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December 25, 2016 – Nativity of Our Lord, Christmas Day

 

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, Glory to God in the highest you are invited to respond Hear our prayer.

Reveling in the presence of Emanuel, God with us, we pray for your church, your world, and those in need.

a brief silence

Holy God, you bathe this day with the light that transforms the dark time of the year and the dark times of our lives. Let us move through our days embodying the light that is your love burning within our church. Bless Bishop Greg and the congregations of our synod. Today we pray especially for Good Shepherd in Coquitlam and Pastor Eric Krushel and King of life in Coquitlam and Pastor Kathy Martin. Enlighten the work of our partnership with the Anglican Church of Canada. Bless Bishop (name) of the Diocese of (name).

Glory to God in the highest

Hear our prayer.

Holy God, all creation–from the smallest insect to the highest mountain–speaks to your majesty and glory. Guide us in caring for this earth you have given us, and grant good weather to all who travel to be with their nearest and dearest at this festive time.

Glory to God in the highest

Hear our prayer.

Holy God, you gave us your son, asking much of a simple woman and a humble man to do what you asked in the face of confusion and the condemnation of others. May we too find the will, the courage, to do what you ask of us and thank you for the miracle of being your people.

Glory to God in the highest

Hear our prayer.

Holy God, you care for us when we seem alone. Help us to see your face when others reach out to us in our need and loneliness. Motivate us to provide food, caring, and hospitality to those in need, those who are also your beloved ones. We pray especially for those who have requested your care and strength (name those on the prayer list)

Glory to God in the highest

Hear our prayer.

Holy God, you gave us a holy baby, a little boy full of infinite love and a vision for humanity made in your image. Let us look into the face of others and say, “The spirit in you greets the spirit in me”–and know that you are present with us.

Glory to God in the highest

Hear our prayer.

Holy God, you call our hearts and minds to that little town of Bethlehem. An ordinary place, a town with few places to stay except with family, from which an extraordinary story of unconditional love emerged. Open your heart to that story, and you shall never be the same.

Glory to God in the highest

Hear our prayer.

Hear our prayers, tiny child, and see the candles we light held high with all our hopes and dreams for the divine dance of eternity. In the name of the Christ child,

Amen

 

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December 24, 2016 – Nativity of Our Lord, Christmas Eve

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

click here to download a copy of the prayers

With the words, Glory to God in the highest you are invited to respond Hear our prayer.

Reveling in the presence of Emanuel, God with us, we pray for your church, your world, and those in need.

a brief silence

Holy God, you bathe this night with the light that transforms the dark time of the year and the dark times of our lives. Let us move through our days embodying the light that is your love burning within us.

Glory to God in the highest

Hear our prayer.

Holy God, all creation–from the smallest worm to the highest mountain–speaks to your majesty and glory. Guide us in caring for this earth you have given us, and grant good weather to all who travel to be with their nearest and dearest at this festive time.

Glory to God in the highest

Hear our prayer.

Holy God, you gave us your son, asking much of a simple woman and a humble man to do what you asked in the face of confusion and the condemnation of others. May we too find the will, the courage, to do what you ask of us and thank you for the miracle of being your people.

Oh holy child of Bethlehem

Hear our prayer.

Holy God, you care for us when we seem alone. Help us to see your face when others reach out to us in our need and loneliness. Motivate us to provide food, caring, and hospitality to those in need, those who are also your beloved ones. We pray especially for those who have requested your care and strength (name those on the prayer list)

Glory to God in the highest

Hear our prayer.

Holy God, you gave us a holy baby, a little boy full of infinite love and a vision for humanity made in your image. Let us look into the face of others and say, “The spirit in you greets the spirit in me”–and know that you are present with us.

Glory to God in the highest

Hear our prayer.

Holy God, you call our hearts and minds to that little town of Bethlehem. An ordinary place, a town with few places to stay except with family, from which an extraordinary story of unconditional love emerged. Open your heart to that story, and you shall never be the same.

Glory to God in the highest

Hear our prayer.

Hear our prayers, tiny child, and see the candles we light held high with all our hopes and dreams for the divine dance of eternity. In the name of the Christ child,

Amen

 

December 18, 2016 – Fourth 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 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, Oh holy child of Bethlehem you are invited to respond Hear our prayer.

Awaiting the fullness of Christ within us and throughout creation, we pray for your church, your world, and those in need.

a brief silence

Bless Bishop Greg and the congregations of our synod. Today we pray especially for Shepherd of the Valley in Comox and for our seminaries in Saskatoon and Waterloo. Enlighten the work of our partnership with the Anglican Church of Canada and bless Bishop________________ of the Diocese of ___________________ .

Oh holy child of Bethlehem

Hear our prayer.

Move into our hearts with the unexpected, for unless your spirit surprises us with new and different ways of seeing things, we stagnate. Make us wise enough to listen closely when we are confused and humble enough to change when our spirits have become too small.

Oh holy child of Bethlehem

Hear our prayer.

Replace our fear of the future with curiosity that moves our hearts by those who lead the church: the pastors and poets, the artists and musicians, the theologians and teachers. Remind our fainting hearts that with you we are safe to explore, to grow, to change.

Oh holy child of Bethlehem

Hear our prayer.

Bring the awe and beauty of Christmas to those who have too little and grateful hearts to those who have too much. Bring food and drink to those who will cherish it. Bring courage to those who are afraid. We pray especially for those who have requested your care and strength (name those on the prayer list)

Oh holy child of Bethlehem

Hear our prayer.

Open our ears and hearts to mysteries revealed in prayer that we might advocate for justice and fairness, kindness and compassion that demands us to stretch and grow. Move our leaders to seek imaginative solutions to the challenges of life together on this planet.

Oh holy child of Bethlehem

Hear our prayer.

Creator of the stars of night, light our darkness with your love and move us from shame and guilt into our rightful place as your beloved children. Make us your handmaidens bathed in light and splendid in our caring for others.

Oh holy child of Bethlehem

Hear our prayer.

These are our prayers, beloved creator of all. Hear them and heal us in the name of the one who came, who comes, and who comes again and again.

Amen

 

December 11, 2016 – 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 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, We wait with patience and hope you are invited to respond Come, Lord Jesus.

Knowing you as God our Father, God our Mother, River of Mercy, and Source of Life, we pray for your church, your world, and those in need.

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Bless Bishop Greg and the congregations of our synod. Today we pray especially for Chetwynd Shared Ministry in Chetwynd and Christ Lutheran in Chilliwack and Pastor Dean Andersen.  Enlighten the work of our partnership with the Anglican Church of Canada and bless Bishop _________________of the diocese of __________________ .

We wait with patience and hope

Come, Lord Jesus.

Make us dangerous people: people brave enough to change and grow–to be radically alive for you. May we heal wounds, pray deeply, teach wisely, and work to tear down injustice. May we overflow with your goodness: cherishing the young and the old, weeping with those who weep.

We wait with patience and hope

Come, Lord Jesus.

Hold me, hold me until there is no time but your time. Where I have felt terror and hurt, hold me until stillness comes and I know what it is to want nothing but the fullness of holy dance of the Trinity.

We wait with patience and hope

Come, Lord Jesus.

Guide the efforts of our government, military, and international relief workers. Bless those who care for the stranger, widow, widower, orphan, elderly people, and the sick and weary. We pray especially for those who have requested your care and strength (name those on the prayer list)

We wait with patience and hope

Come, Lord Jesus.

Bless all who call this place home, for those visiting from near and far, and for all the loving preparations for the holiday season, with Christ at its centre.

We wait with patience and hope

Come, Lord Jesus.

Thank you for those who have gone before us into the eternity of God. May they point the way of faith and truth through our memories of them. We mark Lucy, martyr in 304 for devoting her life to God (known as Lucia in Sweden and Norway) and John of the Cross, renewer of the church.

We wait with patience and hope

Come, Lord Jesus.

Sometimes we are afraid and even fear the future. But the future is in the hands of the One for whom nothing is impossible. In the name of the Christ come–and coming.

Amen

 

December 4, 2016 – 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 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, Dark winter days are upon us, you are invited to respond Come bring us light.

 Knowing that you will come again and again, we wait with anticipation and joy as we pray for the church, the world, and all of creation.

a brief silence

Bless Bishop Greg and the congregations of our synod. Today we pray especially for Grace Lutheran in Burnaby and Pastor Nathan Fong and Mount Zion in Smithers.  Enlighten the work of our partnership with the Anglican Church of Canada. Bless Bishop __________ of the Diocese of ____________.

Dark winter days are upon us

Come bring us light.

You call people to you in every place and in many ways. Help to hear your Spirit speak in surprising ways amidst the confusion and fear that sometimes touches our lives. Let us find time for you even as this busy season is upon us.

Dark winter days are upon us

Come bring us light.

You give us great abundance in our land. Help us find many ways to share it: through local food banks, through refugee sponsorship, through CLWR, through another charity of choice. Trust that there is enough to go around.

Dark winter days are upon us

Come bring us light.

You invite us to call upon you in pain and suffering. Help the poor, the meek, the unwelcomed, those suffering from malaria and HIV/AIDS. We pray especially for those who have requested your care and strength (name those on the prayer list)

Dark winter days are upon us

Come bring us light.

You bless us with animals, large and small, with plants that nourish us, trees that shelter us, and water that sustains us. Let us celebrate the winter resting time that allows them to flourish in good time.

Dark winter days are upon us

Come bring us light.

You bless those who travel, those absent from this gathering, and those preparing for baptism. We ask special care for our military men and women, and pray that the scourge of suicide after terrible mission be stopped with care and counselling.

Dark winter days are upon us

Come bring us light.

Sometimes we doubt, sometimes we are confused, but we enfold our concerns in the arms of the one who has come, is coming, and will always come again.

Amen

 

November 27, 2016 – 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 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, Once more we wait in darkening days, you are invited to respond Come, Lord Jesus.

Knowing that we wait and that you will come, we pray for the church, the world, and all of creation.

a brief silence

Bless Bishop Greg and the congregations and ministries of our synod. Today we pray especially for Peace Lutheran in Abbotsford and Bishop Gerhard Preibisch (interim pastor) and Emmaus Lutheran in Burnaby and Rev. Timo Saarinen.  Enlighten the work of our partnership with the Anglican Church of Canada.  Bless Bishop __________  of the Diocese of ____________.

Once more we wait in darkening days

Come, Lord Jesus.

You invite us to look into one another’s faces, unafraid and ready to be your church in this time and place. Develop in us a compassion that breaks down barriers and draws people in.

Once more we wait in darkening days

Come, Lord Jesus.

You are the source of the variety of seasons in all corners of the earth. All of nature is bounteous and alive, your creativity coursing through it like the blood that nourishes our very being.

Once more we wait in darkening days

Come, Lord Jesus.

You invite us to sit in the lap of your love even when all is not well, when we are unwell. Help the sick, the weary, the fearful, and the homeless to find a way to receive your offer. We pray especially for those who have requested your care and strength (name those on the prayer list)

Once more we wait in darkening days

Come, Lord Jesus.

You rouse us from the sleep of indifference, giving us the courage to speak for those who are voiceless, demand justice for those unfairly treated, and provide food for those who hunger and thirst for goodness in their lives.

Once more we wait in darkening days

Come, Lord Jesus.

You set a table before us and say, eat the bread of everlasting blessing and drink from the cup of salvation. In this year marking the Reformation, we dare to hope for sharing this table as Catholics and Protestants look toward your ongoing renewal of your church.

Once more we wait in darkening days

Come, Lord Jesus.

Let us close our prayers, acknowledging that we truly know your light only when we trust you with our darkness. In the name of Jesus, rabbi, teacher, Lord.

Amen

 

November 20, 2016 – Christ the King

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

click here to download a copy of the prayers

With the words, Dear servant-king of our souls, you are invited to respond Hear our prayer.

Trusting life and death as two blooms on one stem, we pray for the church, the world, and all of creation.

a brief silence

Make our servants in your image in our partnership with the Anglican Church of Canada. Bless Bishop Logan, Bishop Greg and the congregations of our synod. Today we pray especially for Grace in Dawson Creek and Pastor Terry Martin (interim), Deo Lutheran in Salmon Arm and Pastor Erik Bjorgan, and for our Global Mission Companion, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Peru.

Dear servant-king of our lives,

Hear our prayer.

You are source, substance, and sustenance in our lives. Fill our mouths with words of hope and good cheer that we may be part of creating community in and beyond our church

You, dear servant-king of our souls,

Hear our prayer.

You give us a bountiful world in which there is a time and season for everything. Turning seasons, powerful tides, and birds migrating their pathways remind us that this is a world to be cherished and nourished for generations to come.

Dear servant-king of our souls,

Hear our prayer.

You minister to our brokenness in mind and body, heart and soul. Use us, with our skills and our silence, our actions and our love, to minister to those around us. We pray especially for those who have requested your care and strength (name those on the prayer list)

Dear servant-king of our souls,

Hear our prayer.

You are the author of true justice. Inspire our law-makers to inscribe truth and fairness into our laws, and enable our police officers, lawyers, and courts to administer them as they are intended.

Dear servant-king of our souls,

Hear our prayer.

You are mother, the living water coursing through our bodies and nourishing our tissues. Bless those living with HIV/AIDS, and help prevention and treatment to limit this systemic illness.

Dear servant-king of our souls,

Hear our prayer.

May we look at the mountain and say, “I am part of it”; at the morning mists, and say, “I am part of it”; at the wolverine in the wild, and say, “I am part of it.” In the name of the beginning and ending of all things, alpha and omega.

Amen

 

November 13, 2016 – Time after Pentecost

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

click here to download a copy of the prayers

With the words, Let us pray, you are invited to respond Have mercy, Creator God.

Trusting in the everlasting friendship of the Trinity, we pray for the church, the world, and all of creation.

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For the courage to change, grow, and be radically alive that our partnership with the Anglican Church of Canada shine light upon the society we share. Bless Bishop Logan, Bishop Greg and the congregations of our synod. For special blessings today upon Grace in Victoria, Mount Olive in Surrey and Pastor Peter Hanson, and prison ministries across Canada. Let us pray

Have mercy, Creator God.

For the saints now gathered around you and spread throughout the world that people everywhere find meaning and work that uses their unique skills, and that people learn day by day what it is to be divinely loved and accepted,

Let us pray

Have mercy, Creator God.

For the abundance of creation and human creativity that all may work together for the well-being of the earth, humanity and our brother and sister species. And for everyone preparing for changing weather that we may protect and sustain the earth,

Let us pray

Have mercy, Creator God.

For the troubled and terrified, the poor and hungry, the abuser and abused, those who weep, and those suffering from malaria or any sickness that they might experience help and healing. We pray especially for those who have requested your care and strength (name those on the prayer list)

Let us pray

Have mercy, Creator God.

For those who lead music in this place and for all of us as we raise voices and lift our hearts to you, Divine Composer. For the newly baptized as they mark the beginning of their walk with you and for us all as we ponder our journey with you,

Let us pray

Have mercy, Creator God.

For all the saints as we gather at the river of your ever-moving, ever-nourishing love that all may know the peace promised by Christ within us, Christ among us

Let us pray

Have mercy, Creator God.

Strong and Vulnerable One, we place our lives in your service, your words in our mouths, and your kindness in our actions. In the name of Jesus, who came from a small town and changed the world.

Amen