Fourteenth Sunday after Pentacost (September 2, 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. God of truth, by your Word you created us to continue your mission of love. Bless us who hear the Word, that we will be seen by others as both hearers and doers of your Word.
Spirit of God:
HEAR OUR PRAYER.

3. God the source of all life, as you gather us in your name send us forth to be your hands and feet in the world. Make us generous in our giving and in our serving. We pray for all communities of faith: for our partner Anglican Church of Canada and for our sister congregations in the BC Synod: in particular we pray for Mount Olivet Lutheran church in North Vancouver and their interim pastor, Kataline Janko, and for Christ the King Lutheran Church in Surrey and their pastor Gordon Hoeflicker. May all who minster to others, continue to feed on and share the bread of life.
Spirit of God:
HEAR OUR PRAYER.

4. God, our treasure, you have given us great wealth and generous resources. Help us and our leaders to use these sensibly so that all creatures may live.
Spirit of God:
HEAR OUR PRAYER.

5. God of justice, you dignify our labor by sharing our toil. Grant workers fair employment, adequate income and safe working conditions. Bring an end to the selfish exploitation of children, women, immigrants and the poor.
Spirit of God:
HEAR OUR PRAYER.

6. God; our compassion, you call us to care for all in need. Hear our prayers for the unemployed, orphans, widows and all who suffer in body, mind or spirit–especially those we name aloud or quietly in our heart at this time…

May all know your healing presence.
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 choosing us to be your disciples;
– and we thank you for the opportunities we have to follow you in our daily life;
– Finally we thank you for those special blessings we name aloud at this time….

Lord, continue to help us show others our commitment to serve you and your church.
Spirit of GOD:
HEAR OUR PRAYER.

8. God our hope, we give you thanks for those who have made your word known and now rest from their labors. Give us strength to follow your commandments until we abide with you forever.
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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