The Day of Pentecost, May 23rd, 2021

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.)

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Our first-quarter financial summary may be found here.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS to Nancy Wigen (May 28) and Sarah Mathieson (May 29).
O God, our times are in your hand:
Look with favour, we pray, on your servants, Nancy and Sarah, 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.

ANNIVERSARY BLESSINGS to Jim & Joan Warren, who celebrate their 64th Wedding Anniversary on May 25:
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; intheir 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 Devon Metcalfe who died 5 years ago on May 27 at age 91.
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

GATHERING OF THE PEOPLE BEFORE GOD  -   Church of England  
Alleluia. Christ is risen.
Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia.
Welcome in the name of Christ.
God’s grace, mercy and peace be with you
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  -  Revised Common Lectionary Prayers (2002) alt.
Creator Spirit,
make the dry bones of our lives
live and breathe and grow again.
Pour out your Spirit upon the whole creation.
Come in rushing wind and flashing fire
to turn the sin and sorrow within us
into faith, power and delight. 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:
Acts 2:1-21
Psalm 104:25-35, 37b
Romans 8:22-27
John 15:26-27, 16:4b-15

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens. From the lips of children you have ordained praise.
When we consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars which you have set in place, who are we that you are mindful of us us?   (Psalm 8)

Who are we? Who are we???
We are your people, Lord! We are the church, the bride of Christ and we worship you, we praise you and we thank you for your ineffable grace and on this day of Pentecost we pray for your Holy Spirit on us.
Come Holy Spirit, come!

On this day of Pentecost we pray for a hurting and suffering world. We pray for all the places and people where greed has made grief and where grief has made hate and where hate has snuffed out your Spirit in people that you love.

Lord, Hamas fires rockets into Israel and Israel makes airstrikes on Gaza; and every rocket, every missile, every bullet and every bomb leaves behind grief and hate. Hate upon hate, burning, festering, destroying lives and spirits. Lord this is the land where Jesus walked. This is where he taught us to love. On this day of Pentecost we pray for your Holy Spirit on Israel.
Come Holy Spirit, come!

We pray for your Holy Spirit on Afghanistan,  Ethiopia,  the Sahel, Yemen, Somalia, Libya, Syria... the list goes on and on. Bullets and bombs, grief and hate. On this day of Pentecost we pray for your Holy Spirit wherever there is war.
Come Holy Spirit, come!

We pray for the refugees. Those driven from their homes by violence or famine. Those warehoused in camps with barbed wire around and those on the road, trying to cross borders, looking for a home.

We pray for the homeless, everywhere... here. We pray for the hungry, the addicted, for the enslaved, and we pray about Covid, for the sick and the desperate and the dying. On this day of Pentecost we pray for your Holy Spirit on each of them.
Come Holy Spirit, come!

We pray for your church. For all those that have found you and for those that still seek you and we pray for our Anglican Church. For the Anglican Church of Melanesia and its people and Leonard Dawea, their archbishop. We pray for 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 Ottawa and Shane Parker, their bishop.

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, and for the people of St. Philip in Cedar and Susan Hermanson & Cindy Corrigan, their priests.

And on our Island, we pray for the people of Community Gospel Chapel and Dustin Little, their interim pastor and we pray for this church, All Saints by-the-Sea, and for our priest, Gyllian Davies, and for Davis and Ron and the singers and the staff that make this on line service happen every week.

In this Parish Lord, we pray this week for the households of Marjorie & Brian Radford, Alan & Rita Robertson, Carles Roch-Cunill & Brian Holgate, Ken Rootham, Betty Rothwell and Jaqualine Roussin.

And we pray especially for Kathy Darling, Tony & Pam Brentnall, Tim Hayes, Nancy Holcroft, Mark MacDonald & Virginia Sha Lynn, Terri Manuck, Michael Overholt,  Michael Pidgeon & Richard Stetson; Al & Rita Robertson; Colin, son of Joyce James; Malorey and Wanda Stewart; Margaret Spencer; and for Ann, who is so alone, and for Libby who will see you soon. We pray for the family of Sinikka Elliott and for the search and rescue teams that wanted so much to find her alive. We pray for them and we thank you for them.

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 on this day of Pentecost we pray for your Holy Spirit on us.
Come Holy Spirit, come!

And finally 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. 

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 Lord bless you and keep you; 
the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; 
the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace
And the blessing of God,
Creator, Healer, Bright Flame of Life
Be with you and remain with you always. Amen.

DISMISSAL
Go forth into the world, rejoicing in the power of the Spirit.  
Thanks be to God.