The Celebration of New Ministry and the Institution and Induction of The Reverend Canon Donovan Ivanhoe Leys, March 5, 2023


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The Celebration of New Ministry and the Institution and Induction

of The Reverend Canon Donovan Ivanhoe Leys

as the Fifth Rector, Sunday, 5 March 2023

Being the Second Sunday in Lent. Two Thirty in the Afternoon


331 Hawthorne Street, Brooklyn, New York 11225.


 Celebrant                       The Right Reverend Lawrence C. Provenzano

Bishop’s Chaplain and Diocesan Canon Precentor / Minister of Ceremonies          The Reverend Canon Michael Delaney

Thurifer and Boat          Michael Ashby, Snr. and Nashene Frazer

Crucifer                          Phillip Van Rossum

Torch Bearers                Kimberley Cox and Devaunte Miller

Verger                            Wainright McKenzie

Wardens                         Dianne Miller and Noel Browne

The Vestry                    Ursula Brown, Ashley Cox, Carl Elbers, Jillian Gbidi, Stephanie Glasgow, Clarence Higgins,

                                       Silvia Lavalas, Michelle McKenzie, M. Helen Walker, Linda Watson-Lorde

Litanist                          The Reverend Father Sheldon Hamblin

Deacon                         The Reverend Marjorie Boyden-Edmonds

The Hebrew Scripture     Kathleen Rose

The Epistle                     Sandra Legall-Leys

Eucharistic Ministers   Stephanie Glasgow and Linda Watson-Lorde

Choristers                     The Saint Gabriel’s Choir

Pianist / Organist         Kurleigh Lowe

Director of Music and Organist     Davian D. Alleyne



Thurifer and Boat

Crucifer and Torch Bearers

The Saint Gabriel’s Choir


The Vestry

Ecumenical Ministers in their Robes

Clergy of the Diocese of Long Island

Eucharistic Ministers


Wardens and Rector

Deacon of the Mass

Bishop’s Chaplain and Diocesan Canon Precentor

Bishop of the Diocese of Long Island

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Please be seated and remain in silent meditation, in preparation for worship. 


‘I want Jesus to walk with me’ (Arranged by Mark Hayes)

‘Hymn of Majesty and Power’ (Arranged by Mark Thallander)

‘Festive Trumpet Tune’ (Arranged by David German)


THE  ENTRANCE  HYMN   ‘The Church’s one foundation’

                                                                             The Church’s one foundation is Jesus Christ her Lord;

she is his new creation by water and the word:

from heaven he came and sought her to be his holy bride;

with his own blood he bought her, and for her life he died.

Elect from every nation, yet one o’er all the earth,

her charter of salvation, one Lord, one faith, one birth;

one holy Name she blesses, partakes one holy food,

and to one hope she presses, with every grace endued.

 Though with a scornful wonder men see her sore oppressed,

by schisms rent asunder, by heresies distressed;

yet saints their watch are keeping, their cry goes up, “How long?”

and soon the night of weeping shall be the morn of song.

Mid toil and tribulation, and tumult of her war,

she waits the consummation of peace for evermore;

till with the vision glorious her longing eyes are blessed,

and the great Church victorious shall be the Church at rest.

Yet she on earth hath union with God, the Three in One,

and mystic sweet communion with those whose rest is won.

O happy ones and holy! Lord, give us grace that we,

like them, the meek and lowly, on high may dwell with thee.

Words: Samuel John Stone / Music: Aurelia, Samuel Sabastian Wesley

The People remain standing as the Bishop says,


Bishop                                    Blessed be God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

People                                     And blessed be his kingdom, now and forever.

The Bishop then prays,       Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: 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.

The congregation sits.


The Wardens stand before the Bishop with the Minister to be instituted.

Wardens                             Bishop Provenzano, we have come together today to welcome Donovan Ivanhoe Leys who has been chosen                                                to serve as Priest and Rector of Saint Gabriel’s Episcopal Church. We believe that he is well qualified, and that                                                 he has been prayerfully and lawfully selected.

The Bishop reads the Letter of Institution

Bishop                             Donovan, do you, in the presence of this congregation, commit yourself to this new trust and responsibility? 

Father Leys                    I do.

 The Bishop then addresses the congregation.

Bishop                          Will you who witness this new beginning, support and uphold Donovan in this ministry? 

People                         We will.

Bishop                         Let us then offer our prayers to God for all his people, for this congregation, and for their Rector.

 The congregation kneels.



Litanist                    Holy God, in whom all things in heaven and earth have their being,

People                     Have mercy on us.

                                 Jesus the Christ, through whom the world is reconciled to the Father,

People                     Have mercy on us.

                                 Holy Spirit, whose glory fills the world and searches the depths of God,

People                     Have mercy on us.

                                 Blessed Trinity, source of both unity and diversity,

People                     Have mercy on us.

                                 That God will send God’s Spirit upon bishops, priests, writers, and teachers making them announce the Gospel boldly                                  and faithfully, we pray to the Lord.

People                    Lord, hear our prayer.

                                That the wonders of God’s deeds, and the splendors of God’s works may be praised in every language and by every                                     tongue, we pray to the Lord.

People                   Lord, hear our prayer.

                              That all who have been called to live the Good News of Christ may have the courage to follow him in the path of                                            service and self-sacrifice, we pray to the Lord.

People                 Lord, hear our prayer.

                             For the president and all civil leaders, that God’s plan for the unity of all people be present in their work and concern                                     for the common good, we pray to the Lord.

People                Lord, hear our prayer.

                           That the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island will continue to hear God’s word more clearly, understand it more deeply, and                              have the courage to carry it out, we pray to the Lord.

People              Lord, hear our prayer.

                          That your Spirit will be in our hearts and its power in our hands, to transform our parishes into communities of love, which                            by word and deed will proclaim God’s love to all the world, we pray to the Lord.

People             Lord, hear our prayer.

                         That we will be a community, which gives peace to the restless, the anxious, and the despondent, we pray to the Lord.

People             Lord, hear our prayer.

                         That we will be a Church with vision enough to bring courage to the fearful and hope to the cynical, we pray to the Lord.

People            Lord, hear our prayer.

                        That we will learn to be at peace among ourselves despite any differences, making us a sign of hope to the world, we pray                         to the Lord.

People           Lord, hear our prayer.

                      That we, like the early Christian community will join in continuous prayer and the sharing of our goods, we pray to the Lord.

People         Lord, hear our prayer.

                     That the power of God’s love may consume us, so that we may exercise our ministry of reconciliation with courage, we pray                        to the Lord.

People        Lord, hear our prayer.

                    That the eyes of our hearts might be opened not only to the hope and promise of God’s power, but also to the needs and                             dreams of all those around us, we pray to the Lord.

People        Lord, Hear our prayer.



Bishop        The Lord be with you.              

People         And also with you.

Bishop         Let us pray.

Everliving God, strengthen and sustain Donovan, that with patience and understanding he may love and care for your people; and grant that together they may follow Jesus Christ, offering to you their gifts and talents; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

People         Amen.

 The congregation sits.


 The Hebrew Scripture                                                                  Joshua 1: 7 – 9

A Reading from the Book of Joshua

The Lord spoke to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, saying, “Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to act in accordance with all the law that my servant Moses commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, so that you may be successful wherever you go. This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth; you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to act in accordance with all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall be successful. I hereby command you: Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

The Word of the Lord                                           

People          Thanks be to God.


The Psalm (133 and 134)

Refrain: Oh, how good and pleasant it is when brethren live together in unity!

 It is like fine oil upon the head, that runs down upon the beard,
upon the beard of Aaron, and runs down upon the collar of his robe. (Refrain)

 It is like the dew of Hermon, that falls upon the hills of Zion.
for there the Lord has ordained the blessing: life for evermore. (Refrain)

Behold now, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord,
you that stand by night in the house of the Lord!
 Lift up your hands to the holy place, and bless the Lord;

the Lord who made heaven and earth bless you out of Zion. (Refrain)

The Portland Psalter, Book 2, Robert A. Hawthorne


The Epistle                                                                              Romans 12: 1 – 18

A Reading from Paul’s Letter to the Romans

I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body, we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness. Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are. Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.

The Word of the Lord                                           

People                         Thanks be to God.


SEQUENCE HYMN     ‘Here I am Lord’

 I, the Lord of sea and sky, I have heard my people cry.

All who dwell in dark and sin, my hand will save.

I who made the stars of night, I will make their darkness bright.

Who will bear my light to them? Whom shall I send?


Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord? I have heard you calling in the night.
I will go, Lord, if you lead me. I will hold your people in my heart.

 I, the Lord of snow and rain, I have borne my people's pain.

I have wept for love of them, they turn away.

I will break their hearts of stone, give them hearts for love alone.

I will speak my word to them, whom shall I send? (Refrain)

I, the Lord of wind and flame, I will tend the poor and lame.

I will set a feast for them, my hand will save.

Finest bread I will provide, till their hearts be satisfied.

I will give my life to them. Whom shall I send? (Refrain)

(Words / Music by Daniel L. Schutte, 1981)


Then, all standing, the Deacon reads the Gospel, first saying,

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John (15: 9 – 17)

People         Glory to you, Lord Christ

Jesus said, “As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete. This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.”

 After the Gospel, the Reader says,

The Gospel of the Lord

People         Praise to you, Lord Christ.


Sermon      The Right Reverend Lawrence C. Provenzano

 A period of silent meditation…


HYMN       ‘Dear Lord and Father of mankind’

 Dear Lord and Father of mankind, forgive our foolish ways!
Reclothe us in our rightful mind, in purer lives thy service find,
 in deeper reverence, praise.

Drop thy still dews of quietness, till all our strivings cease;
take from our souls the strain and stress, and let our ordered lives confess
 the beauty of thy peace.

Breathe through the heats of our desire, thy coolness and thy balm;
 let sense be dumb, let flesh retire; speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire, O still, small voice of calm.

Words: John Greenleaf Whittier / Music: Rest, Frederick Charles Maker


THE  INDUCTION (Symbolic presentations are now made to the Rector)

 Marilyn Codrington and Yolanda Usher (Altar Guild) present a Bible saying,

Donovan, accept this Bible, and be among us as one who proclaims the Word. 

People         Amen.

The Bishop presents a vessel of water saying,

Donovan, take this water, and help me baptize in obedience to our Lord. 

People         Amen.


Ashley Cox and Carl Elbers (Vestry) present a chasuble and stole saying,

Donovan, receive this chasuble and stole, as instruments of your priestly authority and responsibility, and be among us as a pastor and priest.

People         Amen.


Leonid Chance and Alleyne Phillip (Brotherhood of Saint Andrew) present a Book of Prayers saying,

Donovan, receive this book of prayers, and be among us as a person of prayer. 

People         Amen.


Judith Villaroel and Estella Phillip (Saint Gabriel’s Older Adult Center) present a spoon and a fork saying,

Donovan, receive this spoon and fork, as tokens of our outreach ministry to the Older Adults in the community we serve.


Lorna Blackwood and Helen Walker (Cultural Heritage Committee and Eucharistic Visitors) present the Oil of The Sick saying,

Donovan, use this oil, and be among us as a healer and reconciler. 

People         Amen.


Noel Browne and Dianne Miller (Wardens) present the keys of the church saying,

Donovan, receive these keys, and let the doors of this place be open to all people. 

People         Amen.


The Very Reverend Steve Foster and the Very Reverend Hickman Alexandre present the Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Church saying,

Donovan, obey these Canons, and be among us to share in the councils of this Diocese. 

People         Amen.


Isabella Gallardo and Michael Paul (Christian Education/Sunday School) present a set of balloons saying,

Donovan, may these balloons, be a symbol of the sense of freedom, joy, and cheer that evolves in each heart, as you teach us, the children of this congregation.


Vernon Lynch and Gloria Miller (Ushers’ Guild) present bread and wine saying, Donovan, take this bread and wine, and be among us to break the Bread and bless the Cup. 

People         Amen.


The Bishop then says,

Donovan, let all these be signs of the ministry which is mine and yours in this place. 

People         Amen.

 The Rector then kneels in the middle of the Sanctuary, and prays:

 O Lord my God, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; yet you have called your servant to stand in your house, and to serve at your altar. To you and to your service I devote myself, body, soul, and spirit. Fill my memory with the record of your mighty works; enlighten my understanding with the light of your Holy Spirit; and may all the desires of my heart and will center in what you would have me do. Make me an instrument of your salvation for the people entrusted to my care, and grant that I may faithfully administer your holy Sacraments, and by my life and teaching set forth your true and living Word. Be always with me in carrying out the duties of my ministry. In prayer, quicken my devotion; in praises, heighten my love and gratitude; in preaching, give me readiness of thought and expression; and grant that, by the clearness and brightness of your holy Word, all the world may be drawn into your blessed kingdom. All this I ask for the sake of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ. 

People         Amen.


The Bishop then presents the Rector to the congregation saying,

 Bishop        My Sisters and Brothers in Christ, please greet your new Rector.

 The Congregation expresses its approval. Applause is appropriate.


The Bishop greets the Rector. The Rector then says to the people,



Christ is our Peace. He has reconciled us to God. In one Body, by His cross, we meet in His name and share His peace. The peace of the Lord be always with you. 

People         And also with you.

 The Congregation greets one another as is appropriate. All then sit.





“I appeal to you, my brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present yourselves as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” (Romans 12: 1)


SOLO        ‘My Tribute’        Heather Peterson, Mezzo-Soprano                         Words / Music: Andraé Crouch)

 (Your Offering will go to the Humanitarian Fund. Please be generous)


OFFERTORY  HYMN    ‘I am the Bread of Life’

 I am the bread of life; they who come to me shall not hunger;

they who believe in me shall not thirst.

No one can come to me unless the Father draw him.


And I will raise them up, and I will raise them up,

and I will raise them up on the last day.

The bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world,

and they who eat of this bread,

they shall live forever, they shall live forever. (Refrain)
Unless you eat of the flesh of the Son of Man and drink of his blood,

you shall not have life within you,

you shall not have life within you. (Refrain)

I am the resurrection, I am the life.

They who believe in me, even if they die,

they shall live forever. (Refrain)
Yes, Lord, we believe that you are the Christ,

the Son of God, who has come into the world. (Refrain.)

Words / Music: I am the Bread of Life, Suzanne Toolan


Bishop        The Lord be with you.

People        And also with you.

Bishop        Lift up your hearts.

People        We lift them to the Lord.

Bishop        Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People        It is right to give God thanks and praise.



It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. Through the great shepherd of your flock, Jesus Christ our Lord; who after his resurrection sent forth his apostles to preach the Gospel and to teach all nations; and promised to be with them always, even to the end of the ages. Therefore, we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels and with all the company of heaven, who forever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name:


SANCTUS  AND  BENEDICTUS (Lift Every Voice and Sing II, # 255)

Holy, holy, holy, holy, holy Lord God of hosts. Heaven and earth are filled with your glory. Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest, hosanna in the highest.

Music: Grayson Warren Brown, A Mass for a Soulful People

 The people stand or kneel.



We give thanks to you, O God, for the goodness and love which you have made known to us in creation; in the calling of Israel to be your people; in your Word spoken through the prophets; and above all in the Word made flesh, Jesus, your Son. For in these last days you sent him to be incarnate from the Virgin Mary, to be the Savior and Redeemer of the world. In him, you have delivered us from evil, and made us worthy to stand before you. In him, you have brought us out of error into truth, out of sin into righteousness, out of death into life.

On the night before he died for us, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread; and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, and said, “Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”

After supper he took the cup of wine; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and said, “Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”

Therefore, according to his command, O Father,

Memorial Acclamation  (Lift Every Voice and Sing II, # 260)

Bishop and People         We remember his death, We proclaim his resurrection, We await his coming in glory.

Music: Hezekiah Brinson, Jr.



And we offer our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving to you, O Lord of all; presenting to you, from your creation, this bread and this wine. We pray you, gracious God, to send your Holy Spirit upon these gifts that they may be the Sacrament of the Body of Christ and his Blood of the new Covenant. Unite us to your Son in his sacrifice, that we may be acceptable through him, being sanctified by the Holy Spirit. In the fullness of time, put all things in subjection under your Christ, and bring us to that heavenly country where, with the Blessed Virgin Mary, Gabriel, and all your saints, we may enter the everlasting heritage of your sons and daughters; through Jesus Christ our Lord, the firstborn of all creation, the head of the Church, and the author of our salvation.

By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and forever.  

People         Amen.

Bishop        And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to pray,

Bishop and People (Said)

Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.               



 A period of silence is kept.


Bishop        Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us;

People        Therefore let us keep the feast.



Agnus Dei  (The Hymnal 1982, S 164)

Jesus, Lamb of God: have mercy on us.

Jesus, bearer of our sins: have mercy on us.

Jesus, redeemer, redeemer of the world: give us your peace,

give us your peace.

Setting: From Deutsche Messe; Franz peter Schubert; arr. Richard Proulx



Bishop        The Gifts of God for the People of God. Take them in remembrance that Christ died for you, and feed on him in your hearts                           by faith, with thanksgiving.



All baptized persons are invited to share in the Body and Blood of Christ including those of other Christian traditions. The Body of Christ will be placed on your open palm while you receive the Blood of Christ by drinking from the Chalice.

Persons who do not wish to receive may come forward for a blessing with their arms folded across their chest.

Hymns during the Administration of Holy Communion


‘Be not afraid’

 You shall cross the barren desert, but you shall not die of thirst.

You shall wander far in safety, though you do not know the way.

You shall speak your words in foreign lands, and all will understand.

You shall see the face of God and live.



Be not afraid, I go before you always. Come, follow me, and I will give you rest.

If you pass through raging waters in the sea, you shall not drown.

If you walk amid the burning flames, you shall not be harmed.

If you stand before the pow’r of hell and death is at your side,

know that I am with you through it all. (Refrain)

Blessed are your poor, for the kingdom shall be theirs.

Blest are you that weep and mourn, one day you shall laugh.

And if wicked tongues insult and hate you, all because of me.

Blessed, blessed are you. (Refrain)

Words: Robert J. Dufford, SJ / New Dawn Music

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 ‘I am the way’

I am the way, the King of the victory, I am the truth, Lord of the harmony.  I am the light, Light of the world to be.



Hosanna! I hold your hand, my friend. Hosanna! I give you strength, my friend. Hosanna! You walk the seas, my friend. We’re gonna sail to victory Sailing (sailing), sailing (sailing), sailing cross the river, sailing. Sailing (sailing), sailing (sailing), sailing cross the river, sailing. Freedom (sister), freedom (brother), freedom in the life of Jesus. Hosanna! I hold your hand my friend. Hosanna! I give you strength my friend. Hosanna! You walk the seas my friend. We’re gonna sail to victory


I am the vine, you shall abide in me. I am the river, you shall be cleansed in me. I am the rock, you shall have life in me. (Chorus)

I am your brother, living in flesh with thee. I am your savior, dying on Calvary. I am your God, rising in victory. (Chorus)

Words and Music by Richard Ho Lung

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‘Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart’

                                                                                      Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;

all else be nought to me, save that thou art,

thou my best thought, by day or by night,

waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.

 Be thou my wisdom, and thou my true word;

I ever with thee and thou with me, Lord;

thou my great Father; thine own may I be;

thou in me dwelling, and I one with thee.

High King of heaven, when victory is won,

may I reach heaven's joys, bright heaven's Sun!

Heart of my heart, whatever befall,

still be my vision, O Ruler of all.

Words: Irish, versified Mary Elizabeth Byrne / Music: Slane, Irish Ballad Melody



Bishop        Let us pray.

Bishop and People

Almighty Father, we thank you for feeding us with the holy food of the Body and Blood of your Son, and for uniting us through him in the fellowship of your Holy Spirit. We thank you for raising up among us faithful servants for the ministry of your Word and Sacraments. We pray that Donovan may be to us an effective example in word and action, in love and patience, and in holiness of life. Grant that we, with him, may serve you now, and always rejoice in your glory; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

WELCOME / THANK YOU      The Reverend Canon Donovan Ivanhoe Leys 



Bishop        Our help is in the Name of the Lord;

People         The maker of heaven and earth.

Bishop         Blessed be the Name of the Lord

People         From this time forth for evermore. 

Bishop        The blessing, mercy, and grace of God Almighty: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be upon you, and remain with you                        forever. 

People         Amen.


MISSION  HYMN        ‘Go forth for God’                  (The Hymnal 1982, #347)

 Go forth for God, go to the world in peace;

be of good courage, armed with heavenly grace,

in God's good Spirit, daily to increase,

till in the kingdom we behold his face.

 Go forth for God, go to the world in love;

strengthen the faint, give courage to the weak;

help the afflicted; richly from above,

His love supplies the grace and power we seek.

Go forth for God, go to the world in strength;

hold fast the good, be urgent for the right;

render to no one evil; Christ at length

shall overcome all darkness with his light.

Go forth for God, go to the world in joy,

to serve God's people every day and hour,

and serving Christ, our every gift employ,

rejoicing in the Holy Spirit's power.


Deacon        Go forth into the world, rejoicing in the power of the Spirit.

People         In the Name of Christ. Amen



A Medley of Music (Steelpan, Piano and Drumset)


 A  RECEPTION  is prepared for you in the Golden Hall ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, Please join us…….



Canon Leys expresses his profound thanks to the following persons and groups for enriching today’s celebration by their prayers, presence, and participation:

The Right Revered Lawrence C. Provenzano, Bishop of the Diocese of Long Island

 The Reverend Canon Michael F. Delaney, Bishop’s Chaplain and Diocesan Canon Precentor / Minister of Ceremonies

 The Reverend Father Sheldon Hamblin, Litanist

 Visiting Ecumenical and Episcopal Clergy

 The Wardens, Vestry and Members of Saint Gabriel’s

 The Acolytes and Lay Eucharistic Ministers

 The Presenters of the Symbolic Instruments of Shared Ministry

 Davian Alleyne, Director of Music and Organist

Kurleigh Lowe, Pianist / Organist

The Saint Gabriel’s Church Choir

Heather Peterson, Messo-Soprano; Tyler Cohen, Steelpan; Tony Goddard, Drums 

 The Institution, Induction and Reception Committee

 Andrea Wesley, Assistant Parish Administrator

 Sherwin and Shaquille Holder, Andrea Wesley, Media Booth

 The Altar and Ushers’ Guild

Friends of Canon Leys and the Saint Gabriel’s Parish Family

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Dianne Miller, Chair; Davian Alleyne, Michael Ashby, Snr., Stella Ashby,

Lorna Blackwood, Ursula Brown, Tamara Clarke, Carl Elbers, Jillian Gbihi, Stephanie Glasgow, Fay Hunt, Gloria Miller, Tessa Steele-Glasgow, Helen Walker, Andrea Wesley.


The Priest, Wardens, and Vestry of our Parish welcome all visitors and members who have joined us for this celebration. We hope that you had a rewarding spiritual experience, and we pray that you will come again.

If you are looking for a spiritual home, we invite you to join our fellowship by speaking with the Priest or one of the Ushers.

 This Bulletin, with Psalm and Prayers, is from the Book of Common Prayer, 1979. The Scripture Readings are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA.

All Hymns/Music are used with permission under Saint Gabriel’s copyright License #21688433 and 21688440 from Christian Copyright Licensing International, Inc.

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Spiritual Theme 2023

‘Justice, Peace and Respect’

“Will you strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being?”


Mission Statement

‘Expanding God’s Work in His Kingdom through Joyful Worship,

Witness, Education and Outreach’


Ministers of the Church

The Right Reverend Lawrence C. Provenzano

Bishop Diocesan, Diocese of Long Island

The Reverend Canon Donovan Ivanhoe Leys, Priest and Rector

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 The Right Reverend Daniel Allotey

Assisting Bishop, Diocese of Long Island, Bishop in Residence

Dianne Miller and Noel Browne, Wardens

R. Clifford Loncke and Ivonne. E. Waldron, Wardens Emeritus

Andrea Wesley, Assistant Parish Administrator 

Davian D. Alleyne, Director of Music and Organist

Pablo Martinez and Zelma Murray, Custodians



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