Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, July 25th, 2021
Festival of St. Mary Magdalene

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 Outdoor Service & Picnic at Purdy Cunningham Memorial Cemetery, in the rain! And the late Reg Lomas.

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 Don Van Akker (July 30).
O God, our times are in your hand:
Look with favour, we pray, on your servant, Don, 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.

WE REMEMBER the late Reg Lomas who died 14 years ago on July 31 at age 87.
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
Almighty God,
whose Son restored Mary Magdalene
to health of mind and body,
and called her to be a witness of his resurrection,
forgive us and heal us by your grace,
that we may serve you in the power of his risen life;
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. 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 Kings 4:42-44
Psalm 145:10-19
Ephesians 3:14-21
John 6:1-21

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
As we pray together this morning on the Feast of Saint Mary Magdalene, please respond to Holy Spirit with the words Help us.

In the Anglican cycle of prayer, we pray for the people of the Scottish Episcopal Church and Mark Strange, their primus.
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 Edmonton and for the administrator, the Very Reverend Alex Meek, and for the bishop-elect, Stephen London.
In the Ecclesiastical Province of British Columbia and the Yukon, we pray for the clergy and people of the Diocese of Yukon and Lesley Wheeler-Dame, their bishop.
In our diocese of islands and inlets, we pray for Anna our bishop and the people of St. John the Baptist in Duncan and Brian Evans and Heather Cutten, their clergy.
And on Salt Spring, we pray for the people of Our Lady of Grace and St. Paul's Historic churches and their priest, Scott Whittemore.
In our own parish, we pray for the households of Bev Byron, Denise Calderwood, Sally Carr, Anne and Roger Clapham, and Don and Molly Cunningham.

We pray for the church.

Loving God, we ask for the gift of your Holy Spirit to help us pray as we ought and as we would wish. 
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, for those who have died and for those who are living with the consequences of disasters and civil strife.

We pray for the people of Myanmar, for the people of Tigre, for those in Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, and France who have suffered in the dreadful floods, and for those in Canada and the United States who are suffering because of wildfires.

Loving God, bring peace to all who suffer, bring repentance to those responsible for that suffering, an amendment of all our ways for what we have done to your creation that is causing unparalleled natural disasters. 
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 bereavement.

We pray for Pam and Tony Brentnall, Sharon, niece of Helen and Tony Bruce, Kathy Darling, Nancy Holcroft, Colin, son of Joyce James, Mark MacDonald, Virginia Sha Lynn, and for the Indigenous Anglicans of Canada at this time of grief, Terri Manuck, Michael Overholt, Michael Pidgeon and Richard Stetson, Al and Rita Robertson, Malorey and Wanda Stewart, Margaret Spencer.

Please add the names for those for whom you know to be in need of prayer.

We pray for the repose of the soul of Marion Tuttle, who will be buried this week, and for comfort for those who mourn her.
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 up 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 our times of pain.
Holy Spirit, help us.

In Jesus' name. 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
The blessing of God almighty,
who healed Mary Magdelene and fulfilled her dignity
by giving her the role of being the first to proclaim your resurrection,
may the blessing of God almighty our creator, the Son our redeemer,
and the Holy Spirit our enlivener and director
be with you and fulfill you in every way now and always. Amen.

DISMISSAL
Go in peace, rejoicing in the resurrection of Christ and the dignity it has given you. 
Go and let us proclaim that to the world.   
Thanks be to God.