffer from our indifference, neglect, and greed.
God, Giver of life,
Hear our prayer.  

Giver of all good gifts, awaken us daily to our dependence upon your generosity, and make us always thankful for the abundance of your blessings, especially for the birthdays of Claire Pickering, Peter Grove, and Wayne Hewitt.
God, Giver of life,
Hear our prayer.

Joy of human hearts, heal our human communities, especially those where your word is not heard, or where neglect, violence, greed, and warfare increase the suffering and need of people and other creatures.
God, Giver of life,
Hear our prayer.  

Comforter of all the earth, sustain the people of this congregation who desire or need your presence and help especially Michael Overholt, Tony & Pam Brentnall, Bob & Connie Wray, Bob Brawn & Bev Unsworth, Betty Rothwell, Joan & Jim Warren, Al & Rita Robertson, Mark MacDonald & Virginia Sha Lynn, his wife, and any others on our hearts.
God, Giver of life,
Hear our prayer.

Rock and refuge of all your creatures, receive into everlasting mercy all those who have died, especially Merle Sheffield and Pat Herchmer.
God, Giver of life,
Hear our prayer.                      

Eternal God, the light of all who know you, come and fill our hearts with your love. Help us speak when many keep silent, help us stand for what is right when many sit in indifference. Increase our faith and charity, until your kingdom comes and heaven and earth rejoice in everlasting glory;
through your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. 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. 

Blessing
May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
May the clarity of light be yours,
May the fluency of the ocean be yours,
May the protection of the ancestors be yours.
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 the heart of God’s love in the world.
Thanks be to God.