Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost (October 21, 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. God, who came as servant of all, grant your church the vision to see your purpose, the strength to do your will, and the love to serve others in your name.
Spirit of God
HEAR OUR PRAYER.

3. Spirit of the living Christ, stir up in this congregation a spirit of humble servant hood and strengthen our commitment to help all those in need whether they be in our homes, our church or our community. May that same spirit of servant hood fill our partner Anglican Church of Canada along with our sister congregations in the BC Synod: in particular we pray for First Lutheran Church in Vancouver and their pastor Richard Hergesheimer and Lori-Anne Boutin. And we pray for New life Chinese Church in Vancouver and their pastors Florence Lo, Samuel Voo and Fang Chcng (Rex) Lo. Help all communities of faith to be a blessing to their members and to their communities.
Spirit of God:
HEAR OUR PRAYER.

4. Guardian of the weak, through your power to work miracles, transform the powerful of the world into self-giving servants so that justice and peace may prevail over tyranny and oppression.
Spirit of God
HEAR OUR PRAYER.

5. Refuge of the weary, deliver those who are wounded, anxious, sick or suffering. We pray especially for those we name aloud or quietly in our heart at this time.

Answer the prayer of all who call upon you and uphold them in your loving hands.
Spirit of God
HEAR OUR PRAYER.

6. Lord, we thank you for our many blessings: 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:
– Finally we thank you for those special blessings we name aloud at this time….

May we experience your presence when we’re called to care for others and when we are called to receive the care from others.
Spirit of God:
HEAR OUR PRAYER.

7. Architect of the universe, in your wisdom you laid the foundations of the world. Nourish the earth with your loving care and provide for the needs of all living things.
Spirit of God
HEAR OUR PRAYER.

8. Holy and righteous One, you are the source of salvation for all who believe in you. We rejoice in the lives of your faithful servants whose memories remain precious to us and who now share in the eternal joy you have prepared for all your saints. Hear our prayers for we pray through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. AMEN.

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