Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Sunday September 16, 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. Lord, you are the Messiah, and you are our Lord and Saviour. Grant us the willingness to forgo meeting our immediate desires so that we may meet the needs of others who lack shelter, food and friendship.
Spirit of God:
HEAR OUR PRAYER.

3. Abiding Spirit, you are the love that binds this assembly into the body of Christ. May your love permeate all communities of faith in our neighborhood and beyond. We pray for our partner Anglican Church of Canada and for our sister congregations in the BC Synod: in particular we pray for Faith Lutheran Church in Powell River and their pastor, Carol Dennison; and for Our Saviour’s Lutheran church in Prince George and their pastor, Fleming Blishen. May all seek to serve through their actions and through the words they speak.
Spirit of God:
HEAR OUR PRAYER.

4. Almighty God, the heavens declare your glory. When hurricanes and floods come, may your glory be reflected through our caring response.
Spirit of God: HEAR OUR PRAYER.

5. God of justice, you are gracious and righteous. Hear the voices of all who cry out to you for an end to violence and warfare, hatred and racism, hunger and homelessness. May young and old be open to your call to serve where there is great need.
Spirit of God: HEAR OUR PRAYER.
6. God, you are full of compassion. Bring hope and healing to those who are grieving, lonely, anxious, or unwell, especially those we name aloud at this time or quietly in our heart

May all know your help and your strength in the hour of their need and
may they know your help and your strength through our actions and
through our words in this coming week.
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 your Word which reminds us of the power of our words;
– Finally we thank you for those special blessings we name aloud at this time….

May we continue to see evidence of your presence through the caring words of our friends.
Spirit of GOD:
HEAR OUR PRAYER.

8. Risen Christ, you have rescued our life from death. May we continue to walk with the assurance of your loving presence which has sustained all the faithful who have gone before us.
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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