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December 25, 2018 – Christmas Day

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

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Prayers for December 25, 2018 – Christmas Day

With the words “A holy day has dawned upon us,” you are invited to respond: Hear our prayer.

In the dawning of the Word made flesh, we pray for the life of the church, the world, and all our brothers and sisters seeking justice and truth.

A moment of silence

For the body of Christ spread around the globe, spreading your message of compassion and generosity, we give our thanks. Your generosity abounds in waters and wetlands, dry lands and prairies, the creatures and plants that sustain our bodies and delight our spirits.

“A holy day has dawned upon us,”  Hear our prayer.

For the many and diverse nations and peoples, and the way in which they teach us to dance, sing, and celebrate in novel ways. Your bounty in imagination challenges us to create, to celebrate, and to conserve diversity in all things.

“A holy day has dawned upon us,”  Hear our prayer.

 For the struggles that are part and parcel of the human experience, we thank you and we beg your strength in bearing them. Our lives in this world are ones of difficulty and strife—and beauty and learning if we learn to lean into the hardships. We ask for sustenance for ourselves and for those we name aloud or in our hearts.

“A holy day has dawned upon us,”  Hear our prayer.

For our brothers and sisters of the book, for seekers and questioners, for sceptics and agnostics, we ask the blessing and blind-siding of mystery. Make the mystery of life so compelling that we all catch our breath and carry on in a new way.

“A holy day has dawned upon us,”  Hear our prayer.

For your model of creation and creativity that calls us all to take part—in how we live, in what we make, in what we take from the experiences life gives. Make us ever-mindful of the fullness of each moment, of the present which is all we can know of eternity.

“A holy day has dawned upon us,”  Hear our prayer.

For the eerie call of the moon of wintertime “when all the birds had fled,” we thank the native drumming that echoes the rhythms of our hearts. In our country especially, let us remember Gitche Manitou, the Great Spirit as recognized by our indigenous peoples. Bring us together in spite of our past into a blessed future.

“A holy day has dawned upon us,”  Hear our prayer.

For the many and varied ways Jesus comes to us at Christmas—as helpless infant, as Word incarnate, as personification of the hopes of a faithful people. May we find our angels to guide us toward the wisdom we need to live life abundantly.

“A holy day has dawned upon us,”  Hear our prayer.

Christmas has come, Christmas will come again, Christmas will live in our hearts. In the name of the babe whose name is Jesus. AMEN.

 

December 24, 2018 – Christmas Eve

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

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Prayers for December 24, 2018 – Christmas Eve

         With the words “May our hearts be full of good news of great joy,” you are invited to respond: Alleluia. Emmanuel. Alleluia.

Our hearts full of the great light come into our darkness, we pray for the life of the church, the world, and all who wish to stand in the light of full humanity.

A moment of silence

Holy Child of Bethlehem, you are with us, before us, and behind us—and we celebrate you. You lead us and follow us, stand at our left and at our right. You are beneath and above us; you are in us.

“May our hearts be full of good news of great joy,”  Alleluia. Emmanuel. Alleluia.

Wee boy of a ramshackle manger, show us that we need not be defined by humble beginnings or traumas past and present. You light our way, the Word that was with God, was God, and is God now and forevermore.

“May our hearts be full of good news of great joy,”  Alleluia. Emmanuel. Alleluia.

Long-awaited Messiah, leader of our hearts, warm us with a boundless love that makes a rainbow of the turning, twisting colours of our days. Help us to see in the light of Christmas the full spectrum of colour that enriches our nights and days.

“May our hearts be full of good news of great joy,”  Alleluia. Emmanuel. Alleluia.

Prince of Peace, help us to hang on to your hand, your vision, in a world that makes a mockery of peace and tranquility. Holding your hand, we claim the courage to be agents of change—demanding by example and action a world of greater safety and security for more and more people. We lift up in our hearts the those people and concerns that weigh upon us this night.

“May our hearts be full of good news of great joy,”  Alleluia. Emmanuel. Alleluia.

Author of hope and change, shake up our expectations that we see our days and our lives in a new life where joy is possible. May we light one hundred candles, a thousand candles, in the dark nights ahead, so that darkness never can prevail.

“May our hearts be full of good news of great joy,”  Alleluia. Emmanuel. Alleluia.

Holy Child, you make Marys of us all—faithful ones bearing new life, new ways of being, because we believe in the profound humanity more powerful than raucous feasting for its own sake. Bless our feasting and festivities with holy fire.

“May our hearts be full of good news of great joy,”  Alleluia. Emmanuel. Alleluia.

God of eternity, you are as beautiful and complex as a butterfly wing, as mysterious as weather moving in from the sea and mountains. Bless us with the time and the mindset to know what it is to be still and know that you are God.

“May our hearts be full of good news of great joy,”  Alleluia. Emmanuel. Alleluia.

Christmas has come, Christmas will come again, Christmas will live in our hearts. In the name of the babe whose name is Jesus. AMEN.

 

December 23, 2018 – 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 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 23, 2018 – Fourth Sunday of Advent 

With the words “Let it be with us according to your word,” you are invited to respond:  Alleluia. Alleluia. Amen.

As we await the coming of the child in the manger, we pray for the life of the church, the world, and all who yearn for peace within and throughout the world.

A moment of silence

Lord of kept promises, you offer us healing, hope, and wholeness. May we accept your offer—singing like Mary and rejoicing like Elizabeth. Enable us to mould ourselves into an earthly image of divine faithfulness that others may see and believe.

“Let it be with us according to your word,”  Alleluia. Alleluia. Amen.

God of creation, God of the eternal now, you revel in the health of the earth—its waters, its dry lands, its many creatures, its very atmosphere. Make us move in your image to protect and nurture this globe of wonder and want, that all may flourish in its plenitude.

“Let it be with us according to your word,”  Alleluia. Alleluia. Amen.

 Prince of Peace, you slipped into our world as a humble boy, a poor boy, to parents on the move and cast out from their families in Bethlehem. You lived a life of wholehearted humanity—and paid the ultimate price for living out truth in a world caught up in its own hatreds and lies. May we somehow grapple with the truth of the cradle and cross that is our faith.

“Let it be with us according to your word,”  Alleluia. Alleluia. Amen.

Comforter of the down-hearted, smile especially upon those for whom the holiday season is one of meagre sameness, upon the refugees longing for a home, and the sick and lonely seeking wholeness and companionship. We pray especially for those we name aloud or in the silence of our hearts.

(include those listed in the bulletin for prayers)

“Let it be with us according to your word,”  Alleluia. Alleluia. Amen.

God of holy alliances, enrich 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 Shepherd of the Valley in Comox and the faculty, staff, and students of our Lutheran seminaries in Saskatoon and Waterloo.

“Let it be with us according to your word,”  Alleluia. Alleluia. Amen.

Love incarnate, you are Alpha and Omega. All things begin and end in you, and we live in the constant reforming and resurrection of your care and nurturing of our hearts and minds. Walk with all whose holiday season is marked by depression, grief, or heartache.

“Let it be with us according to your word,”  Alleluia. Alleluia. Amen.

God of eternity, hold us close to all those saints who have taught us the way and gone before into glory. May we light candles for them in the blaze of Christmas lights.

“Let it be with us according to your word,”  Alleluia. Alleluia. Amen.

Pregnant with anticipation for the celebration of faith, hearth, and home that is Christmas, we pray in the name of the man from Galilee.  AMEN.

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.