Tenth Sunday after Pentecost (August 5, 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.

A brief silence.

2. May we, as the saints of God, seek ways to be better equipped for our daily ministry. Give us our daily bread, and what we truly need each day. Make us mindful of the needs of others.
Spirit of God:
HEAR OUR PRAYER.

3. We pray also 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 Hope Lutheran Shared Ministry in MacKenzie and their pastor, Henry Dunbar; and for Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran church in Langley and their pastors, Brad Senften and Kristen Steele. May all communities of faith feed on and share the bread of life.
Spirit of God:
HEAR OUR PRAYER.

4. Grant wisdom to all who lead nations and hold public office. Give them humility and a caring heart to speak and live the truth of God’s love.
Spirit of God
HEAR OUR PRAYER.

5. Rain down your providence on all creation. Through our efforts and the effort of our leaders, may the bounty of the earth provide food for all.
Spirit of God: HEAR OUR PRAYER.
6. Guide the seekers, sustain the weary, challenge the complacent and heal the sick and brokenhearted. We pray at this time for those we name aloud or quietly in our heart…

May all be rooted and grounded in your loving care.
Spirit of God
HEAR OUR PRAYER.

7. 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 the gift of bread in all its forms;
– we thank you for calling us to share your love;
– Finally we thank you for those special blessings we name aloud at this time….

Lord, continue to help us recognize your living presence in our daily life, and help us reflect your presence in our words and in our actions in this coming week.
Spirit of GOD:
HEAR OUR PRAYER.

8. Sustain us with the bread of life until we join all the saints around your bountiful table in glory.

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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