Fourth Sunday of Easter (April 29, 2012)

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(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. Enlivened by the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, we pray for the life of the church for those in need and for all of God’s creation the world.

A brief silence.

2. Holy, compassionate God, our Lord Jesus laid down his life for our sake. Lead us to put aside our own narrow interests so that your life may abound in us.
Lord, in your mercy:
HEAR OUR PRAYER

3. Lord, your resurrection creates new ways to show love. May all communities of faith be open to new opportunities for cooperation in the work of caring for others. We pray for our neighboring religious communities, for our partner Anglican Church of Canada and for our sister congregations in the BC Synod: in particular we pray for Redeemer Lutheran Church in Vancouver and their pastor, John Gram; for Oakridge Lutheran Church in Vancouver, their parish worker, Dorothy Chu and the pastors who provide pulpit supply; and we pray for the pastors and the students who serve in the work of Campus ministry throughout our land. Finally, we pray for Alan Lai as he prepares to serve on the faculty of Waterloo Lutheran Seminary. May all communities of faith and all ministers of the Gospel reflect the love and power of the risen Christ.
Lord, in your mercy:
HEAR OUR PRAYER

4. You humble the proud and lift up the lowly. Give your wisdom and humility to our political and economic leaders. Give them the will to care for all so that none would live lives of desperation.
Lord, in your mercy:
HEAR OUR PRAYER

5. Lord, you are the source of all life. We thank you for the work of ranchers, herders, and farmers who care for their animals and their crops so that we might not go hungry.
Lord, in your mercy:
HEAR OUR PRAYER

6. Your Spirit can bring healing in extraordinary ways. Grant hope and courage to all who seek treatment for illness, addiction or emotional stain. Heal them in ways they can not imagine. We pray in particular at this time for those we name aloud or quietly in our heart …

May all know the peace of God which passes understanding and may they know it through our words and actions in this coming week.
Lord, in your mercy:
HEAR OUR PRAYER

7. We thank you for being present at our gatherings of celebration:
– In particular 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 you for the scriptures that reflect the writers’ love of their Lord.
– We thank you for your Word which comforts us even as it calls us in into renewed life;
– Finally we thank you for those blessings we name aloud at this time….

Lord, continue to open our eyes to the work of your Spirit in our lives and the lives of others.
Lord, in your mercy:
HEAR OUR PRAYER.

8. We gather always in thanksgiving for the faithful work done by your saints and those whose memories remain precious in our sight. Guide us to live lives of faithfulness until your will is accomplished.
Lord, in your mercy:
HEAR OUR PRAYER

9. Trusting in your abundant mercy, O God, we commend ourselves and all for whom we pray into your care, through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. AMEN.

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