Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
- September 19, 2021

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

Please join us here on Sunday morning when the service becomes 'live'.
Apologies - due to technical difficulties, there will be no closed captioning on the service this week.

The letter from the Territory of the People may be found here.

This week's photo diary: 2007 Farewell to Bishop Ron & Annie Shepherd; 2012 Sports Day at the Holcrofts.

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.
Financial Update from the Wardens and Finance Committee (click here).

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

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS to Lynne Fraser (Sep 25).
O God, our times are in your hand:
Look with favour, we pray, on your servant, Lynne, 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.

HAPPY 40TH ANNIVERSARY to Lolla Devindisch, who celebrates, with much gratitude, 40 years as a Canadian.

WE REMEMBER the late Marsh Antonelli who died 16 years ago on Sep 19 at age 82, and Connor Elwell who died 4 years ago on Sep 21 at age 23.
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 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
Creator, through the waters of the earth you meet our daily needs
and through their existence open our eyes to the gift and life of your spirit:
help us to cherish our natural resources as we would the wells
of living water that you so generously offer,
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:
Genesis 21:8-19
Psalm 104:10-17
Revelation 22:1-7
John 4:1-15

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
As we pray together please respond to ‘Holy Spirit’ with the words Help Us.  

Let us pray for the whole Earth, the oceans, rivers and streams. May our lives be so balanced that greed makes way for need and the tendency to waste makes way for a commitment to save. Let those who contribute to the rising sea levels shed tears of repentance and learn to lead a simple life so that others can ‘simply live’.
We pray for all organisations involved in the preservation of water, and with it, your gift of life. Help, guide and sustain them in their endeavours.
Holy Spirit: Help Us.  

Lord, we pray for all communities involved in the issues of water justice. Give us compassion to walk with those who lack the water of life. Help us to empty ourselves of prejudice and fill us with a vision of solidarity and fellowship so that we can work together in conserving the gift of water.
Holy Spirit: Help Us.  

Lord, we pray for the universal church and its mission and vision. Inspire us to work towards water justice.  Transform our lives so that we may be channels of justice - not just in what we preach, but in our daily practice. Let your churches be role models within our communities in conserving water and preserving life in all its fullness. Bring churches together to work in unity so that justice will prevail and water will be available for our generation and future generations to come.
Holy Spirit: Help Us.  

We pray for all first responders and front line health workers, and give thanks for their dedication and commitment.
Holy Spirit: Help Us.  

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the people of the The Church of the Province of Uganda and Stephen Kaziimba, 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 Provincial Synod of the Ecclesiastical Province of British Columbia and Yukon.
In our Ecclesiastical Province, we pray for the people of the Diocese of Kootenay and Lynne McNaughton, their archbishop.
In our Diocese, we pray for Anna, our bishop, 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 Our Lady of Grace and St. Paul's Historic churches and Scott Whittemore, their priest.
In our own parish we pray for Gyllian, our priest, and this week we pray for the work of the Treasurer, Accountant and Finance Committee.  We also pray for the households of Lis Ker, Ann & Hubert King, Heather & Colin Lawler, Rev Chris Levan & Ellen Vesterdal, and Jo & Bill MacDonald.  

This week we pray especially for Kathy Darling; Sam and Mary Balden; Tony and Pam Brentnall; Ron Dyck; Nancy Holcroft; Colin, son of Joyce James; Mark MacDonald & Virginia Sha Lynn; Lauren MacEachern and baby, daughter-in-law of Gloria; and Al and Rita Robertson.   Please take a moment now to reflect on and pray for those in your life whom you hold dear.
Holy Spirit: 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  - Operation Noah launch, Coventry Cathedral, 2004
In the seas and in the rain, God bestowed on Earth the gift of water,
so that his creation could flourish into life.
Through the waters of baptism, God beckons us to a new creation,
so that we may share in a life beyond life.
Today, by water also, including this water here,
may the Covenant that we have made be sealed,
and creation renewed and restored to God’s eternal purposes.
Go forth now to care for God’s world.
Go out into the world as heralds of a new rainbow covenant
and preach the good news to all creation.  

And the blessing of God Almighty,
Creator, Teacher, and Bright Breath of Life,
be with you all now and forever. Amen.

DISMISSAL
Go forth into the world like God’s holy waters.
Thanks be to God.