April 3, 2016 – Second Sunday of Easter

The following prayers have been adapted for congregational use by Rebecca Garber

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With the words, Hear us, O God of resurrection and light, you are invited to respond Your mercy is great.

From our deepest place of abundance and compassion, we pray for the life  of the church, the lives of people in need, and the flourishing of all creation.

a brief silence

Renew us all as we live out the resurrection day to day, week by week. Bless us as we announce the good news of renewal and rebirth in our relationships with friends and family, our wider community, and people whose paths cross with ours. Make the strengths of our Lutheran church and our partner Anglican Church of Canada meld and move us all. We pray especially for Spirit of Life Lutheran in Vancouver and Pastor Cliff Reinhardt, St. Paul Shared Ministry in Barriere  and Trinity Shared Ministry in Clearwater and Rev. Brian Krushel.

Hear us, O God of resurrection and light

Your mercy is great.

Let us breathe in the fresh air of spring and awaken the muscles that tend gardens and farms. Send us the warming sun after our winter rains have saturated yards, fields, and mountains and prepared the flowers and crops to come. Let us celebrate our abundance as the lilies in the fields.

Hear us, O God of resurrection and light

Your mercy is great.

Make us all cooperators in our nation’s work towards justice and well-being for all, concentrating on the least of us. Bless our work in settling Syrian refugees, and our support for survivors of natural disasters and those whose lives are torn by countries at war. Give us strength to deal with the threat of terrorism without demonizing the innocent.

Hear us, O God of resurrection and light

Your mercy is great.

Pour out your mercy through us to strengthen those who must persevere in difficult times in body, mind, or soul. Enable us all to learn even through the toughest times we face. We pray especially for those we name aloud or in the depths of our being. Bless those who have requested your care and strength (name those on the prayer list)

Hear us, O God of resurrection and light

Your mercy is great.

Unite our community as we seek to praise and pursue you as the very ground of our being. Gather together our varied gifts and harmonize the sound and movement of instruments, voices, hands and feet, bodies and mind.

Hear us, O God of resurrection and light

Your mercy is great.

You have united us with the insights and faith of people, living and dead, who heard the call to full humanity and said, “yes, Lord, yes.”

Hear us, O God of resurrection and light

Your mercy is great.

We hand all this over to your care and tenderness, O God, trusting your Holy Spirit to make us ever-new, ever stronger, ever faithful. In the name of the Risen Christ,

Amen

 

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