September 1, 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 September 1, 2019 – Time After Pentecost

Concealing ourselves in your face of love, we pray for all believers, the world, and those in need.

A moment of silence

To the words “Make your presence rise up within us,” you are invited to respond “Hear us, we pray.”

Submerge us in the community of your love in this place and among all believers. Make your compassion and peace rise up among us like fresh water spewing forth from a fresh well. Uphold and sustain all who seek to live a life pleasing to you—a life in which we can become superabundantly alive.

Make your presence rise up within us. Hear us, we pray.

Remind us today more than ever that your first covenant of mercy was with every living creature. Let us hold fast to our commitment to our brothers and sisters, all things alive that share our planet. Bless the harvest that comes soon, and grant strength and safety to all those workers who will gather the earth’s bounty.

Make your presence rise up within us. Hear us, we pray.

Raise us up in a faith in which our need to give surpasses our desire to receive. Instil in us humility, kindness, generosity, and zeal for justice that changes the world, that demands more of our leaders by our action in the world. Inspire and bless work towards peace and prosperity for all. Move excessive wealth from the hands of so few and into a more fair distribution throughout our society.

Make your presence rise up within us. Hear us, we pray.

May we celebrate Labour Day in acknowledgement that, in faith, we find our vocation amidst whatever work we do. Remind us that, as members of the priesthood of all believers, our work done in faith is our vocation. And as schools  begin another year, inspire all those who teach and learn, who administer and provide support both inside classrooms and out.

Make your presence rise up within us. Hear us, we pray.

Remember all those who are forgotten or pushed aside; those suffering from poverty, neglect, and physical or emotional trauma; and those dealing with illness and the difficulties of aging. Despite our suffering and aging, give us the bright, lively eyes of ever-inquisitive children. We pray for those we name aloud or in the silence of our hearts.

(include those listed in the bulletin for prayers)

Make your presence rise up within us. Hear us, we pray.

Unite us in faithful work 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 Mount Olivet in North Vancouver and Pastor Carolina Glauster and Christ the King in Surrey and Pastor Lori-Anne Boutin-Crawford.

Make your presence rise up within us. Hear us, we pray.

Remind us that sainthood is nothing less or more than becoming more filled with and more expressive of God’s love and presence. Let us cherish saints past, present, and future. May their “Alleluias” and “Amens” waft through the breezes like heartfelt sighs.

Make your presence rise up within us. Hear us, we pray.

Trumpets sound and angels sing as we pray all this in your name. AMEN.

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