Category Archives: Prayers

April 22, 2018 – Fourth Sunday of Easter

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

click here to download a copy of the prayers

 

We invite you to include the Anglican and the Roman Catholic Bishops of your region in your prayers.

Anglican Bishops:

  • Bishop Logan McMenamie, Diocese of British Columbia
  • Bishop Melissa Skelton, Diocese of New Westminster
  • Bishop David Lehmann, Diocese of Caledonia
  • Bishop John Privett, Diocese of Kootenay
  • Bishop Barbara Andrews, Diocese of The Territory of the People

Roman Catholic Bishops:

  • Archdiocese of Vancouver – Archbishop Michael Miller
  • Diocese of Kamloops – Bishop Joseph Nguyen
  • Diocese of Nelson – Bishop Robert Bourgon
  • Diocese of Prince George – Bishop Stephen Jensen
  • Diocese of Victoria – Bishop Gary Gordon

Prayers for April 22, 2018 – Fourth Sunday of Easter

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

 HEAR OUR PRAYER. ALLELUIA.

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

A moment of silence

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

O Source of Love everlasting

HEAR OUR PRAYER. ALLELUIA.

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

O Source of Love everlasting

HEAR OUR PRAYER. ALLELUIA.

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

O Source of Love everlasting

HEAR OUR PRAYER. ALLELUIA.

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

O Source of Love everlasting

HEAR OUR PRAYER. ALLELUIA.

Open our eyes so that we see more and more ways to participate in your Incarnation. Make us feel the companionship of faithful people everywhere. We pray especially for our partner Anglican Church of Canada, the Anglican Bishop in your region, the Roman Catholic Church, the Roman Catholic Bishop in your region and our own Bishop Greg. We pray for the congregations of our BC Synod: Oakridge in Vancouver and Pastor Dorothy Chu and Redeemer in Vancouver and Pastor Katrina Vigen.

O Source of Love everlasting

HEAR OUR PRAYER. ALLELUIA.

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

 (Include those listed in the bulletin for prayer)

O Source of Love everlasting

HEAR OUR PRAYER. ALLELUIA.

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

 AMEN.

April 15, 2018 – Third Sunday of Easter

 

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

click here to download a copy of the prayers

We invite you to include the Anglican and the Roman Catholic Bishops of your region in your prayers.

Anglican Bishops:

  • Bishop Logan McMenamie, Diocese of British Columbia
  • Bishop Melissa Skelton, Diocese of New Westminster
  • Bishop David Lehmann, Diocese of Caledonia
  • Bishop John Privett, Diocese of Kootenay
  • Bishop Barbara Andrews, Diocese of The Territory of the People

Roman Catholic Bishops:

  • Archdiocese of Vancouver – Archbishop Michael Miller
  • Diocese of Kamloops – Bishop Joseph Nguyen
  • Diocese of Nelson – Bishop Robert Bourgon
  • Diocese of Prince George – Bishop Stephen Jensen
  • Diocese of Victoria – Bishop Gary Gordon

Prayers for April 15, 2018 – Third Sunday of Easter

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

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

A moment of silence

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

Author of life and light  –  HEAR OUR PRAYER.

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

Author of life and light  –  HEAR OUR PRAYER.

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

Author of life and light  –  HEAR OUR PRAYER.

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

Author of life and light  –  HEAR OUR PRAYER.

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

Author of life and light  –  HEAR OUR PRAYER.

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

 (Include those listed in the bulletin for prayer)

Author of life and light  –  HEAR OUR PRAYER.

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

 AMEN.

April 8, 2018 – Second Sunday of Easter

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

Click here to download a copy of the prayers

We invite you to include the Anglican and the Roman Catholic Bishops of your region in your prayers.

Anglican Bishops:

  • Bishop Logan McMenamie, Diocese of British Columbia
  • Bishop Melissa Skelton, Diocese of New Westminster
  • Bishop David Lehmann, Diocese of Caledonia
  • Bishop John Privett, Diocese of Kootenay
  • Bishop Barbara Andrews, Diocese of The Territory of the People

Roman Catholic Bishops:

  • Archdiocese of Vancouver – Archbishop Michael Miller
  • Diocese of Kamloops – Bishop Joseph Nguyen
  • Diocese of Nelson – Bishop Robert Bourgon
  • Diocese of Prince George – Bishop Stephen Jensen
  • Diocese of Victoria – Bishop Gary Gordon

Prayers for April 8, 2018 – Second Sunday of Easter

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

 HEAR OUR PRAYER.

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

A moment of silence

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

O God within and among us all

HEAR OUR PRAYER.

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

O God within and among us all

HEAR OUR PRAYER.

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

O God within and among us all

HEAR OUR PRAYER.

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

O God within and among us all

HEAR OUR PRAYER.

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

O God within and among us all

HEAR OUR PRAYER.

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

 (Include those listed in the bulletin for prayer)

O God within and among us all

HEAR OUR PRAYER.

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

 AMEN.

April 1, 2018 – Resurrection of Our Lord

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

click here to download a copy of the prayers

We invite you to include the Anglican and the Roman Catholic Bishops of your region in your prayers.

Anglican Bishops:

  • Bishop Logan McMenamie, Diocese of British Columbia
  • Bishop Melissa Skelton, Diocese of New Westminster
  • Bishop David Lehmann, Diocese of Caledonia
  • Bishop John Privett, Diocese of Kootenay
  • Bishop Barbara Andrews, Diocese of The Territory of the People

Roman Catholic Bishops:

  • Archdiocese of Vancouver – Archbishop Michael Miller
  • Diocese of Kamloops – Bishop Joseph Nguyen
  • Diocese of Nelson – Bishop Robert Bourgon
  • Diocese of Prince George – Bishop Stephen Jensen
  • Diocese of Victoria – Bishop Gary Gordon

Prayers for April 1, 2018 – Resurrection of Our Lord

With the words “O luminous dawn of rebirth” you are invited to respond:

HEAR OUR PRAYER.In the luminous light of rebirth, we pray for the life of the church, the world, and people in need.

A moment of silence

O luminous dawn of rebirth
HEAR OUR PRAYER.

You draw our eyes up from despair to the Mount of Olives where the tomb is empty, where the grieving women find joy nearly beyond belief. They rush to tell the story of the wisdom of God freed from the shroud of death–a surprise of seeming foolishness.

O luminous dawn of rebirth
HEAR OUR PRAYER.

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

O luminous dawn of rebirth
HEAR OUR PRAYER.

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

O luminous dawn of rebirth
HEAR OUR PRAYER.

Blessed are you for showing us old and new ways to participate in your Incarnation with faithful people everywhere. We pray especially for our partner Anglican Church of Canada, the Anglican Bishop in your region and our own Bishop Greg. We pray for the congregations of our BC Synod: Spirit of Life Lutheran in Vancouver and Pastor Clifford Reinhardt and North Thompson Ecumenical Shared Ministry in Barriere and Clearwater and Pastor Brian Krushel.

O luminous dawn of rebirth
HEAR OUR PRAYER.

Blessed are you for your special affection to those who are ill and suffering, lonely and fearful, forgotten and broken. We pray especially for those we name aloud or quietly in our heart….
(Include those listed in the bulletin for prayer)

O luminous dawn of rebirth
HEAR OUR PRAYER.

May each day open like a book we cannot wait to read. Open us all to gratitude as a daily companion as we dwell in your love and care, in the name of Christ whose tenderness knows no limits.

AMEN.

January 29, 2017 – Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

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 Caledoniaclick here to download a copy of the prayers
  • Bishop John Privett, Diocese of Kootenay
  • Bishop Barbara Andrews, Diocese of The Territory of the People

With the words, God of ever-new beginnings you are invited to respond Hear our prayer.

Called to the faith that tries over and again, that never gives failure the last word, we pray for your church, your world, and those in need.

a brief silence

We pray for wholeness in the body of Christ, for common compassionate in the life of many faiths. Today we pray especially for Shepherd of the Valley in Langley and Pastor Kristen Steele and Hope Lutheran Shared Ministry in Mackenzie and Pastor Henry Dunbar. Inspire the work of our partnership with the Anglican Church of Canada. Bless Bishop (name) of the Diocese of (name).

God of ever-new beginnings

Hear our prayer.

We praise you for the complexity of this earth, that gives birth to life in such great diversity and abundance. Give us the willingness to care for it as the treasure it is, and the strength to say no to wasteful use of its resources. Let us stand before the night-time sky and say, “How much greater than this is the wonder of love that redeems broken lives and provides courage and joy on our journeys.”

God of ever-new beginnings

Hear our prayer.

We compliment the peace-makers, the peace-keepers, and beg you to continually re-configure our hearts and minds that we too contribute to communities with room for all, countries willing to be counted on for peace, and leaders arrested by a passion for fairness.

God of ever-new beginnings

Hear our prayer.

We pray for those whose families fail them, whose health is unreliable, whose road is difficult. Enable us to open ourselves to your use that we may your hands, heart, and love in their lives. We pray especially for those who have requested your care and strength (name those on the prayer list)

God of ever-new beginnings

Hear our prayer.

We ask for your voice speaking into our hearts the benefit of “enough.” Quell the urge to have more, do more, as if life is a commodity to buy, sell, and squander. Teach us the wealth of friendship, of helping and being helped, of being still and knowing that you are God.

God of ever-new beginnings

Hear our prayer.

We thank you for putting this congregation into the landscape of our lives. Bless it and us as we seek to be a people for whom no kindness is too small to matter, no pain too large to be shared. May we do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with you every day of our lives.

God of ever-new beginnings

Hear our prayer.

In the name of that mystery of you, of the Trinity dancing together in the many circumstances of life here and now, of life tomorrow, of life in the eternity unknowable.

Amen

 

 

January 22, 2017 – Third Sunday after Epiphany

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 Caledoniaclick here to download a copy of the prayers
  • Bishop John Privett, Diocese of Kootenay
  • Bishop Barbara Andrews, Diocese of The Territory of the People

With the words, Son of Mary, Chosen One you are invited to respond Hear our prayer.

Called into the light of love that redeems, turns our darkness into wisdom, we pray for your church, your world, and those in need.

a brief silence

Ground of our being, you are the rock that supports us when all is crumbling, the strength that redeems lost causes, the hope that removes shutters from our eyes. Bless Bishop Greg and the congregations of our synod. Today we pray especially for Faith Lutheran in Kelowna and Pastor Richard Schulz and Gloria Dei in North Vancouver and Pastor Jennifer Marlor. Inspire the work of our partnership with the Anglican Church of Canada. Bless Bishop (name) of the Diocese of (name).

Son of Mary, Chosen One

Hear our prayer.

Breath of blessing, inflate our being with your compassion. Lead us to tread softly on this earth, taking what we need with thanksgiving, and always seeking to share abundance. Let us see the droplet of water, the snowflake, the sky through the eye of wonder.

Son of Mary, Chosen One

Hear our prayer.

Redeeming God, your example teaches that nothing, that no one, is beyond hope; that lives can be turned around through love and support. Call us to be ones who welcome strangers, who deal with discomfort in order that others might find their way. Empower all organizations that provide food and shelter for refugees, especially the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service and Canadian Lutheran World Relief.

Son of Mary, Chosen One

Hear our prayer.

Healing God, enable us to find meaning and hope when we deal with illness, grief, disappointment, and difficult times. Call us to be present with others when they feel alone. We pray especially for those who have requested your care and strength (name those on the prayer list)

Son of Mary, Chosen One

Hear our prayer.

God of laughter, shared stories, and good times, call us into relationship that we may know what it is not to walk alone. Let us banish fear by having the courage to share, to break down our inner weakness by joining us with others in the common struggle to live and to live abundantly.

Son of Mary, Chosen One

Hear our prayer.

Redeeming God, put us on side with those who take power away from bullies–from those on the school grounds to those ruling cities, communities, and nations. Make us examples of how rich life is when we listen to those who think differently, sit with those who confuse us, and speak strongly that every person deserves good things.

Son of Mary, Chosen One

Hear our prayer.

We close our prayer, remembering those who have held close to the life you want for us: Paul, who let his life be turned around by you; Timothy, Titus, and Silas, early missionaries; Lydia, Dorcas, and Phoebe, witnesses to the faith; and Thomas Aquinas, teacher. Claiming their faith as our own, we pray

Amen

 

January 15, 2017 – Second Sunday after Epiphany

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 Caledoniaclick here to download a copy of the prayers
  • Bishop John Privett, Diocese of Kootenay
  • Bishop Barbara Andrews, Diocese of The Territory of the People

With the words, Hear us, Oh God you are invited to respond Your mercy is great.

Resting in the “forever and ever” of your strong arms, we pray for your church, your world, and those in need.

a brief silence

Baby Jesus, you came in helplessness and grew into exalted humanity. Bless those who tell the story: Bishop Greg and the congregations of our synod. Today we pray especially for Hills of Peace in Kamloops and Pastor Jane Gingrich and for our missionary in Peru, Pastor Yoli Zavaleta, and our missionary in Argentina Pastor Andrea Baez. Enlighten the work of our partnership with the Anglican Church of Canada. Bless Bishop (name) of the Diocese of (name).

Hear us, Oh God

Your mercy is great

Baby Jesus, raise up in us holy helplessness and the fullness of humanity. Feed us with the bread and wine that comes from our earth and symbolizes our sacred calling to care for and share the water, food, fair weather, and beauty that nourishes all we know of you.

Hear us, Oh God

Your mercy is great

Baby Jesus, grow in us wisdom and courage that we, like you, can choose what is good and right and true. Open our minds and our best thinking that we do not back away from the hard things. Help us to live your will as global citizens faced with Aleppo, displaced peoples around the globe, and the shifting tensions of power struggles among the nations.

Hear us, Oh God

Your mercy is great

Baby Jesus, let us imagine you in our arms, teasing tenderness from our hearts by your small frailty. And then grow that tenderness into a fierce caring for friends and neighbours, strangers, and our own inner child. We pray especially for those who have requested your care and strength (name those on the prayer list)

Hear us, Oh God

Your mercy is great

Baby Jesus, let us watch you grow in the lives of people in this congregation. People who have claimed your name and seek to serve by making this community thrum with connection and caring, and by taking your compassionate out into their world day by day.

Hear us, Oh God

Your mercy is great

Baby Jesus, you came so quietly, so small as did we all. And you were called to live out God’s footprint of abiding love and acceptance. You call us all to a special and unique way of being yours in this world of ours. Let us find our calling, embrace it, revel in it even when it hurts. We remember especially Martin Luther King, Jr. whose journey on behalf of the equality of all races cost him his life and gave new life to hundreds of thousands.

Hear us, Oh God

Your mercy is great

In the name of that great Trinity Father-Mother God, Jesus the Christ, and the hovering spirit.

Amen

 

January 8, 2017 -Baptism of our Lord

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, Hear us, Oh God you are invited to respond Your mercy is great.

Celebrating the naming of Jesus, we pray for your church, your world, and those in need.

a brief silence

Little Lord Jesus, humble and holy, your parents took you to synagogue for circumcision as we bring our infants for baptism. Bring faithful people everywhere together in the shared work of loving compassion. Bless Bishop Greg and the congregations of our synod. Today we pray especially for Benediction in Delta and Pastor Thomas Keeley and Trinity in Delta and Pastor Jennifer Wilson. Enlighten the work of our partnership with the Anglican Church of Canada. Bless Bishop (name) of the Diocese of (name).

Hear us, Oh God

Your mercy is great

Little Lord Jesus, as the sun glistens on snow-capped mountains and turbulent seas, your creation is marvelous. Make us walk gratefully on this planet, and use it prudently. Give us the courage to clamor unceasingly until all have the food and water they need for life.

Hear us, Oh God

Your mercy is great

Little Lord Jesus, your name is proclaimed through preaching, sacraments, music, art, and all forms of creativity. Bring together people of all faiths in ever-new ways to celebrate you, the ground of all being, you who make us creative enough to do your work in difficult times.

Hear us, Oh God

Your mercy is great

Little Lord Jesus, from an early age you attended to your own family. Today and tomorrow you offer us solace in times of pain, loneliness, and grief. Help us to open our eyes to your face before us. We pray especially for those who have requested your care and strength (name those on the prayer list)

Hear us, Oh God

Your mercy is great

Little Lord Jesus, as our new year begins go with us into our schools, workplaces, and organizations. Let us find ways every day to be your voice in the world, to spread comfort and laughter as we go about the business of daily life.

Hear us, Oh God

Your mercy is great

Little Lord Jesus, from heaven above to earth below, you come as our brother, our friend, our inspiration. Let us take time each morning and every night to ponder how and why that changes our lives.

Hear us, Oh God

Your mercy is great

In the name of the trinity, mystically dancing at your naming feast,

Amen

 

January 1, 2017 – Name of Jesus, First Sunday of Christmas

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, Blessed love that comes to us you are invited to respond Hear our prayer.

Celebrating the naming of Jesus, we pray for your church, your world, and those in need.

a brief silence

Little Lord Jesus, humble and holy, your parents took you to synagogue for circumcision as we bring our infants for baptism. Bring faithful people everywhere together in the shared work of loving compassion. Bless Bishop Greg and the congregations of our synod. Today we pray especially for Benediction in Delta and Pastor Thomas Keeley and Trinity in Delta and Pastor Jennifer Wilson. Enlighten the work of our partnership with the Anglican Church of Canada. Bless Bishop (name) of the Diocese of (name).

Blessed love that comes to us

Hear our prayer.

Little Lord Jesus, as the sun glistens on snow-capped mountains and turbulent seas, your creation is marvellous. Make us walk gratefully on this planet, and use it prudently. Give us the courage to clamor unceasingly until all have the food and water they need for life.

Blessed love that comes to us

Hear our prayer.

Little Lord Jesus, your name is proclaimed through preaching, sacraments, music, art, and all forms of creativity. Bring together people of all faiths in ever-new ways to celebrate you, the ground of all being, you who make us creative enough to do your work in difficult times.

Blessed love that comes to us

Hear our prayer.

Little Lord Jesus, from an early age you attended to your own family. Today and tomorrow you offer us solace in times of pain, loneliness, and grief. Help us to open our eyes to your face before us. We pray especially for those who have requested your care and strength (name those on the prayer list)

Blessed love that comes to us

Hear our prayer.

Little Lord Jesus, as our new year begins go with us into our schools, workplaces, and organizations. Let us find ways every day to be your voice in the world, to spread comfort and laughter as we go about the business of daily life.

Blessed love that comes to us

Hear our prayer.

Little Lord Jesus, from heaven above to earth below, you come as our brother, our friend, our inspiration. Let us take time each morning and every night to ponder how and why that changes our lives.

Blessed love that comes to us

Hear our prayer.

In the name of the trinity, mystically dancing at your naming feast,

Amen

 

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