First Sunday in Lent (March 9, 2014)

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.     Returning daily to the Lord, our God, let us pray for the church, the world and all of God’s creation.

A brief moment of silence and reflection

2.     Let us pray for this assembly.  Keep all who worship in this place steadfast in your Word as they seek to respond to your call to serve.  Fill with your spirit all who are preparing for baptism and for a life of discipleship.

Hear us, O God

YOUR MERCY IS GREAT.

3.     Let us pray for the whole Christian church.  Guide and teach your church in the way that it should go so that the world would see your example of love and courage. We pray in particular for our partner Anglican Church of Canada, for our neighboring faith communities, and for the members of the BC Synod: in particular we pray for Our Redeemer Lutheran Church  in Penticton, and their pastor, Curtis Aguirre; for Trinity Lutheran and Anglican church in Port Alberni and their Anglican pastor, George Pell; and we pray for all  hospital chaplains and visitors bringing care to the sick.

Hear us, O God

YOUR MERCY IS GREAT.

4.     Let us pray for the well-being of creation.  Guide us to be respectful in our use of all earthy resources. And through our personal efforts and those of our political leaders, renew all waters, lands and skies so they would to reflect your glory.

Hear us, O God

YOUR MERCY IS GREAT.

5.     Let us pray for all nations and for all peoples.  Grant justice where there is inequity, peace where there is conflict and wisdom for all who lead. May we in our families and in our church set examples of justice, peace and wisdom.

Hear us, O God

YOUR MERCY IS GREAT.

6.     Let us pray for all in need.  Provide caring communities for all who are burdened by guilt, shame, addiction, broken relationships, and illness.  We pray especially for those we name aloud or quietly at this time…

May our words and our lives in this coming week reflect the mystery of your sustaining presence.

Hear us, O God

YOUR MERCY IS GREAT.

      7.  God, you are the giver of all the gifts we have known in our church and in our lives;

– we thank you for the confidence you are present in our times of temptation;

– we thank you for those celebrating significant events in their lives …

– 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….

           Help us to recognize your presence in our daily lives.

Hear us, O God: 

YOUR MERCY IS GREAT.

8.     Let us give thanks for the faithful departed where transgressions were forgiven and who now rejoice in heaven.  Keep us strong in faith and in hope.

Hear us, O God

YOUR MERCY IS GREAT.

9.     Into your hands, O God, we commend ourselves and all for whom we pray, trusting in your abundant mercy, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  AMEN

 

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