20th Sunday after Pentecost – Lectionary 18 (August 4, 2013)

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(Congregation may be invited to be seated for prayer.)

With the prayer “God in your great compassion” you are invited to respond…
HEAR OUR PRAYER.

1. Confident in God’s enduring love, let us lift up the needs of the church, the world, and all of creation.

A brief moment of silence and reflection

2. Protect those churches living under threats of intimidation and violence, and erase the lines of country, race, and class that separate us from the struggle for freedom and security.
God, in your great compassion: HEAR OUR PRAYER.

3. Advance wisdom and honest diplomacy among nations, that all may recognize our interdependence and work together for the good of all especially for those who have no voice.
God, in your great compassion: HEAR OUR PRAYER.

4. Give hope to those weighed down by fear and worry; the unemployed, the depressed, the suicidal, and those who are ill, in pain, or in any way overwhelmed by the uncertainties of life. At this time we pray especially for those we name aloud or quietly in our heart…
God, in your great compassion: HEAR OUR PRAYER.

Help all to experience your reassuring presence through life’s varied seasons. And in this coming week may we offer a reassuring presence to those we meet.
God, in your great compassion: HEAR OUR PRAYER.

5. May the members and their respective communities be guided and empowered by the ministries of our congregation, our partner Anglican Church of Canada and all communities of faith. In particular at this time we pray for the congregations of our BC Synod: for Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Langley and their pastors, Brad Senften and Kristen Steele; and Hope Lutheran Shared Ministry in Mackenzie and their pastor, Henry Dunbar. Through the gifts of font, meal and story transform your people that they would find riches in giving and sharing all that they presently enjoy.
God, in your great compassion: HEAR OUR PRAYER.

6. Teach us to treasure and nurture the world around us, and reawaken our sense of wonder at the miracle and the brevity of life.
God, in your great compassion: HEAR OUR PRAYER.

7. God, you are the giver of those good things we experience in our daily living;
– we thank you for the gift of the wealth we presently enjoy;
– we thank you for the opportunity to share that gift with our family and friends, and with the wider
community;
– and we thank you for those who have known the gift of another birthday, another anniversary, or the
gift of new life …
– Finally, we thank you for those special blessings we name at this time….
God, in your great compassion: HEAR OUR PRAYER.

8. Finally, we thank you for the precious memories we have of those who are no longer with us. Set our minds on things above and at the last, join us with our faithful departed brothers and sisters and bring us all to eternal life in Christ.
God, in your great compassion: HEAR OUR PRAYER.

9. God of mercy, hear the cries of your people and answer us according to your steadfast love; through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. AMEN

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