Holy Cross Day (September 14, 2014)

The following prayers have been adapted for congregational use by Pastor Gerald Mitchenson

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(Congregation may be invited to be seated for prayer.)

 With the prayer “God of new life” you are invited to respond:  HEAR OUR PRAYER

Led by the Spirit, let us join the whole people of God in Christ Jesus in praying for the church, those in need and all of God’s creation

      A brief period of silence.

  1. May the new Fall programs of this congregation and of each congregation enhance the faith and the discipleship of their members. In particular we pray for our partner Anglican Church of Canada and for the congregations of our BC Synod. At this time we pray for Faith Lutheran Church in Powell River and their pastor,Brenda Nestegaard Paul; and for Our Saviors Lutheran in Prince George, and their pastor, Fleming Blishen. May the mission of this congregation, with its ongoing ministries of stewardship, fellowship, outreach and worship lead each of us to be beacons of your love.

God of new life:   HEAR OUR PRAYER

  1. For the leaders of this world: for presidents, prime ministers, premiers, mayors, elected representatives, and heads of corporations, we pray that you would inspire them to do and to speak out for what is right and just even if it looks foolish in the eyes of their friends.

God of new life:   HEAR OUR PRAYER.

  1. For all who suffer in mind and body, for those who are bullied, for the brokenhearted, the sick and the dying give all the encouragement of your presence and the assurance of your care. We pray especially for those we name aloud or quietly at this time ….

Help us in this coming week to respond to those who are suffering.

God of new life:   HEAR OUR PRAYER

  1. God, we thank you those special and unexpected blessings throughout our life:
 – we thank you for the gift of a suffering Lord who in his suffering offered hope to the world;
  – we thank you for friends who have encouraged us in our pain and in our suffering;
  – we thank you at this time 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….

God of new life: HEAR OUR PRAYER.

  1. We pray for all creation: for seeds that are sown, fields that are harvested, winds that blow, rains that fall, animals that roam, and for the fruit of the earth. Fill us with thanksgiving for all the gifts of your creation.

God of new life:   HEAR OUR PRAYER.

  1. We thank you for the blessed dead, for those who died alone and those who died tragically, and for those for gave their lives as they sought to care for the victims of the ebola virus. And we thank you for those whose memories continue to bless us. May the day come when we and all the saints are lifted in glory without sin, without suffering and without disease.

God of new life:   HEAR OUR PRAYER.

  1. Into your loving hands, gracious God, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your abundant mercy through Jesus Christ our savior AMEN.


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