The Epiphany of the Lord Sunday - January 3

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

Please join us here on Sunday morning when the service becomes 'live'.
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.

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

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS to Jaqui Roussin (Jan 4).
O God, our times are in your hand:
Look with favour, we pray, on your servant, Jaqui, 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 Helen Peat who died 20 years ago on Jan 5 at age 72
and Mitch Howard who died 3 years ago on Jan 6 at age 56.
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.

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     - Evangelical Lutheran Worship 2006 alt.
Almighty and ever-living God,
You revealed the incarnation of your Son
by the brilliant shining of a star.
Shine the light of your justice
in our hearts and over all lands,
and accept our lives as the treasure we offer
in your praise and for your service;
through Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord,
who lives and 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 60:1-6
Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14
Ephesians 3:1-12
Matthew 2:1-12

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    - Morning & Evening Prayer for Advent, Christmas & Epiphany, ACA, 2014
From the rising of the sun to its setting let us pray to the Giver of light.  

May all your people throughout the world worship in spirit and in truth:
Giver of light, shine upon all you have made.  

May the church discover that unity which is your will:
In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the people of the Episcopal/Anglican Province of Alexandria.
In the Anglican Church of Canada, we pray for our Primate, Linda Nicholls, for our National Indigenous Archbishop, Mark MacDonald, and for the staff of Indigenous Ministries; the Anglican Council of Indigenous People.
In our Ecclesiastical Province, we pray for the people of the Territory of the People Anglican Church and Lincoln McKoen, their bishop.
In our Diocese, we pray for Anna, our bishop-elect, Ansley, the diocesan administrator, and for the people of St. John the Baptist in South Cowichan and John Steele, their priest.
And on our Island, we pray for the people of Community Gospel Chapel and Micah Bergen, their pastor.
In our own Parish, we pray this week for the households of Lynda Turner, Judy & Mike Tyson, Don & Elizabeth Van Akker, Julian Wake, and Colin Ward.
Giver of light, shine upon all you have made. 

May the nations of the earth seek after the ways that make for peace:
Giver of light, shine upon all you have made.  

May the whole creation, groaning in travail,
be set free to enjoy the glorious liberty of the children of God:
Giver of light, shine upon all you have made.  

May all who with Christ have entered the shadow of death
rest in peace and rise in glory:
Giver of light, shine upon all you have made.  

Let us join our voices together in the prayer Jesus taught us:
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power, and the glory,
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
Now may the God of hope
fill you with complete joy and peace
as you continue to believe,
so that you overflow with hope
by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Amen. 

DISMISSAL
Let us go in peace.
We go into the world
to walk in God’s light,
to rejoice in God’s love
and to reflect God’s glory.  Amen.