3rd Sunday in Lent - March 20, 2022

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: Building of the Celtic Cross at Purdy Cunningham Memorial Cemetery, 2002. 
The late John Pickering and the late Ann Taylor.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS to Elaina Hyde (Mar 22), Pat Desbottes (Mar 23), Chas Belknap (Mar 24), and Anke Smeele (Mar 24).
O God, our times are in your hand:
Look with favour, we pray, on your servants Elaina, Pat, Chas, and Anke 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 John Pickering, who died 6 years ago on Mar 21 at age 84;
the late Ann Taylor, who died 5 years ago on Mar 22 at age 89.
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 have any announcements by Wednesday noon of the Sunday before (email info@saltspringanglican.ca) Thanks!

SERMONS by the Rev Gyllian Davies may be found here.

SERVICE BULLETIN

COLLECT OF THE DAY
Author of abundance, God of change, we come into this hour with holy expectations. As we travel on our journey of transformation this Lenten season, we know that you are with us. You walk beside us. Your presence surrounds us. Help us to bear fruit as we walk this road. Remind us that you will never leave us nor forsakes us, that your rod and your staff comfort us, that you have prepared a feast for us when all can come and eat. Keep us forever in the path as we worship you in spirit and in truth. 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 55:1-9
1 Corinthians 10:1-13
Luke 13:1-9

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE 
On this third Sunday in Lent we raise our prayers to God.  In response to God of….  Please reply with Hear our Prayer  

The LORD upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down. (Psalm 145:14)  

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer: We pray for the La Iglesia Anglicana de Mexico

In the Anglican Church of Canada: We pray for our Primate, Linda Nicholls, and our National Indigenous Archbishop Mark MacDonald. We pray for the people and clergy of  the Diocese of Montreal and their Bishop, Mary Irwin-Gibson  

In our Ecclesiastical Province: We pray for the people and clergy of the Diocese of New Westminster and their bishop, John Stephens

In our diocese we pray for Anna, our bishop and for the people of St. Michael and All Angels Royal Oak and for Logan McMenamie who is their interim priest.  

On Salt Spring we pray for Salt Spring Island Baptist Church and their pastor, Chris Saffel

In our Parish, we pray for the small study groups and for these five households: Michael Pidgeon and Richard Stetson, Marjorie Radford, Alan and Rita Robertson, Ken Rootham, Betty Rothwell  

God of love hear the cry of those who yearn for love; fractured families, broken homes neglected, unwanted, alone. God of love ALL: hear our prayer  

God of justice hear the cry of those who yearn for justice; persecuted and oppressed, exploited, ill-treated, broken. God of justice ALL: hear our prayer  

God of peace hear the cry of those who yearn for peace; in battle zones and broken states, frightened, fearful, anxious We pray for the people and the leaders of Ukraine as they defend their homeland.  May God restore their peace soon – Slava Ukraini. We pray for all the people in Russia protesting their country’s unjust and unprovoked aggression. We pray for the leaders of all the nations working to restore peace in Europe   God of peace ALL: hear our prayer  

God of healing hear the cry of those who yearn for healing; physical and spiritual hurting, weakened, depressed Kathy Darling, Mark Fraser, Mary Gelpke, Mark MacDonald and Virginia Sha Lynn, Colin Lawler, Don MacDougall, Sarah Mathieson, Dorothy Pickett, mother of Ruth Seltner, Josep Roch, father of Carles; Betty Rothwell, Ros & Mike Woolley, and Connie & Bob Wray.  

We give thanks for all those who have died in the love of Christ Rest eternal grant unto them and may life perpetual shine upon them.   I invite you all to name those who are on your heart or whom you know to be in need of our prayers.   God of healing ALL: hear our prayer

God of mercy Hear the cry of those who yearn for mercy; convicted, in need of your Grace, contrite, humble, bowed down, God of mercy ALL: hear our prayer  

I love the LORD, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live. (Psalm 116:1,2)

May we know The peace of God The love of God The justice of God The healing and mercy of God This day and all days. 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 love of the faithful Creator, the peace of the wounded Healer, the joy of the challenging Spirit, The hope of the three in One surround and encourage you on your sacred journey, today,  tonight and forevermore.   -     
adapted from the Pattern of Days ed. by Kathy Galloway 

DISMISSAL
Go from this place with the cross on your hearts.
Thanks be to God.