National Indigenous Day of Prayer 
3rd Sunday after Pentecost - June 21, 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.)

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

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS to Jordan Soames (June 21) and Ida Marie Threadkell (June 23).
O God, our times are in your hand:
Look with favour, we pray, on your servants Jordan and Ida Marie 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 Dr. Claus Andress who died three years ago on June 23.
The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.
[Deut. 33.27]

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SERVICE BULLETIN:

Welcome & Acknowledgement
Good Morning! Welcome!
I’m Gyllian Davies, incumbent priest of Salt Spring Anglican Parish.
Welcome to all of you on this beautiful day.
Separated on the physical realm, united in the Spirit
We gather in this extraordinary time…
finding our way forward into a new world…  we gather in our tradition
And we gather stitching together the old & the new.  Thanks be to God!
This morning a special greeting to all fathers:   Happy Father’s Day!  

Gathering of the Community
Presider     Blessed be God: Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer.  
People        And blessed be your Creation now and forever.  Amen.  

Presider     Let us pray.   O Creator, the strength of the people, we honor you. Listen to the thoughts of your people. We respect the truth of your spirit world and care for your creations to the east, to the south, to the west and to the north. We honor you by deeds and not words. We live by the ways you have entrusted to us within the circle of life.  

Four Directions Prayer
Refrain:      Come Great Creator, come Life Giver, come to this sacred place, come and be                    with us.

The congregation faces East.
Cantor        Welcome cousins from the East! And bring your gifts. Rising sun and gentle waters, Soaring eagle, new vision.
People        Refrain

The congregation faces South.
Cantor        Welcome cousins from the south! And bring your gifts. Our rich mother earth, innocence and love.
People        Refrain

The congregation faces West.
Cantor        Welcome cousins from the west! And bring your gifts. Thunder drum and wind, oceans and strong hearts.
People        Refrain

The congregation faces North. 
Cantor        Welcome cousins from the North! And bring your gifts. Mighty buffalo and wisdom, rivers of harmony.
People        Refrain

The congregation completes the circle by turning to face the altar.
Cantor        Welcome, dear Christ! Our circle is complete. We thank you for this circle and for the home you made for all.
People        Refrain  

The Celebrant continues.                                                                                   
Creator God, from you every family in heaven and earth takes its name. You have rooted and grounded us in your covenant love, and empowered us by your Spirit to speak the truth.   

Collect of the Day
Creator God, from you every family in heaven and earth takes its name. You have rooted and grounded us in your covenant love, and empowered us by your Spirit to speak the truth in love, and to walk in your way towards justice and wholeness. Mercifully grant that your people, journeying together in partnership, may be strengthened and guided to help one another to grow into the full stature of Christ, who is our light and our life. 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:
Isaiah 40:25-31
Psalm 19
Philippians 4:4-9
John 1:1-18

Prayers of the People
Intercessor: Let us pray…
People: Come, Holy Spirit, come:

Intercessor: Enter our lives. Free us from all fear. Give us strength to carry on. Give us hope and joy sufficient for each day. 
People: Come, Holy Spirit, come: Give us power to be the church.

Intercessor: Impart your many gifts to our members, that we may be the body of Christ’s presence in the world. In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the people of the Church of the Province of Nigeria and Henry Chukwudum Ndukuba, their primate. 

In the Anglican Church of Canada , we pray for our Primate, Linda Nicholls, for our Indigenous Archbishop, Mark MacDonald, and for the clergy and people of the Provincial Synod of Rupert’s Land.
In our Ecclesiastical Province , we pray for the people of the Diocese of New Westminster and Melissa Skelton, their archbishop.
In our Diocese , we pray for Logan, our bishop, Ansley, our diocesan administrator, and for the people of St Andrew, Sidney, and Eric Partridge & Juli Mallett, their priests.

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 David & Reiko Sasaki, Sue Savage, Carole & Chris Scott, Anke Smeele, and Deb & Jim Smith. . .
Free us from all fear and renew our life together.
People: Come, Holy Spirit, come: Bind us close together.

 

Intercessor: May we rejoice with one another’s joys and weep with one another’s sorrows. We lift up to you Gale Hingston and her family, Michael Overholt and his family, Tony & Pam Brentnall, Letitia Lane, Bob & Connie Wray, Betty Rothwell, Joan & Jim Warren, and Al & Rita Robertson. 
Bind us together, not only with the sheep of this fold, but all of Christ’s people around this city and world. Forgive the pride, prejudice, and self-righteousness which separate us from one another.
People: Come, Holy Spirit, come:

 

Intercessor: 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.

(From Flames of the Spirit, Ruth C. Duck, The Pilgrim Press, 1985, p. 47.

 

Closing Prayer
Jesus Christ, our leader, you are the Son of the Creator.                    
Today we became your children. Today we became your                     
grandchildren. We will live as you have taught us. We will                      
follow your commandments. Watch over us. Speak to us                            
from the trees, from the grass and herbs, from the breeze,                      
from the passing rain, from the passing thunder and the                            
deep waters. Before us there is beauty, behind us there is                         
beauty. Allow us to walk a long life in happiness completed                 
in beauty. Amen.

BLESSING  
Send us anywhere you would have us go, only go there with us. Place upon us any burden you desire, only stand by us to sustain us. Break any tie that binds us, except the tie that binds us to you. And the blessing of God; the Creator, who made and knows us; the Saviour, who redeems and befriends us; and the Spirit, who enlightens and sustains us, be with you this day and always. Amen.
(Blessing attributed to The Rt. Rev. John Shelby Spong)  

DISMISSAL  
Presider      In the name of the Light that came into the world, go in peace.
People        Thanks be to God.