28th Sunday after Pentecost Lectionary 26 (September 29, 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

2. Holy and just God, awaken us as the people of your church from self-serving behaviour. Stir us up to advocate for people who are in need of your care and our patience.
Hear us, O God:
YOUR MERCY IS GREAT.

3. Confound our ways of living and thinking that do not embrace the life you have shown us in Christ. Execute justice on behalf of all people who are cast aside by the world.
Hear us, O God:
YOUR MERCY IS GREAT.

4. Holy and faithful God, lead your church and all it members to be faithful in their daily living and their daily decisions. We pray for your blessing and your guidance on this congregation, all communities of faith, for our partner Anglican Church of Canada and for all Conferences meeting in their conference conventions. In particular at this time we pray for the congregations of our BC Synod: Living Faith Lutheran Church in Sechelt and their pastor, Ian Nestegaard Paul; and Lord of Life mission in Sandspit, their congregational leaders and the support of St Paul’s Lutheran Church in Prince Rupert. Bless all the members of all communities of faith with a joy in their individual ministries.
Hear us, O God:
YOUR MERCY IS GREAT.

5. Establish and encourage partnership among community food banks, clothing closets and other service ministries. Give us joy as we work together for others. And when we are in need, give us courage to invite the help of others.
Hear us, O God:
YOUR MERCY IS GREAT.

6. Attend to those who experience neglect or scorn in their communities because of age, disease, physical deformities or mental abnormality. We pray for those we know who are suffering from illness, addictions, broken relationships and discouragement. We pray in particular at this time for those we name aloud or quietly.

Help us to lift up people who feel less than whole.
Hear us, O God:
YOUR MERCY IS GREAT.

7. God, you are the giver of those good things we experience in our daily living:
– We give you thanks for the gift of material possessions and we thank you for your reminder that a gift is to be enjoyed and to be shared;
– 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, as we give thanks for all messengers who have made your salvation known, we pray you would shape our lives so that we would make your grace known to others.
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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