Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost, August 8th, 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: The late Alan Wooldridge and Music Makers' Flower Festival held on August 19, 2009.

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.
Our first-quarter financial summary may be found here.

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

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS to Carolyn Evans (Aug 8).
O God, our times are in your hand:
Look with favour, we pray, on your servant, Carolyn, as she begins another year. Grant that she may grow in wisdom and grace, and strengthen her trust in your goodness all the days of her life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

WE REMEMBER the late Alan Wooldridge who died last year on Aug 12 at age 86 and Margaret Howell who died 21 years ago on Aug 14 at age 86.
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 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
by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you,
and worthily magnify your holy name;
through Christ our Lord. Amen.

COLLECT OF THE DAY  -  Prayers for an Inclusive Church (2009) alt.
Unseen God,
drawing all people to the end of our desires:
teach us to know true bread from false
and to feed on him who shares our flesh,
Jesus Christ, our communion.  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:
1 Kings 19:4-8
Psalm 34:1-8
Ephesians 4:25—5:2
John 6:35, 41-51

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
Holy Father, as we slowly emerge from the constraints of pandemic, we give you thanks for the freedoms that this allows us, and for bringing us safely through this dark period. We also offer our prayers to the many who succumbed to this plague and now rest in your loving care.

May these previous months of turmoil teach us to value and protect the world you created for us and may we always respect this wonderful creation by our future actions to preserve for generations to come, this planet we call Earth.  

In the Anglican Cycle of prayer, we pray for the people of the United Church of South India and Dharmaraj Rasalam, their Moderator and Bishop of South Kerala.
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 Qu’Appelle and Robert Hardwick, their Bishop.  
In our Ecclesiastical province, we pray for the people of the Diocese of Caledonia and David Lehmann, their Bishop.  
In our Diocese, we pray for Anna, our Bishop, and for the people of St. Mark in Qualicum Beach and Elizabeth Northcott, their priest.  
And on our island, we pray for the people of Salt Spring Island Baptist Church and Chris Saffel, their Pastor.  
In our own Parish, we pray this week for the households of Helani Davison, Barbara de Burgh, Lolla and Bill Devendisch, Joan Dickenson and Gloria Dorworth.  

Today, we pray especially for; Kathy Darling, Sam Balden, Tony and Pam Brentnall, Sharon, Niece of Helen and Tony Bruce; Nancy Holcroft; Colin, son of Joyce James; Mark MacDonald & Virginia Sha Lynn; Terri Manuck; Michael Overholt; Al & Rita Robertson; Malorey and Wanda Stewart; Margaret Spencer, Julian Wake and my son, Ben Howell.  

As we pray together, please respond to “Holy Spirit’ with the words Help Us.  

Loving God,
We ask for the gift of your Holy Spirit
To help us pray as we ought.
Holy Spirit; Help Us.  

We ask for the energy and vision of your Spirit
For those who are tiring in the battle against injustice and oppression;
For those exhausted by the struggle with poverty and hunger.
Holy Spirit; Help us.  

We ask for the hope and comfort of your Spirit
for those whose lives are overshadowed by illness or pain;
for those whose lives are darkened by sorrow or berievement.
Holy Spirit; Help us.  

We ask for the peace and joy of your Spirit
For those living in the shadow of war and violence;
For those eaten by guilt and anxiety
And whose Christian life has become hard and dry.
Holy Spirit; Help us.  

We ask for the guidance and strength of your Spirit
For those uncertain how to use their time, talents and gifts;
For those tempted to do what is wrong.
Holy Spirit; Help us.  

We ask for the love and courage of your Spirit
For those reaching out to comfort the distressed;
For those reaching out to others with the Good News of Christ.
Holy Spirit; Help us.  

Loving God,
We ask for the assurance of your Spirit
To know your presence with us in our daily lives;
In our relationships;
In our work and service;
In our worship;
In our times of joy and pain.
Holy Spirit; Help us.  

In Jesus’ name AMEN.  

Let us now in unison pray the words our Father taught us, using the revised version;  
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be your name,
Your kingdom come,
Your will be done,
On earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
As we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
And deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
Now and forever. 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
May the Great Gardener landscape your designs,
May the Living Water drip-feed your tender crops,
May the Gentle Raindrops sprinkle your upturned leaves,
May the Calming Channels irrigate your drying soil,
May the Mains of Grace supply your needs and meet your thirst,
And may the God of All
The Bread of Life, and
The Wind of the Spirit
bless you and yours with an abundant harvest. Amen.

DISMISSAL
Go forth in love, rejoicing in the Bread of Life.
Thanks be to God.