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December 16, 2018 – Third Sunday of Advent

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 16, 2018 – Third Sunday of Advent 

With the words “Oh God of radical generosity,” you are invited to respond:

Hear our prayer. Alleluia.

Together with people of hope who wait upon you in all times and all places, we pray for the life of the church, the world, and all who yearn for wholeness and spiritual wealth.

A moment of silence

As we, like John, prepare the way of the Lord, let us look around us for signs of his coming. Let us see him in homeless hands outstretched, hear him in songs sung professionally and somewhat off-key, meet him in the dark and confusing times. Let us proclaim the joy of Creator Spirit with us now, with us tomorrow, and ever-coming again.

“Oh God of radical generosity,”  Hear our prayer. Alleluia.

Grant joy and healing to the hurting places of the world: where humans have ravaged creation, where cruelty triumphs, and confusion reigns. Let us trust that you are a God of healing who keeps your promises, and invites us to be his instruments of health and help.

“Oh God of radical generosity,”  Hear our prayer. Alleluia.

 Grant us a peace that radiates out from our hearts and minds, from our intentions and our actions. Give us mercy that we may pass it on, pass it around, so that wholeness can reign community by community, country by country.

“Oh God of radical generosity,”  Hear our prayer. Alleluia.

Grant peace and healing to those who are oppressed by post-traumatic stress disorder, especially soldiers and veterans and their families. Cast your healing glance on all others who suffer from the lasting effects of trauma in the lives of so many. We hold up all those who are ill and those who mourn, especially those we name aloud or in our hearts.

(include those listed in the bulletin for prayers)

“Oh God of radical generosity,”  Hear our prayer. Alleluia.

Grant growing richness in our partnership with the Anglican Church of Canada, 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 Chetwynd Shared Ministry in Chetwynd and Christ Lutheran in Chilliwack and Pastor Dean Andersen.

“Oh God of radical generosity,”  Hear our prayer. Alleluia.

Grant transforming love to foster families accepting new children; for grandparents raising grandchildren; for single parents challenged by the heavy demands upon them. Fill them with your strength and comfort.

“We cast our prayers against the stars of  winter night,”  Hear us, we pray.

Grant us genuine gratitude for the pastors, teachers, leaders, friends, and neighbours who have nourished us in our journey of faith. Humble us with the joy and responsibility to also be guides for those believers growing up among us now.

“Oh God of radical generosity,”  Hear our prayer. Alleluia.

You are the joy of human hearts yesterday, today, and tomorrow. We entrust our deepest prayers to you in the name of the Christ. AMEN.

December 9, 2018 – Second Sunday of Advent

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 9, 2018 – First Sunday of Advent 

With the words “Let us live fully, that we never die an unlived life,” you are invited to respond: Alleluia. Alleluia. Amen.

Together with people of faith in all times and all places, we pray for the life of the church, the world, and all who yearn for wholeness and spiritual wealth.

A moment of silence

What if we take God seriously? The God who says you are whole; you are healed; you are precious and loved beyond measure. What if we head out each day with that leading us, taking us out and about, bringing us home for dinner and rest.

“Let us live fully, that we never die an unlived life.”  Alleluia. Alleluia. Amen.

What if the mountains and seas, rivers and dry lands, sunlight and rain are daily blessings that simply wait for us to notice and absorb their power? May we never take this globe of wonder for granted, and may we work with it and for it that it remains healthy for generations to come.

“Let us live fully, that we never die an unlived life.”  Alleluia. Alleluia. Amen.

What if, through our love and by our example, more and more people experience the purity of heart within the shelter of our life-giving God? Make each day an adventure in encountering others with compassion and simple moments of connection, face to face. Like infants searching for the face of the mother, we all seek our whole lives long to see and be seen as valuable.

“Let us live fully, that we never die an unlived life.”  Alleluia. Alleluia. Amen.

What if we build more and stronger connections with people of faith, that together we spread the Gospel? Continue to connect us face to face, faith to faith, with our partnership with the Anglican Church of Canada, 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 Grace in Burnaby and Pastor Nathan Fong and Mount Zion in Smithers.

“Let us live fully, that we never die an unlived life.”  Alleluia. Alleluia. Amen.

What if we reach out instead of look away to those who are hurting, in mind, body, spirit, and life choices? Give us the power to be there, the courage to be there, and the quietness to quell our desires to do something when being there is often enough. We pray for those we name aloud or in our hearts.

(include those listed in the bulletin for prayers)

“Let us live fully, that we never die an unlived life.”  Alleluia. Alleluia. Amen.

What if the real fear of our lives is not our powerlessness, but that we have power beyond our wildest dreams? Teach us to trust our inner wisdom, our strength, our knowledge of the right thing to do when everything seems to be going wrong.

“Let us live fully, that we never die an unlived life.”  Alleluia. Alleluia. Amen.

What if our unique set of skills and strengths, our penchants and personalities, are just what the world needs right now? Take heart and take action, knowing that you are God’s and God chooses you to be who and what you are to your family, friends, community, and world.

“Let us live fully, that we never die an unlived life.”  Alleluia. Alleluia. Amen.

You are blessed among us in all times and places, in the good times and the hard times. We swaddle our prayers in the warmth and safety of the Christ. AMEN.

December 2, 2018 – First Sunday of Advent

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 2, 2018 – First Sunday of Advent (Year C)

With the words “As we huddle in the cold and dark, basking in the mystery of hope,” you are invited to respond:  Come to us, Light of the World.

Joined with believers everywhere honouring the mystery of one young woman, her faithful man, and the wee child in her womb, we pray for the life of the church, the world, and all who yearn for wholeness and spiritual wealth.

A moment of silence

Praise be to the midwife of all beginnings who imagined the lights of the heaven, the textures of our earth, the power of wind and rain. She was there at the moment of our birth and accompanies us in the power, the joys, and the sorrows of life in the glorious bodies that are our birthright.

As we huddle in the cold and dark, basking in the mystery of hope.  Come to us, Light of the World.

 Praise be to you, God of all things—the large, the tiny, the shared glances day by day that mark our shared humanity. Grow peace within us, that we easily revel in the good times and learn to lean into the bad ones—all the while listening for your love and the wisdom you offer then and always.

As we huddle in the cold and dark, basking in the mystery of hope.  Come to us, Light of the World.

 Praise be for the farmers, forest rangers, gardeners, and all manner of care-takers who participate in the perpetual rejuvenation of life on earth. For what we know of you, we know through the earth—and its insistence on producing life in abundance, diversity, and humour.

As we huddle in the cold and dark, basking in the mystery of hope.  Come to us, Light of the World.

Blessed be the leaders of our faith in this plugged in and yet tuned out time. Continue to connect us face to face, faith to faith, with our partnership with the Anglican Church of Canada, Bishop (name bishop in your region), the Roman Catholic churches and Bishop (name bishop in your area) and our own Bishop Greg.  Today we add a special prayer for our own pastor ________. We offer prayers for the churches of our synod, especially Peace Lutheran in Abbotsford and Pastor Denise Doerksen and Emmaus Lutheran in Burnaby and Pastor Timo Saarinen.

As we huddle in the cold and dark, basking in the mystery of hope.  Come to us, Light of the World.

 Blessed be you, who stands by our side and looks into our eyes in times of trouble. We pray especially for those we  name aloud or quietly in our heart….

(include those listed in the bulletin for prayers)

Blessed be your people doing your work in the world, inside our congregations and within our communities. Listen to all the involvements members have with food banks, literacy programs, refugee outreach, thrift stores, and so much more—and celebrate our participation in reaching out and touching a world of want and need.

As we huddle in the cold and dark, basking in the mystery of hope.  Come to us, Light of the World.

Blessed be our faith, God, and know that it is often difficult. In the dark times, we grieve and doubt, lose our footing. We turn toward you in prayer and find no words. We seek your presence and find ourselves feeling all alone. Bless us as we live our earthly pilgrimage, with all its fears and failings, fullness and fellowship.

As we huddle in the cold and dark, basking in the mystery of hope.  Come to us, Light of the World.

 You are blessed among us in all times and places, in the good times and the hard times. We swaddle our prayers in the warmth and safety of the Christ.  AMEN.

November 25, 2018 – Christ the King Sunday

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 November 25, 2018 – Christ the King Sunday

With the words “For everything there is a season,” you are invited to respond:

 HEAR US AND BLESS US.

Joined with believers everywhere worshipping on Christ the King Sunday, we pray for the life of the church, the world, and all who yearn for wholeness and spiritual wealth.

A moment of silence

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. Today we celebrate Jesus, king of our faith, king of our future. Move us closer to him in our hearts and minds. Bless pastors, deacons, musicians, teachers, and all who speak your truth.

For everything there is a season:  HEAR US AND BLESS US.

 For there is a time to plant, and a time to reap. Bring favourable weather that will protect plants and animals from devastation. Let us take time every day to whisper thanks for food and friends, faith and goodwill, for laughter with those we love.

For everything there is a season:  HEAR US AND BLESS US.

 For there is a time to hurt, and a time to heal. Soothe the afflicted, comfort the distressed, console the bereaved, and heal the sick. Make us part of your reaching out to those in need. We pray especially for those we name aloud or in our hearts.

 (Include those listed in the bulletin for prayer)

For everything there is a season:  HEAR US AND BLESS US.

For there is a time to keep silent and a time to speak with our partner Anglican Church of Canada, Bishop Logan and our own Bishop Greg. We pray for the (name Roman Catholic Diocese in your area and Bishop______), for the (name Anglican Diocese in your area and Bishop _________).

For everything there is a season:  HEAR US AND BLESS US.

For there is a time to mourn, and a time to dance. Help us to live fully in the best and worst life throws at us. Make us enjoy the wisdom that comes with facing life together with others, instead of hiding away. For sorrows shared are halved, and joys shared are multiplied.

For everything there is a season:  HEAR US AND BLESS US.

For there is a time to break down, and a time to build up. Give us the wisdom and courage to know what must be released from our hearts, and courage to learn how to listen to you and lift up your presence within us.

For everything there is a season:  HEAR US AND BLESS US.

 Turning our hearts toward you, we ask this in Jesus’ name.

AMEN

 

 

November 18, 2018 – Time after Pentecost

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 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 November 18, 2018 – Time After Pentecost

With the words “Open our eyes to you, our God,” you are invited to respond:

 ALLELUIA. ALLELUIA. AMEN.

Feeling your power moving within us and within this place, we pray for the life of the church, the world, and all who yearn for wholeness and spiritual wealth.

A moment of silence

Help us pay attention to our own spiritual biography that we may become wise.

Help us turn to our memories to revive good times and ponder the challenges.

Help us use our vision and experience to see the new paths you offer.

Help us to heed to that spirit deep within that is given to all believers.

Open our eyes to you, our God:  ALLELUIA. ALLELUIA. AMEN.

 For there is a time to be born, and a time to die. Cause us to look up from our daily preoccupations and see the glory of you written in sky and sun, moon and peaceful nights. Guide us in our persistent and tender care of our planet–our planet so carefully designed to sustain life in unimaginable diversity.

Open our eyes to you, our God:  ALLELUIA. ALLELUIA. AMEN.

 God of abundance and peace, you offer yourself for the perpetual renewal of your church and of our world. Make us grab hold of the challenge and pleasure of joining you in this unending task. Teach us to say “yes” to using our skills for your vision on earth.

 Open our eyes to you, our God:  ALLELUIA. ALLELUIA. AMEN.

God of peace and plenty, draw us into your work in our community, our country, and our world. Make us good advocates for non-violent solutions to problems and solid citizens unwilling to let leaders make decisions that hurt the poor, the refugees, and those whose countries are ravaged by war and instability.

(Include those listed in the bulletin for prayer)

Open our eyes to you, our God:  ALLELUIA. ALLELUIA. AMEN.

Move us to ever-closer communion with our partner Anglican Church of Canada, and their bishop in your region, and the Roman Catholic Church and their bishop in your region, and our own Bishop Greg. We pray for the congregations of our BC Synod: Grace in Dawson Creek and Interim Pastor Terry Martin, and Deo Lutheran in Salmon Arm and Pastor Erik Bjorgan, and our Global Mission Companion, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Peru.

Open our eyes to you, our God:  ALLELUIA. ALLELUIA. AMEN.

Oh God who understands the times when we feel estranged from, teach that you are still there, always there, ready to grip your hand and move you forward. Come together with other people of faith always–and especially when your faith is weak. May we all share the strength of faith in our Sunday gatherings.

Open our eyes to you, our God:  ALLELUIA. ALLELUIA. AMEN.

God, we know that you are everywhere. Let our hearts remember as we remind ourselves of the:

God to enfold us, God to surround us,

God in our thinking, God in our speaking,

God in our waiting, God in our hoping.

God in our minds, God in our hearts,

God in our lives, God in our deaths,

God in our ever-living souls,

God in our eternity.*

In Jesus’ name,

AMEN.

 

*Celtic oral tradition

 

AMEN.

 

 

November 11, 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 November 11, 2018 – Time After Pentecost

With the words “My soul magnifies the spirit of the Lord,” you are invited to respond:

 HEAR OUR PRAYER

Knowing that your spirit moves among us, we pray for the life of the church, the world, and all who yearn for wholeness and spiritual wealth.

A moment of silence

God of the highs and lows of our lives, we remember all those who fought and died in warfare, seeking to preserve democracy and our best values for societies. Inspire us all to see peaceable answers to the world conflicts that never cease. Let us observe a moment of silence on this Remembrance Day to honour veterans living and dead. (Maintain one minute of silence.)

My soul magnifies the spirit of the Lord  HEAR OUR PRAYER

 God of mercy and compassion, mould us in the ways of kindness that our church embody your spirit and truth. Enable us to take this kindness with us every day as we go about the ordinary and extra-ordinary matters of life. Keep us mindful of the farmers and labourers who ensure a supply of good food, and help us share what we have that all might be fed.

My soul magnifies the spirit of the Lord  HEAR OUR PRAYER

 Remind us that you never abandon us–even when we abandon you in times of despair and discouragement. Teach us to reach out to you, trusting that your love can break through our stubborn hearts and help us find your constancy in a sometimes chaotic world.

My soul magnifies the spirit of the Lord  HEAR OUR PRAYER

Make us listen and be still: for God gives power to guide us, wisdom to teach us, and eyes to watch over us. When all seems lost, let us seek life in the weekly nourishment of the Eucharist. When all seems bleak, let us hear the Scripture as if for the very first time.

My soul magnifies the spirit of the Lord  HEAR OUR PRAYER

With our First Nations brothers and sisters, we pray to the Great Spirit, the Grandfather, the Grandmother, that we live in harmony with our earthly home. Help us to use resources carefully and thankfully, for they show your creativity and magnificence.

 My soul magnifies the spirit of the Lord  HEAR OUR PRAYER

Keep us strengthened and energized to reach out to those who are unnoticed or neglected. Make us of one mind as we seek justice that eliminates hunger, greed, and self-righteousness. Let us count on your presence in the lives of those who are ill, injured, or burdened in heart or mind. We pray especially for those we name aloud or in the silence of our hearts.

(Include those listed in the bulletin for prayer)

My soul magnifies the spirit of the Lord  HEAR OUR PRAYER

Move us to ever-closer 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: Grace in Victoria, Mount Olive in Surrey and Rev. Peter Hanson, and prison ministries across Canada.

My soul magnifies the spirit of the Lord  HEAR OUR PRAYER

Remind us day by day, week by week, that we can know your light only if we deal with darkness. We cannot speak with authority until we have learned to listen. We cannot teach with insight until we too are reborn. All this we pray in the name of the Christ.

AMEN.

 

 

November 4, 2018 – All Saints Sunday

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 November 4, 2018 – All Saints Sunday

With the words “Glorious company of heaven, join us as we pray,” you are invited to respond:

 HEAR OUR PRAYER

Believing ourselves to be your holy people, we pray for the life of the church, the world, and all who yearn for wholeness and spiritual wealth.

A moment of silence

Oh God of the sainthood of all believers, you call us to revel in the tenderness of your care. You gave us Jesus to show us what it means  to be sanctified and to wear the colourful robes of blessing. You give us your spirit, hovering like a dove over us and moving over the deep places of our lives. You call us to live out our heritage as your saints in our own time.

Glorious company of heaven, join us as we pray  HEAR OUR PRAYER

 Move us to re-invigorate the earth in all its richness and diversity. Make us modern-day saints dedicated to the salvation of our earth, of all that sustains the life we value. May we teach our children to revere the earth and enjoy fresh air, sunlight and rain, storms and blue-sky days.

Glorious company of heaven, join us as we pray  HEAR OUR PRAYER

 Bring peace to people and nations in conflict. Raise up among our leaders contemporary saints with the power to sow seeds of justice and good living for all. Make us noisy in our demands that leaders do what is right.

Glorious company of heaven, join us as we pray  HEAR OUR PRAYER

Remind us that God’s dream for our world is a place where everyone has a home, has enough food, is safe, and has meaningful work. Let us advocate for the justice that helps people walk the sainted life of believers on fire.

Glorious company of heaven, join us as we pray  HEAR OUR PRAYER

Strengthen and bless our congregation in our ministries within our church and beyond. May we take joy in the ways we reach out to the wider community for healing and hospitality. (Name specific ministries if desired.)

 Glorious company of heaven, join us as we pray  HEAR OUR PRAYER

Make us sensitive to the pain within and around us, that we become more and more your saints in our relationship to the sick, the lonely, and the dying. May we treat them as saints in God’s eternity. Hear our petitions for those whose names we say aloud or silently in our hearts.

(Include those listed in the bulletin for prayer)

Glorious company of heaven, join us as we pray  HEAR OUR PRAYER

Move us to ever-closer 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: Lutheran Church of the Cross in Victoria and Pastor Lyle McKenzie and Good Shepherd in Victoria.

Glorious company of heaven, join us as we pray  HEAR OUR PRAYER

Remind us of the influence your saints, both the well-known and those in our personal lives, have had on our life in you. (You invite us today to remember these saints. (Insert names of people who have died in the past year.)

With thanks for all the saints, living and dead, we send up these prayers on the winds of the spirit moving across the world of now and forever more.

AMEN.

 

 

October 28, 2018 – Reformation Sunday

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 28, 2018 – Reformation Sunday

With the words “You come to us in wind and flame; your erase our shame,” please respond with the words:

 HEAR US, WE PRAY

Believing in your faithfulness, we pray for the life of the church, the world, and all who yearn for wholeness and faith.

A moment of silence

O God of wind and flame, take us by the hand and infuse our hearts with courage that we reach out to our congregation and our neighbours in your name. Trusting in you, enable us to show your likeness to the world by our faithfulness. Help us to be constantly reshaped and remade in your image.

You come to us in wind and flame; you erase our shame  HEAR US, WE PRAY

Oh God, enable us to see your power in our trials and tribulations, and in our times of celebration and contentment. Make us more and more aware of your constant love swirling around us, redeeming the rough places in our lives with  your love. Move among the rains, rivers, and oceans–constant reminders of the richness of creation.

You come to us in wind and flame; you erase our shame  HEAR US, WE PRAY

 Free us from the lies we tell ourselves and others in order to justify our thoughts and actions. Lead us to speak truthfully and listen humbly to you and your wisdom when expressed by others.

You come to us in wind and flame; you erase our shame  HEAR US, WE PRAY

Come to us in ways beyond our fears and beyond our wants that the wind of your spirit infuse our lives with peace and inner plenty. Let us move through our days with gentleness and generosity.

You come to us in wind and flame; you erase our shame  HEAR US, WE PRAY

Move among the nations that refugees find homes and conflicts cease. Make us part of efforts to sow peace by our prayers and our actions. Help us find an ever-closer relationship to our God of all comfort and our Father of compassion.

You come to us in wind and flame; you erase our shame  HEAR US, WE PRAY

Make us sensitive to the pain within and around us, that we become more and more motivated to alleviate pain. Teach us to reach out to others in ways that meet their unique suffering in ways that really matter.

You come to us in wind and flame; you erase our shame  HEAR US, WE PRAY

Move us to ever-closer 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: St. Peter’s Estonian in Vancouver and Pastor Algur Kaerma and Peace in Vernon and Pastor David Hunter.

You come to us in wind and flame; you erase our shame  HEAR US, WE PRAY

 Be a safe place, a blessed place, for those in need of comfort. Make us part of a chain of humanity offering hands and hearts to those in need. Touch the imprisoned, the ill, and the dying. Hear our petitions for those whose names we say aloud or silently in our hearts.

(Include those listed in the bulletin for prayer)

You come to us in wind and flame; you erase our shame  HEAR US, WE PRAY

We thank you for your Holy Spirit’s work within and among us, ever-reforming us as your fervent followers. In Jesus’ name.

 AMEN.

 

 

October 21, 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 21, 2018 – Time After Pentecost (Autumn)

With the words “You call us into prayer with the seven directions,”   HEAR US, LORD GOD

Calling upon the wisdom of indigenous peoples, we pray for the life of the church, the world, and people who are hungry and needy.

A moment of silence

Oh Great Spirit of the East, we celebrate birth and new beginnings. We look to you for each new day and think about birth–of babies, kittens, new seasons, different ways of doing things. Teach us the mysteries of beginnings.

You call us into prayer with the seven directions  HEAR US, LORD GOD

 Oh Great Spirit of the South, we seek to understand abundance, fertility, warmth, and the colourful extravagance of creation. Come to our hearts and feet, and lead us into the adventures of the South.

You call us into prayer with the seven directions  HEAR US, LORD GOD

 Oh Great Spirit of the West, we turn to you to understand dying. As the sun goes down each day, we remember deaths: of friends, generations, seasons, and old ways of doing things. Let the sunset remind us that, like the sun, we too shall arise in new life.

You call us into prayer with the seven directions  HEAR US, LORD GOD

Oh Great Spirit of the North, we remember that life sometimes is harsh and cold. Not only do days grow cold, but others may turn cold towards us. Give us the strength of the buffalo, that we may stand in blizzards with our faces toward the north–without being blown down or overwhelmed.

You call us into prayer with the seven directions  HEAR US, LORD GOD

Oh Great Spirit of Up, we look to all that soars, all that floats or flies above us, all that comes from on high to enlighten us. Give us visions, and let our minds walk among the stars and moon, and in the daylight of the sun.

You call us into prayer with the seven directions  HEAR US, LORD GOD

Oh Great Spirit of Down, we thank you for our mother, the earth. Let us be humble and be simple–and never consider ourselves above all our relatives in creation. May we walk with respect until earth receives us sweetly to eternity.

You call us into prayer with the seven directions  HEAR US, LORD GOD

Oh Great Spirit of In, we put our hands on our hearts, reminded of all the mysteries that lie within us. Teach us to guard the simple beauties and walk humbly with our God.

You call us into prayer with the seven directions  HEAR US, LORD GOD

Oh Great Spirit, call us to 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: Oakridge in Vancouver and Pastor Dorothy Chu and Redeemer in Vancouver and Pastor Katrina Vigen.

You call us into prayer with the seven directions  HEAR US, LORD GOD

 O Great Spirit, 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 them. Hear our petitions for those whose names we say aloud or silently in our hearts.

(Include those listed in the bulletin for prayer)

You call us into prayer with the seven directions  HEAR US, LORD GOD

Blessed be you, our God, our ruling Spirit, now and forever.

 AMEN.

 (Petitions adapted from Iroquois oral tradition, recorded by José Hobday)

Synodical Notes – Fall 2018

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