Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost - 
September 5, 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: 2007 Parish Renewal Day; 2009 Home Communion at Caroline Hamilton's; 2015 Parish Council Day Away Retreat.

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 Erica Stolz (Sep 8), Joanna Southwell (Sep 9),
Claire Pickering (Sep 10), Peter Grove (Sep 10), and Wayne Hewitt (Sep 11)
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O God, our times are in your hand:
Look with favour, we pray, on your servants, Erica, Joanna, 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 Edward Lacy who died 6 years ago on Sep 7 at age 90, Laura Faulkner who died 11 years ago on Sep 9, and Merle Sheffield who died 4 years ago on Sep 10 at age 95.
The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.  [Deut. 33.27]

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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 
God of all existence
through your word you bring peace and calm
to fearful hearts and minds:
surprise our complacency through the wonder of your creation
and bring us to new faith and trust in you
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 24:1-6
Psalm 98
Romans 8:18-27
Matthew 8:23-27 

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
Jesus Christ, teach us to empathize with Earth.
Make our spirits sensitive to the cries of creation,
cries for justice from the air, the clouds and the sky,
cries of our fellow creatures deserted and dying.
Jesus Christ, make our faith sensitive to the groans of the Spirit in creation,
groans of longing for a new creation.
Jesus Christ, make our hearts sensitive to the songs of our kin,
songs of celebration echoing around us.
Christ, teach us to care. Amen.
http://www.webofcreation.org/SeasonofCreation/animal.html

Creator God, you have generously blessed us with an abundance of gifts in this, your world. Help us to share in that generosity by living in a way that ensures that your gifts will continue to be available for future generations.
Holy Spirit: Help us.

Creator God, the sun, the wind and the waves are your gifts for the flourishing of the whole community of life on earth. Help us to use them creatively to produce sustainable energy for all.
Holy Spirit: Help us.

Through scientists, engineers and scholars new knowledge comes to light; may new developments in the production of sustainable energy protect our fragile planet and promote the well-being of all peoples and all creatures on their journey to wholeness.
Holy Spirit: Help us.

Creator God, You have blessed humankind with understanding, imagination and memory. Show us how to learn from past mistakes and plan for the future creatively and responsibly.
Holy Spirit: Help us.

Create in us a new heart and a new vision, O God, that the gifts of Your Spirit may work in us and renew the face of the earth. May we be one with you so that our work is yours and your work is ours.
Holy Spirit: Help us.  

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the people of the Province of the Episcopal Church of Sudan and Ezekiel Kumir Kondo, 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 people of the theological colleges and training programs within the Ecclesiastical Province of Rupert’s Land: Arthur Turner Training School, the Centre for Christian Studies, the College of Emmanuel and St. Chad, Henry Budd College for Ministry, Saint John’s College, Dr. William Winter School for Ministry, and James Settee College for Ministry.
In our Ecclesiastical Province, we pray for the Territory of the People Anglican Church.
In our Diocese, we pray for Anna, our bishop, and for the people of the congregation of Holy Trinity in Sooke.
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 for our priest, Gyllian Davies, and we pray for the work of the Wardens and Parish Council. We also pray for the households of Charles Hingston, Meg Hodges, Nancy Holcroft, Brian Holgate & Carles Roch-Cunill, and Peter Howell.

This week we pray especially for Kathy Darling; Sam Balden and Mary Balden; Tony and Pam Brentnall; Sharon, niece of Helen and Tony Bruce; Ron Dyck; Nancy Holcroft; Colin, son of Joyce James; Mark MacDonald & Virginia Sha Lynn; Doris Menoche, aunt of Claire & Harold Munn; Michael Overholt;  Al and Rita Robertson; Malorey and Wanda Stewart; Margaret Spencer; and Nancy Wigen.

Holy Spirt: Help us.

We pray all this in the name of Jesus, who lives with you and with the Holy Spirit 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
Go out into the world rejoicing,
and encounter the Creator who waits to meet you there;
Savour its richness and diversity and live as those who praise God for its bounty;
and the blessing of the Creator God,
the Eternal One, the Risen Son and the Promised Holy Spirit
bless you that you might be a blessing to others today and always. Amen.

DISMISSAL
Go out into God’s world ready to tend the earth.
Thanks be to God.