Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost (August 19, 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. Make your church into a house of wisdom, one which is welcoming to all who choose to enter. In particular, bless the music ministry of this assembly and make our lives a song of praise.
Spirit of God
HEAR OUR PRAYER.

3. We pray at this time for our neighboring houses of worship, for our partner Anglican Church of Canada and for our sister congregations in the BC Synod: in particular we pray for Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Surrey and their pastor, Henry Guo; and for Hope Lutheran Church in Nanaimo and their pastor, Terry Richardson. May all who minster to others, feed on and share the bread of life.
Spirit of God: HEAR OUR PRAYER.

4. Fill with your Spirit the leaders of nations that they would turn from pride and in midst of violence do good, and seek justice for all.
Spirit of God
HEAR OUR PRAYER.

5. Bring forth a harvest from the earth and feed the poor and hungry with nourishing bread.
Spirit of God
HEAR OUR PRAYER.

6. Give grace to those in any kind of need especially those we name aloud or quietly in our heart…

May your Spirit help them give thanks at all times and despite their challenges may
they make the most of each day.
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 your bread of life that feeds us;
– Finally we thank you for those special blessings we name aloud at this time….

Lord, continue to help us see your presence in our daily life and in the understanding and help from friends and strangers.
Spirit of GOD:
HEAR OUR PRAYER.

8. Raise us up on the last day with all your saints who shared your holy communion on earth and now abide with you in life eternal.
Spirit of GOD: HEAR OUR PRAYER.

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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