March 31, 2019 – Fourth Sunday of Lent

   

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

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
  • ArchBishop Melissa Skelton, Diocese of New Westminster
  • Bishop David Lehmann, Diocese of Caledonia
  • Bishop David Lehmann, 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 March 31, 2019 – Forth Sunday of Lent

As we revel in the love you shower upon us, let us pray for the church and all believers, the world, and those in need.

A moment of silence

To the words “O Christ, who transforms everything into newness” you are invited to respond “Hear our prayer.”

You, who make all things new, make our church ever more relevant and responsive to the new expressions of spirituality and longing for meaning in our communities. Make us into amiable and effective ambassadors for Christ inside and outside the walls of the churches in which we worship.

O Christ, who transforms everything into newness Hear our prayer.

Bestow dignity upon migrant and seasonal workers, upon the desperate illegal immigrants who come to wealthy nations willing to do the work many consider beneath them. Grant them their rightful place in the world to which they belong, the world we must work to preserve for future generations.

O Christ, who transforms everything into newness Hear our prayer.

Inspire artists, musicians, and poets (like John Donne, whom we commemorate today) who point us to the extraordinary beauty in our ordinary lives—and ultimately to you, God, the great example and giver of creativity.

O Christ, who transforms everything into newness Hear our prayer.

Move us to tend to those who suffer in mind, body, or spirit. Enable us to find ways to erase trauma from the very cells of those who have been abused. Change the heart of those who bully and mistreat others, and enable us to defend their victims when we can. We pray especially for those we name aloud or silently in our hearts.

(include those listed in the bulletin for prayers)

O Christ, who transforms everything into newness Hear our prayer.

Feed our faith and imagination in the bread and wine we share in commemoration of the promise of your eternal care and community. Let us receive it as feast for the soul in the same way that we relish the daily meals that sustain our living.

O Christ, who transforms everything into newness Hear our prayer.

Use your novel wisdom in inspiring our partnership with the Anglican Church of Canada and Bishop (name bishop in your region), the Roman Catholic churches and Bishop (name bishop in your area) and our own Bishop Greg. We offer prayers for the churches of our synod, especially Living Faith in Sechelt and Interim Pastor Richard Hergesheimer and Lord of Life Mission in Sandspit and Interim Pastor Jim Whaley.

O Christ, who transforms everything into newness Hear our prayer.

Inspire us to learn to be quiet and attentive enough to hear the urgings of your spirit in our lives, to feel your constant presence when we are assaulted by frustrations, worries, and illness. Give us the courage to act on those messages you lay upon our hearts.

O Christ, who transforms everything into newness Hear our prayer.

All this we pray in the name of the Christ. AMEN.

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