First Sunday of Advent, November 29

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

Please join us here on Sunday morning when the service becomes 'live'.
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Please note that we can also receive cheques through the mail chute at All Saints.

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

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS to Letitia Lane (Nov 30).
O God, our times are in your hand:
Look with favour, we pray, on your servant, Letitia, 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.

WE REMEMBER the late Maddy Hardie who died 9 years ago on Dec 4.
The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.  [Deut. 33.27]

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SERVICE BULLETIN:

WELCOME & ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

GATHERING OF THE COMMUNITY
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,
be with you all.
And also with you.

ADVENT WREATH PRAYER
Let us pray.
As winter days dim and bow to early darkness,
you, God of light, set watch in the night sky and beckon the wise to follow.
When hope hangs low in the human heart, you, loving creator, kindle compassion,
breathing life into the early embers of change and empathy.
* Light a purple candle *
We light a candle for hope, sending prayers high into the inky heavens
and dreams deep into the human soul.
As Advent dawns, God of all hope, shine your light on the story of the saints
who journeyed before us.  May the seeds they planted in the world
– peace, joy, love – take hold in our hearts and stretch towards the light.
We light a candle for hope.  May it light the way.

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   -  Opening Prayers (1997) alt.
O God of all the ages,
rouse us from sleep,
deliver us from our heedless ways
and form us into a watchful people,
so that, at the advent of your Son,
we may be found doing what is right,
mindful of all you command.
We ask this through him whose coming is certain
and whose day draws near,
your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and 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:
Isaiah 64:1-9
Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18
1 Corinthians 1:3-9
Mark 13:24-37

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH
We believe in God, Creator of all:
The two-legged, the four-legged, the winged ones,
and those that crawl upon the earth
and swim in the waters.

We believe in God, One Who Walked with us:   
Our Brother Jesus born in humility,   
who lived and died for us and   
who will come again to bring us to glory.

We believe in God, Spirit with us:   
Ever present and ever guiding,   
upholding us and showing us the principles to live by.   
We hear God’s voice through the prophets.

Creator, One Who Walked with us, Spirit with us, Holy One:    
We are named in the waters of baptism as your own,    
all of us related, all of us your children.    
We watch for signs of your homecoming    
and thank you for this sacred circle of life.  Amen.

ADVENT PRAYER OF INTERCESSION   Church of England
In joyful expectation of his coming to our aid we pray to Jesus.
Come to your Church as Lord and judge.
In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer
, we pray for the people of the Lusitanian Church and Jorge Pina Cabral, 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 people of the Anglican Church of Canada.
In our Ecclesiastical Province, we pray for the people of the Diocese of Yukon and Lesley Wheeler-Dame, their bishop.
In our Diocese, we pray for Anna, our bishop-elect, Ansley, the diocesan administrator, and for the people of the Church of the Advent and Paul Schumacher, their priest.
And on our Island, we pray for the people of SSI Baptist Church and Chris Saffel, their pastor.
In our own Parish, we pray this week for the households of Michael Pidgeon & Richard Stetson, Denise Quarrington, Brian & Marjorie Radford, Alan & Rita Robertson, and Ken Rootham.

Help us to live in the light of your coming and give us a longing for your kingdom. 
Amen.  Come, Lord Jesus.

Come to your world as King of the nations.

Before you rulers will stand in silence.
Amen.  Come, Lord Jesus.  

Come to the suffering as Saviour and comforter.

Break into our lives, where we struggle with sickness and distress,
and set us free to serve you for ever.
Amen.  Come, Lord Jesus.  

Come to us as shepherd and guardian of our souls.  We remember Michael Overholt, Tony & Pam Brentnall, Bob & Connie Wray, Bob Brawn & Bev Unsworth, Betty Rothwell, Joan & Jim Warren, Al & Rita Robertson, Mark MacDonald & Virginia Sha Lynn, his wife, and Margaret Wooldridge.
I invite you to name any others on your hearts.

Give us with all the faithful departed a share in your victory over evil and death.
Amen.  Come, Lord Jesus.  

Come from heaven, Lord Jesus, with power and great glory.
Lift us up to meet you, that with all your saints and angels
we may live and reign with you in your new creation.
Amen.  Come, Lord Jesus.  

Come, Lord Jesus, do not delay; give new courage to your people, who trust in your love.
By your coming, raise us to share in the joy of your kingdom on earth as in heaven,
where you live and reign with the Father and the Spirit, one God for ever and ever.  Amen.

CONFESSION & ABSOLUTION
The grace-filled shadows of Advent offer us the opportunity
to explore our human complexities through the lens of God's saving love.
Trusting in God's promises let us confess our sins:

Jesus, forgive us our sins.
Forgive the sins we can remember and the sins we have forgotten.
Forgive the wrongs we have done and the good we have failed to do.
Forgive the times when we have been weak in the face of temptation,
and those when we have been stubborn in the face of correction.
Forgive the times when we have been overly proud,
and those when we have failed to boast of your works.
Forgive the harsh judgments we have made,
and the undue leniency we have shown.
Forgive the lies we have told and the truths we have avoided.
Forgive us the pain we have caused,
and the over-indulgence we have practiced.
Jesus have mercy on us, and make us whole.

May the God of all healing and forgiveness draw you close,
pardon and cleanse you from all your sins,
confirm and strengthen you in all goodness,
and show you the glory of the Word made flesh, Jesus Christ our Lord.  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. 

ADVENT BLESSING
May the saving hope of the coming infant Christ fill you with expectation,
the joy of Mary's song surround you and give you courage,
the faith of the prophets strengthen your resolve
to work for the redemption of the world,
and the blessing of God, Source of all being, eternal Word and Holy Spirit,
be with you this day and always.  Amen. 

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