Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost (September 9, 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. As disciples of Christ Jesus, called to love and care for all people. Let us pray for the church, those in need, and all of God’s creation.

A brief silence.

2. Holy Spirit, you seek to gather your church into an ever-widening community of faith. Release our tongues so we would have the courage to proclaim your saving deeds to our neighbor.
Spirit of God:
HEAR OUR PRAYER.

3. Lord of the church, 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 Our Redeemer Lutheran church in Penticton and their pastor, Curtis Aguirre; for Trinity Anglican and Lutheran church in Port Alberni and their pastor, George Pell; and we pray for the ministry of hospital chaplains and volunteers in our Synod. May all who minster to others, find joy in being hearers and doers of your Word.
Spirit of God:
HEAR OUR PRAYER.

4. Loving God, you desire that those who are hungry would have food and those who are oppressed would have justice. Bless those rulers and those who are rich who do not rob the poor but seek instead to be their advocates.
Spirit of God:
HEAR OUR PRAYER.

5. God of mercy and healing, you have opened the eyes of the blind and have given hope to the lowly. Sustain all who are sick, grieving or in any need, especially those we name aloud or quietly in our heart at this time…

May all know your help and your strength in the hour of their 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 the many teachers, helpers and custodians who serve our educational institutions;
– we thank you for young and old who remain eager to learn;
– Finally we thank you for those special blessings we name aloud at this time….

May our eyes of faith continue to see evidence of your presence through the work of others.
Spirit of GOD:
HEAR OUR PRAYER.

7. God of the Universe, you made heaven and earth, the seas and all that is in them. As we marvel at your creation, we pray for the well-being of springs and deserts, forests and mountains, creatures and plants.
Spirit of God:
HEAR OUR PRAYER.

8. We praise you O Lord, for the memories and the witness of those who have gone before us. May we too be inheritors of the kingdom that you have promised to those who love you.
Spirit of God:
HEAR OUR PRAYER.

9. Hear our prayers, faithful God, and renew us by your Spirit that we may joyfully love and serve you and one another. AMEN

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