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Synodical Notes – Fall 2018

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October 14, 2018 – Time after Pentecost (Autumn)-

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 October 14, 2018 – Time After Pentecost (Autumn)

With the words “You have promised to be with us always,” you are invited to respond by signing Hymn #752:

LORD, LISTEN TO YOUR CHILDREN PRAYING

LORD, SEND YOUR SPIRIT IN THIS PLACE

LORD LISTEN TO YOUR CHILDREN PRAYING

SEND US LOVE, SEND US POWER, SEND US GRACE.

Remembering that your power is part of our daily journey, we pray for the life of the church, the world, and people who are hungry and needy.

A moment of silence

God of the incarnation of Christ, you named our senses good and blessed. In our tasting and touching, our smelling, hearing, and seeing , make us alive to the mystery of life. Inspire our daily attention to finding you and your power all around us in the ordinary and in the extraordinary.

You have promised to be with us always

LORD, LISTEN TO YOUR CHILDREN PRAYING

LORD, SEND YOUR SPIRIT IN THIS PLACE

LORD LISTEN TO YOUR CHILDREN PRAYING

SEND US LOVE, SEND US POWER, SEND US GRACE.

God of holy imagination, you imagined the lights of the heavens and the textures of earth. You breathed delight into the power of the wind and painted the canvass of all creatures of earth, sea, and sky. Renew us in wisdom, for you are the midwife of all our holy beginnings.

You have promised to be with us always

LORD, LISTEN TO YOUR CHILDREN PRAYING

LORD, SEND YOUR SPIRIT IN THIS PLACE

LORD LISTEN TO YOUR CHILDREN PRAYING

SEND US LOVE, SEND US POWER, SEND US GRACE.

You are always on the side of fairness and justice. Insinuate your values into our courtrooms, prisons, and in neighbourhoods. Guide those who manage great wealth to do so with integrity and generosity.

You have promised to be with us always

LORD, LISTEN TO YOUR CHILDREN PRAYING

LORD, SEND YOUR SPIRIT IN THIS PLACE

LORD LISTEN TO YOUR CHILDREN PRAYING

SEND US LOVE, SEND US POWER, SEND US GRACE.

You know what exists deep within us–our truths and our falsehoods. You sit with us as we experience the heights and depths of human life. Lead us deeper and deeper into that inner universe where we commune with your wisdom and make it our own.

You have promised to be with us always

LORD, LISTEN TO YOUR CHILDREN PRAYING

LORD, SEND YOUR SPIRIT IN THIS PLACE

LORD LISTEN TO YOUR CHILDREN PRAYING

SEND US LOVE, SEND US POWER, SEND US GRACE.

You call us to continuing communion with our partner Anglican Church of Canada, their bishop in your region, and our own Bishop Greg. Bless and pray for the Roman Catholic Church and their bishop in your region.  We pray for congregations of our BC Synod: First in Vancouver and Pastor Rebekah Swanson and Lutheran Campus Ministry across Canada.

You have promised to be with us always

LORD, LISTEN TO YOUR CHILDREN PRAYING

LORD, SEND YOUR SPIRIT IN THIS PLACE

LORD LISTEN TO YOUR CHILDREN PRAYING

SEND US LOVE, SEND US POWER, SEND US GRACE.

 Help us to see in ourselves those who are hungry, who hurt, who have too much trial and too little blessing in their lives. Call out to us that we may recognize you within and among the hopeless and hurting ones–for you have made us one body in Christ. Hear our petitions for those whose names we say aloud or silently in our hearts.

(Include those listed in the bulletin for prayer)

You have promised to be with us always

LORD, LISTEN TO YOUR CHILDREN PRAYING

LORD, SEND YOUR SPIRIT IN THIS PLACE

LORD LISTEN TO YOUR CHILDREN PRAYING

SEND US LOVE, SEND US POWER, SEND US GRACE.

We pray in the name of Christ: the Life that creates life, the Life that saves life, and the Life that loves life.

 AMEN.

October 7, 2018 – Time after Pentecost (Autumn)

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 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 October 7, 2018 – Time After Pentecost (Autumn)

With the words “God of stillness and breath,” you are invited to respond:   HEAR OUR PRAYER.

Acknowledging that our baptism has made us part of the family of Jesus, we pray for the life of the church, the world, and people who are hungry and needy.

A moment of silence

God of all thankfulness and praise, we come to you with hands full of the bounty of the harvest. Gather us around tables laden with good food and the celebration of shared blessings. Move us to share our wealth of foods and goods with those who have too little. Protect all those who travel on this holiday weekend.

God of stillness and breath  HEAR OUR PRAYER.

Help us to view animals and forests, seas and snakes, deserts and tropical forests as your footprint on the earth we love. Make us increasingly aware that the diversity of this planet reflects your desire for abundance and blessing that reaches all people.

God of stillness and breath  HEAR OUR PRAYER.

Breathe your spirit into those who rule, that governments become more just and countries safer and more blessed. Call us to take part in civic life, and to stay present with the controversies that rage when we take a position for the good of all.

God of stillness and breath  HEAR OUR PRAYER.

Join our voices with all those who give thanks for good medical care and healing that follow illness or injury. Bless all those who work in medical professions, that their skills may provide healing, consolation, and well-being.

God of stillness and breath  HEAR OUR PRAYER.

Bless the continuing communion with our partner Anglican Church of Canada, their Bishop in your region, the Roman Catholic Church, their Bishop in your region and our own Bishop Greg. We pray for the congregations of our BC Synod: Dunbar in Vancouver and Pastor Thomas Keeley and for the BC Synod staff.

God of stillness and breath  HEAR OUR PRAYER.

 Reveal yourself to us as we walk the pilgrimage of our earthly life. Give us strength to carry on when we must, take time for ourselves when we must–and the wisdom to know the difference. Hear our petitions for those whose names we say aloud or silently in our hearts.

(Include those listed in the bulletin for prayer)

God of stillness and breath  HEAR OUR PRAYER.

We join hands and move with the music in the dance of the mysterious three-in-one and one-in-three.

 AMEN.

September 30, 2018 –

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 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 September 30, 2018 – Time After Pentecost (Autumn)

With the words “Cradle us in the blanket of your love,” you are invited to respond:

 HEAR US, WE PRAY.

Affirming that our world is your great gift to us, we pray for the life of the church, the world, and people who are hungry and needy.

A moment of silence

Lead us to discover and celebrate our unique skills and find ways for us to use them in ushering in your kingdom. Set your church on fire with compassion and the power of working together for the good of all. Make us weavers of the beautiful tapestry of human diversity.

Cradle us in the blanket of your love.  HEAR US, WE PRAY.

Help us to discover that our own influence may be small, but together we are strong. Together, we can protect the resources that sustain life and fill earth with beauty. Make us willing caretakers of the harvests of field and sea, and of rest and renewal for future crops.

Cradle us in the blanket of your love.  HEAR US, WE PRAY.

Take from us the cynicism and discouragement that prevent us from using our democratic processes to create a fair and fruitful nation. Give civic life new energy, and make us listen and respond to those who see new and better ways to manage our lives together.

Cradle us in the blanket of your love.  HEAR US, WE PRAY.

Move us with the powerful stories of our faith, that our daily lives blossom with grace. We pray each day for new insights into how to move as your people through routine everyday life–and through times of special trial and difficulty.

Cradle us in the blanket of your love.  HEAR US, WE PRAY.

Bless the continuing communion with our partner Anglican Church of Canada, their Bishop in your region, the Roman Catholic Church, their Bishop in your region, and our own Bishop Greg. We pray for the congregations of our BC Synod: North Thompson Ecumenical Shared Ministry in Barriere and Clearwater  and Pastor Brian Krushel and Spirit of Life in Vancouver and Pastor Clifford Reinhardt.

Cradle us in the blanket of your love.  HEAR US, WE PRAY.

 Teach us to pray the harder prayers–the petitions that catch in our throats when illness, injury, or hardship become ours. Help us hang on to your promise of healing when it seems impossible. Bless us with valuable learning from the hard times. Hear our petitions for those whose names we say aloud or silently in our hearts.

(Include those listed in the bulletin for prayer)

Cradle us in the blanket of your love.  HEAR US, WE PRAY.

We stand before you illuminated by your love and commend all our prayers to you through the mystery of the Trinity.

 AMEN.

September 23, 2018 – Time after Pentecost (Autumn)

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

please click here to download a copy of the prayers

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 September 23, 2018 – Time After Pentecost (Autumn)

With the words “You have called us by name, and we are yours,” you are invited to respond:

 HEAR OUR PRAYER.

In the morning that is yours and the evening that follows, we pray for the life of the church, the world, and people who are hungry and needy.

A moment of silence

O God of transformation, you call us to create a community of caring in this place. Grant your church power to reach deeply into the lives of others in life-changing ways. Make us constantly aware that your universe is one of beauty and abundance.

You have called us by name, and we are yours

HEAR OUR PRAYER.

O God of a plentiful planet, you invite us to share in your creation by appreciating singing whales and buzzing honeybees. Glaciers and deserts, mountains and seaside all point to your glory. Make us care for this world with the tenderness of a mother cradling her newborn at her breast.

You have called us by name, and we are yours

HEAR OUR PRAYER.

O God of justice, plant your thinking in the minds of rulers, so that governments create societies that seek the common good. Enable us to take actions large and small that protect those who are most vulnerable. When we are blessed with strength, let us offer ourselves to do your work.

You have called us by name, and we are yours

HEAR OUR PRAYER.

O God of welcome, you place children among us and call us to cherish them and teach them how to love life and live fully. Open our ears to the wisdom of the young that we may learn from them as they learn from us. May we keep child-like wonder alive as we move through life.

You have called us by name, and we are yours

HEAR OUR PRAYER.

You bless the continuing communion with our partner Anglican Church of Canada, their Bishop in your region, the Roman Catholic Church, their Bishop in your region, and our own Bishop Greg. We pray for the congregations of our BC Synod: Living Faith in Sechelt and Interim Pastor Richard Hergesheimer and Lord of Life Mission in Sandspit and Interim Pastor Jim Whaley.

You have called us by name, and we are yours

HEAR OUR PRAYER.

 O God of health and wholeness, reconcile the conflicts and disputes that rend lives apart. Teach us to stand by people crippled by trauma and difficulties. In times of illness and brokenness, help us find your still point in our distress. Hear our petitions for those whose names we say aloud or silently in our hearts.

(Include those listed in the bulletin for prayer)

You have called us by name, and we are yours

HEAR OUR PRAYER.

Into the warmth and tenderness of your love, we commend our prayers today and always.

 AMEN.

September 16, 2018 – Time after Pentecost (Autumn)

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

please click here to download a copy of the prayers

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 September 16, 2018 – Time After Pentecost

With the words “Creator of the stars and sun,” you are invited to respond:

 HEAR US, WE PRAY.

In the morning that is yours and the evening that follows, we pray for the life of the church, the world, and people who are hungry and needy.

A moment of silence

O God, you call your beloved ones and bless us with wonders, small and large, day by day. Give your people and your church power to reach into the lives of others with acceptance and understanding. Make us aware each and every moment that there is always enough love to go around.

Creator of the stars and sun

HEAR US, WE PRAY.

You call upon us to listen to and learn from environmentalists about how to walk more gently upon the earth. Make us open to new and better ways to live on our wobbly earth and ensure food and water for all. Let us fight against all moves to change water into a commodity instead of the birthright of all humans, plants, and animals.

Creator of the stars and sun

HEAR US, WE PRAY.

You offer to renew our leaders in the fairness and wisdom that their roles demand of them. Help them turn to you when they are lost. Make them find their way into the mysteries of creation so that the sheer wonder of it causes them to choose the best path and policies.

Creator of the stars and sun

HEAR US, WE PRAY.

You invite us to follow you with the proven strength of our faith tradition and with open hearts to the gospel for a changing world. Give us courage to face the fear of the unknown, of translating ancient texts into up-to-the-minute truths. Help us to trust you when our paths twist and turn.

Creator of the stars and sun

HEAR US, WE PRAY.

You bless the continuing communion with our partner Anglican Church of Canada, their Bishop in your region, the Roman Catholic Church, their Bishop in your region and our own Bishop Greg. We pray for the congregations of our BC Synod: St. Paul in Prince Rupert and Pastor Diana Edis and Our Saviour in Richmond and Pastor Christoph Reiners.

Creator of the stars and sun

HEAR US, WE PRAY.

 You offer us your very self when we are lonely, injured, or ill. Teach us the often hard lessons of healing, healing that sometimes comes in a different form than what we seek. May we know the embrace of loved ones, the touch of a kind hand, the strength of prayer. Hear our petitions for those whose names we say aloud or silently in our hearts.

(Include those listed in the bulletin for prayer)

Creator of the stars and sun

HEAR US, WE PRAY.

We join in remembering Hildegard von Bingen, the 12th century mystic and writer whose hymns echo with the intimacy of God. In the name of Trinity,

 AMEN.

September 9, 2018

he 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 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 September 9, 2018 – Time After Pentecost

With the words “O Divine Author of compassion,” you are invited to respond:

 HEAR OUR PRAYER.

Freed to be fully alive as your servants, we pray for the life of the church, the world, and people who are hungry and needy.

A moment of silence

O God, we pray for the church. Raise waves of compassion within us, that we find new ways day by day to translate faith into action. Guide our hearts, our hands, and our voices in helping to meet the many needs of a troubled world.

O Divine Author of compassion

HEAR OUR PRAYER.

We pray for streams and pools, and lakes and rivers and oceans. (name local bodies of water if desired) Teach us to protect and conserve water, that people everywhere have access to clean water.

O Divine Author of compassion

HEAR OUR PRAYER.

We pray for the world’s leaders that they take action that provides food of all. We pray for all workers, especially those who cannot find work, those who work in unsafe conditions, and those whose labour is exploited.

O Divine Author of compassion

HEAR OUR PRAYER.

We pray for your children gathered here, being fed with your word and the communion feast that nourishes us on our way. Make this community a place of acceptance and understanding. Teach us the radical hospitality of our faith, that we may reach out to others every day in some way.

O Divine Author of compassion

HEAR OUR PRAYER.

We pray for our continuing communion with our partner Anglican Church of Canada, their Bishop in your region, the Roman Catholic Church, their Bishop in your region, and our own Bishop Greg. We pray for the congregations of our BC Synod: Faith Lutheran in Powell River, Our Saviour’s in Prince George and Pastor Fleming Blishen, and for hospital chaplains throughout British Columbia.

O Divine Author of compassion

HEAR OUR PRAYER.

 We pray for all who suffer from lack of food, from fearfulness, and from illness in body and mind. Use our hearts and hands to touch those around us with grace. Help us take seriously our vocation as Christians so that we find unique forms of service that use our best imaginings and special skills. We pray for those we name aloud or silently in our hearts.

Include those listed in the bulletin for prayer)

O Divine Author of compassion

HEAR OUR PRAYER.

We join with all the saints, living and dead, in the grand pilgrimage you offer us in life with you. Alleluia. Alleluia.

 AMEN.

September 2, 2018 – Time after Pentecost

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 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 September 2, 2018 – Time After Pentecost

With the words “O God who has planted your love within us” you are invited to respond:

 HEAR US AND BLESS US.

Trusting that you give us a way of being fully alive, we pray for the life of the church, the world, and people who are hungry and needy.

A moment of silence

Compassionate God, in Jesus you painted us a picture of what how your word looks in our world of flesh and blood. Teach us to make our own lives a portrait of welcoming strangers, healing the hurting, and caring for the orphan. Make your church one that stands strong against oppression and cruelty.

O God who has planted your love within us

HEAR US AND BLESS US.

Creative God, we pray for farmers and gardeners as the brisk night air signals harvest time. Bless the good earth as it readies itself for the time of winter rest and rejuvenation. Make us more and more aware that we are part of all creation–not above or below other creatures but equal to all.

O God who has planted your love within us

HEAR US AND BLESS US.

Bountiful God, we pray for our communities, our country, and our world. Give us the desire and dedication to bring about fair and just government. Weigh the minds of leaders everywhere with the need to share wealth and do good. Watch over refugees and immigrants as we welcome them into Canadian life.

O God who has planted your love within us

HEAR US AND BLESS US.

 Welcoming God, call us to serve our communities. Make us make friends with our neighbours. Let us invite others to gather around our tables and, through good food and shared stories, make us build places where people are safe and valued.

O God who has planted your love within us

HEAR US AND BLESS US.

God of community, bless our continuing communion with our partner Anglican Church of Canada, their Bishop in your region, the Roman Catholic Church, their Bishop in your region, and our own Bishop Greg. We pray for the congregations of our BC Synod: Our Redeemer Lutheran in Penticton and Pastor Curtis Aguirre and Trinity in  Port Alberni and Pastor Brenda Nestegaard Paul.

O God who has planted your love within us

HEAR US AND BLESS US.

 Loving God, remind us to take our compassion with us wherever we walk in the coming week. Use our hearts and hands to touch those around us with grace. Help us take seriously our vocation as Christians so that we participate in giving water to the thirsty ones, food to the hungry, and comfort to the sick and lonely.We pray especially for those we name aloud or silently in our hearts.

(Include those listed in the bulletin for prayer)

O God who has planted your love within us

HEAR US AND BLESS US.

We join with all the saints, living and dead, in the grand pilgrimage you offer us in life with you. Alleluia. Alleluia.

 AMEN.

August 26, 2018 – Time after Pentecost

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 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 August 26, 2018 – Time After Pentecost

With the words “You offer us wholeness when we are broken” you are invited to respond:

 ALLELUIA. ALLELUIA. AMEN.

Trusting the spirit flittering around us like a dove, we pray for the life of the church, the world, and people who are hungry and needy.

A moment of silence

Jesus, holy one of God, we come to this time of worship with eyes wide open to your mystery alive in each day. Enable your church to express full humanity within our communities. Remind us of the power of fleshly life, for God expresses himself fully in Jesus.

You offer us wholeness when we are broken

ALLELUIA. ALLELUIA. AMEN.

Jesus, holy one of God, bless wild animals and the survival of their diversity. Bless our pets and the comfort and pleasure they bring to daily life. Guard over our prairies and kitchen gardens, beaches and sandboxes, mountains and hearths.

You offer us wholeness when we are broken

ALLELUIA. ALLELUIA. AMEN.

Jesus, holy one of God, you show us the image of the eternal. Help us to embrace our bodies–their miraculous and complex functioning, their capacity for movement and joy. Surprise us with joy as we take time to pay attention the blessings of our physicality.

You offer us wholeness when we are broken

ALLELUIA. ALLELUIA. AMEN.

Jesus, holy one of God, use our time together this day to strengthen our faith through worship and community. Nourished by the meal of bread and wine, we celebrate and grow in our covenant of faith. Teach us to turn toward you in good times and bad, as we walk our pilgrimage of faith.

You offer us wholeness when we are broken

ALLELUIA. ALLELUIA. AMEN.

Bless our continuing communion with our partner Anglican Church of Canada, their Bishop in your region, the Roman Catholic Church, their Bishop in your region, and our own Bishop Greg. We pray for the congregations of our BC Synod: Mount Olivet in North Vancouver and Pastor Carolina Glauster and Christ the King in Surrey and Pastor Lori-Anne Boutin-Crawford.

You offer us wholeness when we are broken

ALLELUIA. ALLELUIA. AMEN.

Jesus, holy one of God, remember the poor and the broken-hearted and help all those in trouble. In the face of illness, injury, and loss, teach us to find strength and solace through your quiet compassion. We pray especially for those we name aloud or silently in our hearts.

(Include those listed in the bulletin for prayer)

You offer us wholeness when we are broken

ALLELUIA. ALLELUIA. AMEN.

We place all these prayers and the rumblings of our deepest selves before your feet. Alleluia. Alleluia.

 AMEN.

August 19, 2018 – Time after Pentecost

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 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 August 19, 2018 – Time After Pentecost

With the words “Oh God of summer skies and meteors” you are invited to respond:

 HEAR OUR PRAYER.

Partaking of Wisdom’s banquet, we pray for the life of the church, the world, and people who are hungry and needy.

A moment of silence

Mother Wisdom, you offer us the insight and understanding necessary for fullness of life. Cause us to come together in joy to grow in our faith and rejoice in your bounty. May we always trust the voice of Wisdom within that guides our thoughts, our actions, and our dreams.

Oh God of summer skies and meteors

HEAR OUR PRAYER.

Mother Wisdom, bless the work of musicians, composers, writers, and all artists. Let us see in them a reflection of our Creator and ever-creative God. Move us with the power of the arts to openness, reflection, and delight.

Oh God of summer skies and meteors

HEAR OUR PRAYER.

Mother Wisdom, you made the peoples of the world so diverse that we are surrounded by a wealth of different cultures, traditions, and ways of governing. Shower them all with blessing, while also inspiring their leaders to be fair and just. Make us one with you in pursuing peace today and tomorrow.

Oh God of summer skies and meteors

HEAR OUR PRAYER.

Mother Wisdom,  you are an invisible guest as we gather around tables as family and friends, building up the power and joy of community. Draw us ever closer to that time when the world will be made perfect through you.

Oh God of summer skies and meteors

HEAR OUR PRAYER.

Mother Wisdom, bless our continuing communion with our partner Anglican Church of Canada and their Bishop in your region, the Roman Catholic Church and their bishop in your region, and our own Bishop Greg. We pray for the congregations of our BC Synod: Ascension Lutheran in Nelson, Mount Zion in New Westminster and Pastor Marlys Moen, and Surrey Urban Mission Society and Director Mike Musgrove.

Oh God of summer skies and meteors

HEAR OUR PRAYER.

Mother Wisdom, send calm and peace of mind to those who are troubled or in pain, and those who live each day with great stress. We pray especially for those we name aloud or in our hearts.

 (Include those listed in the bulletin for prayer)

Oh God of summer skies and meteors

HEAR OUR PRAYER.

Relying on your constant presence and power in our lives, we pray in the name of Jesus Christ.

 AMEN.