April 17, 2016 – Fourth 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 bounty of all creation.

a brief silence

God of divine fathering and mothering, you nurture us in the best that we can be and do. Move among all people who appreciate and care for this world with its abundant life. Merge the gifts of our Lutheran church and our partner Anglican Church of Canada. We pray especially today for First Lutheran in Vancouver and Pastor Lori-Ann Boutin-Crawford and Lutheran campus ministry across our land.

Hear us, O God of resurrection and light

Your mercy is great.

Fill us with thankfulness, indeed reverence, as we eat and drink the fruits of fields and oceans. Let us take only what we need and to waste nothing. Bless our composting and recycling, our reusing and refashioning of the bounty that laces our lives with “enough.” Open our hearts to an overwhelming desire to preserve resources for our children, grandchildren, and all who are to come.

Hear us, O God of resurrection and light

Your mercy is great.

Grant your wisdom and discernment to all those whose decisions affect the lives of others. Let your spirit move among them and us, whether or not we realize it, whatever we call the divine spark. Fill our institutions and our bureaucracies with reconciliation.

Hear us, O God of resurrection and light

Your mercy is great.

Respond to the agonized call of people languishing in grief, in loneliness or despair, or in chronic pain and casual  illness. 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.

Sustain our communities and inspire us to work in ways large and small to find a place for all. Unite us in a common struggle to include those who are widowed, children without parents, and people lacking a permanent place to call home.

Hear us, O God of resurrection and light

Your mercy is great.

Give strength to all of us who travel this pilgrimage of life marked by your love, your compassion, and your model of living for others. Make us walk in courage and hope until we rest in eternity with all those faithful ones who have come before us.

Hear us, O God of resurrection and light

Your mercy is great.

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

Amen

 

 

 

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