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February 24, 2019 – Seventh Sunday after Epiphany

   

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 February 24, 2019 –Seventh Sunday after Epiphany

Knowing that we live in a fractured age of high anxiety, we pray for peace in our concerns for the life of the faithful, the world, and all those in need.

A moment of silence

Fill us with a spirit of generosity that defies logic. Teach us to let go of the hurts and wrongs done us that we truly are able to enter in to the reality and power of forgiveness. Teach us to find ways that our unique talents can be used to participate in your work.

“May we have the strength of eagle’s wings and the faith to fly to new heights” Hear our prayer.

Grant seasonable weather for the panting and harvesting of crops—and motivate us to mitigate the disruption caused by so many of our modern “interventions” that disrupt the balance of the earth’s innate wisdom. Bless all those who tend the plants and animals that provide us food. Inspire them to do so in ways kind and respectful to all living things.

“May we have the strength of eagle’s wings and the faith to fly to new heights” Hear our prayer.

Give wisdom to researchers and leaders who work to resolve the complex issues facing our world. Grant creativity to those who teach peace and reconciliation to communities in conflict. And insert integrity into all efforts to mitigate the after-effects of earthquakes, droughts, and major storms and the peoples affected by them.

“May we have the strength of eagle’s wings and the faith to fly to new heights” Hear our prayer.

Walk beside those in need, whether they lack food, shelter, or access to medical care. Make useful and properly paid work to all those who seek to support themselves and their loved ones. We pray especially for those we name aloud or in our hearts.

(include those listed in the bulletin for prayers)

“May we have the strength of eagle’s wings and the faith to fly to new heights” Hear our prayer.

Move us to give freely of our financial resources and our personal gifts in service of your loving care in our world. Inspire us to be careful stewards of our wealth that our families and communities benefit from the most that can be done with what we are given.

“May we have the strength of eagle’s wings and the faith to fly to new heights” Hear our prayer.

Give us ever-renewed energy as we pursue 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 Ascension in Nelson, Mount Zion in New Westminster and Pastor Marlys Moen, and Surrey Urban Mission Society and Director Mike Musgrove.

“May we have the strength of eagle’s wings and the faith to fly to new heights” Hear our prayer

Let us take time to honour our ancestors, all those in our families and in our lives who have inspired us and conspired to bring forth in us the best that we are. Even as we face the reality of our own eventual death, engage us in lives that leave a legacy of love and faithfulness in generations to come.

“May we have the strength of eagle’s wings and the faith to fly to new heights” Hear our prayer.

All this we pray, resting on the example set by Jesus, a humble rabbi and faithful servant. AMEN.

*adapted from an American First Nations prayer

Bishop’s Report – 2019

February 17, 2019 – Sixth Sunday after Epiphany

  
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 February 17, 2019 –Sixth Sunday after Epiphany

Trusting in your love and support, we pray that we may seek you and the changes you bring to our lives, as we plead for the life of the faithful, the world, and all those in need.

A moment of silence

Author of sacred mystery, shake up our comfortable assumptions so that we can see you, your church, and your world in a new way. Make us part of a radical re-creation of the dual creed of capitalism and globalism. Make our local church part of the up close and personal contact essential to true humanity.

 “Unleash in us the unruly power of love” We are your people.

Author of sacred mystery, move the powers that be to ensure that the safe and abundant water we assume to be standard in Canada extends to all Indigenous lands. Let us learn from our First Nations peoples the thankful reciprocity that needs to exist between our use of resources and our respect for them and their chance to regenerate.

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“Unleash in us the unruly power of love” We are your people.

Author of sacred mystery, move among the many nations of the world that we come to appreciate and respect diversity, and find ways to live together amicably on a planet overburdened by increasing population demanding resources and opportunities.

“Unleash in us the unruly power of love” We are your people.

Author of sacred mystery, teach us how to learn the hard lessons of health challenges and estrangement within our circles of family and friends. Enable us to know your presence in times of darkness and personal agony. We pray especially for those we name aloud or in our hearts.

(include those listed in the bulletin for prayers)

“Unleash in us the unruly power of love” We are your people.  

Author of sacred mystery, move among our congregation as we seek to live out our calling as your people in an increasingly secular world. Teach us ways to love and create meaning as we move among those who do not acknowledge the faith and truths that we cling closely to our breasts.

 “Unleash in us the unruly power of love” We are your people.

Author of sacred mystery, teach us creativity as we work in 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 Hope in Nanaimo and Pastor Terry Richardson and all institutions caring for elderly people and those living with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

“Let us bask in the beauty of your holiness” Hear our prayer

Author of sacred mystery, may we celebrate the advances made by Martin Luther in his time and context. Infuse in us the passion and novel thinking that can advance your work in our own time and place, avoiding the repetition of past mistakes and misunderstandings.

“Unleash in us the unruly power of love” We are your people.

We seal all the prayers of our deepest beings in the promise and example of Jesus, a simple preacher and teacher from Galilee. AMEN.

February 10, 2019 – Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

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 February 10, 2019 – Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

With the words “Let us bask in the beauty of your holiness” you are invited to respond: Hear our prayer.

Joined with truth-seekers everywhere, we pray that we do not run from your love, O God, as we plead for the life of the faithful, the world, and all those in need.

A moment of silence

In the quiet of the night, inspire us with the wisdom of eternity, the love that never changes, the contentment that survives all disappointments. Inspire us to be a church that responds to your call to love and extend compassion throughout our community.

 “Let us bask in the beauty of your holiness” Hear our prayer

In the majesty of the outdoors, move us to act to conserve water and steward the land that prairies and mountains, rainforests and deserts , rivers and lakes thrive and maintain life. Make us partners in preserving your creation for the generations to come.

  “Let us bask in the beauty of your holiness” Hear our prayer

In the midst of political upheaval, nurture our respect for other peoples, varied cultures, and the many nations. Motivate us to do what we can so that more people can live lives of safety and security, free to raise their families and enjoy the fruits of being truly alive.

“Let us bask in the beauty of your holiness” Hear our prayer

In the face of so many people in need, make us find our way to alleviate suffering and stand by those who are abused and all those who feel helpless and hopeless. Stand by the side of those providing medical care, that expertise and wisdom always are dispensed with human kindness. We pray especially for those we name aloud or in our hearts.

(include those listed in the bulletin for prayers)

“Let us bask in the beauty of your holiness” Hear our prayer

In this congregation, weave us together with genuine care and concern. May each of us experience a web of compassion surrounding us as we travel through difficult times and a host of those celebrating our joys and victories.

 “Let us bask in the beauty of your holiness” Hear our prayer

In the ecclesiastical world, move among us as we work in 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 St. Paul in Maple Ridge and Pastor Roland Ziprick and Matsqui in Matsqui and Interim Pastor Art McCaughan.

“Let us bask in the beauty of your holiness” Hear our prayer

In the peace of eternity, may we celebrate with you and all those who have gone before us, giving us life and health and the strength to carry on.

“Let us bask in the beauty of your holiness” Hear our prayer

Trusting forevermore in the God who lights our way into a fruitful future, we pray in the name of the Christ Child. AMEN.

February 3, 2019 – Fourth Sunday after Epiphany


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 February 3, 2019 – Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

 With the words “From my mother’s womb, you have been my strength” you are invited to respond: Hear our prayer.

United in hope that we recognize the prophets among us, we pray for all believers, for our beloved world, and for all those in need.

A moment of silence

Mother-God, living water, spirit of life,

“From my mother’s womb, you have been my strength” Hear our prayer.

Mother-God, living water, spirit of life, let us so love the earth you have made our home that we chant with our Navajo brothers and sisters: “The mountain, I am part of it. The herbs, the fir tree, I am part of it. The morning mists, the clouds, the gathering waters, I am part of it. The wilderness, the dew drops, the pollen, I am part of it.”

“From my mother’s womb, you have been my strength” Hear our prayer.  

Mother-God, living water, spirit of life, give us the courage to pray dangerously, to put ourselves on the line. May we pray in holy full-measures that change our politics, our posturing, our very way of living in this world. Liberate us from our captivity to fear and ways of violence.

“From my mother’s womb, you have been my strength” Hear our prayer.

Mother-God, living water, spirit of life, make us know that we will suffer and there will be joy; that we will be lonely and there will be comfort; that we will be desolate and there will be release; that we will feel empty and that there will be enough.

“From my mother’s womb, you have been my strength” Hear our prayer.

Mother-God, living water, spirit of life, provide relief to those who know abuse and neglect. Feed those ravaged by hunger and greed. Walk beside those left alone and vulnerable. We pray especially for those we name aloud or in the silence of our hearts.

(include those listed in the bulletin for prayers)

“From my mother’s womb, you have been my strength” Hear our prayer.

Mother-God, living water, spirit of life, move among us as we work in 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 Shepherd of the Valley in Langley and Pastor Kristen Steele and Hope Lutheran Shared Ministry in Mackenzie.

“From my mother’s womb, you have been my strength” Hear our prayer.

Mother-God, living water, spirit of life, let us remember those who have gone before us in the faith, leaving a blaze of your glory in their wake. We remember especially Lydia, Dorcas, and Phoebe, early witnesses to the faith—each of whom brought their unique circumstances to their life of faith.

“From my mother’s womb, you have been my strength” Hear our prayer.

Trusting forevermore in the God who lights our way into a fruitful future, we pray in the name of the Christ Child. AMEN.

January 27, 2019 – Third Sunday after Epiphany

 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 January 27, 2019 – Third Sunday after Epiphany

         With the words “Revive us with the teaching of your word” you are invited to respond: Hear our prayer.

Stars in the heavens proclaim that God is God, and that God is present in you and me, and present in all things.

A moment of silence

Creator of the stars of night, ignite your divine fire in our hearts that our lives are forever changed. Set on fire our bishops, pastors, deacons, teachers, and us all that we respond with lives of service and simple joy.

 “Revive us with the teaching of your word” Hear our prayer

Creator of the stars of night, let us so love the earth you have made our home that we chant with our Navajo brothers and sisters: “The mountain, I am part of it. The herbs, the fir tree, I am part of it. The morning mists, the clouds, the gathering waters, I am part of it. The wilderness, the dew drops, the pollen, I am part of it.”

 “Revive us with the teaching of your word” Hear our prayer  

Creator of the stars of night, give us the courage to pray dangerously, to put ourselves on the line. May we pray in holy full-measures that change our politics, our posturing, our very way of living in this world. Liberate us from our captivity to fear and ways of violence.

 “Revive us with the teaching of your word” Hear our prayer

Creator of the stars of night, make us know that we will suffer and there will be joy; that we will be lonely and there will be comfort; that we will be desolate and there will be release; that we will feel empty and that there will be enough.

 “Revive us with the teaching of your word” Hear our prayer

Creator of the stars of night, provide relief to those who know abuse and neglect. Feed those ravaged by hunger and greed. Walk beside those left alone and vulnerable. We pray especially for those we name aloud or in the silence of our hearts.

(include those listed in the bulletin for prayers)

“Revive us with the teaching of your word” Hear our prayer

Creator of the stars of night, move among us as we work in 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 Faith in Kelowna, and Gloria Dei in North Vancouver and Interim Pastor Vida Jaugelis.

“Revive us with the teaching of your word” Hear our prayer

Creator of the stars of night, let us remember those who have gone before us in the faith, leaving a blaze of your glory in their wake. We remember especially Lydia, Dorcas, and Phoebe, early witnesses to the faith—each of whom brought their unique circumstances to their life of faith.

“Revive us with the teaching of your word” Hear our prayer

Trusting forevermore in the God who lights our way into a fruitful future, we pray in the name of the Christ Child. AMEN.

January 20, 2019 –  Second Sunday after Epiphany

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 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 January 20, 2019 – Second Sunday after Epiphany

With the words “Transform us by the Spirit of your love” you are invited to respond: We are your people.

On the occasion of the baptism of Jesus, we pray for the life of the church, the world, and the baptism into acceptance and wholeness that we all share.

A moment of silence

Great Spirit of us all, breathe us through our pains and perplexities that we may know you there with us. In the heat of our desires and distresses, let us hear your clean, cool voice saying, “Do not fear, for I am with you.” May we, like St. Paul, know life-changing conversion to your ways for our lives.

“Transform us by the Spirit of your love”  We are your people.

Great Spirit of us all, let us drink deeply of the wine, produced by verdant vineyards, that marries us to the God who adores us. Bless vineyards and orchards, fields and garden, urban parks and wilderness areas. Meet the needs of all living beings, with our help and our unfailing concern.

“Transform us by the Spirit of your love”  We are your people.

 Great Spirit of us all, move us away from harmful comparisons of ourselves with others, that we might appreciate all human gifts in their individuality and wonder. Grow among us leaders with unique gifts to rule with creativity and justice in difficult and complex times.

“Transform us by the Spirit of your love”  We are your people.

Great Spirit of us all, transform this congregation and its individual members into a unique and powerful expression of your love for the people in this place at this time. Bless all of us in our community who work in food banks, feeding programs, and by donations to individuals to see the hungry people go away to enjoy full bellies and sufficient nutrition.

“Transform us by the Spirit of your love”  We are your people.

Great Spirit of us all, create solutions for those with too little money and those beleaguered by debt. Give moments of release to those who struggle with constant pain and failing health, those who grieve, and all who suffer with unsettled minds. We pray especially for those we name aloud or in the silence of our hearts.

(include those listed in the bulletin for prayers)

“Transform us by the Spirit of your love”  We are your people.

Great Spirit of us all, make compassion and cooperation the marks of 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 Hills of Peace in Kamloops and Pastor Jane Gingrich and our global missionaries Pastor Yoli Zavaleta in Peru and Pastor Andrea Baez in Argentina.

“Transform us by the Spirit of your love”  We are your people.

Great Spirit of us all, now is the feast and now the celebration. Equip us this day with an energy for connection and community that changes our encounters with the people with whom we live and work, do business and share space, in the coming week.

“Transform us by the Spirit of your love”  We are your people.

Trusting forevermore in the God who lights our way into a fruitful future, we pray in the name of the Christ Child. AMEN.

January 13, 2019 – Unfortunately, prayers are not available for this week.

January 6, 2019 –  Epiphany of our Lord

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 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 January 6, 2019 – Epiphany of our Lord

 With the words “Led by a star into a new era,” you are invited to respond: Hear our prayer.

As we look to the little child who leads us, we pray for the life of the church, the world, and the radiance of all faithful people in all times and places.

A moment of silence

In the bleak midwinter, the crisp, cold stars connect us with the cosmos, with the nature that is the ultimate gift of the Creative Spirit. Move us toward nature and its power to sustain and heal us in a time when many things are mundane and banal.

“Led by a star into a new era,”  Hear our prayer.

In the bleak midwinter, we trust and look forward to the rejuvenating cycles of spring, summer, and fall—the hope and abundance that always follows on the heels of scarcity and fear. Instil in us fierce love of the earth and our wildlife, with appreciation of the tenacious birds and beasts who manage to survive our urban proliferation.

“Make us people of goodwill in our time and place,”   Hear us, we pray.

 In the bleak midwinter, we wrap ourselves in the luminosity of the Light of the World, as we pray for the world and its endless troubles. May we hang on to small progress, that we may not become discouraged by the bad news we hear daily.

“Led by a star into a new era,”  Hear our prayer.

In the bleak midwinter, we pray for compassion—that deep compassion for ourselves and our own struggles that empowers us to live and act in compassion for others nearby and far away. We pray for all those who are oppressed, surviving in refugee camps, and carving out lives in unutterable poverty and deprivation.

“Led by a star into a new era,”  Hear our prayer.

In the bleak midwinter, we celebrate your light of healing and pray for those who suffer in silence, in the morass of the pains of mind, body, and spirit. We pray especially for those we name aloud or in the silence of our hearts.

(include those listed in the bulletin for prayers)

“Led by a star into a new era,”  Hear our prayer.

God of holy alliances, enrich 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 Benediction in Delta and Pastor Thomas Keeley and Trinity in Delta and Pastor Jennifer Wilson.

“Led by a star into a new era,”  Hear our prayer.

In the bleak midwinter, we see each lengthening day as a reminder of the light that is and that is to come. May we wrap light around us, a shroud to protect us from discouragement and dark thoughts. Make us bold in grabbing hold of the courage within us to move beyond the thoughts and actions that cripple us.

“Led by a star into a new era,”  Hear our prayer.

Trusting forevermore in the God who lights our way into a fruitful future, we pray in the name of the Christ Child. AMEN.

December 30, 2018 – First Day of Christmas

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 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 December 30, 2018 – First Day of Christmas

        With the words “Make us people of goodwill in our time and place,” you are invited to respond: Hear us, we pray.

As we look to the little child who will lead us, we pray for the life of the church, the world, and all our brothers and sisters seeking faith and meaning in life.

A moment of silence

God of wisdom, you act through the wonder and insight of children. Bless the youngsters in our lives and let us listen and learn from their innocent and profound understanding of their world.

“Make us people of goodwill in our time and place,”  Hear us, we pray.

God of creation, you manifest vast imagination in our world. Continue to bless the salmon and cedars, seals barking and whales breaching, rejuvenating rains and the promise of summer sun. We praise you for the cycle of the seasons.

“Make us people of goodwill in our time and place,”  Hear us, we pray.

 God of hope, you mark us as a people with reason to look ever towards healing. Let us always remember that you have called us by name, consider us beloved, and see us as enough. May we live in a way that personifies divine acceptance to our families, friends, neighbours, and all those we encounter.

“Make us people of goodwill in our time and place,”  Hear us, we pray.

God of delight, fill us with songs of praise and feelings of joy. Make us laugh often and long at the humour and irony that colours our days. Strengthen our sense of abundance and compassion that our lives be wealthy beyond compare.

“Make us people of goodwill in our time and place,”  Hear us, we pray.

God of health and healing, minister to the hearts of those who suffer this day. Make those who suffer aware of their value and power, whether they deal with addiction, loneliness, hunger, unemployment, mental illness, or other sickness.

We pray especially for those we name aloud or in the silence of our hearts.

(include those listed in the bulletin for prayers)

“Make us people of goodwill in our time and place,”  Hear us, we pray.

God of holy alliances, enrich 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 Good Shepherd in Coquitlam and Pastor Eric Krushel and King of Life in Coquitlam and Interim Pastor Katalin Janko.

“Make us people of goodwill in our time and place,”  Hear us, we pray.

God of life, make us grab on to each moment, squeezing out the subtle pleasure of being alive and tending ably to our daily affairs. You are with us in the great and small moments of living. Make us mindful of the richness of the ordinary.

“Make us people of goodwill in our time and place,”  Hear us, we pray.

The light has come and leads us forward. Our Christ goes with us now and forever. Alleluia. AMEN.