Fourth Sunday in Lent (March 18th, 2012)

(Congregation may be invited to be seated for prayer.)

With the prayer “Lord, in your mercy” you are invited to respond…
HEAR OUR PRAYER.

1. We cry to you for help, O God, praying at this time for the church, the world and all those who are in need.

A brief silence.

2. In this Lenten season, we pray for the whole church: for the Bishops, the pastors, the lay diaconate ministers, and the families of all our church leaders. In the challenge of their individual ministries, spare them from discouragement and give them joy in serving their church and their Lord.
Lord, in your mercy:
HEAR OUR PRAYER

3. Lord, in this Lenten season, renew our faith and our love for one another. We pray for this congregation: for ushers and communion assistants; for council members and acolytes; for visitors among us; for those who cannot be with us here today; and those who are ill, especially those we name aloud or quietly in our heart at this time….

May all know our Lord who shares in our suffering and offers us the power of the resurrection in our daily life. May we be instruments of that power as we care for others in this coming week.
Lord, in your mercy:
HEAR OUR PRAYER

4. We pray for all in their individual faith journeys; in particular we pray for those preparing for baptism, their families and sponsors Save and uphold them by your grace. Save and uphold us by your grace.
Lord, in your mercy:
HEAR OUR PRAYER

5. We pray for all individual congregations who in their worship and in their daily ministries lift up the cross of Christ. We pray for our partner Anglican Church of Canada and our neighboring communities of faith. We pray in particular for our sister congregations: for Faith Lutheran Church in Powell River and their pastor, Carol Dennison; for Our Saviour Lutheran Church in Prince George and their new pastor Fleming Blishen; for Lori-Anne Boutin as today she is installed as a co pastor at Faith Lutheran Church Vancouver, for newly ordained Marlene Peck as she serves Chetwynd Shared Ministry; and for our new Synodical secretary, Rachel Genge. May all who serve the church experience personal fulfillment in their particular ministry.
Lord, in your mercy:
HEAR OUR PRAYER.

6. Holy God, you are with us in our sorrows and in our joys:
– we thank you for those who have the gift of another birthday or another
anniversary, and for those who have known the gift of new life.
– we thank for mystery and the power of the Cross ;
– Finally we thank you for those blessings we name aloud at this time….

May we continue to recognize your presence in all that life brings.
Lord, in your mercy:
HEAR OUR PRAYER.

7. We pray for the many nations in conflict; for governments in transition, for children who have known only war and refugee camps. Put an end to childish wrath, unjust imprisonment and sadistic torture. Help the world leaders and all people to work toward a new heaven and a new earth in our time,
Lord, in your mercy:
HEAR OUR PRAYER

8. Keep us in commune with all who have died; our loved ones and our enemies, the very young and the very old. Those we didn’t know centuries ago and those we do know today.
Lord, in your mercy:
HEAR OUR PRAYER

9. Now indeed is the acceptable time to offer our prayers to you, God of grace and of truth. Receive them in your mercy, and grant us and our neighbor all that we need. AMEN

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