April 7, 2019 – Fifth 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 April 7, 2019 – Fifth Sunday of Lent

Anoint us with the fragrant oil of your love as we pray for the church and all believers, the world, and those in need.

A moment of silence

To the words “You who made us whole and holy at baptism” you are invited to respond “Hear us, we pray.”

Give us the willingness and courage to say to those in our lives: Forgive me; I forgive you; Thank you; and I love you. Let us never assume that people know what is in our hearts if we never tell them. Let us learn from the power of being forgiven, what it is to forgive: to let go of the wrongs, the traumas, the sorrows of our past that impede our future.

You who made us whole and holy at baptism. Hear us, we pray.

Teach us to trust that wherever destruction by flood, famine, or fire has devastated land and lives, green shoots of new growth appear. Make us participate actively in the care of the environment that can mitigate the climate change that threatens us with more and more ecological crises.

You who made us whole and holy at baptism. Hear us, we pray.

Bless and inspire politicians and leaders here and elsewhere to hold fast to sound principles and personal integrity, despite the complexities and conflicting information that cloud the view of what is right and true. Give us the courage to pay attention and participate in our democracy even when the daily news drains and discourages us.

You who made us whole and holy at baptism. Hear us, we pray.

Help us wipe away the tears of those who suffer, if even in the smallest ways: being there, listening, phoning, running an errand or two. Energize those who bear the burdens of hard labour and deep despair with your presence. We pray especially for those we name aloud or silently in our hearts.

(include those listed in the bulletin for prayers)

You who made us whole and holy at baptism. Hear us, we pray.

Fill the air with the sweet perfume of Mary’s loving anointing of Jesus as he, exhausted, continues his way to Jerusalem, to his death. Fill us with such gratitude and love that it overflows into our encounters with those we meet day by day. Let your love spill over people in need like warm, spring rain.

You who made us whole and holy at baptism. Hear us, we pray.

Make our common baptism infuse 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 Spirit of Life in Vancouver and Pastor Clifford Reinhart and North Thompson Ecumenical Shared Ministry in Barriere and Clearwater and Pastor Brian Krushel.

You who made us whole and holy at baptism. Hear us, we pray.

Accompany those for whom death draws near—and those who deal with the subtle decline and substantial setbacks that aging brings to most all of us. Inspire us to surrender our situation to your grace, and meet the challenges with curiosity and creativity.

You who made us whole and holy at baptism. Hear us, we pray.

All this and whatever else is muddling our hearts and minds, we lift up to your love. AMEN.

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