May 8, 2016 – Seventh 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.

Rooted in compassion and open to wonder, we pray for our church, solace to people in need, and the bounty of creation.

a brief silence

God of renewal and rebirth, feed the continual development of our lives of faith and hope. Let us revel in the grace we received in the water of baptism and our continuing sustenance in our meals of bread and wine.  Feed our communion with our partner Anglican Church of Canada and the congregations of our synod. We pray especially today for Church of the Cross in Victoria and Pastor Lyle McKenzie and Good Shepherd in Victoria and Pastor Gunther Sandl.

Hear us, O God of resurrection and light

Your mercy is great.

Let us stop in our busyness and see your face and hands in the blossoming of creation as we move towards summer. Join our voices with that of birds and the movement of our bodies with flowing water and blowing grasses that we take our place in the hymn of creation.

Hear us, O God of resurrection and light

Your mercy is great.

Touch the lives of all those who are imprisoned rightly or wrongly. Reveal yourself to them that they might turn their lives around and toward you and the community you wish for your beloved children.

Hear us, O God of resurrection and light

Your mercy is great.

Reveal yourself to those who feel isolated because of illness, grief, status, or the prejudice of others. Help them to find a way into the freedom of burdens shared and friendships that make the load lighter. 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.

Bless all those who play a mothering role in the lives of others. Cause us to remember our mothers, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers for the influence they have had in our lives. Come to those who did not know their own mothers and those who were unable to become the mothers they wished to be. May we all plead with you with a mother’s fierce love for the end of strife in the Middle East.

Hear us, O God of resurrection and light

Your mercy is great.

Call into our minds Julian of Norwich, whom we commemorate today, and let us say in her words, “I saw God in an instant of time, in my understanding, and by this vision I saw that God is present in all things.”

Hear us, O God of resurrection and light

Your mercy is great.

We rest assured that all things shall be well, all things shall be well indeed, in the name of the one who renewed life by facing death straight on.

Amen

 

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