May 1, 2016 – Sixth 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 tree of life seen throughout the earth.

a brief silence

God of peace, of love, flowing like a mighty river throughout the landscape of our lives, renew us more and more every day. Draw out innate leadership that we might follow you in a pilgrimage of fierce justice and tender love.  May this inform our communion with our partner Anglican Church of Canada. We pray especially today for St. Peter Estonian Lutheran in Vancouver and Pastor Algur Kaerma and Peace Lutheran in Vernon and Pastor David Hunter.

Hear us, O God of resurrection and light

Your mercy is great.

Let us take time each day to say thank you for the plentiful water we share in this place. Nourish all the sources of this very essence of earthly life: the springs, rivers, lakes, pools, and irrigation systems. Strengthen us in keeping water from becoming another commodity to be bought and sold.

Hear us, O God of resurrection and light

Your mercy is great.

Inspire us with the hospitality of the Eucharist. Let us come to this meal with hearts open and alive, and go out to invite others to share with us the bounty of humanity. In each day, make our interactions with others gentle and kind.

Hear us, O God of resurrection and light

Your mercy is great.

Send us to the homes and bedsides of those who are sick in body or soul. Make us able to receive kindness when we are ill or injured, for none of us move through life without trials. 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.

Strengthen the bonds of shared service between congregations and social ministry organizations. (Specific local ministry partnerships may be mentioned here.) Guide us in our efforts to meet people’s needs for food, friendship, and all that sustains us–body, mind, and soul.

Hear us, O God of resurrection and light

Your mercy is great.

Make us a society where there is honest work for those who wish to earn their way and use their gifts for a greater purpose. We pray for the unemployed and the under-employed that they maintain their dignity and don’t give up.

Hear us, O God of resurrection and light

Your mercy is great.

We rest assured that our names are remembered and written in your book of life. In the name of the Risen Christ,

Amen

 

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