November 10, 2013

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

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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. On the eve of Remembrance Day we pray in thanksgiving for all in the past and in the present who have been willing to serve their country even at the risk of death or disability. We pray that you would sustain all veterans whose willingness to serve has led them to a life of temporary or permanent disability. We pray for their families–the parents, the spouses and the children– who have been left with the loss of their loved ones or with loved ones needing special love and patience. Finally Lord, we pray for ourselves that we would be willing to offer our lives to the care of others in our community, this land and beyond this land.
Hear us, O God:
YOUR MERCY IS GREAT

2. We pray that the spirit of Christ would gather us together in this community and unite us to one another in mutual care and support. In that spirit we pray for all communities of faith and their members. We pray for our partner Anglican Church of Canada and for the congregations of the BC Synod: in particular we pray for Good Shepherd Lutheran church in Victoria and their pastor, Guenther Sandl; and for Lutheran Church of the Cross in Victoria, their pastor, Lyle McKenzie and their intern, Carolina Glauster. Guide, comfort and sustain each faith community and each member as they face the opportunities and the challenges in their life of ministry.
Hear us, O God:
YOUR MERCY IS GREAT.

3. We pray for comfort, strength, and hope for those close to death, for those who grieve loved ones, and for those who are suffering with breakdown of relationships, with loneliness, addiction or illness. In particular we pray for those we name aloud or quietly in our heart at this time…

In this coming week may the light of your care shine through us in all that we do or say.
Hear us, O God:
YOUR MERCY IS GREAT.

4. God, you are the giver of all good things:
– we thank you for your continual call for us to serve our community, our church and our world;
– we thank you for your promise to be with us in death and in the stresses of daily life;
– 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

5. We rejoice in the glorious spender of your creation. Lead us to dedicate our lives to the continual care of our world so that future generations may continue to praise and enjoy your works.
Hear us, O God: YOUR MERCY IS GREAT

6. We thank you for making us children of God and children of the resurrection as we await that day when we will see you face to face.
Hear us, O God:
YOUR MERCY IS GREAT

7. 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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