June 23, 2019 – Time after Pentecost

     

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 June 23, 2019 – Time After Pentecost

Alive with the flame of Pentecost burning within us, we pray for all believers, the world, and those in need.

A moment of silence

To the words “O God of abundance and possibility,” you are invited to respond “We are your people.”

Unite us in our community of faith that we see all people as children of God. Let us walk in ways that are good, and let our eyes see your image in ourselves and in our neighbours. Lead us out of the tombs we inhabit, of our bondage to long-held fears and resentments.

O God of abundance and possibility. We are your people.

Make us one with the beauty of heavens and earth, aware moment by moment of the water that sustains all life as we know it. Let us revel in caring for this globe, which nourishes us with food and fascinating sights and sounds. Preserve bees feasting on flowers, fish in all shapes and colours, and Monarch butterflies making their massive migrations. Let wonder make us protective of these glories.

O God of abundance and possibilit. We are your people.

Teach us to seek and give thanks for spiritual insights new to us, for notions that shake us out of our everyday expectations. Lead us to find common ground with other Christians, with Jews and Buddhists, Hindus and Muslims. Open our hearts and minds to the curiosity needed to entertain new insights on abiding truth.

O God of abundance and possibility. We are your people.

Raise up among us creative peace-makers and peace-keepers. Act out your mercy through aid workers worldwide, Doctors without Borders, and fearless advocates for those whose lives are ripped apart by war and political instability.

O God of abundance and possibility. We are your people.

Remind us that isolation multiplies pain and distress, and that connection with others makes us more likely to find your spirit reaching out and holding us close. Make your spirit felt as people undergo cancer treatments and recover from surgery, reshape their lives after natural and human-made disasters, and pull communities together to tend to those who hurt. We pray especially for those we name aloud or silently in our hearts.

(include those listed in the bulletin for prayers)

O God of abundance and possibility. We are your people.

Bless our work together 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 Shepherd of the Valley in Comox and our seminaries in Saskatoon and Waterloo and their faculty, staff, and students.

O God of abundance and possibility. We are your people.

Protect travellers in this high season for holidays, and make family holidays times of rejuvenated spirits and strengthened bonds. Let us make memories to savour during the tough times and spend time outdoors absorbing sunshine and fresh air, and enjoying the wealth of nature.

O God of abundance and possibility. We are your people.

With gratitude, we entrust our prayers in the name of the Christ. AMEN.

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