August 11, 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 Lynne McNaughton , 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 11, 2019 – Time After Pentecost

Remembering your promise to Abraham and Sarah, we pray for all believers, the world, and those in need.

A moment of silence

To the words “God of tempest, God of whirlwind, God of calm,” you are invited to respond “Hear our prayer.”

Draw us to our worship with joy rather than duty, and make our offerings true outpourings of compassion. Fill us with your comfort and presence that we take your mercy with us into our dealings with family, friends, neighbours, and acquaintances. Help us enter into each day as adventure and possibility.

God of tempest, God of whirlwind, God of calm. Hear our prayer.

Bless and protect your globe, inspiring stewards of its well-being and innovators who develop new ways to meet our needs for energy and food without further depleting our earth and atmosphere. Protect bees and butterflies—and let us take a moment to wonder at the inter-generational migration of Monarch butterflies over thousands of kilometres.

God of tempest, God of whirlwind, God of calm. Hear our prayer.

Make us, each of us in our own way with our particular talents, contribute to justice and peace throughout the world. Unite political leaders and citizens everywhere in a fervent pursuit of the best possible opportunities for the many. Fashion our actions by love.

God of tempest, God of whirlwind, God of calm. Hear our prayer.

Sit beside those wanting but unable to bear children, those in the adoption process, and children longing for loving, attentive parents. Let us rejoice in the intimacy and support of family, our biological one and the “logical” ones we create among kindred souls. May we open our circles to refugees and immigrants that they, too, find a true home in Canada.

God of tempest, God of whirlwind, God of calm. Hear our prayer.

Help us to endure and even learn from our suffering—emotional, physical, and spiritual. Use us as your emissaries in providing shelter to homeless ones, food for hungry people, companionship for the lonely, and health to the unwell. We pray especially for those we name aloud or silently in our hearts.

(include those listed in the bulletin for prayers)

God of tempest, God of whirlwind, God of calm. Hear our prayer.

Continue our reconciliation with Indigenous people and those of 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 St. Paul’s in  Maple Ridge and Pastor Roland Ziprick and Matsqui Lutheran in Matsqui and Interim Pastor Art McCaughan.

God of tempest, God of whirlwind, God of calm. Hear our prayer.

Inspire us by the stories of people of faith throughout the ages and in our own times. We commemorate Florence Nightingale, who reformed hospitals, and went on to model nursing in the appalling conditions of the Crimean War.

God of tempest, God of whirlwind, God of calm. Hear our prayer.

We pray all this and whatever else you see that we need in Jesus’ name. AMEN.

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