St. Mary the Virgin, August 15th, 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 June Beaddie; 2010 Flower Festival; 2015 Summer Fling.

Please read today's Report from our Parish Task Force here.

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 Tim Hunt (Aug 16) and Surge Taylor (Aug 21).
O God, our times are in your hand:
Look with favour, we pray, on your servants, Tim and Surge, 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 June Beaddie who died 7 years ago on Aug 17 at age 92 and Sydney Wigen who died 21 years ago on Aug 20 at age 77.
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  -  Prayers for an Inclusive Church (2009) alt.
Mighty One,
whose power does not reside in fleshless lonely purity,
whose word is enwombed at the heart of creation:
we praise you for Mary,
whose hospitable Yes made a place for Love;
whose song of transformation makes thrones and rulers tremble;
whose prayer is heard because she is one of us;
through Jesus Christ, Mary’s Child. 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 7:10-15
Psalm 132:6-10, 13-14
Galatians 4:4-7
Luke 1:46-55

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
God of salvation, who sent your Son to seek out and save what is lost, hear our prayers on behalf of those who are lost in our day, receiving these petitions and thanksgivings with your unending compassion.  

As we pray together, please respond to ‘Holy Spirit’ with the words Help Us.  

Loving God, we ask for the gift of your Holy Spirit to help us pray as we ought.
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.
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.
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.  

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the people of The Anglican Church of Southern Africa and Thabo Makgoba, their primate.  
In the Anglican Church of Canada, we pray for our Primate, Linda Nicholls, for our National Indigenous Archbishop, Mark MacDonald, and for the people and clergy of the Diocese of Rupert’s Land and Geoff Woodcroft, their bishop.  |
In our Ecclesiastical Province, we pray for the people and clergy of the Diocese of Kootenay and Lynne McNaughton, Archbishop.  |In our Diocese, we pray for Anna, our bishop, and for the people of St. Mary in Nanoose Bay and Selinde Krayenhoff, their priest.  
And on our Island, we pray for the people of Community Gospel Chapel and Dustin Little, their interim pastor.
Holy Spirit: Help Us.  

In our own Parish, we pray this week for the households of Esme Douglas, Ronald Dyck and Walter Stewart, Carolyn Evans, Lynne and Mark Fraser, and Liz and Roger Gilbert.
Holy Spirit: Help Us.  

Today, we pray especially for: Kathy Darling; Sam Balden; Tony and Pam Brentnall; Sharon, niece of Helen and Tony Bruce; Nancy Holcroft; Colin, son of Joyce James; Mark MacDonald & Virginia Sha Lynn; Terri Manuck; Michael Overholt;  Al and Rita Robertson; Malorey and Wanda Stewart; Margaret Spencer; and Julian Wake.  

I invite you to pray for those in your life whom you hold dear.
Holy Spirit: Help Us.  

Redeeming Sustainer, visit your people and pour out your strength and courage upon us, that we may make you welcome not only in our concern for others, but by serving them generously and faithfully in your name.
Holy Spirit: Help Us.  

We ask all this through Jesus Christ our Lord as we pray in the words he taught us:  
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 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  -  Franciscan Blessing for Justice
May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half truths,
and superficial relationships, so that you may live deep within your heart.  
May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression and exploitation
of people, so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.
May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain,
rejection, starvation, and war, so that you may reach out your hand
to comfort them and turn their pain to joy.
And may God bless you with enough foolishness to believe
that you can make a difference in this world,
so that you can do what others claim cannot be done.
And the blessing of God
Lover of Justice Healer of inequity,
Breath of wholeness
Be upon you and remain with you always.

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