November 18, 2018 – Time after Pentecost

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

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We invite you to include the Anglican and the Roman Catholic Bishops of your region in your prayers.

Anglican Bishops:

  • Bishop Logan McMenamie, Diocese of British Columbia
  • Bishop Melissa Skelton, Diocese of New Westminster
  • Bishop David Lehmann, Diocese of Caledonia
  • Bishop David Lehmann, Diocese of Kootenay
  • Bishop Barbara Andrews, Diocese of The Territory of the People

Roman Catholic Bishops:

  • Archdiocese of Vancouver – Archbishop Michael Miller
  • Diocese of Kamloops – Bishop Joseph Nguyen
  • Diocese of Nelson – Bishop Robert Bourgon
  • Diocese of Prince George – Bishop Stephen Jensen
  • Diocese of Victoria – Bishop Gary Gordon

Prayers for November 18, 2018 – Time After Pentecost

With the words “Open our eyes to you, our God,” you are invited to respond:


Feeling your power moving within us and within this place, we pray for the life of the church, the world, and all who yearn for wholeness and spiritual wealth.

A moment of silence

Help us pay attention to our own spiritual biography that we may become wise.

Help us turn to our memories to revive good times and ponder the challenges.

Help us use our vision and experience to see the new paths you offer.

Help us to heed to that spirit deep within that is given to all believers.

Open our eyes to you, our God:  ALLELUIA. ALLELUIA. AMEN.

 For there is a time to be born, and a time to die. Cause us to look up from our daily preoccupations and see the glory of you written in sky and sun, moon and peaceful nights. Guide us in our persistent and tender care of our planet–our planet so carefully designed to sustain life in unimaginable diversity.

Open our eyes to you, our God:  ALLELUIA. ALLELUIA. AMEN.

 God of abundance and peace, you offer yourself for the perpetual renewal of your church and of our world. Make us grab hold of the challenge and pleasure of joining you in this unending task. Teach us to say “yes” to using our skills for your vision on earth.

 Open our eyes to you, our God:  ALLELUIA. ALLELUIA. AMEN.

God of peace and plenty, draw us into your work in our community, our country, and our world. Make us good advocates for non-violent solutions to problems and solid citizens unwilling to let leaders make decisions that hurt the poor, the refugees, and those whose countries are ravaged by war and instability.

(Include those listed in the bulletin for prayer)

Open our eyes to you, our God:  ALLELUIA. ALLELUIA. AMEN.

Move us to ever-closer communion with our partner Anglican Church of Canada, and their bishop in your region, and the Roman Catholic Church and their bishop in your region, and our own Bishop Greg. We pray for the congregations of our BC Synod: Grace in Dawson Creek and Interim Pastor Terry Martin, and Deo Lutheran in Salmon Arm and Pastor Erik Bjorgan, and our Global Mission Companion, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Peru.

Open our eyes to you, our God:  ALLELUIA. ALLELUIA. AMEN.

Oh God who understands the times when we feel estranged from, teach that you are still there, always there, ready to grip your hand and move you forward. Come together with other people of faith always–and especially when your faith is weak. May we all share the strength of faith in our Sunday gatherings.

Open our eyes to you, our God:  ALLELUIA. ALLELUIA. AMEN.

God, we know that you are everywhere. Let our hearts remember as we remind ourselves of the:

God to enfold us, God to surround us,

God in our thinking, God in our speaking,

God in our waiting, God in our hoping.

God in our minds, God in our hearts,

God in our lives, God in our deaths,

God in our ever-living souls,

God in our eternity.*

In Jesus’ name,



*Celtic oral tradition





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