24th Sunday after Pentecost Lectionary 22 (September 1, 2013)

The following prayers have been adapted for congregational use by Rev. Gerald Mitchinson

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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. Ever-loving and ever merciful God continue to turn our hearts back to you when we have strayed from your ways. Mold the members of your church and of all communities of faith to be a gracious, forgiving and welcoming people.
God, in your great compassion:
HEAR OUR PRAYER

3. We pray for your blessing and your guidance on this congregation, all communities of faith and for our partner Anglican Church of Canada. In particular at this time we pray for the congregations of our BC Synod: for Mount Olivet Lutheran church in North Vancouver and their interim pastor, Katalin Janko; and for Christ the King Lutheran Church in Surrey and their pastor, Gordon Hoeflicker. As we begin a new season of church programs, may all your people—the children, the young and elderly have a renewed desire to worship, to learn and to serve.
God, in your great compassion:
HEAR OUR PRAYER

4. Send your Spirit of humility to the halls of legislation, governance and justice in every land. Stir up in leaders a will to serve their citizens with compassion and without thought of gain for themselves.
God, in your great compassion:
HEAR OUR PRAYER

5. Fill the tables of all people and in all lands with the bounty that you raise up in your creation. May we, with our deeds and our offerings, ensure that no one goes hungry or without shelter.
God, in your great compassion:
HEAR OUR PRAYER

6. Inspire a sense of fulfillment to all who have employment; sustain all who are unhappy in their workplace. Create new opportunities for all to earn their livelihood. And as students and teachers prepare to return to the classroom, give students a desire to learn, and teachers a joy in their opportunities to foster a love of knowledge, of beauty and of wisdom.
God, in your great compassion:
HEAR OUR PRAYER

7. Raise up people who will extend your hospitality and friendship to those in prisons, in hospitals, and in situations of abuse. With your lasting comfort, sustain all who suffer. We pray at this time for those we name aloud or quietly in our heart…

In this coming week, continue to empower us to be your hands of love, understanding and compassion.
God, in your great compassion:
HEAR OUR PRAYER.

8. God, you are the giver of those good things we experience in our daily living;
– we thank you for your example of humility and hospitality;
– we thank you for the opportunities we have to offer hospitality to others;
– 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.

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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