July 21, 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 July 21, 2019 – Time After Pentecost

Thinking on the paschal rhythm of death into life, we pray for all believers, the world, and those in need.

A moment of silence

To the words “Burn away our lack of compassion in the fire of your love,” you are invited to respond “Your people praise you.”

Make our church and this congregation an embodiment of the great mystery of God that is Christ within us. May we accept with joy our call through Jesus to share in his life, suffering, and glory. Grow in us a single-minded devotion to Jesus and the Word.

Burn away our lack of compassion in the fire of your love. Your people praise you.

Open our hearts, our minds, our lives to the created world in its variety and abundance. We rejoice in favourable weather, and commit ourselves to helping those affected by natural disasters when they occur. Bless our enjoyment of calm waters and seas, and immerse us in the natural world to which we belong.

Burn away our lack of compassion in the fire of your love. Your people praise you.

Shield us from the dangers of our times, and bless those who give themselves to protection and safety. Bless police officers, firefighters, and paramedics—and give them strength to bear the horrors they witness. Move among our peacemakers at home and international peacekeepers around the world. Make your message of reconciliation too loud in the ears of political leaders that they cannot ignore it.

Burn away our lack of compassion in the fire of your love. Your people praise you.

Remind us of our conviction that we act out our vocation in Christ through our work, both paid and unpaid. Help us to find the specific passion and skills we have to develop and offer to your people, your world. Let us rejoice in ever-becoming the person we were meant to be.

Burn away our lack of compassion in the fire of your love. Your people praise you.

Wrap your loving arms around those who are sick, hungry, imprisoned, and especially those subjected to solitary confinement. Bless those awaiting the birth of children and those living with HIV/AIDS and suffering the effects of the early drugs used to treat this illness. We pray especially for those we name aloud or silently in our hearts.

(include those listed in the bulletin for prayers)

Burn away our lack of compassion in the fire of your love. Your people praise you.

Teach us to listen and learn with other faith traditions, especially that 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 Hills of Peace in Kamloops and Pastor Jane Gingrich and our global missionaries, Pastor Yoli Zavaleta in Peru and Pastor Andrea Baez in Argentina.

Transform our vision until we see through God’s eyes. Hear us, we pray.

Make real in our lives that in you life and death are one, that our grasp on eternity is now and forevermore. Let us remember with joy those who have fostered us in faith, comforted us in your name in dark times, and celebrated with us the joys of faithful living. We commemorate Birgitta of Sweden, a wealthy and highly-placed woman, who sold everything and created a 14th century society that continues her work of charity and prayer today.

Burn away our lack of compassion in the fire of your love. Your people praise you.

May we participate joyfully in the cosmic dance of the Trinity. AMEN.

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