27th Sunday after Pentecost Lectionary 25 (September 22, 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 “Hear us, O God” you are invited to respond
YOUR MERCY IS GREAT.

1. With the whole people of God in Christ Jesus, let us pray for the church, those in need, and all of God’s creation.

A brief moment of silence and reflection

1. Holy God, who gives all good things, open our eyes and our ears to see and hear your goodness. Open our mouths and our tongues to speak of your goodness to our neighbours.
Hear us, O God:
YOUR MERCY IS GREAT.

2. Holy and faithful God, lead your church to reach out to their neighborhoods with wisdom and with compassion. 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: Our Saviour Lutheran Church in Richmond and their pastor, Tim Le Drew; and St Paul Lutheran Church in Prince Rupert and their pastor, Jim Whaley. Sustain the leaders and all the members of all communities of faith with joy in their ministries.
Hear us, O God:
YOUR MERCY IS GREAT.

3. Encourage and inspire ethical business practices. By your Holy Spirit, move employers to treat their workers with fairness and with respect. Let your justice permeate all working environments that all may know satisfaction in their daily work.
Hear us, O God:
YOUR MERCY IS GREAT.

4. As they make preparations for the cold season ahead, pour out your provisions for every living creature. Preserve life in plants and animals that they may later know renewed life.
Hear us, O God:
YOUR MERCY IS GREAT.

5. Fill the leaders of our nations with your truth and your courage. Direct their decision making and guide them to ensure a peaceful and secure life for all people.
Hear us, O God:
YOUR MERCY IS GREAT.

6. Make yourself known among people in any kind of distress. Bring healing to all who suffer with illness, pain, or anxiety, especially for those we name aloud or quietly at this time…

Surround them with our comforting presence and restore them to life.
Hear us, O God:
YOUR MERCY IS GREAT.

7. God, you are the giver of those good things we experience in our daily living;
– as seek to serve others, we thank you for the gift of intelligence and the gift of wisdom;

– 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….
Hear us, O God:
YOUR MERCY IS GREAT.

8. Living God, we give you thanks for all the saints whose lives have pointed us to Christ. We pray that you would lead us also in faithful living, until the day when heaven and earth are united before you.
Hear us, O God:
YOUR MERCY IS GREAT.

9. Into your hands, O Holy One, we entrust all for whom we pray, confident in your abundant and abiding
mercy; through Jesus Christ our Savior. AMEN.

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