Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, July 11th, 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 Ann Barber, the 2010 Golf Tourney, 2012 Choir Party at the Wild's, and the late Mike Byron.

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 Judy Tyson (July 15).
O God, our times are in your hand:
Look with favour, we pray, on your servant, Judy, 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.

ANNIVERSARY BLESSINGS to Deb & Jim Smith, who celebrate their 39th Wedding Anniversary on July 11:
By the power of your Holy Spirit, pour out the abundance of your blessing upon this man and this woman. Defend them from every enemy. Lead them into all peace. Let their love for each other be a seal upon their hearts, a mantle about their shoulders, and a crown upon their foreheads. Bless them in their work and in their companionship; in their sleeping and in their waking; in their joys and in their sorrows; in their life and in their death. Finally, in your mercy, bring them to that table where your saints feast for ever in your heavenly home; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

WE REMEMBER the late Ann Barber who died 4 years ago on July 13 at age 88 and the late Mike Byron who died 8 years ago on July 14 at age 82.
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,
you have made us for yourself,
and our hearts are restless
until they find their rest in you.
May we find peace in your service,
and in the world to come, see you face to face;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
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 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19
Psalm 24
Ephesians 1:3-14
Mark 6:14-29

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
Thank you, Lord for one more day, and a Sunday at that! One more day to live and to love and to learn. To see you around us in what you have made and what you have done. Lord you are great, you are mighty, you are the King of Glory and the earth sings your praise!

But it is a troubled earth today. The abuse we have been giving our environment has been coming home to roost. We did it Lord and once again we are asking you to fix it. Lord  send rain to put out the flames. We pray for the firefighters and those who have lost their homes and their livelihoods and their pastures and their crops. We pray for the people of Lytton and for all those for whom this has become the summer of despair. Lord bring help. Lord bring comfort.

Lord bring help and bring comfort to those still huddled around the rubble of the Condo in Florida as more bodies are found and as they grieve for their homes and for their friends and for the loved ones they have lost.

Bring help and bring comfort to Afghanistan as Nato troops leave them to face an implacable enemy alone. Lord they are afraid. 

Bring help and bring comfort to those who have been driven from their homes by war or hunger or poverty and who walk down hostile roads to borders that are closed.

Bring help and comfort to the enslaved. To the victims of greed or of drugs and to the homeless around the world and on our island.

Bring help and bring comfort to the victims of Covid. We thank you that they are fewer every day in Canada but there is a whole other world out there Lord and in much of it vaccinations are just something you hear about.

Oh God! Every news broadcast is a litany of disaster and it is so easy to be overwhelmed by it all so we thank you for a bright spot this week. We thank you for the appointment of Mary Simon as our new Governor General. Lord make her an instrument of healing and reconciliation. Use her to bring us together.

And bring help and comfort to our first nations, Lord, but in that respect we pray also for ourselves.

Jesus, you gave sight to the blind. Please do the opposite to us. Make us blind. Blind to the color of skin. Blind to differences of culture or language or background or education and to all the things that we use to differentiate between us and them. Leave us only just enough sight to see Jesus in everyone. In anyone.

And give us understanding, empathy, respect, and the determination to make it right, to make it work and to make it better. To do what needs to be done as individuals and as a church and as a nation, and to stop dithering and get on with it and in that to find forgiveness.  

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the people of the Episcopal Church in the Philippines and Joel Atiwag Pachao, their bishop.

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 Brandon and William Cliff, their bishop.

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. Peter & St. Paul in Esquimalt and Gail Rodger & SuSan Jensen, their priests.

And on our Island, we pray for the people of SSI Baptist Church and Chris Saffel, their pastor and we pray for this church, All Saints by the Sea and for Gyllian Davies, our priest. And we pray for David and Ron and the singers and staff that make this online service happen.

In our own Parish, we pray this week for the households of Audrey & Bob Wild, Ros & Michael Woolley, Connie & Bob Wray, Nancy Wright, and Ken Affolder.

And this week we pray particularly Lord, for Pam & Tony Brentnall, for Sharon, niece of Helen & Tony Bruce, Kathy Darling, Nancy Holcroft, Colin, son of Joyce James, Mark MacDonald and Virginia Sha Lynn and the Indigenous Anglicans of Canada at this time of grief, Terri Manuck, Melissa & her daughter Maddie who lost their home to fire this week, Michael Overholt, Al & Rita Robertson, Malorey and Wanda Stewart, and Margaret Spencer.

And, individually, we pray for those you have laid on our hearts.

And finally 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 your God is among you;
He is mighty to save.
He will rejoice over you with gladness;
He will quiet you with His love;
He will rejoice over you with singing.”   
                                    Zephaniah 3:17   

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 Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
The Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier,
Be with you and remain with you now and always. Amen.

DISMISSAL
Go in peace to love and serve the world.  
Thanks be to God.