Seventh Sunday of Easter (June 1, 2014)

(Click here to download a copy of the prayers) The following prayers have been adapted for congregational use by Rev. Gerald Mitchinson. (Congregation may be invited to be seated for prayer.)   With the prayer “God of new life” you are invited to respond HEAR OUR PRAYER

  1.  Made alive in Christ, sustained and led by His Spirit, let us pray for the church, for the world, and for all of God’s creation.

             A brief silence.

  1. We pray for all communities of faith that they would continue the ministry that their Lord has passed on to them. We pray for our partner Anglican Church of Canada and for all the congregations in our BC Synod: in particular we pray for Peace Lutheran Church in Abbotsford and their pastor, Christoph Reiners; and for Emmaus Lutheran Church in Burnaby and their pastor, Jukka Joensuu. May the faith communities, their leaders and all their members never lose heart so others would see the persistence of their faith.

God of new life: HEAR OUR PRAYER.

  1. We pray for this assembly; for its leaders, council and committees, that differences not obscure the passion we share for Christ’s mission.

God of new life: HEAR OUR PRAYER.

  1. We pray for those who hold authority over others; for the Prime Minister, for premiers, mayors, judges, military leaders, parents and teachers. May they be given wisdom and an active care especially for those who have no voice.

God of new life: HEAR OUR PRAYERS

  1. For those suffering or in want; for victims of abuse; for those who are depressed or anxious, for estranged families; for the ill or hospitalized, especially those we name quietly or aloud at this time …

May our words and our actions in this coming week reflect the very presence of our Lord. God of new life: HEAR OUR PRAYER.   5. God, you are the giver of life and renewed life; – we thank you for our desire to worship you regardless of the attitude of others; – we thank you for the power to resist that which tempts us away from your way of love; – .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 the mystery of your continued presence in our daily life. God of new life: HEAR OUR PRAYER.

  1. We pray for the life-giving ministry of farmers who plant the seeds that grow into the food that is meant to feed the hungry. May their crops receive sun and rain in right portions; and may lands and their people who are suffering from flood or drought be given relief that is not delayed.

God of new life: HEAR OUR PRAYER

  1. We remember, O God, those who have died in the faith sometimes from the hatred of those around them. We thank you for the memories we have of others who have shown love for the church and their Lord. Assure us of your life giving spirit until that day when we will abide with you forever.

God of new life: HEAR OUR PRAYER.

  1. Receive our prayers, merciful God, and continue to dwell in us richly, through Jesus Christ, our life and our redeemer. AMEN

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