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Some Mohr Jottings – Jan 2016

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April 17, 2016 – Fourth 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.

With eyes wide open to compassion and abundance, we pray for the life of the church, the lives of people in need, and the bounty of all creation.

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God of divine fathering and mothering, you nurture us in the best that we can be and do. Move among all people who appreciate and care for this world with its abundant life. Merge the gifts of our Lutheran church and our partner Anglican Church of Canada. We pray especially today for First Lutheran in Vancouver and Pastor Lori-Ann Boutin-Crawford and Lutheran campus ministry across our land.

Hear us, O God of resurrection and light

Your mercy is great.

Fill us with thankfulness, indeed reverence, as we eat and drink the fruits of fields and oceans. Let us take only what we need and to waste nothing. Bless our composting and recycling, our reusing and refashioning of the bounty that laces our lives with “enough.” Open our hearts to an overwhelming desire to preserve resources for our children, grandchildren, and all who are to come.

Hear us, O God of resurrection and light

Your mercy is great.

Grant your wisdom and discernment to all those whose decisions affect the lives of others. Let your spirit move among them and us, whether or not we realize it, whatever we call the divine spark. Fill our institutions and our bureaucracies with reconciliation.

Hear us, O God of resurrection and light

Your mercy is great.

Respond to the agonized call of people languishing in grief, in loneliness or despair, or in chronic pain and casual  illness. 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.

Sustain our communities and inspire us to work in ways large and small to find a place for all. Unite us in a common struggle to include those who are widowed, children without parents, and people lacking a permanent place to call home.

Hear us, O God of resurrection and light

Your mercy is great.

Give strength to all of us who travel this pilgrimage of life marked by your love, your compassion, and your model of living for others. Make us walk in courage and hope until we rest in eternity with all those faithful ones who have come before us.

Hear us, O God of resurrection and light

Your mercy is great.

We move into the comfort and protection under your wings and give all this to you. In the name of the Risen Christ,

Amen

 

 

 

April 10, 2016 – Third Sunday of Easter

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

click here to download a copy of the prayers

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

With eyes wide open to compassion and abundance, we pray for the life of the church, the lives of people in need, and the diversity and sustaining of all creation.

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Nurturing God, you supply what we need–and more! Let us find ways to share it. Make us the first to let go of resentments and the last to give up on love. Merge the gifts of our Lutheran church and our partner Anglican Church of Canada. We pray especially today for Dunbar Lutheran in Vancouver and Pastor Thomas Keeley, our synod staff, and for our church’s seminaries, their faculty, and their students.

Hear us, O God of resurrection and light

Your mercy is great.

Warm our hearts and fill our souls as the earth sprouts, birds sing, and seals bark and cavort as they mate. Let us take time each day, each night, to notice and whisper “thank you, thank you”–and then go forth to preserve and protect the planet for those to come. Hear and see that life never ends.

Hear us, O God of resurrection and light

Your mercy is great.

Move upon the minds and hearts of those persecuted for conscience, for justice, for equitable distribution of wealth. Make us mindful of the need for low-cost housing and shelters for the homeless, and enable us to build communities not based on hierarchies of wealth.

Hear us, O God of resurrection and light

Your mercy is great.

Restore the well-being of people who cry out in suffering because of minds, bodies, or souls assaulted by the things that can go wrong. 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.

Inspire the work of translators, authors, poets, and composers who bring your spirit to us and to others. We remember especially Mikael Agricola, Bishop of Turku, who we commemorate today for translations into Finnish.

Hear us, O God of resurrection and light

Your mercy is great.

Encourage us to let go of regrets and move through today and into the future with hearts open. Let us contemplate and embrace the many possibilities that offer wealth beyond measure. And make us move, that we always are beginning something: a new relationship, a long walk, a trip.

Hear us, O God of resurrection and light

Your mercy is great.

We move under the protection of your wings and give all this to you. In the name of the Risen Christ,

Amen

 

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.

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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

 

Easter Sunday – March 27, 2016

 

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.

On this High Feast, we lift up our hopes and dreams for new and renewed life for your church, your beloved earth, and all those in need that the whole world can see the luminous promise of abundance.

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Fill us with the promise of life fully lived in our families, our churches, and our wider communities. Let us embody the unity that comes from honouring our differences and finding common ground. Make the strengths of our Lutheran church and our partner Anglican Church of Canada meld and move us all. We pray especially for Living Faith Lutheran in Sechelt and Pastor Ian Nestegaard Paul and Lord of Life Mission in Sandspit.

Hear us, O God of resurrection and light

Your mercy is great.

Preserve our lands and seas, and the diversity of life that dwells within them. Water flowers and shrubs, forests and growing crops. Draw us into the nurture of our environment and daily contemplation of its power and glory.

Hear us, O God of resurrection and light

Your mercy is great.

Renew our commitment to demand that our nation be one of the peace-makers in a world torn by bloodshed and injustice. When our dreams for peace and sanctuary for refugees are dashed, turn our eyes to the empty tomb and your movement towards wholeness around the globe.

Hear us, O God of resurrection and light

Your mercy is great.

Visit compassion upon us and through us that the hungry may be fed, the weak protected, and the sick and weary nursed and cared for. 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.

Infuse this congregation with the power of your love among us. Reveal yourself and your power of love and abundance in us and through us. Transform grief and death into the beauty of the mystery and dance of the Trinity.

Hear us, O God of resurrection and light

Your mercy is great.

Enable us to celebrate all those people of faith who have met you in death and live with the memory of their lives. Make us ready to live fully and to die in peace and thanksgiving.

Hear us, O God of resurrection and light

Your mercy is great.

Jesus the Christ has died, Jesus the Christ has risen, Jesus the Christ comes again and again among us. Christ is risen indeed Alleluia. In his name, we pray

Amen

 

January 10, 2016 – Baptism of Our Lord

December 24, 2015 – Nativity of Our Lord, Christmas Eve

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

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You have come, a helpless, hapless infant, looking at us with unfocused eyes in a head that needs support by loving hands, a body that needs food and regular diaper changes. You have come, the triumph of a God who requires our participation.

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With the words, Holy Child of Bethlehem, you are invited to respond “hear our prayer.”

Let us pray for the church throughout all ages; for those who proclaim the gospel and those who teach; for poets, artists, and musicians–and for all baptized people playing their role in your nativity.

Holy Child of Bethlehem, hear our prayer

 For the earth, your beloved creation, and our fragile home;

Holy Child of Bethlehem, hear our prayer

Let us see your hopes and dreams for peace and justice to all countries of the world. Help us to become ever more loving and understanding in the complex matter of making a place for all on a crowded planet.

Holy Child of Bethlehem, hear our prayer

Let us find our ways to act out the love we learn from you and your community of faith. Be with those overwhelmed by hectic holiday rush or excluded from its joys and celebrations. We pray especially for those we name aloud or in the silence of our hearts. (include those in the bulletin)

Holy Child of Bethlehem,hear our prayer

Let us find ever more ways to live together in our faith community, in our families, and in our communities. May we find the joy of giving ourselves in mission to others and the humility to receive what others offer us.

Holy Child of Bethlehem, hear our prayer

Receive our prayers and make us ready to receive you this year, every year, ever more in the name of the Light of the World.

AMEN.

 

 

December 20, 2015 – Fourth Sunday of Advent

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

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Emmanuel has done great things within us, Emmanuel is among us now, Emmanuel is coming soon. Let us rise up and receive the great things being done in us, your people.

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With the words, God who feeds us with freedom and vision, you are invited to respond “hear our prayer.”

Let us stand up and revel in the wisdom you offer, in our baptism working within us like yeast within bread dough. Inspire our leaders of music and liturgy, and join us in this joyful work as your people

God who feeds us with freedom and vision; hear our prayer 

Let us participate in your loving care of the cosmos, and join in gratitude for both darkness and light, cold and warmth. Save our mountains from degradation, and send us into those steep places for reflection and relaxation.

God who feeds us with freedom and vision; hear our prayer

Let us see your hopes and dreams for peace and justice to all countries of the world. Help us to become ever more loving and understanding in the complex matter of making a place for all on a crowded planet.

God who feeds us with freedom and vision; hear our prayer

Let us find our ways to act out the love we learn from you and your community of faith. Be with those overwhelmed by hectic holiday rush or excluded from its joys and celebrations. We pray especially for those we name aloud or in the silence of our hearts. (include those in the bulletin)

God who feeds us with freedom and vision; hear our prayer

Let us find ever more ways to live together in our faith community, in our families, and in our communities. May we find the joy of giving ourselves in mission to others and the humility to receive what others offer us.

God who feeds us with freedom and vision; hear our prayer

Let us appreciate the commonalities and the differences we fold together in our partnership with the Anglican Church of Canada. Bless the congregations of the BC Synod, especially Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran in Comox and our seminaries in Saskatoon and Waterloo.

God who feeds us with freedom and vision; hear our prayer

Let us recall all the people of faith who inspired us and have moved on from earthly life, especially the Katharina von Bora Luther. Help us to find ways of living and loving that will call others to one day remember us.

God who feeds us with freedom and vision; hear our prayer

Receive our prayers and make us ready to receive you this year, every year, ever more in the name of the Light of the World.

AMEN.

 

 

December 13, 2015 – Third Sunday of Advent

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

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Emmanuel has come, Emmanuel is here, Emmanuel is coming soon. Let us wait with anticipation for God’s promises to the church, the earth, and those in need.

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With the words, God of waiting and wonder, you are invited to respond “hear our prayer.”

Give the courage of compassion to your church throughout the world, to bishops, pastors and seminaries as they translate your presence into the fabric of the everyday. Give us all the ways of people redeemed by letting go of fears and failings.

God of waiting and wonder; hear our prayer 

Stir us to protect our globe, marvel at glaciers, and celebrate this time when vegetation is dormant and animals hibernate. Let us take our own time to be inward and pensive as we move into the light of the world.

God of waiting and wonder; hear our prayer

Move us to love the nations of the world in all their diversity, to support soldiers and police, and to oppose oppression. Guide us in our welcome of Syrian refugees seeking a new life and new history in Canada. Help us to make room for newcomers.

God of waiting and wonder; hear our prayer

Open our hearts and minds to those in need: the sick, the cold, and the injured; the outcasts. Let us ponder those who will die today, that they may feel our spirits with them as they move on. We pray especially for those we name aloud or in the silence of our hearts. (include those in the bulletin)

God of waiting and wonder; hear our prayer

Merge our spirits with your tenacious love as we create and re-create a congregation that is family that embodies joy, and draws us into service to your beloved world. Your kingdom comes slowly, surely through us as we receive the bread and wine of your abundance and grace.

God of waiting and wonder; hear our prayer

Make us willing and able to appreciate the commonalities and the differences we fold together in our partnership with the Anglican Church of Canada. Bless the congregations of the BC Synod, especially Chetwynd Shared Ministry in Chetwynd and Christ Lutheran in Chilliwack and Pastor Dean Andersen.

God of waiting and wonder’ hear our prayer

Call to our memory all the people of faith who inspired us and have moved into eternity, especially the martyr Lucy, also known as Santa Lucia. Help us, like them, to move through our lives in a way that the gift of baptism becomes ever more real, ever more transformative.

God of waiting and wonder; hear our prayer

With the hunger of a lover awaiting the touch of the beloved, we commend all for whom we pray.

AMEN.

 

 

December 6, 2015 – Second Sunday of Advent

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

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Emmanuel has come, Emmanuel is here, Emmanuel is coming soon. Let us join hands in prayer for the church, the earth, and those in need, that all receive what God promises to give.

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With the words, God of anticipation, you are invited to respond: hear our prayer.

Come with the unity that encompasses and celebrates differences while joining us together in the human journey that is ours. Purify us and prepare us to be a force of courage, renewal, and replenishment in a winter world.

God of anticipation:  hear our prayer

Come again and again, in new ways and old, that we may meet and walk with you on this planet you have made. Nurture health in our lands and seas, lakes and rivers, that plants and animals may flourish and delight us.

God of anticipation:  hear our prayer

Come to all nations of the world, infecting heads of state and regional leaders with a passion for fairness and peace that will not be stilled by the challenges of hatred and lack of understanding. We pray especially for (name special areas of concern).

God of anticipation:  hear our prayer

Come with tender hands and open heart to everyone in need. Heal the sick and speak to their loneliness. Answer the cries of those who are poor and without proper housing, and those who have fled from violence or famine. We pray especially for those we name aloud or in the silence of our hearts. (include those in the bulletin)

God of anticipation:  hear our prayer

Come to our congregation as  we prepare again–and as if for the first time–for your Advent into our midst as weak, poor, and outcast. Let. us prepare a place and take you in to our lives that we may become your presence to those we love and those we encounter.

God of anticipation:  hear our prayer

Come to our growing partnership with the Anglican Church of Canada and to the congregations of the BC Synod, especially Grace Lutheran in Burnaby and Pastor Nathan Fong and Mount Zion in Smithers.

God of anticipation:  hear our prayer

Come into our minds as we remember all the faithful ones past, present, and future. We pray  especially for Nicholas, Bishop of Myra. Bring us with them to know your eternity in every moment.

God of anticipation:  hear our prayer

In you, we pray with the Light that has come, the Light that is, and the Light that is to come.  AMEN.