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January 29, 2017 – Fourth 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 Bishop of your region in your prayers.

  • Bishop Logan McMenamie, Diocese of British Columbia
  • Bishop Melissa Skelton, Diocese of New Westminster
  • Bishop William Anderson, Diocese of Caledoniaclick here to download a copy of the prayers
  • Bishop John Privett, Diocese of Kootenay
  • Bishop Barbara Andrews, Diocese of The Territory of the People

With the words, God of ever-new beginnings you are invited to respond Hear our prayer.

Called to the faith that tries over and again, that never gives failure the last word, we pray for your church, your world, and those in need.

a brief silence

We pray for wholeness in the body of Christ, for common compassionate in the life of many faiths. Today we pray especially for Shepherd of the Valley in Langley and Pastor Kristen Steele and Hope Lutheran Shared Ministry in Mackenzie and Pastor Henry Dunbar. Inspire the work of our partnership with the Anglican Church of Canada. Bless Bishop (name) of the Diocese of (name).

God of ever-new beginnings

Hear our prayer.

We praise you for the complexity of this earth, that gives birth to life in such great diversity and abundance. Give us the willingness to care for it as the treasure it is, and the strength to say no to wasteful use of its resources. Let us stand before the night-time sky and say, “How much greater than this is the wonder of love that redeems broken lives and provides courage and joy on our journeys.”

God of ever-new beginnings

Hear our prayer.

We compliment the peace-makers, the peace-keepers, and beg you to continually re-configure our hearts and minds that we too contribute to communities with room for all, countries willing to be counted on for peace, and leaders arrested by a passion for fairness.

God of ever-new beginnings

Hear our prayer.

We pray for those whose families fail them, whose health is unreliable, whose road is difficult. Enable us to open ourselves to your use that we may your hands, heart, and love in their lives. We pray especially for those who have requested your care and strength (name those on the prayer list)

God of ever-new beginnings

Hear our prayer.

We ask for your voice speaking into our hearts the benefit of “enough.” Quell the urge to have more, do more, as if life is a commodity to buy, sell, and squander. Teach us the wealth of friendship, of helping and being helped, of being still and knowing that you are God.

God of ever-new beginnings

Hear our prayer.

We thank you for putting this congregation into the landscape of our lives. Bless it and us as we seek to be a people for whom no kindness is too small to matter, no pain too large to be shared. May we do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with you every day of our lives.

God of ever-new beginnings

Hear our prayer.

In the name of that mystery of you, of the Trinity dancing together in the many circumstances of life here and now, of life tomorrow, of life in the eternity unknowable.

Amen

 

 

January 22, 2017 – Third 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 Bishop of your region in your prayers.

  • Bishop Logan McMenamie, Diocese of British Columbia
  • Bishop Melissa Skelton, Diocese of New Westminster
  • Bishop William Anderson, Diocese of Caledoniaclick here to download a copy of the prayers
  • Bishop John Privett, Diocese of Kootenay
  • Bishop Barbara Andrews, Diocese of The Territory of the People

With the words, Son of Mary, Chosen One you are invited to respond Hear our prayer.

Called into the light of love that redeems, turns our darkness into wisdom, we pray for your church, your world, and those in need.

a brief silence

Ground of our being, you are the rock that supports us when all is crumbling, the strength that redeems lost causes, the hope that removes shutters from our eyes. Bless Bishop Greg and the congregations of our synod. Today we pray especially for Faith Lutheran in Kelowna and Pastor Richard Schulz and Gloria Dei in North Vancouver and Pastor Jennifer Marlor. Inspire the work of our partnership with the Anglican Church of Canada. Bless Bishop (name) of the Diocese of (name).

Son of Mary, Chosen One

Hear our prayer.

Breath of blessing, inflate our being with your compassion. Lead us to tread softly on this earth, taking what we need with thanksgiving, and always seeking to share abundance. Let us see the droplet of water, the snowflake, the sky through the eye of wonder.

Son of Mary, Chosen One

Hear our prayer.

Redeeming God, your example teaches that nothing, that no one, is beyond hope; that lives can be turned around through love and support. Call us to be ones who welcome strangers, who deal with discomfort in order that others might find their way. Empower all organizations that provide food and shelter for refugees, especially the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service and Canadian Lutheran World Relief.

Son of Mary, Chosen One

Hear our prayer.

Healing God, enable us to find meaning and hope when we deal with illness, grief, disappointment, and difficult times. Call us to be present with others when they feel alone. We pray especially for those who have requested your care and strength (name those on the prayer list)

Son of Mary, Chosen One

Hear our prayer.

God of laughter, shared stories, and good times, call us into relationship that we may know what it is not to walk alone. Let us banish fear by having the courage to share, to break down our inner weakness by joining us with others in the common struggle to live and to live abundantly.

Son of Mary, Chosen One

Hear our prayer.

Redeeming God, put us on side with those who take power away from bullies–from those on the school grounds to those ruling cities, communities, and nations. Make us examples of how rich life is when we listen to those who think differently, sit with those who confuse us, and speak strongly that every person deserves good things.

Son of Mary, Chosen One

Hear our prayer.

We close our prayer, remembering those who have held close to the life you want for us: Paul, who let his life be turned around by you; Timothy, Titus, and Silas, early missionaries; Lydia, Dorcas, and Phoebe, witnesses to the faith; and Thomas Aquinas, teacher. Claiming their faith as our own, we pray

Amen

 

January 15, 2017 – 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 Bishop of your region in your prayers.

  • Bishop Logan McMenamie, Diocese of British Columbia
  • Bishop Melissa Skelton, Diocese of New Westminster
  • Bishop William Anderson, Diocese of Caledoniaclick here to download a copy of the prayers
  • Bishop John Privett, Diocese of Kootenay
  • Bishop Barbara Andrews, Diocese of The Territory of the People

With the words, Hear us, Oh God you are invited to respond Your mercy is great.

Resting in the “forever and ever” of your strong arms, we pray for your church, your world, and those in need.

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Baby Jesus, you came in helplessness and grew into exalted humanity. Bless those who tell the story: Bishop Greg and the congregations of our synod. Today we pray especially for Hills of Peace in Kamloops and Pastor Jane Gingrich and for our missionary in Peru, Pastor Yoli Zavaleta, and our missionary in Argentina Pastor Andrea Baez. Enlighten the work of our partnership with the Anglican Church of Canada. Bless Bishop (name) of the Diocese of (name).

Hear us, Oh God

Your mercy is great

Baby Jesus, raise up in us holy helplessness and the fullness of humanity. Feed us with the bread and wine that comes from our earth and symbolizes our sacred calling to care for and share the water, food, fair weather, and beauty that nourishes all we know of you.

Hear us, Oh God

Your mercy is great

Baby Jesus, grow in us wisdom and courage that we, like you, can choose what is good and right and true. Open our minds and our best thinking that we do not back away from the hard things. Help us to live your will as global citizens faced with Aleppo, displaced peoples around the globe, and the shifting tensions of power struggles among the nations.

Hear us, Oh God

Your mercy is great

Baby Jesus, let us imagine you in our arms, teasing tenderness from our hearts by your small frailty. And then grow that tenderness into a fierce caring for friends and neighbours, strangers, and our own inner child. We pray especially for those who have requested your care and strength (name those on the prayer list)

Hear us, Oh God

Your mercy is great

Baby Jesus, let us watch you grow in the lives of people in this congregation. People who have claimed your name and seek to serve by making this community thrum with connection and caring, and by taking your compassionate out into their world day by day.

Hear us, Oh God

Your mercy is great

Baby Jesus, you came so quietly, so small as did we all. And you were called to live out God’s footprint of abiding love and acceptance. You call us all to a special and unique way of being yours in this world of ours. Let us find our calling, embrace it, revel in it even when it hurts. We remember especially Martin Luther King, Jr. whose journey on behalf of the equality of all races cost him his life and gave new life to hundreds of thousands.

Hear us, Oh God

Your mercy is great

In the name of that great Trinity Father-Mother God, Jesus the Christ, and the hovering spirit.

Amen

 

January 8, 2017 -Baptism 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 Bishop of your region in your prayers.

  • Bishop Logan McMenamie, Diocese of British Columbia
  • Bishop Melissa Skelton, Diocese of New Westminster
  • Bishop William Anderson, Diocese of Caledonia
  • Bishop John Privett, Diocese of Kootenay
  • Bishop Barbara Andrews, Diocese of The Territory of the People

With the words, Hear us, Oh God you are invited to respond Your mercy is great.

Celebrating the naming of Jesus, we pray for your church, your world, and those in need.

a brief silence

Little Lord Jesus, humble and holy, your parents took you to synagogue for circumcision as we bring our infants for baptism. Bring faithful people everywhere together in the shared work of loving compassion. Bless Bishop Greg and the congregations of our synod. Today we pray especially for Benediction in Delta and Pastor Thomas Keeley and Trinity in Delta and Pastor Jennifer Wilson. Enlighten the work of our partnership with the Anglican Church of Canada. Bless Bishop (name) of the Diocese of (name).

Hear us, Oh God

Your mercy is great

Little Lord Jesus, as the sun glistens on snow-capped mountains and turbulent seas, your creation is marvelous. Make us walk gratefully on this planet, and use it prudently. Give us the courage to clamor unceasingly until all have the food and water they need for life.

Hear us, Oh God

Your mercy is great

Little Lord Jesus, your name is proclaimed through preaching, sacraments, music, art, and all forms of creativity. Bring together people of all faiths in ever-new ways to celebrate you, the ground of all being, you who make us creative enough to do your work in difficult times.

Hear us, Oh God

Your mercy is great

Little Lord Jesus, from an early age you attended to your own family. Today and tomorrow you offer us solace in times of pain, loneliness, and grief. Help us to open our eyes to your face before us. We pray especially for those who have requested your care and strength (name those on the prayer list)

Hear us, Oh God

Your mercy is great

Little Lord Jesus, as our new year begins go with us into our schools, workplaces, and organizations. Let us find ways every day to be your voice in the world, to spread comfort and laughter as we go about the business of daily life.

Hear us, Oh God

Your mercy is great

Little Lord Jesus, from heaven above to earth below, you come as our brother, our friend, our inspiration. Let us take time each morning and every night to ponder how and why that changes our lives.

Hear us, Oh God

Your mercy is great

In the name of the trinity, mystically dancing at your naming feast,

Amen

 

January 1, 2017 – Name of Jesus, First Sunday 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 Bishop of your region in your prayers.

  • Bishop Logan McMenamie, Diocese of British Columbia
  • Bishop Melissa Skelton, Diocese of New Westminster
  • Bishop William Anderson, Diocese of Caledonia
  • Bishop John Privett, Diocese of Kootenay
  • Bishop Barbara Andrews, Diocese of The Territory of the People

With the words, Blessed love that comes to us you are invited to respond Hear our prayer.

Celebrating the naming of Jesus, we pray for your church, your world, and those in need.

a brief silence

Little Lord Jesus, humble and holy, your parents took you to synagogue for circumcision as we bring our infants for baptism. Bring faithful people everywhere together in the shared work of loving compassion. Bless Bishop Greg and the congregations of our synod. Today we pray especially for Benediction in Delta and Pastor Thomas Keeley and Trinity in Delta and Pastor Jennifer Wilson. Enlighten the work of our partnership with the Anglican Church of Canada. Bless Bishop (name) of the Diocese of (name).

Blessed love that comes to us

Hear our prayer.

Little Lord Jesus, as the sun glistens on snow-capped mountains and turbulent seas, your creation is marvellous. Make us walk gratefully on this planet, and use it prudently. Give us the courage to clamor unceasingly until all have the food and water they need for life.

Blessed love that comes to us

Hear our prayer.

Little Lord Jesus, your name is proclaimed through preaching, sacraments, music, art, and all forms of creativity. Bring together people of all faiths in ever-new ways to celebrate you, the ground of all being, you who make us creative enough to do your work in difficult times.

Blessed love that comes to us

Hear our prayer.

Little Lord Jesus, from an early age you attended to your own family. Today and tomorrow you offer us solace in times of pain, loneliness, and grief. Help us to open our eyes to your face before us. We pray especially for those who have requested your care and strength (name those on the prayer list)

Blessed love that comes to us

Hear our prayer.

Little Lord Jesus, as our new year begins go with us into our schools, workplaces, and organizations. Let us find ways every day to be your voice in the world, to spread comfort and laughter as we go about the business of daily life.

Blessed love that comes to us

Hear our prayer.

Little Lord Jesus, from heaven above to earth below, you come as our brother, our friend, our inspiration. Let us take time each morning and every night to ponder how and why that changes our lives.

Blessed love that comes to us

Hear our prayer.

In the name of the trinity, mystically dancing at your naming feast,

Amen