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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.

 

 

October 28, 2018 – Reformation 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 October 28, 2018 – Reformation Sunday

With the words “You come to us in wind and flame; your erase our shame,” please respond with the words:

 HEAR US, WE PRAY

Believing in your faithfulness, we pray for the life of the church, the world, and all who yearn for wholeness and faith.

A moment of silence

O God of wind and flame, take us by the hand and infuse our hearts with courage that we reach out to our congregation and our neighbours in your name. Trusting in you, enable us to show your likeness to the world by our faithfulness. Help us to be constantly reshaped and remade in your image.

You come to us in wind and flame; you erase our shame  HEAR US, WE PRAY

Oh God, enable us to see your power in our trials and tribulations, and in our times of celebration and contentment. Make us more and more aware of your constant love swirling around us, redeeming the rough places in our lives with  your love. Move among the rains, rivers, and oceans–constant reminders of the richness of creation.

You come to us in wind and flame; you erase our shame  HEAR US, WE PRAY

 Free us from the lies we tell ourselves and others in order to justify our thoughts and actions. Lead us to speak truthfully and listen humbly to you and your wisdom when expressed by others.

You come to us in wind and flame; you erase our shame  HEAR US, WE PRAY

Come to us in ways beyond our fears and beyond our wants that the wind of your spirit infuse our lives with peace and inner plenty. Let us move through our days with gentleness and generosity.

You come to us in wind and flame; you erase our shame  HEAR US, WE PRAY

Move among the nations that refugees find homes and conflicts cease. Make us part of efforts to sow peace by our prayers and our actions. Help us find an ever-closer relationship to our God of all comfort and our Father of compassion.

You come to us in wind and flame; you erase our shame  HEAR US, WE PRAY

Make us sensitive to the pain within and around us, that we become more and more motivated to alleviate pain. Teach us to reach out to others in ways that meet their unique suffering in ways that really matter.

You come to us in wind and flame; you erase our shame  HEAR US, WE PRAY

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: St. Peter’s Estonian in Vancouver and Pastor Algur Kaerma and Peace in Vernon and Pastor David Hunter.

You come to us in wind and flame; you erase our shame  HEAR US, WE PRAY

 Be a safe place, a blessed place, for those in need of comfort. Make us part of a chain of humanity offering hands and hearts to those in need. Touch the imprisoned, the ill, and the dying. Hear our petitions for those whose names we say aloud or silently in our hearts.

(Include those listed in the bulletin for prayer)

You come to us in wind and flame; you erase our shame  HEAR US, WE PRAY

We thank you for your Holy Spirit’s work within and among us, ever-reforming us as your fervent followers. In Jesus’ name.

 AMEN.

 

 

October 21, 2018 – Time After Pentecost (Autumn)

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 October 21, 2018 – Time After Pentecost (Autumn)

With the words “You call us into prayer with the seven directions,”   HEAR US, LORD GOD

Calling upon the wisdom of indigenous peoples, we pray for the life of the church, the world, and people who are hungry and needy.

A moment of silence

Oh Great Spirit of the East, we celebrate birth and new beginnings. We look to you for each new day and think about birth–of babies, kittens, new seasons, different ways of doing things. Teach us the mysteries of beginnings.

You call us into prayer with the seven directions  HEAR US, LORD GOD

 Oh Great Spirit of the South, we seek to understand abundance, fertility, warmth, and the colourful extravagance of creation. Come to our hearts and feet, and lead us into the adventures of the South.

You call us into prayer with the seven directions  HEAR US, LORD GOD

 Oh Great Spirit of the West, we turn to you to understand dying. As the sun goes down each day, we remember deaths: of friends, generations, seasons, and old ways of doing things. Let the sunset remind us that, like the sun, we too shall arise in new life.

You call us into prayer with the seven directions  HEAR US, LORD GOD

Oh Great Spirit of the North, we remember that life sometimes is harsh and cold. Not only do days grow cold, but others may turn cold towards us. Give us the strength of the buffalo, that we may stand in blizzards with our faces toward the north–without being blown down or overwhelmed.

You call us into prayer with the seven directions  HEAR US, LORD GOD

Oh Great Spirit of Up, we look to all that soars, all that floats or flies above us, all that comes from on high to enlighten us. Give us visions, and let our minds walk among the stars and moon, and in the daylight of the sun.

You call us into prayer with the seven directions  HEAR US, LORD GOD

Oh Great Spirit of Down, we thank you for our mother, the earth. Let us be humble and be simple–and never consider ourselves above all our relatives in creation. May we walk with respect until earth receives us sweetly to eternity.

You call us into prayer with the seven directions  HEAR US, LORD GOD

Oh Great Spirit of In, we put our hands on our hearts, reminded of all the mysteries that lie within us. Teach us to guard the simple beauties and walk humbly with our God.

You call us into prayer with the seven directions  HEAR US, LORD GOD

Oh Great Spirit, call us to continuing 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: Oakridge in Vancouver and Pastor Dorothy Chu and Redeemer in Vancouver and Pastor Katrina Vigen.

You call us into prayer with the seven directions  HEAR US, LORD GOD

 O Great Spirit, help us to see in ourselves those who are hungry, who hurt, who have too much trial and too little blessing in their lives. Call out to us that we may recognize you within them. Hear our petitions for those whose names we say aloud or silently in our hearts.

(Include those listed in the bulletin for prayer)

You call us into prayer with the seven directions  HEAR US, LORD GOD

Blessed be you, our God, our ruling Spirit, now and forever.

 AMEN.

 (Petitions adapted from Iroquois oral tradition, recorded by José Hobday)

October 14, 2018 – Time after Pentecost (Autumn)-

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 October 14, 2018 – Time After Pentecost (Autumn)

With the words “You have promised to be with us always,” you are invited to respond by signing Hymn #752:

LORD, LISTEN TO YOUR CHILDREN PRAYING

LORD, SEND YOUR SPIRIT IN THIS PLACE

LORD LISTEN TO YOUR CHILDREN PRAYING

SEND US LOVE, SEND US POWER, SEND US GRACE.

Remembering that your power is part of our daily journey, we pray for the life of the church, the world, and people who are hungry and needy.

A moment of silence

God of the incarnation of Christ, you named our senses good and blessed. In our tasting and touching, our smelling, hearing, and seeing , make us alive to the mystery of life. Inspire our daily attention to finding you and your power all around us in the ordinary and in the extraordinary.

You have promised to be with us always

LORD, LISTEN TO YOUR CHILDREN PRAYING

LORD, SEND YOUR SPIRIT IN THIS PLACE

LORD LISTEN TO YOUR CHILDREN PRAYING

SEND US LOVE, SEND US POWER, SEND US GRACE.

God of holy imagination, you imagined the lights of the heavens and the textures of earth. You breathed delight into the power of the wind and painted the canvass of all creatures of earth, sea, and sky. Renew us in wisdom, for you are the midwife of all our holy beginnings.

You have promised to be with us always

LORD, LISTEN TO YOUR CHILDREN PRAYING

LORD, SEND YOUR SPIRIT IN THIS PLACE

LORD LISTEN TO YOUR CHILDREN PRAYING

SEND US LOVE, SEND US POWER, SEND US GRACE.

You are always on the side of fairness and justice. Insinuate your values into our courtrooms, prisons, and in neighbourhoods. Guide those who manage great wealth to do so with integrity and generosity.

You have promised to be with us always

LORD, LISTEN TO YOUR CHILDREN PRAYING

LORD, SEND YOUR SPIRIT IN THIS PLACE

LORD LISTEN TO YOUR CHILDREN PRAYING

SEND US LOVE, SEND US POWER, SEND US GRACE.

You know what exists deep within us–our truths and our falsehoods. You sit with us as we experience the heights and depths of human life. Lead us deeper and deeper into that inner universe where we commune with your wisdom and make it our own.

You have promised to be with us always

LORD, LISTEN TO YOUR CHILDREN PRAYING

LORD, SEND YOUR SPIRIT IN THIS PLACE

LORD LISTEN TO YOUR CHILDREN PRAYING

SEND US LOVE, SEND US POWER, SEND US GRACE.

You call us to continuing communion with our partner Anglican Church of Canada, their bishop in your region, and our own Bishop Greg. Bless and pray for the Roman Catholic Church and their bishop in your region.  We pray for congregations of our BC Synod: First in Vancouver and Pastor Rebekah Swanson and Lutheran Campus Ministry across Canada.

You have promised to be with us always

LORD, LISTEN TO YOUR CHILDREN PRAYING

LORD, SEND YOUR SPIRIT IN THIS PLACE

LORD LISTEN TO YOUR CHILDREN PRAYING

SEND US LOVE, SEND US POWER, SEND US GRACE.

 Help us to see in ourselves those who are hungry, who hurt, who have too much trial and too little blessing in their lives. Call out to us that we may recognize you within and among the hopeless and hurting ones–for you have made us one body in Christ. Hear our petitions for those whose names we say aloud or silently in our hearts.

(Include those listed in the bulletin for prayer)

You have promised to be with us always

LORD, LISTEN TO YOUR CHILDREN PRAYING

LORD, SEND YOUR SPIRIT IN THIS PLACE

LORD LISTEN TO YOUR CHILDREN PRAYING

SEND US LOVE, SEND US POWER, SEND US GRACE.

We pray in the name of Christ: the Life that creates life, the Life that saves life, and the Life that loves life.

 AMEN.

October 7, 2018 – Time after Pentecost (Autumn)

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 October 7, 2018 – Time After Pentecost (Autumn)

With the words “God of stillness and breath,” you are invited to respond:   HEAR OUR PRAYER.

Acknowledging that our baptism has made us part of the family of Jesus, we pray for the life of the church, the world, and people who are hungry and needy.

A moment of silence

God of all thankfulness and praise, we come to you with hands full of the bounty of the harvest. Gather us around tables laden with good food and the celebration of shared blessings. Move us to share our wealth of foods and goods with those who have too little. Protect all those who travel on this holiday weekend.

God of stillness and breath  HEAR OUR PRAYER.

Help us to view animals and forests, seas and snakes, deserts and tropical forests as your footprint on the earth we love. Make us increasingly aware that the diversity of this planet reflects your desire for abundance and blessing that reaches all people.

God of stillness and breath  HEAR OUR PRAYER.

Breathe your spirit into those who rule, that governments become more just and countries safer and more blessed. Call us to take part in civic life, and to stay present with the controversies that rage when we take a position for the good of all.

God of stillness and breath  HEAR OUR PRAYER.

Join our voices with all those who give thanks for good medical care and healing that follow illness or injury. Bless all those who work in medical professions, that their skills may provide healing, consolation, and well-being.

God of stillness and breath  HEAR OUR PRAYER.

Bless the continuing communion with our partner Anglican Church of Canada, their Bishop in your region, the Roman Catholic Church, their Bishop in your region and our own Bishop Greg. We pray for the congregations of our BC Synod: Dunbar in Vancouver and Pastor Thomas Keeley and for the BC Synod staff.

God of stillness and breath  HEAR OUR PRAYER.

 Reveal yourself to us as we walk the pilgrimage of our earthly life. Give us strength to carry on when we must, take time for ourselves when we must–and the wisdom to know the difference. Hear our petitions for those whose names we say aloud or silently in our hearts.

(Include those listed in the bulletin for prayer)

God of stillness and breath  HEAR OUR PRAYER.

We join hands and move with the music in the dance of the mysterious three-in-one and one-in-three.

 AMEN.

September 30, 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 September 30, 2018 – Time After Pentecost (Autumn)

With the words “Cradle us in the blanket of your love,” you are invited to respond:

 HEAR US, WE PRAY.

Affirming that our world is your great gift to us, we pray for the life of the church, the world, and people who are hungry and needy.

A moment of silence

Lead us to discover and celebrate our unique skills and find ways for us to use them in ushering in your kingdom. Set your church on fire with compassion and the power of working together for the good of all. Make us weavers of the beautiful tapestry of human diversity.

Cradle us in the blanket of your love.  HEAR US, WE PRAY.

Help us to discover that our own influence may be small, but together we are strong. Together, we can protect the resources that sustain life and fill earth with beauty. Make us willing caretakers of the harvests of field and sea, and of rest and renewal for future crops.

Cradle us in the blanket of your love.  HEAR US, WE PRAY.

Take from us the cynicism and discouragement that prevent us from using our democratic processes to create a fair and fruitful nation. Give civic life new energy, and make us listen and respond to those who see new and better ways to manage our lives together.

Cradle us in the blanket of your love.  HEAR US, WE PRAY.

Move us with the powerful stories of our faith, that our daily lives blossom with grace. We pray each day for new insights into how to move as your people through routine everyday life–and through times of special trial and difficulty.

Cradle us in the blanket of your love.  HEAR US, WE PRAY.

Bless the continuing communion with our partner Anglican Church of Canada, their Bishop in your region, the Roman Catholic Church, their Bishop in your region, and our own Bishop Greg. We pray for the congregations of our BC Synod: North Thompson Ecumenical Shared Ministry in Barriere and Clearwater  and Pastor Brian Krushel and Spirit of Life in Vancouver and Pastor Clifford Reinhardt.

Cradle us in the blanket of your love.  HEAR US, WE PRAY.

 Teach us to pray the harder prayers–the petitions that catch in our throats when illness, injury, or hardship become ours. Help us hang on to your promise of healing when it seems impossible. Bless us with valuable learning from the hard times. Hear our petitions for those whose names we say aloud or silently in our hearts.

(Include those listed in the bulletin for prayer)

Cradle us in the blanket of your love.  HEAR US, WE PRAY.

We stand before you illuminated by your love and commend all our prayers to you through the mystery of the Trinity.

 AMEN.

September 23, 2018 – Time after Pentecost (Autumn)

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

please 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 September 23, 2018 – Time After Pentecost (Autumn)

With the words “You have called us by name, and we are yours,” you are invited to respond:

 HEAR OUR PRAYER.

In the morning that is yours and the evening that follows, we pray for the life of the church, the world, and people who are hungry and needy.

A moment of silence

O God of transformation, you call us to create a community of caring in this place. Grant your church power to reach deeply into the lives of others in life-changing ways. Make us constantly aware that your universe is one of beauty and abundance.

You have called us by name, and we are yours

HEAR OUR PRAYER.

O God of a plentiful planet, you invite us to share in your creation by appreciating singing whales and buzzing honeybees. Glaciers and deserts, mountains and seaside all point to your glory. Make us care for this world with the tenderness of a mother cradling her newborn at her breast.

You have called us by name, and we are yours

HEAR OUR PRAYER.

O God of justice, plant your thinking in the minds of rulers, so that governments create societies that seek the common good. Enable us to take actions large and small that protect those who are most vulnerable. When we are blessed with strength, let us offer ourselves to do your work.

You have called us by name, and we are yours

HEAR OUR PRAYER.

O God of welcome, you place children among us and call us to cherish them and teach them how to love life and live fully. Open our ears to the wisdom of the young that we may learn from them as they learn from us. May we keep child-like wonder alive as we move through life.

You have called us by name, and we are yours

HEAR OUR PRAYER.

You bless the continuing communion with our partner Anglican Church of Canada, their Bishop in your region, the Roman Catholic Church, their Bishop in your region, and our own Bishop Greg. We pray for the congregations of our BC Synod: Living Faith in Sechelt and Interim Pastor Richard Hergesheimer and Lord of Life Mission in Sandspit and Interim Pastor Jim Whaley.

You have called us by name, and we are yours

HEAR OUR PRAYER.

 O God of health and wholeness, reconcile the conflicts and disputes that rend lives apart. Teach us to stand by people crippled by trauma and difficulties. In times of illness and brokenness, help us find your still point in our distress. Hear our petitions for those whose names we say aloud or silently in our hearts.

(Include those listed in the bulletin for prayer)

You have called us by name, and we are yours

HEAR OUR PRAYER.

Into the warmth and tenderness of your love, we commend our prayers today and always.

 AMEN.

September 16, 2018 – Time after Pentecost (Autumn)

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

please 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 September 16, 2018 – Time After Pentecost

With the words “Creator of the stars and sun,” you are invited to respond:

 HEAR US, WE PRAY.

In the morning that is yours and the evening that follows, we pray for the life of the church, the world, and people who are hungry and needy.

A moment of silence

O God, you call your beloved ones and bless us with wonders, small and large, day by day. Give your people and your church power to reach into the lives of others with acceptance and understanding. Make us aware each and every moment that there is always enough love to go around.

Creator of the stars and sun

HEAR US, WE PRAY.

You call upon us to listen to and learn from environmentalists about how to walk more gently upon the earth. Make us open to new and better ways to live on our wobbly earth and ensure food and water for all. Let us fight against all moves to change water into a commodity instead of the birthright of all humans, plants, and animals.

Creator of the stars and sun

HEAR US, WE PRAY.

You offer to renew our leaders in the fairness and wisdom that their roles demand of them. Help them turn to you when they are lost. Make them find their way into the mysteries of creation so that the sheer wonder of it causes them to choose the best path and policies.

Creator of the stars and sun

HEAR US, WE PRAY.

You invite us to follow you with the proven strength of our faith tradition and with open hearts to the gospel for a changing world. Give us courage to face the fear of the unknown, of translating ancient texts into up-to-the-minute truths. Help us to trust you when our paths twist and turn.

Creator of the stars and sun

HEAR US, WE PRAY.

You bless the continuing communion with our partner Anglican Church of Canada, their Bishop in your region, the Roman Catholic Church, their Bishop in your region and our own Bishop Greg. We pray for the congregations of our BC Synod: St. Paul in Prince Rupert and Pastor Diana Edis and Our Saviour in Richmond and Pastor Christoph Reiners.

Creator of the stars and sun

HEAR US, WE PRAY.

 You offer us your very self when we are lonely, injured, or ill. Teach us the often hard lessons of healing, healing that sometimes comes in a different form than what we seek. May we know the embrace of loved ones, the touch of a kind hand, the strength of prayer. Hear our petitions for those whose names we say aloud or silently in our hearts.

(Include those listed in the bulletin for prayer)

Creator of the stars and sun

HEAR US, WE PRAY.

We join in remembering Hildegard von Bingen, the 12th century mystic and writer whose hymns echo with the intimacy of God. In the name of Trinity,

 AMEN.