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June 10, 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 June 10, 2018 – Time After Pentecost

With the words “Hear us, Mother/Father God, ” you are invited to respond:

 YOUR MERCY IS GREAT.

Trusting the words that come from you , we pray for the life of the church, the world, and people in need.

A moment of silence

Compassionate and Creative One, teach us how to overcome the divides within your church that it might demonstrate health and wholeness to the world. Bandage the wounds that separate us from our best selves and that keep us from walking each day in the sunshine of life with you.

Hear us, Mother/Father God

YOUR MERCY IS GREAT.

God of Hope and Renewal, enable us to encounter forgiveness, hope, and renewal in all manner of things on earth. Teach us the language that comforts and inspires others and ourselves. Empower us as we seek to do what is right and true.

Hear us, Mother/Father God

YOUR MERCY IS GREAT.

God of Courage, be with us as we walk away from you and from others because of fear. Give us the bravery of the Good Samaritan. Attune our ears to the needs and desires of poor people, strangers, and outcasts–the very ones you call us to love.

Hear us, Mother/Father God

YOUR MERCY IS GREAT.

 Soften the hard places in our hearts where we hang on to resentments and resistance to kindness and change. Open the channels between us and our neighbours that community can thrive and enrich everyday life. Feed us by our awareness of the small pleasures–by night and by day.

Hear us, Mother/Father God

YOUR MERCY IS GREAT.

Join us with all people of faith and goodwill. We pray especially for our partner Anglican Church of Canada, the Bishop in your region, the Roman Catholic Church, the Bishop in your region and our own Bishop Greg. We pray for the congregations of our BC Synod: Chetwynd Shared Ministry in Chetwynd and Christ in Chilliwack and Pastor Dean Andersen.

Hear us, Mother/Father God

YOUR MERCY IS GREAT.

Make us instruments of holy friendship as we encounter friends and neighbours in daily life. Strengthen us when others count on us–that shared burdens are diminished and shared joys magnified. We pray for those we name aloud or silently in our hearts.

 (Include those listed in the bulletin for prayer)

Hear us, Mother/Father God

YOUR MERCY IS GREAT.

Trusting that you are always there, that you always hear, and that you stir up contentment in life, we pray in the name of the Christ,

 AMEN.

June 3, 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 June 3, 2018 – Time After Pentecost

With the words “Your word, O Lord, is truth, ” you are invited to respond:

 HEAR OUR PRAYER.

Shining with your compassion acting through us, we pray for the life of the church, the world, and people in need.

A moment of silence

Let our mortal flesh be quiet as we rest our minds and relinquish our cares on the Sabbath. Teach us to find time for your spirit and truth to make our hands instruments of your caring. When you call, let us say, “Yes, Lord, I am here.”

Your word, O Lord, is truth

HEAR OUR PRAYER.

Enable us to participate in your strength so that what is withered and weakened may be restored. Make us respond to the hungering and thirsting for us that was planted in our baptism. Let us accept gladly our role in reviving all the good that has ceased to flourish.

Your word, O Lord, is truth

HEAR OUR PRAYER.

Transform our aching for peace and prosperity around the globe into action: advocacy, action, and sharing of our resources. Work among nations that your spirit be part of a global movement towards just leadership and fairness for all.

Your word, O Lord, is truth

HEAR OUR PRAYER.

 Soften the hard places in our hearts where we hang on to resentments and resistance to kindness and change. Open the channels between us and our neighbours that community can thrive and enrich everyday life. Feed us by our awareness of the small pleasures of night and day.

Your word, O Lord, is truth

HEAR OUR PRAYER.

Bless our efforts to join with faithful people everywhere in compassion and holy shared concerns. We pray especially for our partner Anglican Church of Canada, and the bishop in your region, the Roman Catholic Church, and the bishop in your region and our own Bishop Greg. We pray for the congregations of our BC Synod: Grace Lutheran in Burnaby and Pastor Nathan Fong and Mount Zion in Smithers.

Your word, O Lord, is truth

HEAR OUR PRAYER.

Let us see you walking by our sides during times when we are perplexed, persecuted, and struck down in body, mind, or soul. Pour your light over dark times, and teach us to find strength in sharing our burdens. We pray for those we name aloud or silently in our hearts.

 (Include those listed in the bulletin for prayer)

Your word, O Lord, is truth

HEAR OUR PRAYER.

Harkening always to our inner compass that is you, that is the direction you set in baptism, we deliver our prayers before your throne.

 AMEN.

 

May 27, 2018 – The Holy Trinity

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 May 27, 2018 – The Holy Trinity

With the words “Call us into the dance of faith, ” please respond: 

HEAR OUR PRAYER.

Inspired by the divine dance of the three persons of the Trinity, we pray for the life of the church, the world, and people in need.

A moment of silence

Blessed be you, Abba-Father, for your spirit reaching ours with tender touch and indulgent eyes. Inflate our being with confidence as your chosen children, called to live out your love on earth. Teach us to restore the broken to wholeness through your powerful love.

Call us into the dance of faith

HEAR OUR PRAYER.

Blessed be you, Incarnated Word, our brother who affirms us, flesh and blood, sinew and senses. Let us claim the whole earth–cities and fields, soaring mountains and water–as the fruit of your imagination and our beloved home.

Call us into the dance of faith

HEAR OUR PRAYER.

Blessed be you, Spirit of love and inspiration, Spirit of sharing and community. Fill us with justice and peace that we might be your voice, your hands and feet, your comforting presence in a world that needs you. Raise up our love as part of a growing crowd of witnesses.

Call us into the dance of faith

HEAR OUR PRAYER.

Blessed be you, Holy Imagination, for creating our world and ourselves as an incarnation of wonder and wholeness. Let us grab hold of the creativity that is you active in our everyday lives and our strength in hard times.

Call us into the dance of faith

HEAR OUR PRAYER.

Blessed be our joint communion with our partner Anglican Church of Canada, the Bishop in your region, the Roman Catholic Church, the Bishop in your region and our own Bishop Greg. We pray for the congregations of our BC Synod: Peace Lutheran in Abbotsford and Pastor Denise Doerksen and Emmaus in Burnaby and Pastor Timo Saarinen.

Call us into the dance of faith

HEAR OUR PRAYER.

Blessed be you who promise to stay with us always, even when we suffer from want, injustice, or anguish of any kind. Teach us to sit with you in times of trouble, leaning into our difficulties and learning to trust you more. In our living and in our dying, you are with us. We pray for those we name aloud or silently in our hearts.

(Include those listed in the bulletin for prayer)

Call us into the dance of faith

HEAR OUR PRAYER.

With you holy three in one and one in three, we choose the posture of prayer that is feet dancing rather than knees kneeling.

AMEN.

May 20, 2018 – Day of 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 May 20, 2018 – Day of Pentecost

With the words “Kindle within us the fire of your love, ” please respond:

 ALLELUIA. ALLELUIA. AMEN.

Empowered by your spirit raging within us, we pray for the life of the church, the world, and people in need.

A moment of silence

Through all of human history, we have gathered around fire for light, warmth, protection, community, and the gift of cooking. You are the fire which calls us to love, service, and life eternal.

Kindle within us the fire of your love

ALLELUIA. ALLELUIA. AMEN.

Your creating and re-creating spirit renews us by day and replenishes us by night. Breathe into our lives and our church new visions and ever-deepening dreams of life together with you and one another. Let us live always in the waters of baptism and the fire of a divine spirit forever roaming the earth.

Kindle within us the fire of your love

ALLELUIA. ALLELUIA. AMEN.

Your spirit invites us to participate in your love by tenderly caring for our earth. Guide our hands as we push seeds into earth and look to the harvest to come. Let us conserve your gift of water, upon which all life depends. May we gaze at sun by day and moon by night, ever-thankful for the wonder of it all.

Kindle within us the fire of your love

ALLELUIA. ALLELUIA. AMEN.

Your spirit sighs and suffers with us and for us in all that life offers. Make us hear your voice rustling through leaves in the wind, in the whispers of those we encounter, in our puzzlements and in our celebrations.

Kindle within us the fire of your love

ALLELUIA. ALLELUIA. AMEN.

Your spirit makes us one community of faith; let us learn from different traditions and teachings of wisdom religions world-wide. We pray especially for our partner Anglican Church of Canada, Bishop in your region, the Roman Catholic Church, the  Bishop in your region and our own Bishop Greg. We pray for the congregations of our BC Synod: Grace Lutheran in Dawson Creek and Interim Pastor Terry Martin, Deo in Salmon Arm and Pastor Erik Bjorgan, and our Global Mission Companion, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Peru.

Kindle within us the fire of your love

ALLELUIA. ALLELUIA. AMEN.

Your spirit of healing moves around and through us like a child of promise. Teach us to grab hold of the help you offer us, and make us part of the assistance you provide to others. Teach us the power of sharing that strengthens and sustains us.

 (Include those listed in the bulletin for prayer)

Kindle within us the fire of your love

ALLELUIA. ALLELUIA. AMEN.

Trusting that you hear us and love us, that you wrap up in all that is good and true, we pray to you in the name of the Christ.

 AMEN.

May 13, 2018 – Seventh Sunday of Easter

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 May 13, 2018 – Seventh Sunday of Easter

With the words “Lord, fill us with longing for you, ” please respond:

 HEAR OUR PRAYER.

Claiming our birthright as your beloved people, we pray for the life of the church, the world, and people in need.

A moment of silence

Nourish the soil of the earth as its days grow longer and longer. Energize us with life-giving light and warmth, as we breathe in the smells of earth’s re-awakening after winter. Bless seeds planted by birds and human hands.

Lord, fill us with longing for you

HEAR OUR PRAYER.

Draw us away from the fears and hatreds that divide our world. Bless political refugees and peace-keepers working on their behalf. Let justice sweep across the globe like a glorious tsunami of change.

Lord, fill us with longing for you

HEAR OUR PRAYER.

Bless mothers and grandmothers, step-mothers and foster mothers, and all those who take on a mothering role. For those whose mothering of us brought us under the tender wing of faith. Mothering God, give us rest, healing, and wisdom.

Lord, fill us with longing for you

HEAR OUR PRAYER.

 Make us aware, day by day, week by month, that we exist within the eternal life of Jesus. Remind us of your indestructible care in times of fear, failings, and faltering in our life’s paths. Unite us with all the saints, including Erik, King of Sweden, who died in the midst of working for fair laws and care of the poor and the sick.

Lord, fill us with longing for you

HEAR OUR PRAYER.

Join us with other believers in doing good, loving mercy, and walking humbling before you. We pray especially for our partner Anglican Church of Canada, the Bishop in your region, the  Roman Catholic Church, the Bishop in your region and our own Bishop Greg. We pray for the congregations of our BC Synod: Grace Lutheran in Victoria, Good Shepherd in Victoria, and prison ministries across Canada.

Lord, fill us with longing for you

HEAR OUR PRAYER.

Use us to accompany others in times of illness and injury, fear and loneliness. Remind us always that shared joy is joy magnified, and sorrow shared is sorrow diminished. We pray especially for those we name aloud or quietly in our heart….

 (Include those listed in the bulletin for prayer)

Lord, fill us with longing for you

HEAR OUR PRAYER.

Offering our prayers as both duty and delight, we place them all on the Communion Table, trusting  the power of the Resurrected Christ.

 AMEN.

May 6, 2018 – Sixth Sunday of Easter

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 May 6, 2018 – Sixth Sunday of Easter

With the words “Lord, listen to your children praying” you are invited to respond:

 ALLELUIA. ALLELUIA. AMEN.

Claiming a holy and wonderful delight in you, we pray for the life of the church, the world, and people in need.

A moment of silence

Holiest of Holies, your voice calls us above, beneath, and through the bellowing distractions of daily life. Teach us to hear and sing back to you one hymn of praise in the endless uniqueness of each and every voice.

Lord, listen to your children praying

ALLELUIA. ALLELUIA. AMEN.

Creative God, wrap your arms around our imagination that we may turn moans and groans into deep insight and words of caring and delight. When the blues overtake us, make us listen and improvise a better way. Use our voices as conduits when those around us struggle. Secure our lives in relationships burnished by your justice and peace.

Lord, listen to your children praying

ALLELUIA. ALLELUIA. AMEN.

God of deepest love, pour healing waters over us in times of trials and tribulations. We pray for those who suffer alone, especially addicts, over-worked caregivers, and people living with schizophrenia.

Lord, listen to your children praying

ALLELUIA. ALLELUIA. AMEN.

 O God of Music, make us sing songs of thankfulness and praise, of lamentation and pleading, of our shared life as your people. We say thank you for our musicians, choir directors, and hymn-writers. Bless all who lead and all who sing for worship.

Lord, listen to your children praying

ALLELUIA. ALLELUIA. AMEN.

O God of Community, make us aware of the power and comfort that comes with your communion around the world. We pray especially for our partner Anglican Church of Canada, Bishop in your Region, the Roman Catholic Church, Bishop in your Region, and our own Bishop Greg. We pray for the congregations of our BC Synod: Church of the Cross in Victoria and Pastor Lyle McKenzie and Good Shepherd in Victoria.

Lord, listen to your children praying

ALLELUIA. ALLELUIA. AMEN.

O God of Listening, hear us when we sing the blues and help us find harmonies in the good, the bad, and the indifferent times in our lives. We pray especially for those we name aloud or quietly in our heart….

 (Include those listed in the bulletin for prayer)

Lord, listen to your children praying

ALLELUIA. ALLELUIA. AMEN.

Offering our prayers in a complex harmony woven around the melodies of our days and nights.  In the name of the Christ.

 AMEN.

April 29, 2018 – Fifth Sunday of Easter–

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 April 29, 2018 – Fifth Sunday of Easter

With the words “O Lord of the mysterious dance” you are invited to respond:

 HEAR OUR PRAYER. ALLELUIA.

Knowing that you call on us to love peace and mercy, and walk humbly with our God, we pray for the life of the church, the world, and people in need.

A moment of silence

Let us feel your incarnation in the warmth of communion wine and the yeasty taste of a bit of bread. Make they forever feed our faith. Bless those who help us on our way rejoicing: missionaries and Bible study leaders, seminarians, campus ministers, and all of us with our baptismal stories.

O Lord of the mysterious dance

HEAR OUR PRAYER. ALLELUIA.

Let us see in vineyards and groves of fruit an image of faith flowering, growing, and ripening within us and throughout our community. And as that fruit matures, help us find ever more ways to incorporate self-compassion and compassion for others day by day.

O Lord of the mysterious dance

HEAR OUR PRAYER. ALLELUIA.

Enrich our family life and the connections stretching from generation to generation. Let us grapple with the challenges of homeless youth and adults; isolated people of all ages; and the loneliness of many elder care home. Help us to better so that, at every stage, people feel safe and warm under your wing.

O Lord of the mysterious dance

HEAR OUR PRAYER. ALLELUIA.

 As we remember Catherine of Siena, 14th century theologian and mystic, we call upon you as we too seek to sit, work, laugh, and love in connection with you. When times are tough and our lives difficult, we seek your comfort. We pray especially for those we name aloud of quietly in our heart….

                             (Include those listed in the bulleting for prayer.)

 O Lord of the mysterious dance

HEAR OUR PRAYER. ALLELUIA.

Remind us that we believers always are part of wide circle. Enable us to build on that, to connect with others world-wide and close to home. We pray especially for our partner Anglican Church of Canada, the bishop in your region, the Roman Catholic Church, the bishop in your region and our own Bishop Greg. We pray for the congregations of our BC Synod: St. Peter Estonian in Vancouver and Pastor Algur Kaerma and Peace in Vernon and Pastor David Hunter.

O Lord of the mysterious dance

HEAR OUR PRAYER. ALLELUIA.

Give us the fullness of gratitude when all goes well in life and the courage to sit listening for you among the dark times, the hard ones. Teach us more and more, day by day, about the healing that goes beyond whether or not our illness or condition clears up. We pray especially for those we name aloud or quietly in our heart….

 (Include those listed in the bulletin for prayer)

O Lord of the mysterious dance

HEAR OUR PRAYER. ALLELUIA.

Offering our prayers on a rising cloud of incense–perhaps copal, frankincense, and myrrh.  In the name of the Christ.

 AMEN.

April 22, 2018 – Fourth Sunday of Easter

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 April 22, 2018 – Fourth Sunday of Easter

With the words “O Source of Love everlasting” you are invited to respond:

 HEAR OUR PRAYER. ALLELUIA.

Knowing that you made the language of compassion, we pray for the life of the church, the world, and people in need.

A moment of silence

Challenge us to see and embrace ourselves as the stuff of the stars. Let us align ourselves with our greatness and our humility as children held by your gaze. Breathe your actions and reactions into the work of: church custodians and office managers; Sunday school teachers and confirmation leaders; baptismal sponsors and youth workers; pastors, deacons, and bishops.

O Source of Love everlasting

HEAR OUR PRAYER. ALLELUIA.

You speak peace and calm into a troubled and chaotic world. Give us the time and the will to be still and know that you are God. Comfort us, because we can trust you and find the calm in the centre of the storm. We commit ourselves to participating in your acts of reconciliation on a globe riven with conflict.

O Source of Love everlasting

HEAR OUR PRAYER. ALLELUIA.

Return our earth to its health and fullness, and make our ever-changing habits a part of its rejuvenation. Bless hills and mountains; river valleys and marshes alive with spring warmth; grassy plains, arctic ice, and the fragile and beautiful coral reefs.

O Source of Love everlasting

HEAR OUR PRAYER. ALLELUIA.

 Though we plead with whole hearts that we might escape distress and disaster, they will come and people will help. Protect and guide all first responders. Give them the presence of your care and patience as they deal with people stunned by the unexpected. We call on you to bless: firefighters, paramedics, police officers, and disaster relief and crisis intervention teams. Make it possible for our military personnel to be involved in peace-keeping and relief efforts instead of war.

O Source of Love everlasting

HEAR OUR PRAYER. ALLELUIA.

Open our eyes so that we see more and more ways to participate in your Incarnation. Make us feel the companionship of faithful people everywhere. We pray especially for our partner Anglican Church of Canada, the Anglican Bishop in your region, the Roman Catholic Church, the Roman Catholic 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.

O Source of Love everlasting

HEAR OUR PRAYER. ALLELUIA.

Satisfy our hungry hearts, whether we long for love and friendship, well-being and purpose in our days, or healing of any kind. We pray especially for those we name aloud or quietly in our heart….

 (Include those listed in the bulletin for prayer)

O Source of Love everlasting

HEAR OUR PRAYER. ALLELUIA.

Knowing that your arms are strong and your loving ears await us always, we lay our prayers before you, like a blanket of rose petals swirling up to the heavens. In the name of the Christ.

 AMEN.

April 15, 2018 – Third Sunday of Easter

 

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

click here to download a copy of the prayers

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 April 15, 2018 – Third Sunday of Easter

With the words “Author of life and light” you are invited to respond:  HEAR OUR PRAYER.

Blessed by your language of love within us, we pray for the life of the church, the world, and people in need.

A moment of silence

Each and every day, let us recall our baptism, in which God you write yourself into our flesh and blood, our muscles and bones. Move us ever closer to you, arms open to your spirit, that we strengthen your church with our embodiment of you.

Author of life and light  –  HEAR OUR PRAYER.

You speak peace and calm into a troubled and chaotic world. Give us the time and the will to be still and know that you are God. Comfort us, because we can trust you and find the calm in the centre of the storm. We commit ourselves to participating in your acts of reconciliation on a globe riven with conflict.

Author of life and light  –  HEAR OUR PRAYER.

Make us pay attention as we see, touch, and feel the abundance of our lives. Enable us to enter into the pain and grief we have, so that we see your presence shining through in the background. We seek to understand the wisdom of Job.

Author of life and light  –  HEAR OUR PRAYER.

 Move our interest from seeking to have more to rejoicing in enough and finding ways to share all we have with those living with scarcity and insecurity. Although thankfulness for Canada’s wealth and prosperity is our joyful duty, it also is our challenge to enable more people to share the peace of enough.

Author of life and light  –  HEAR OUR PRAYER.

Open our eyes so that we see more and more ways to participate in your Incarnation. Make us feel the companionship of faithful people everywhere. We pray especially for our partner Anglican Church of Canada, the Anglican Bishop in your region, the Roman Catholic Church, the Roman Catholic Bishop in your region and our own Bishop Greg. We pray for the congregations of our BC Synod: First Lutheran in Vancouver and Interim Pastor Vida Jaugelis and campus ministry across the country.

Author of life and light  –  HEAR OUR PRAYER.

You are with us in the best of times and in the worst, though you sometimes seem far away. Teach us and those for whom we pray to find the way to lean into you during difficulties. We pray especially for those we name aloud or quietly in our heart….

 (Include those listed in the bulletin for prayer)

Author of life and light  –  HEAR OUR PRAYER.

You carry all our hopes and dreams, our holiness and our weakness, in the breath that enlivens our very selves. In the name of Jesus, the incarnation, the one with whom you are well-pleased.

 AMEN.

April 8, 2018 – Second Sunday of Easter

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 April 8, 2018 – Second Sunday of Easter

With the words “O God within us and among us all” you are invited to respond:

 HEAR OUR PRAYER.

Grasping your love in our hands, we pray for the life of the church, the world, and people in need.

A moment of silence

Let we listen to your voice whispering in our ear, tracing compassion on our heart, so that it strengthens our congregation and the whole church. Give us ways to speak your love in ways that a diverse and distracted society can comprehend.

O God within and among us all

HEAR OUR PRAYER.

Stir up the world, whirling and swirling, to bring peace and reconciliation. Calm the trends of destructive energy that makes our weather scary and unpredictable. And calm the deep rumblings of anxiety and dis-ease within our minds and bodies.

O God within and among us all

HEAR OUR PRAYER.

Blessed are you, Incarnated God, who chose the hands and feet, hearts and minds, of our humanity as the way to touch us most deeply. Blessed are you for teaching us the beauty of the flesh and the earth that sustains it. Help us to care for ourselves with the same love you poured into Jesus Christ. Make us willing to change our habits so that the earth flourishes and resources are replenished.

O God within and among us all

HEAR OUR PRAYER.

 Blessed are you for choosing young and old to do your work in the world, whether or not goodness is done in your name. Nourish the people gathered here that they may be strengthened to do the good, the right, and the true. Let us participate in your heaven, here and now, and always.

O God within and among us all

HEAR OUR PRAYER.

Open our eyes so that we see more and more ways to participate in your Incarnation. Make us feel the companionship of faithful people everywhere. We pray especially for our partner Anglican Church of Canada, the Anglican Bishop in your region and our own Bishop Greg. We pray for the congregations of our BC Synod: Dunbar Lutheran in Vancouver and Pastor Thomas Keeley and our BC Synod staff.

O God within and among us all

HEAR OUR PRAYER.

You have chosen the stranger, the outcast, those suffering from injury, illness, and terrible disappointments. Let us hold these people in our hearts, reaching out with word, deed, and holy embrace. We pray especially for those we name aloud or quietly in our heart….

 (Include those listed in the bulletin for prayer)

O God within and among us all

HEAR OUR PRAYER.

Let us arise each morning, joyfully anticipating the twists and turns, the surprises and challenges, of the day ahead. In the name of the holy one of earth and heaven.

 AMEN.