Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost (September 30, 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 show our care for all people, let us pray for the church, those in need, and all of God’s creation.

A brief silence.

2. Holy God, reveal your Spirit that rests upon us and works in us so that we would be known as people who are too busy praising you, to grumble about what we do not have.
Spirit of God
HEAR OUR PRAYER.

3. Abiding Spirit, help this church and each community of faith to be seen as a places of welcome. We pray that for our partner Anglican Church of Canada and for our sister congregations in the BC Synod: in particular we pray for Living Faith Lutheran Church in Schelt and their pastor, Ian Nestegaard Paul ; and for Lord of Life church in Sandspit and those who continue to ensure there is a gospel presence in that community. Help each member of each faith community to be examples of faith, hope and charity.
Spirit of God:
HEAR OUR PRAYER.

4. God our refuge, bless the ministry of the many in our community who work to provide adequate food, shelter and friendship to the hungry and homeless. Bless the work of those around the world who seek to eradicate poverty and disease.
Spirit of God
HEAR OUR PRAYER.

5. God of mercy, hear the prayers of those who are sick, suffering, lonely or anxious, especially those we name aloud or quietly in our heart at this time .…

Anoint all who are in need with your healing presence and our acts of
care.
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 those who care enough for us to correct us when our faith and our love waveres;
– we thank you for those to pray for us;
– Finally we thank you for those special blessings we name aloud at this time….

May we see your presence in the friendship and care of others.
Spirit of God:
HEAR OUR PRAYER.

7. God of wisdom your teaching is perfect and sure. Bless schools and universities, students and teachers, that they may be sources of knowledge and of truth. From those schools may there be those who hear your call to be leaders in the work of peace and healing.
Spirit of God
HEAR OUR PRAYER.
8. O Lord our strength and our redeemer, we give you thanks for Jerome and all who have translated your Word in ways which are fresh and alive. Increase our knowledge of you until that day when the fullness of your truth is revealed.
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 your church. AMEN

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