Eighth Sunday after Pentacost (July 22, 2012)

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

With the prayer “Spirit of God” you are invited to respond…
HEAR OUR PRAYER.

1. With reverence for the earth, those in need and the whole human family let us offer our prayers to God.
Spirit of God
HEAR OUR PRAYER.

A brief silence.

2. We pray for the whole Church of Christ and for all who proclaim good news through their daily word and deed.
Spirit of God
HEAR OUR PRAYER.

3. Deepen the genuine love of all communities and their desire to reflect the loving care of the Good Shepherd. We pray at this time 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 Hills of Peace Lutheran Church in Kamloops and their pastor, Brian Krushel; for Christ Lutheran Church in Kelowna and their pastor Patricia Giannelia; and for all for our missionaries: Brian Rude, Fran Schmidt, Lori Endress, Yoli Zaveleta, Sergio Utz, and Gustavo Gomez May all members of all faith communities in this land and beyond this land reflect the love and patience of God.
Spirit of God: HEAR OUR PRAYER.

4. We pray for all leaders that they would govern with wisdom, compassion and justice. And we pray for the many countries and places torn by division, hostility, warfare, or poverty. Continue to raise up people who give of their lives for the sake of others.
Spirit of God
HEAR OUR PRAYER.
5. We pray for those going through the dark valley of stress, fear, addiction, abuse, grief or illness especially those we name aloud or quietly in our heart at this time…

May all know the grace which is sufficient for all who are in need.
Spirit of God: HEAR OUR PRAYER.

6. Lord, we thank you for those who are celebrating graduations, marriages and other special events during this season.
– 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 our knowledge of a God seeks us out when we stray from his love;
– Finally we thank you for those special blessings we name aloud at this time….

Lord, continue to help us recognize your loving presence.
Spirit of GOD:
HEAR OUR PRAYER.

7. We pray for land, water or air threatened by our pollution or neglect. We pray for endangered species, and for all plants and animals. Continue to raise up people who are advocates for the health of creation.
Spirit of God
HEAR OUR PRAYER.

8. We give thanks for Mary Magdalene and all the women in our lives who have witnessed to the risen Christ, our shepherd. Make us one, and unite us in his reconciling peace. AMEN.

9. Receive our hopes and prayers; O God of mercy, for great is your faithfulness in Christ Jesus our Lord. AMEN.

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