April 28, 2019 – Second Sunday of Easter

          

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

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
  • ArchBishop 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 April 28, 2019 – Second Sunday of Easter

In this season that echoes “alleluia”, we pray for new life within the church and all believers, the world, and those in need.

A moment of silence

To the words “Release us from habits of discouragement that we may live anew” you are invited to respond “Bless the resurrection within.”

Alleluia! Open our eyes to your grace active in the world around us, and let us take our place in embodying your grace to others. Remind us daily that your grace and compassion are too rampant to be contained within the walls of our churches—and yet help us to strengthen our congregations as places of acceptance, safety, and open encounter with the Divine.

Release us from habits of discouragement that we may live anew. Bless the resurrection within.

Alleluia! Let us bask in nature as the world comes alive, with longer days, warmer sun, and the smells of growing things. Let us wallow in the joys of our physicality—of eating, drinking, moving, and enjoying the pleasures of being part of the pageantry and diversity of life. Engage our energies in conserving the globe’s resources and in supporting environmentalists and scientists working to keep our air clean, our waters plentiful and healthful, and able to maintain future generations.

Release us from habits of discouragement that we may live anew. Bless the resurrection within.

Alleluia! Infuse leaders in government, business, and nonprofits with humility, a sense of servant-hood, and creativity in tackling the issues of poverty, hunger, unfairness, and greed. Make us hold our governments responsible to honour cease-fires, treaties, and all agreements that further the cause of peace throughout the world. Enable Canada to continue its long and honourable tradition in peace-keeping activities.

Release us from habits of discouragement that we may live anew. Bless the resurrection within.   

Alleluia! Remind us that, while hope sometimes is the hardest burden of love to carry, it offers the only way through life’s suffering. Sow seeds of hope in those who struggle with grief, abuse, addiction, pain and illness—especially those who live with chronic conditions. We pray especially for those we name aloud or silently in our hearts.

(include those listed in the bulletin for prayers)

Release us from habits of discouragement that we may live anew. Bless the resurrection within.

Alleluia! Protect and provide for all those who minister globally in your name. Teach them the humility to listen and understand, and to work with local traditions and wisdom rather than impose foreign values upon them. May we continue to support the work of Canadian Lutheran World Relief through our money, our advocacy, and our prayers.

Release us from habits of discouragement that we may live anew. Bless the resurrection within.

Alleluia! Continue to create a new work in our partnership with the Anglican Church of Canada and Bishop (name bishop in your region), the Roman Catholic churches and Bishop (name bishop in your area) and our own Bishop Greg. We offer prayers for the churches of our synod, especially Oakridge in Vancouver and Pastor Dorothy Chu and Redeemer in Vancouver and Pastor Katrina Vigen.

Release us from habits of discouragement that we may live anew. Bless the resurrection within.

Alleluia! Remind us that we are never alone, that we have our place among your saints, living and dead. Teach us to draw into ourselves the power to do good through our community of faith and to trust that kind deeds and compassion always make a difference, whether we witness the results or not.

Release us from habits of discouragement that we may live anew. Bless the resurrection within.

All this and the deep longings within us that go beyond words, we raise up in the name of Jesus. AMEN.

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