August 4, 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 August 4, 2019 – Time After Pentecost

Seeking in ourselves the mind of Christ, we pray for all believers, the world, and those in need.

A moment of silence

To the words “Teach us to live your kingdom here and now” you are invited to respond “Help us, we pray.”

Re-orient our values so that they align with our new life in Christ. Teach us to love what is truly worthwhile, reject mindless consumerism, and treasure most life made real by love and compassion. May that radical re-orientation mark our life together as your church and make us active in justice and mercy in the world outside the church doors.

Teach us to live your kingdom here and now. Hear us, we pray.

Make us hear and answer the earth’s call for generous care. Teach us to notice and celebrate the growth in gardens and fields. Give strength to gardeners, farmers, ranchers, and labourers who toil in summer heat as they produce the food we eat. Through fair distribution of the earth’s bounty and creative food reclamation by food banks, may the hungry receive their due.

Teach us to live your kingdom here and now. Hear us, we pray.

Open our eyes to all the ways in which the world reflects your image of peace and creativity. Teach us to rejoice in how much better life today is than in much of human history. May our longer, healthier lives become lives dedicated to calling on people in power to create an even better place for rich and poor alike.

Teach us to live your kingdom here and now. Hear us, we pray.

Help us cling to the reality that you have provided abundance for your people. Instil in us to find ways to spread available resources creatively so that more and more people have their needs met—their basic needs for food and shelter, but also their needs for beauty, joy, and time for rest and reflection.

Teach us to live your kingdom here and now. Hear us, we pray.

Comfort those who are lonely, who have too few people with which to share the everyday events and insights of life. Make strength arise in those who suffer from illness,  anxiety, depression, or stress—and from the fevered pace of life and change. We pray especially for those we name aloud or silently in our hearts.

(include those listed in the bulletin for prayers)

Teach us to live your kingdom here and now. Hear us, we pray.

Bless our efforts to join hands with other faith traditions, especially 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 Langley and Pastor Kristen Steele and Hope Lutheran Shared Ministry in Mackenzie.

Teach us to live your kingdom here and now. Hear us, we pray.

May we ponder the martyrdom of Lawrence, a Third Century church accountant. To the emperor’s demand that he surrender the church’s treasures to the government, he presented the lepers and orphans, the blind and the lame. For that, he was sentenced to death.

Teach us to live your kingdom here and now. Hear us, we pray.

All this and whatever separates us from you,  we pray in the name of the Christ. AMEN.

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