Author Archives: BC Synod - Page 2

April 14, 2019 – Sunday of the Passion, Palm Sunday

       

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

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
  • ArchBishop 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 April 14, 2019 – Sunday of the Passion, Palm Sunday

Let us walk beside Jesus riding a donkey, waving our palms, as we pray for the church and all believers, the world, and those in need.

A moment of silence

To the words “Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna, Servant-King of Humankind” you are invited to respond “Help us follow you.”

Like us, many of the Jewish people longed for change and transformation, and yet resisted Jesus’ proclamation of love, redemption, and a new life without end. Teach us to be open to new ideas about and progressive interpretations of Scripture. Help us to learn how to cling to the truth of faith even while we expand into new ways of understanding it and living it out.

Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna, Servant-King of Humankind: Help us follow you.

Creator Spirit, you reveal your beauty and will through stones and seas, mountains and meadows, and in the tiny fingers and unfocused eyes of each newborn. Enable us to take joy in caring for all that you have made and immersing ourselves in the power of nature.

Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna, Servant-King of Humankind: Help us follow you.

Jesus, you who have known the extremes of human suffering, be with those who undergo torture and free those held captive by political entities, by personal trauma, and by an inability to move into full and abundant life.

Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna, Servant-King of Humankind: Help us follow you.

Pour courage and hope into people who feel that they are wasting away in illness or distress. Make us your face of kindness, your hands holding theirs, your strength through our presence. We pray especially for those we name aloud or silently in our hearts.

(include those listed in the bulletin for prayers)

Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna, Servant-King of Humankind: Help us follow you.

Make the communion a true feast to us this week. May we consume and celebrate the bread of life and the cup of salvation as ours, as the life-giving elements that sustain in the good times and in the hard times. May we savour the taste of love on our tongues.

Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna, Servant-King of Humankind: Help us follow you.

Make our common communion nourish our relationship with the Anglican Church of Canada and 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 Dunbar in Vancouver and Pastor Thomas Keeley and the BC Synod staff who do so much we do not see.

Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna, Servant-King of Humankind: Help us follow you.

May we find in each Sunday morning worship words that sustain us, truths that change us. Let us give ourselves over to the power of the Word, to the rhythm and poetry that resonates deep enough within us that we reverberate with the comfort of your presence.

Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna, Servant-King of Humankind: Help us follow you.

On this Sunday of the Passion, we lift up our prayers through Jesus, prophet, servant, king, friend. AMEN.

April 7, 2019 – Fifth Sunday of Lent

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

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
  • ArchBishop 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 April 7, 2019 – Fifth Sunday of Lent

Anoint us with the fragrant oil of your love as we pray for the church and all believers, the world, and those in need.

A moment of silence

To the words “You who made us whole and holy at baptism” you are invited to respond “Hear us, we pray.”

Give us the willingness and courage to say to those in our lives: Forgive me; I forgive you; Thank you; and I love you. Let us never assume that people know what is in our hearts if we never tell them. Let us learn from the power of being forgiven, what it is to forgive: to let go of the wrongs, the traumas, the sorrows of our past that impede our future.

You who made us whole and holy at baptism. Hear us, we pray.

Teach us to trust that wherever destruction by flood, famine, or fire has devastated land and lives, green shoots of new growth appear. Make us participate actively in the care of the environment that can mitigate the climate change that threatens us with more and more ecological crises.

You who made us whole and holy at baptism. Hear us, we pray.

Bless and inspire politicians and leaders here and elsewhere to hold fast to sound principles and personal integrity, despite the complexities and conflicting information that cloud the view of what is right and true. Give us the courage to pay attention and participate in our democracy even when the daily news drains and discourages us.

You who made us whole and holy at baptism. Hear us, we pray.

Help us wipe away the tears of those who suffer, if even in the smallest ways: being there, listening, phoning, running an errand or two. Energize those who bear the burdens of hard labour and deep despair with your presence. We pray especially for those we name aloud or silently in our hearts.

(include those listed in the bulletin for prayers)

You who made us whole and holy at baptism. Hear us, we pray.

Fill the air with the sweet perfume of Mary’s loving anointing of Jesus as he, exhausted, continues his way to Jerusalem, to his death. Fill us with such gratitude and love that it overflows into our encounters with those we meet day by day. Let your love spill over people in need like warm, spring rain.

You who made us whole and holy at baptism. Hear us, we pray.

Make our common baptism infuse our partnership with the Anglican Church of Canada and 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 Spirit of Life in Vancouver and Pastor Clifford Reinhart and North Thompson Ecumenical Shared Ministry in Barriere and Clearwater and Pastor Brian Krushel.

You who made us whole and holy at baptism. Hear us, we pray.

Accompany those for whom death draws near—and those who deal with the subtle decline and substantial setbacks that aging brings to most all of us. Inspire us to surrender our situation to your grace, and meet the challenges with curiosity and creativity.

You who made us whole and holy at baptism. Hear us, we pray.

All this and whatever else is muddling our hearts and minds, we lift up to your love. AMEN.

March 31, 2019 – Fourth Sunday of Lent

   

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

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
  • ArchBishop 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 March 31, 2019 – Forth Sunday of Lent

As we revel in the love you shower upon us, let us pray for the church and all believers, the world, and those in need.

A moment of silence

To the words “O Christ, who transforms everything into newness” you are invited to respond “Hear our prayer.”

You, who make all things new, make our church ever more relevant and responsive to the new expressions of spirituality and longing for meaning in our communities. Make us into amiable and effective ambassadors for Christ inside and outside the walls of the churches in which we worship.

O Christ, who transforms everything into newness Hear our prayer.

Bestow dignity upon migrant and seasonal workers, upon the desperate illegal immigrants who come to wealthy nations willing to do the work many consider beneath them. Grant them their rightful place in the world to which they belong, the world we must work to preserve for future generations.

O Christ, who transforms everything into newness Hear our prayer.

Inspire artists, musicians, and poets (like John Donne, whom we commemorate today) who point us to the extraordinary beauty in our ordinary lives—and ultimately to you, God, the great example and giver of creativity.

O Christ, who transforms everything into newness Hear our prayer.

Move us to tend to those who suffer in mind, body, or spirit. Enable us to find ways to erase trauma from the very cells of those who have been abused. Change the heart of those who bully and mistreat others, and enable us to defend their victims when we can. We pray especially for those we name aloud or silently in our hearts.

(include those listed in the bulletin for prayers)

O Christ, who transforms everything into newness Hear our prayer.

Feed our faith and imagination in the bread and wine we share in commemoration of the promise of your eternal care and community. Let us receive it as feast for the soul in the same way that we relish the daily meals that sustain our living.

O Christ, who transforms everything into newness Hear our prayer.

Use your novel wisdom in inspiring our partnership with the Anglican Church of Canada and 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 Living Faith in Sechelt and Interim Pastor Richard Hergesheimer and Lord of Life Mission in Sandspit and Interim Pastor Jim Whaley.

O Christ, who transforms everything into newness Hear our prayer.

Inspire us to learn to be quiet and attentive enough to hear the urgings of your spirit in our lives, to feel your constant presence when we are assaulted by frustrations, worries, and illness. Give us the courage to act on those messages you lay upon our hearts.

O Christ, who transforms everything into newness Hear our prayer.

All this we pray in the name of the Christ. AMEN.

March 24, 2019 – Third Sunday of Lent

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

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
  • ArchBishop 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 March 24, 2019 – Third Sunday of Lent

As we journey through Lent, let us increase our prayers for believers everywhere, the world, and those in need.

A moment of silence

To the words “Hear us, O God of relationship” you are invited to respond “Your mercy is great.

Remind us daily that we are citizens of your divine kingdom, even as we find ourselves in an imperfect and often frustrating world. Humble us with your deep love for us, and nurture us in the willingness and strength to be instruments of your love among the people we encounter day by day.

Hear us, O God of relationship Your mercy is great.

Open our eyes to divine wonder as we observe the subtle changes as we move from winter lethargy into the energy and rebirth of spring. Make us hear hymns of praise in the rivers and oceans, the birds and wildlife, our livestock and beloved pets.

Hear us, O God of relationship Your mercy is great.

Keep us from being overwhelmed by the terror and cruelty in the world, that we may not tire from doing what we can to change things for the better. Release those who are imprisoned for telling and living the truths that totalitarian governments do not wish to hear.

Hear us, O God of relationship Your mercy is great.

Enable us to be your presence to those who suffer from grief, illness, and stress. Make us advocates for vulnerable children everywhere, and move us to help find ways to address the issue of the many Indigenous children and youth in foster care. We pray especially for those we name aloud or silently in our hearts.

(include those listed in the bulletin for prayers)

Hear us, O God of relationship Your mercy is great.

Grant peace and consolation to those who long to become parents, but have been unable to conceive or adopt. Ensure that our society continues to improve parenting practices that our children become ever stronger, kinder, and skilled.

Hear us, O God of relationship Your mercy is great.

Grant us grace and creativity as we walk with the Anglican Church of Canada and 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 St. Paul in Prince Rupert and Pastor Diana Edis and Our Saviour Lutheran in Richmond and Pastor Christoph Reiners.

Hear us, O God of relationship Your mercy is great.

Inspired by love and anger, knit us together into community with the diverse peoples and beliefs that make up the pageantry and truth of our community, our country, and our world. Help us to overcome our own limitations in understanding and increase the richness of our embrace of unfamiliar truths.

Hear us, O God of relationship Your mercy is great.

We raise up our hands in prayer in the name of the Christ. AMEN.

March 17, 2019 – Second Sunday of Lent

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

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
  • ArchBishop 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 March 17, 2019 – Second Sunday of Lent

          Amidst the 40 days of Lent, let us increase our prayers for believers everywhere, the world, and those in need

A moment of silence

To the words “God of compassion, remake us in your image of acceptance,” you are invited to respond “Hear our prayer.

Remind us daily that we are citizens of your divine kingdom, even as we live in an imperfect and often frustrating world. Humble us with your deep love for us, and nurture us in the willingness and strength to be instruments of your love among the people we encounter day by day.

God of compassion, remake us in your image of acceptance Hear our prayer.

Open our eyes to divine wonder as we observe the subtle changes as our seasons move from winter into the energy and rebirth of spring. Make us hear hymns of praise in the rivers and oceans, the birds and wildlife, our livestock and beloved pets.

God of compassion, remake us in your image of acceptance Hear our prayer.

Keep us from being overwhelmed by the terror and cruelty in the world, that we may not tire from doing what we can to change things. Release those who are imprisoned for telling and living truth that totalitarian governments do not wish to hear.

God of compassion, remake us in your image of acceptance Hear our prayer.

Enable us to be your presence to those who suffer from grief, illness, and stress. Make us advocates for vulnerable children everywhere, and move us to help find ways to address the issue of the many Indigenous youth in foster care.  We pray especially for those we name aloud or silently in our hearts.

(include those listed in the bulletin for prayers)

God of compassion, remake us in your image of acceptance Hear our prayer.

Grant peace and consolation to those who long to become parents, but have been unable to conceive or adopt. Ensure that our society continues to improve parenting practices that our children become ever stronger, kinder, and skilled.

God of compassion, remake us in your image of acceptance Hear our prayer.

Grant us grace and creativity as we walk with the Anglican Church of Canada and 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 Faith in Powell River and Our Saviour’s in Prince George and Pastor Fleming Blishen.

God of compassion, remake us in your image of acceptance Hear our prayer.

Make our personal experience of Lent be one in which we focus more diligently on living for you, praying more consistently, and giving more generously to those who are poor and hurting in a world where plenty exists.

God of compassion, remake us in your image of acceptance Hear our prayer.

All this we wrap in our faith in Jesus, our leader, with whom we walk the sorrowful journey to the humiliation and pain of the cross. AMEN.

March 10, 2019 – First Sunday of Lent

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

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
  • ArchBishop 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 March 10, 2019 – First Sunday of Lent

As we walk with Jesus on the road to Jerusalem, we pray for believers everywhere, the world, and those in need.

A moment of silence

To the words “O Man of sorrow, acquainted with grief,” you are invited to respond “Help us share your sorrows.”

Holy Spirit, move within our hearts that we may concentrate less and less on our own desires and enter into the richness of life you offer—even in the painful waiting time of Lent. Enable us to see you in the face of those we encounter this coming week.

“O Man of sorrow, acquainted with grief,” Help us share your sorrows

As we feed on the bread and wine of communion, let it transform us more and more into your people, your witness on this earth. Make us act in ways that share Canada’s tremendous wealth more fairly among all its residents and in ways that preserve and protect the planet that gives us life.

“O Man of sorrow, acquainted with grief,” Help us share your sorrows

Grant us the courage to stand up and take action against the injustices visited upon Indigenous peoples, peoples of other faiths, and those who are severely troubled in mind and spirit. Inspire us with the examples of Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth, whom we commemorate today.

“O Man of sorrow, acquainted with grief,” Help us share your sorrows

Hold tightly all those who are worn out by their ongoing struggles with illnesses, addictions, and repetitive temptations of all kinds. We pray especially for those we name aloud or silently in our hearts.

(include those listed in the bulletin for prayers)

“O Man of sorrow, acquainted with grief,” Help us share your sorrows

Remind us daily of the stories of faith—both those in Scripture and those written in our own lives and in the lives of those we love—that they may guide us during the tough times and give us great joy in the good times.

“O Man of sorrow, acquainted with grief,” Help us share your sorrows

Grant us grace and creativity as we walk with the Anglican Church of Canada and 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 Our Redeemer in Penticton and Pastor Curtis Aguirre, Trinity Church in Port Alberni and Pastor Brenda Nestegaard Paul, and the ministry of hospital chaplains in our synod.

“O Man of sorrow, acquainted with grief,” Help us share your sorrows

During this time of Lent, enable us to take courage from Jesus as he faced the severe trials of having been true to his calling and holding fast to his message of radical love and acceptance. Make us look to him as we face our own challenges in living up to our values and beliefs.

“O Man of sorrow, acquainted with grief,” Help us share your sorrows

We pray al this, trusting in the humble rabbi from Galilee who change the world with his teaching, his courage, and his ultimate sacrifice. AMEN.

March 3, 2019 – Transfiguration of Our Lord

     

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

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
  • ArchBishop 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 March 3, 2019 – Transfiguration of Our Lord

United in our belief that you hold us in tender arms, we pray for believers everywhere, the world, and those in need.

A moment of silence

Help us to enter into the sorrows of life, that we transform them into wisdom, strength, and greater faith. Make our church a place where personal and social sorrow is acknowledged, permitted, and healed

“Make our faces shine with the radiance of God’s glory,” Hear our prayer.

Grant healing to our beleaguered planet, and enable us to play our part. Give us the will and courage to choose a smaller carbon footprint. Teach us the joys of the simplicity of less, so that we seek less and less to have and use more and more of the earth’s resources.

“Make our faces shine with the radiance of God’s glory,” Hear our prayer.

Teach us ways to deal with the increasing displacement of peoples around the world. Incite us with the will and the creativity to find places and decent livings for the ever-burgeoning population on this earth. Inspire us to demand novel solutions to corrupt and unfair governments, that people may enjoy peace.

“Make our faces shine with the radiance of God’s glory,” Hear our prayer.

Make us look in the face of hunger and need, and not look away. Minister to those who suffer the effects of deep shame, guilt, and abuse—past and present. Give strength to all those for whom each day is a battle with inner demons, illnesses, and grief. We pray especially for those we name alive or silently in our hearts.

(include those listed in the bulletin for prayers)

“Make our faces shine with the radiance of God’s glory,” Hear our prayer.

Guide us individually and as a congregation to pursue ministries of kindness and hospitality. May every day be an adventure in engagement with all those we encounter. Look around and see what God is up to in the world, the everyday grace that happens inside and outside houses of worship.

“Make our faces shine with the radiance of God’s glory,” Hear our prayer.

Give us ever-renewed energy as we pursue partnership with the Anglican Church of Canada and 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 Mount Olivet in North Vancouver and Pastor Carolina Glauster and Christ the King in Surrey and Pastor Lori-Anne Boutin-Crawford.

“Make our faces shine with the radiance of God’s glory,” Hear our prayer.

Motivate us to take time to tell others whose faith and example has inspired your personal growth. Teach us to never take for granted these everyday saints who inspire us—and sometimes get us through the dark nights of our souls.

“Make our faces shine with the radiance of God’s glory,” Hear our prayer.

All this we pray, in the name of Jesus, who enables us to stand tall in the radiance of the divine. AMEN.

February 24, 2019 – Seventh Sunday after Epiphany

   

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

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
  • ArchBishop 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 February 24, 2019 –Seventh Sunday after Epiphany

Knowing that we live in a fractured age of high anxiety, we pray for peace in our concerns for the life of the faithful, the world, and all those in need.

A moment of silence

Fill us with a spirit of generosity that defies logic. Teach us to let go of the hurts and wrongs done us that we truly are able to enter in to the reality and power of forgiveness. Teach us to find ways that our unique talents can be used to participate in your work.

“May we have the strength of eagle’s wings and the faith to fly to new heights” Hear our prayer.

Grant seasonable weather for the panting and harvesting of crops—and motivate us to mitigate the disruption caused by so many of our modern “interventions” that disrupt the balance of the earth’s innate wisdom. Bless all those who tend the plants and animals that provide us food. Inspire them to do so in ways kind and respectful to all living things.

“May we have the strength of eagle’s wings and the faith to fly to new heights” Hear our prayer.

Give wisdom to researchers and leaders who work to resolve the complex issues facing our world. Grant creativity to those who teach peace and reconciliation to communities in conflict. And insert integrity into all efforts to mitigate the after-effects of earthquakes, droughts, and major storms and the peoples affected by them.

“May we have the strength of eagle’s wings and the faith to fly to new heights” Hear our prayer.

Walk beside those in need, whether they lack food, shelter, or access to medical care. Make useful and properly paid work to all those who seek to support themselves and their loved ones. We pray especially for those we name aloud or in our hearts.

(include those listed in the bulletin for prayers)

“May we have the strength of eagle’s wings and the faith to fly to new heights” Hear our prayer.

Move us to give freely of our financial resources and our personal gifts in service of your loving care in our world. Inspire us to be careful stewards of our wealth that our families and communities benefit from the most that can be done with what we are given.

“May we have the strength of eagle’s wings and the faith to fly to new heights” Hear our prayer.

Give us ever-renewed energy as we pursue partnership with the Anglican Church of Canada and 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 Ascension in Nelson, Mount Zion in New Westminster and Pastor Marlys Moen, and Surrey Urban Mission Society and Director Mike Musgrove.

“May we have the strength of eagle’s wings and the faith to fly to new heights” Hear our prayer

Let us take time to honour our ancestors, all those in our families and in our lives who have inspired us and conspired to bring forth in us the best that we are. Even as we face the reality of our own eventual death, engage us in lives that leave a legacy of love and faithfulness in generations to come.

“May we have the strength of eagle’s wings and the faith to fly to new heights” Hear our prayer.

All this we pray, resting on the example set by Jesus, a humble rabbi and faithful servant. AMEN.

*adapted from an American First Nations prayer

Bishop’s Report – 2019

February 17, 2019 – Sixth Sunday after Epiphany

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

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
  • ArchBishop 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 February 17, 2019 –Sixth Sunday after Epiphany

Trusting in your love and support, we pray that we may seek you and the changes you bring to our lives, as we plead for the life of the faithful, the world, and all those in need.

A moment of silence

Author of sacred mystery, shake up our comfortable assumptions so that we can see you, your church, and your world in a new way. Make us part of a radical re-creation of the dual creed of capitalism and globalism. Make our local church part of the up close and personal contact essential to true humanity.

 “Unleash in us the unruly power of love” We are your people.

Author of sacred mystery, move the powers that be to ensure that the safe and abundant water we assume to be standard in Canada extends to all Indigenous lands. Let us learn from our First Nations peoples the thankful reciprocity that needs to exist between our use of resources and our respect for them and their chance to regenerate.

s

“Unleash in us the unruly power of love” We are your people.

Author of sacred mystery, move among the many nations of the world that we come to appreciate and respect diversity, and find ways to live together amicably on a planet overburdened by increasing population demanding resources and opportunities.

“Unleash in us the unruly power of love” We are your people.

Author of sacred mystery, teach us how to learn the hard lessons of health challenges and estrangement within our circles of family and friends. Enable us to know your presence in times of darkness and personal agony. We pray especially for those we name aloud or in our hearts.

(include those listed in the bulletin for prayers)

“Unleash in us the unruly power of love” We are your people.  

Author of sacred mystery, move among our congregation as we seek to live out our calling as your people in an increasingly secular world. Teach us ways to love and create meaning as we move among those who do not acknowledge the faith and truths that we cling closely to our breasts.

 “Unleash in us the unruly power of love” We are your people.

Author of sacred mystery, teach us creativity as we work in partnership with the Anglican Church of Canada and 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 Hope in Nanaimo and Pastor Terry Richardson and all institutions caring for elderly people and those living with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

“Let us bask in the beauty of your holiness” Hear our prayer

Author of sacred mystery, may we celebrate the advances made by Martin Luther in his time and context. Infuse in us the passion and novel thinking that can advance your work in our own time and place, avoiding the repetition of past mistakes and misunderstandings.

“Unleash in us the unruly power of love” We are your people.

We seal all the prayers of our deepest beings in the promise and example of Jesus, a simple preacher and teacher from Galilee. AMEN.