Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost, August 29th, 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 Jean de Burgh; 2013 Music & Munch.

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.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS to Joan Dickenson (Sep 1) and David Jardine (Sep 3).
O God, our times are in your hand:
Look with favour, we pray, on your servants, Joan and David, 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 Jean de Burgh who died 13 years ago on Aug 30.
The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.  [Deut. 33.27]

We give thanks for the life of Ruth Emily Teeple, sister of Traci Teeple.
May she be surrounded in light as she rests in God’s loving arms.

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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 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  -  Revised Common Lectionary Prayers (2002)
Blessed are you, O Lord and Lover,
source of beauty and depth of passion.
Strengthen and inspire us to do the word we hear
and live the faith we confess,
through Jesus, our Saviour and Friend. 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:
Song of Songs 2:8-13
Psalm 45:1-2, 7-10
James 1:17-27
Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
Come; let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of our God. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.  Micah 4:2

Your paths are so very beautiful Lord and in these waning days of summer we see you everywhere we look. We see you in blue skies and laughing eyes, in open faces and shady places, in old men praying and children playing.

Oh God you are so beautiful.

We thank you. We thank you for each new day. We thank you for our health as you have apportioned it and even for ill health if it brings us nearer to you. We thank you for providing, for food on the table and a roof over our heads and for this blessed place we live in, for so many blessings day after day.

And we know that’s not the same everywhere. So are we blessed because we are better Lord? Is it because we are more devout, or smarter, or because we worked harder? Deliver us from that kind of arrogance. Protect us from pride and give us the vision to see that all of it is the outcome of your grace.

We pray for that grace Lord, on the world around us. It’s been an awful month. The sunshine that is gentle here has much of our province in flames. It is scorching much of our country and continent with drought while many other places are being inundated by torrential rains.

It is becoming pretty clear that all of that is the result of what we have done to your earth Lord. It’s complicated, but we pray for grace.

We pray for grace in the election coming up. Grace for the candidates and grace on the issues, on stewardship of our land and world, on reconciliation, on homelessness, on drug addiction, on disease and despair.

We pray for grace on the fight against Covid. On the victims and on the front line troops.

We pray for grace in Afghanistan, where a troop withdrawal turned into a horror show, where thousands fear for their lives and where millions fear for the future.

We pray for grace where there is war and especially, we pray for your grace on the refugees, on the countless weary people the world over, walking endless miles searching for a place to belong.

We pray for grace on the church, the body of Christ and on all those that call on your name and we pray for grace on our church.
In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, for the people of the Province of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Justin Badi Arama, 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 clergy and people of the Diocese of Saskatoon and Chris Harper, their bishop.
In our Ecclesiastical Province, we pray for the people of the Diocese of Yukon and Lesley Wheeler-Dame, their bishop.
In our Diocese, we pray for Anna, our bishop, and for the people of the Congregation of St. Columba in Tofino.
On our Island, we pray for the people of Salt Spring Island United Church and Faye Greer, their minister and for this church, All Saints by the Sea, and for our priest Gyllian Davies and for David and Ron and the singers and staff that make this service happen.
In our own Parish, we pray this week for the households of Ron Hawkins, Dennis & Diane Hayden, Tim Hayes, Andrew Heard, and Doreen & Wayne Hewitt. Today, we pray especially for: Kathy Darling; Sam 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; Terri Manuck; Doris Menoche, aunt of Claire & Harold Munn; Michael Overholt;  Al and Rita Robertson; Malorey and Wanda Stewart; Margaret Spencer; and Nancy Wigen; and Sam, Kate, Ashley, and Bridget.

I invite you to pray for those in your life whom you hold dear. 

And now Lord we pray as you taught us to pray;
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 Lord will judge between many peoples and will settle disputes for strong nations far and wide.
They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation will not rise up against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.
Every person will sit under their own vine and under their own fig tree, and no one will make them afraid.  Micah 4:3-4 

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
The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
The Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.
And the blessing of God,
Creator, Healer, Bright Flame of Life,
Be with you and remain with you always.

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