April 10, 2016 – Third Sunday of Easter

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

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With the words, Hear us, O God of resurrection and light, you are invited to respond Your mercy is great.

With eyes wide open to compassion and abundance, we pray for the life of the church, the lives of people in need, and the diversity and sustaining of all creation.

a brief silence

Nurturing God, you supply what we need–and more! Let us find ways to share it. Make us the first to let go of resentments and the last to give up on love. Merge the gifts of our Lutheran church and our partner Anglican Church of Canada. We pray especially today for Dunbar Lutheran in Vancouver and Pastor Thomas Keeley, our synod staff, and for our church’s seminaries, their faculty, and their students.

Hear us, O God of resurrection and light

Your mercy is great.

Warm our hearts and fill our souls as the earth sprouts, birds sing, and seals bark and cavort as they mate. Let us take time each day, each night, to notice and whisper “thank you, thank you”–and then go forth to preserve and protect the planet for those to come. Hear and see that life never ends.

Hear us, O God of resurrection and light

Your mercy is great.

Move upon the minds and hearts of those persecuted for conscience, for justice, for equitable distribution of wealth. Make us mindful of the need for low-cost housing and shelters for the homeless, and enable us to build communities not based on hierarchies of wealth.

Hear us, O God of resurrection and light

Your mercy is great.

Restore the well-being of people who cry out in suffering because of minds, bodies, or souls assaulted by the things that can go wrong. We pray especially for those we name aloud or in the depths of our being. Bless those who have requested your care and strength (name those on the prayer list)

Hear us, O God of resurrection and light

Your mercy is great.

Inspire the work of translators, authors, poets, and composers who bring your spirit to us and to others. We remember especially Mikael Agricola, Bishop of Turku, who we commemorate today for translations into Finnish.

Hear us, O God of resurrection and light

Your mercy is great.

Encourage us to let go of regrets and move through today and into the future with hearts open. Let us contemplate and embrace the many possibilities that offer wealth beyond measure. And make us move, that we always are beginning something: a new relationship, a long walk, a trip.

Hear us, O God of resurrection and light

Your mercy is great.

We move under the protection of your wings and give all this to you. In the name of the Risen Christ,

Amen

 

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