Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 20

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

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After the e-Service @ 10:45AM
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS to Diane Armstrong (Dec 22) and Ralf Waters (Dec 26).
O God, our times are in your hand:
Look with favour, we pray, on your servants, Diane and Ralf, 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 Shawna Alexis McClure who died 3 years ago on Dec 24.
The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.  [Deut. 33.27]

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Sermons by The Rev. Gyllian Davies may be found here.

SERVICE BULLETIN:

WELCOME & ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

GATHERING OF THE COMMUNITY
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,
be with you all.
And also with you.

LIGHTING THE ADVENT WREATH CANDLE FOR ADVENT IV
Let us pray
Let your light shine. Let your spirit soar.  Throw open your mind. Hand over your heart.
Here it comes – love.
It shines in the darkness.  It sings in the shadows.              
It will not cower and cannot be contained.  
It was the hope of the saints, the call of the prophets.              
It was the fire in the belly of the Baptist and the courage of Mother Mary.  
Lamp in the window, beacon on the hill, star in the night sky.
Love, you lead us home.

Light all four candles.

On this fourth Sunday of Advent, we light a candle for love.

We light a candle for love.  May it light the way.

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  
O God of Elizabeth and Mary,
you visited your servants with news
of the world’s redemption
in the coming of the Saviour.
Make our hearts leap with joy
and fill our mouths with songs of praise,
so that we may announce glad tidings of peace
and welcome your Christ into our midst.  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:
2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16
Canticle 18 (Luke 1:46-55)
Romans 16:25-27
Luke 1:26-38

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH
We believe in God, Creator of all:
The two-legged, the four-legged, the winged ones,
and those that crawl upon the earth
and swim in the waters.

We believe in God, One Who Walked with us:   
Our Brother Jesus born in humility,   
who lived and died for us and   
who will come again to bring us to glory.

We believe in God, Spirit with us:   
Ever present and ever guiding,   
upholding us and showing us the principles to live by.   
We hear God’s voice through the prophets.

Creator, One Who Walked with us, Spirit with us, Holy One:    
We are named in the waters of baptism as your own,    
all of us related, all of us your children.    
We watch for signs of your homecoming    
and thank you for this sacred circle of life.  Amen.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE FOR ADVENT
Advent 4: Peace (Advent Prayer of Intercession from The Church of England

Brothers and sisters, as we joyfully await the glorious coming of the Christ,
let us pray for the needs of the church, our community, and the world.

In joyful expectation of his coming to our aid we pray to Jesus.
Come to your Church as Lord and judge.  

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for mission agencies and their ministry throughout the Anglican Communion, including the Mothers’ Union around the world.
In the Anglican Church of Canada, we pray for our Primate, Linda Nicholls, for our National Indigenous Archbishop, Mark MacDonald, and for the Rev. Dr. Eileen Scully, Director, and the staff of Faith, Worship, and Ministry; Sheilagh McGlynn, Youth Ministries Animator; the Rev. Canon Dr. Scott Sharman, Animator for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations.  
In our Ecclesiastical Province, we pray for the people of the Diocese of Kootenay and Lynne McNaughton, their bishop.  
In our Diocese, we pray for Anna, our bishop-elect, Ansley, the diocesan administrator, and for the people of Holy Trinity in North Saanich and Penelope Kingham, their priest.  
On our Island, we pray for the people of Salt Spring Island United Church and Faye Greer, their minister.  
And in our own Parish, we pray this week for the households of Dovene Steele, Wanda Stewart & family, the Stolz's, Gwyn Strike, and Ken Strike.  This week we also celebrate the birthdays of Diane Armstrong and Ralf Waters.  

Help us to live in the light of your coming and give us a longing for your kingdom.
Amen.  Come, Lord Jesus.  

Come to your world as King of the nations.  Before you rulers will stand in silence.
Amen.  Come, Lord Jesus.  

Come to the suffering as Saviour and comforter.  Break into our lives, where we struggle with sickness and distress, and set us free to serve you for ever.  
Amen.  Come, Lord Jesus.  

Come to us as shepherd and guardian of our souls.  We especially remember this week Michael Overholt, Tony and Pam Brentnall, Bob and Connie Wray, Bob Brawn and Bev Unsworth, Betty Rothwell, Joan and Jim Warren, Al and Rita Robertson, Mark MacDonald and Virginia Sha Lynn, his wife, Sue, Ruth and Louis Pepin, and Margaret Wooldridge.  

Give us with all the faithful departed a share in your victory over evil and death, remembering this week Shawna Alexis McClure who died 3 years ago on Dec 24.  
Amen.  Come, Lord Jesus.  

Come from heaven, Lord Jesus, with power and great glory.  Lift us up to meet you, that with all your saints and angels we may live and reign with you in your new creation.  
Amen.  Come, Lord Jesus.  

Come, Lord Jesus, do not delay; give new courage to your people, who trust in your love.  By your coming, raise us to share in the joy of your kingdom on earth as in heaven, where you live and reign with the Father and the Spirit, one God for ever and ever.  Amen.

CONFESSION & ABSOLUTION
The grace-filled shadows of Advent offer us the opportunity
to explore our human complexities through the lens of God's saving love.
Trusting in God's promises let us confess our sins:

Jesus, forgive us our sins.
Forgive the sins we can remember and the sins we have forgotten.
Forgive the wrongs we have done and the good we have failed to do.
Forgive the times when we have been weak in the face of temptation,
and those when we have been stubborn in the face of correction.
Forgive the times when we have been overly proud,
and those when we have failed to boast of your works.
Forgive the harsh judgments we have made,
and the undue leniency we have shown.
Forgive the lies we have told and the truths we have avoided.
Forgive us the pain we have caused,
and the over-indulgence we have practiced.
Jesus have mercy on us, and make us whole.

May the God of all healing and forgiveness draw you close,
pardon and cleanse you from all your sins,
confirm and strengthen you in all goodness,
and show you the glory of the Word made flesh, Jesus Christ our Lord. 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 saving hope of the coming infant Christ
fill you with expectation,
the joy of Mary's song surround you
and give you courage,
the faith of the prophets strengthen your resolve to work
for the redemption of the world,
and the blessing of God,
Source of all being, eternal Word and Holy Spirit,
be with you this day and always.   Amen. 

DISMISSAL
Go in peace to love and say ‘Yes!’ to God.
Thanks be to God.