Fourth Sunday in Lent (March 30, 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. 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

  1. 2.     Anoint the church, O God, so that as children of light we would shine bright in a world that longs for hope and love.  Be present in this assembly and in all communities of faith that with open eyes we would see not on outward appearances, but upon one another’s hearts and needs.  And we pray for our partner Anglican Church of Canada and for the members of the BC Synod: in particular we pray for Living Faith Lutheran Church in Sechelt and their pastor, Ian Nestegaard Paul; and for Lord of Life Mission in Sandspit and the people serving that community. May all communities of faith show their care and their patience for those who are visually challenged.

Hear us, O God: 

YOUR MERCY IS GREAT.

  1. 3.     Shepherd of all peoples, break the barriers of animosities and prejudices that exist within the church and within our communities.  May we and those with different beliefs, different ages and different sexual orientation choose to work together for the benefit of all.

Hear us, O God: 

YOUR MERCY IS GREAT.

  1. 4.     Restore the green pastures and still and flowing waters of this earth, and lead us to be responsible stewards of all that you have created and we continue to enjoy.

Hear us, O God: 

YOUR MERCY IS GREAT.

  1. 5.     Bring goodness and mercy to all who bear a cross of apparent meaningless suffering.  We pray for all who suffer addictions, broken relationships and pain especially for those we name aloud or quietly in our heart at this time…

           May all who suffer, experience your care and through our caring words and deeds in this coming week.

           Hear us, O God:  YOUR MERCY IS GREAT.

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

– we thank you for the precious gift of sight;

– we thank you for choosing to open our eyes to your presence in our lives;

– 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 healing presence in our lives and in the lives of others.

 Hear us, O God:   YOUR MERCY IS GREAT.

 

  1. 7.     You have prepared a table for all who believe in your grace.   We give you thanks for all our brothers and sisters in Christ who now dwell in your house forever.  We give you thanks for the blessed memories of our loved ones.   Keep us confident in your promises until that day you call us home.

Hear us, O God:  YOUR MERCY IS GREAT.

  1. 8.     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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