Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
- September 26, 2021

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

Please join us here on Sunday morning when the service becomes 'live'.

This week's photo diary: 2013 St. Michael & All Angels and farewell to Ann Fitz-James; 2013 Gardeners at work.

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.
Financial Update from the Wardens and Finance Committee (click here).

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

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS to Ron Hawkins (Oct 2).
O God, our times are in your hand:
Look with favour, we pray, on your servant, Ron, as he begins another year. Grant that he may grow in wisdom and grace, and strengthen his trust in your goodness all the days of his life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

CONGRATULATIONS to Doreen Davidson and Ruth Mills, who were married on September 22!
By the power of your Holy Spirit, pour out the abundance of your blessing upon these two people. Defend them from every enemy. Lead them into all peace. Let their love for each other be a seal upon their hearts, a mantle about their shoulders, and a crown upon their foreheads. Bless them in their work and in their companionship; in their sleeping and in their waking; in their joys and in their sorrows; in their life and in their death. Finally, in your mercy, bring them to that table where your saints feast for ever in your heavenly home; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. 

WE REMEMBER the late May Cree Shaw who died 20 years ago on Sep 26 at age 94.
The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.  [Deut. 33.27]

PARISH ANNOUNCEMENTS - click here

Please let us know if you wish any blessings or would like prayers for someone special to be added in the Prayers of the People for next Sunday by emailing info@saltspringanglican.ca. The deadline is Tuesday morning before the coming Sunday. Thanks!

Some sermons by The Rev. Gyllian Davies may be found here or by request.

SERVICE BULLETIN:

WELCOME & ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

COLLECT FOR SEASON OF CREATION
Lord of all life,
your care is known through the sparrow and the hairs of our head:
remind us of your goodness in creation and our place within it
that our voice may resound with every creature 
in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea 
proclaiming honour and glory to the Lamb,
through Jesus Christ who reigns with you and the Holy Spirit
one God now and forever. Amen.

COLLECT OF THE DAY
Creator of all the universe
through your incarnation in Christ you identified with the created order
and proclaimed your love for the world:
assist us through your Son to respect and cherish the earth
and all its creatures
through Jesus Christ who reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God now and forever.  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 65:17-25
Psalm 46
Colossians 1:15-23
John 3:16-21 

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
Behold, I will create new heavens and a new earth (and) the former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind.
But be glad and rejoice forever in what I will create, for I will create Jerusalem to be a delight and its people a joy.
I will rejoice over Jerusalem and take delight in my people; the sound of weeping and of crying will be heard in it no more.  Isaiah 16:16-19

That is a fabulous promise. That is bright hope for the future. But it is a future that seems very far away just now, Lord. So here we are again to lay it all at your feet so that we can walk out of here at peace, knowing that you have it in hand.

We have a new government... that looks remarkably like the previous one. Lord, give them wisdom. Give them courage. Give them the determination to do what needs to be done about the environment, about reconciliation, about Covid. Help them to make the hard choices and give them the knowledge that good government is about dealing with things like this and not about the relentless pursuit of wealth.

We pray for the leaders of all the countries of the world as they return home from the general assembly of the United Nations; because the environment and Covid especially are issues in every land and can only be addressed if we all do it together. You know about our track record on that one, Lord.

We pray for the homeless and for refugees, around the world but especially, today, for the Haitians under the bridge in Texas. Our Father in heaven these too are the children of your pasture. They need you, now.

We pray for the addicted who are possessed by a demon they cannot control. Our Father in heaven these too are the children of your pasture. They need you, now.

We pray for your church, the bride of Christ, the "First Lady" of the world. Lord, build your church and use her to make a difference, to bring hope and to be a beacon and a light in the dark.

We pray for our Anglican church and in our Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the people of The Episcopal Church and Michael Bruce Curry, their 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 Territory of the People.
In our Ecclesiastical Province, we pray for the people of the Diocese of New Westminster and John Stephens, their bishop.
In our Diocese, we pray for Anna, our bishop, for the people of St. Mary Magdalene on Mayne Island and Blair Haggart, their priest, and for the people of St. Margaret on  Galiano Island and Sarah Tweedale, their priest.
And on our Island, we pray for the people of Salt Spring Island United Church and Faye Greer, their minister.

And this week we pray for the work of our own parish, we pray for Gyllian our priest. Give her wisdom, discernment and encouragement as she provides leadership during these difficult times of the pandemic. We pray for our congregation that worships both online and here in the church, that we may be held together in love and unity by your grace and heavenly benediction. This week we pray for the Parish Renewal Task Force as they plan for the future of our church.

We also pray for the households of Don & Nancy MacDougall, Ethel Magnus, Rev Juli Mallett & Corvi Zeman, Terri Manuck, and Brian Marshal & Jocelyn Santiago.

We pray especially for Kathy Darling, Sam and Mary Balden, Tony and Pam Brentnall, Nancy Holcroft, Colin James,, son of Joyce;  Mark MacDonald and Virginia Sha Lynn, Al and Rita Robertson, and Tina Tau, beloved friend of Gyllian. 

O God, who called all life into being
The earth, sea and sky are yours
Your presence is all around us
Every atom is full of your energy
Your spirit enlivens all who walk the earth
And with your spirit we yearn for justice to be done
For creation to be freed from bondage
For the hungry to be fed
For captives to be released
For your Kingdom of peace to come on earth...
when the wolf and the lamb will feed together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox, and dust will be the serpent's food, and none will harm or destroy on all your holy mountain! Amen. 

THE PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL COMMUNION  -  Diocese of Islands and Inlets
Jesus, we believe that you are truly present in the eucharistic meal.
We love you above all else,
and long to receive you in the sharing of this sacrament.
Help us to be aware of your presence with us in spirit, particularly
at this time
when we are unable to receive you in this sacred meal.
We thank you for your promise that you are with us always,
and that with you at the centre we are united wholly to you,
each other, and the world in which we live.

We pray this in your holy name. Amen. 

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
Deep peace of the running wave to you
Deep peace of the flowing air to you,
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you,
Deep peace of the shining stars to you,
Deep peace of the Prince of Peace to you
And the blessing of God,
Creator, Healer, and the Bright Flame of Life
Be with you and remain with you always.

DISMISSAL
Go in peace to be God’s peace and love in the world.
Thanks be to God.