Second Sunday of Easter—April 12, 2015

The following prayers have been adapted for congregational use by Rebecca Garber

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With the words “In this feast of the mystery of our God,” you are invited to respond:

HEAR US AS WE PRAY.

Confident that Easter rejuvenates us through Jesus Christ, we seek promise and peace as we pray for the church, all faith communities, the world, and those in need.

A moment of silence

Blessed One, give our community members the hearts, minds, and words that speak freshness and life-changing goodness into the tired hearts, ailing bodies, and addled communities that are ours.

In this feast of the mystery of our God,

HEAR US AS WE PRAY.

Blessed One, turn our eyes to lunar and solar rhythms that bound our lives. Let us listen to the breezes, the barks of seals, and the mewling of kittens and hear in them all the joy of creation that is ours through you.

In this feast of the mystery of our God,  HEAR US AS WE PRAY.

Blessed One, help us to hear the way of meaning and making a difference in a world noisy with differences and dissent. Enable us to take time, make time, for enfolding our routines in divine ritual.

In this feast of the mystery of our God,  HEAR US AS WE PRAY.

Blessed One, fill us with the certainty and sanctity that we might say with Thomas, “My Lord and my God,” and work toward a common good where we are.

In this feast of the mystery of our God,  HEAR US AS WE PRAY.

Blessed One, turn our hearts to those who doubt, the sick, the poor, the prisoners, and all those with needs too many to number. We pray now for those we name aloud or deeply within our selves….

(Include those listed in the bulletin for prayer)

In this feast of the mystery of our God,  HEAR US AS WE PRAY.

Blessed One, make our partnership with the Anglican Church of Canada deep and bless the congregations of our BC Synod. Today we especially name Dunbar Lutheran in Vancouver and Pastor Thomas Keeley and Bishop Greg Mohr and the Synod staff who work so hard, often unseen and unnoticed.

In this feast of the mystery of our God,  HEAR US AS WE PRAY.

Blessed One, help us to feel you giving us words of prayer for all that we cannot name, cannot know, cannot understand. Trusting in the empty cross, we enfold our prayers in the radiance of Jesus who gives us life.  AMEN

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