January 29, 2017 – Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

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

click here to download a copy of the prayers

We invite you to include the Anglican Bishop of your region in your prayers.

  • Bishop Logan McMenamie, Diocese of British Columbia
  • Bishop Melissa Skelton, Diocese of New Westminster
  • Bishop William Anderson, Diocese of Caledoniaclick here to download a copy of the prayers
  • Bishop John Privett, Diocese of Kootenay
  • Bishop Barbara Andrews, Diocese of The Territory of the People

With the words, God of ever-new beginnings you are invited to respond Hear our prayer.

Called to the faith that tries over and again, that never gives failure the last word, we pray for your church, your world, and those in need.

a brief silence

We pray for wholeness in the body of Christ, for common compassionate in the life of many faiths. Today we pray especially for Shepherd of the Valley in Langley and Pastor Kristen Steele and Hope Lutheran Shared Ministry in Mackenzie and Pastor Henry Dunbar. Inspire the work of our partnership with the Anglican Church of Canada. Bless Bishop (name) of the Diocese of (name).

God of ever-new beginnings

Hear our prayer.

We praise you for the complexity of this earth, that gives birth to life in such great diversity and abundance. Give us the willingness to care for it as the treasure it is, and the strength to say no to wasteful use of its resources. Let us stand before the night-time sky and say, “How much greater than this is the wonder of love that redeems broken lives and provides courage and joy on our journeys.”

God of ever-new beginnings

Hear our prayer.

We compliment the peace-makers, the peace-keepers, and beg you to continually re-configure our hearts and minds that we too contribute to communities with room for all, countries willing to be counted on for peace, and leaders arrested by a passion for fairness.

God of ever-new beginnings

Hear our prayer.

We pray for those whose families fail them, whose health is unreliable, whose road is difficult. Enable us to open ourselves to your use that we may your hands, heart, and love in their lives. We pray especially for those who have requested your care and strength (name those on the prayer list)

God of ever-new beginnings

Hear our prayer.

We ask for your voice speaking into our hearts the benefit of “enough.” Quell the urge to have more, do more, as if life is a commodity to buy, sell, and squander. Teach us the wealth of friendship, of helping and being helped, of being still and knowing that you are God.

God of ever-new beginnings

Hear our prayer.

We thank you for putting this congregation into the landscape of our lives. Bless it and us as we seek to be a people for whom no kindness is too small to matter, no pain too large to be shared. May we do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with you every day of our lives.

God of ever-new beginnings

Hear our prayer.

In the name of that mystery of you, of the Trinity dancing together in the many circumstances of life here and now, of life tomorrow, of life in the eternity unknowable.

Amen

 

 

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