April 22, 2018 – Fourth Sunday of Easter

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

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We invite you to include the Anglican and the Roman Catholic Bishops of your region in your prayers.

Anglican Bishops:

  • Bishop Logan McMenamie, Diocese of British Columbia
  • Bishop Melissa Skelton, Diocese of New Westminster
  • Bishop David Lehmann, Diocese of Caledonia
  • Bishop John Privett, Diocese of Kootenay
  • Bishop Barbara Andrews, Diocese of The Territory of the People

Roman Catholic Bishops:

  • Archdiocese of Vancouver – Archbishop Michael Miller
  • Diocese of Kamloops – Bishop Joseph Nguyen
  • Diocese of Nelson – Bishop Robert Bourgon
  • Diocese of Prince George – Bishop Stephen Jensen
  • Diocese of Victoria – Bishop Gary Gordon

Prayers for April 22, 2018 – Fourth Sunday of Easter

With the words “O Source of Love everlasting” you are invited to respond:

 HEAR OUR PRAYER. ALLELUIA.

Knowing that you made the language of compassion, we pray for the life of the church, the world, and people in need.

A moment of silence

Challenge us to see and embrace ourselves as the stuff of the stars. Let us align ourselves with our greatness and our humility as children held by your gaze. Breathe your actions and reactions into the work of: church custodians and office managers; Sunday school teachers and confirmation leaders; baptismal sponsors and youth workers; pastors, deacons, and bishops.

O Source of Love everlasting

HEAR OUR PRAYER. ALLELUIA.

You speak peace and calm into a troubled and chaotic world. Give us the time and the will to be still and know that you are God. Comfort us, because we can trust you and find the calm in the centre of the storm. We commit ourselves to participating in your acts of reconciliation on a globe riven with conflict.

O Source of Love everlasting

HEAR OUR PRAYER. ALLELUIA.

Return our earth to its health and fullness, and make our ever-changing habits a part of its rejuvenation. Bless hills and mountains; river valleys and marshes alive with spring warmth; grassy plains, arctic ice, and the fragile and beautiful coral reefs.

O Source of Love everlasting

HEAR OUR PRAYER. ALLELUIA.

 Though we plead with whole hearts that we might escape distress and disaster, they will come and people will help. Protect and guide all first responders. Give them the presence of your care and patience as they deal with people stunned by the unexpected. We call on you to bless: firefighters, paramedics, police officers, and disaster relief and crisis intervention teams. Make it possible for our military personnel to be involved in peace-keeping and relief efforts instead of war.

O Source of Love everlasting

HEAR OUR PRAYER. ALLELUIA.

Open our eyes so that we see more and more ways to participate in your Incarnation. Make us feel the companionship of faithful people everywhere. We pray especially for our partner Anglican Church of Canada, the Anglican Bishop in your region, the Roman Catholic Church, the Roman Catholic Bishop in your region and our own Bishop Greg. We pray for the congregations of our BC Synod: Oakridge in Vancouver and Pastor Dorothy Chu and Redeemer in Vancouver and Pastor Katrina Vigen.

O Source of Love everlasting

HEAR OUR PRAYER. ALLELUIA.

Satisfy our hungry hearts, whether we long for love and friendship, well-being and purpose in our days, or healing of any kind. We pray especially for those we name aloud or quietly in our heart….

 (Include those listed in the bulletin for prayer)

O Source of Love everlasting

HEAR OUR PRAYER. ALLELUIA.

Knowing that your arms are strong and your loving ears await us always, we lay our prayers before you, like a blanket of rose petals swirling up to the heavens. In the name of the Christ.

 AMEN.

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