Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost, August 22nd, 2021

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

Please join us here on Sunday morning when the service becomes 'live'.

HELP! needed for sound board September Sundays!
WANTED!  Someone(s) willing to operate the sound board
the Sundays of September.  ARE YOU THE ONE?
Carles Roch-Cunhill has graciously covered all our in-person services til now,
but he’ll be gone for September.  Carles would be happy to train people to do this
either of the next two Sundays.  If nobody runs the sound board, no speakers will be
working during the services. Many need this amplification in order to hear.
Please contact Gyllian to sign up:  250-537-7746

This week's photo diary: The late Oliver Clapham; Hawaiian Heritage Sunday, Aug 19, 2018 with Rev. Juli Mallett.

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.

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

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS to Anne Clapham (Aug 22), Paul McManus (Aug 23), Doreen Davidson (Aug 24), and Rita Robertson (91 years on Aug 25).
O God, our times are in your hand:
Look with favour, we pray, on your servants, Anne, Paul, Doreen and Rita, 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 Oliver Clapham who died 6 years ago on Aug 26 at age 43.
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.
Offensive God,
refusing our religion of sacrifice and power:
find us in our wandering,
speak to us the word of life,
liberate our violent hearts,
and let us abide with you;
through Jesus Christ, the holy one of God. 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:
1 Kings 8:(1, 6, 10-11), 22-30, 41-43
Psalm 84
Ephesians 6:10-20
John 6:56-69

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 and 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.
We ask for new ways of living together in Canada, the First Nations and those of us who came later, that we may find the Spirit breathing through our thoughts and actions, teaching us how to walk the good road of mutual respect, collaboration, and profound appreciation.
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.
We pray for Haiti, for the wounded and injured, for those left homeless by the earthquake, for those grieving the ones killed, and for the international community that compassion, generosity and wisdom may inspire all of us to reach out to help.
Holy Spirit: Help Us.  

We ask for the peace and joy of your Spirit
for those living in the shadow of war and violence;
We pray especially for the people of Afghanistan living with great fear for their future. We pray for the safety of all, especially judges and foreign aid workers, teachers and activists, women and girls. We pray for peace, dignity and freedom for the people staying and for those fleeing for their lives. We pray for courage, vision and generosity within the international community responding to such need.
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 South America and Nicholas James Quested Drayson, 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 Saskatchewan and Michael Hawkins, their Bishop and Adam Halkett, their suffragan bishop.
In our Ecclesiastical Province, we pray for the people and clergy of the Diocese of New Westminster and John Stephens, their bishop.
In our Diocese, we pray for Anna, our bishop, and for the people of St. George the Martyr in Cadboro Bay and Jeannine Friesen, 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.
Holy Spirit: Help Us.  

In our own Parish, we pray this week for the households of Sandy Gordon, Sandi and Keith Green, Mary and Peter Grove, Dion Hackett and Cindy Clark, and Wilma Haig.
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; Doris Menoche, aunt of Claire & Harold Munn; Michael Overholt;  Al and Rita Robertson; Malorey and Wanda Stewart; and Margaret Spencer.

We give thanks for the lives of Josef and Ivana Lampa, parents of Catherine and Michael Pickering. May they be received into the arms of God’s mercy and may light perpetual shine upon them.

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  -  Aaronic 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, and Bright Flame of Life,
Be with you and remain with you always.

DISMISSAL
Go forth into the world rejoicing in the Spirit!
Thanks be to God.