September 8, 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 8, 2019 – Time After Pentecost

Knowing that your face shines upon us, we pray for all believers, the world, and those in need.

A moment of silence

To the words “Make our lives begin, continue, and end in you,” you are invited to respond “We praise you.”

Let us surrender ourselves to being remoulded in your image, Creative Potter. Make us ready and willing to relinquish whatever passions detract us from being true disciples faithful to compassionate love. Make our congregation, our Lutheran church at large, and our lives deliver a clear message of your good news for all people.

Make our lives begin, continue, and end in you. We praise you.

Teach us abiding love for the diversity among peoples; among animals, birds, and insects; among all the life of rivers and seas. Teach us to value and fight for heritage seeds and fight efforts to standardize plant species instead of trusting in their natural varieties. Enrich our lives with an ever-deepening sense of interconnectedness with all living beings.

Make our lives begin, continue, and end in you. We praise you.

Fill us to the brim with commitment to what is good, right, and true—and the discernment to see those things in complex situations. Where there is violence and conflict, let us work for peace. Where there is hatred and fear, let us act out of love and compassion. Where there is unfairness, let us seek justice.

Make our lives begin, continue, and end in you. We praise you.

Empty our hearts of created desires, of the mindless consumerism that has little to do with our actual human needs. Make ever more room in our lives for your love and priorities. Lead us to faith active in love through our own ministries in your name and through the ministries of our congregations, agencies serving the hungry and poor, and CLWR and other international agencies seeking the best for “the least of these.”

Make our lives begin, continue, and end in you. We praise you.

Turn our hearts and actions towards all those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit. Free those who are in bondage to self-destructive lifestyles, addiction, poverty, physical slavery or human trafficking, and the effects of long-term incarceration. We pray for those we name aloud or in the silence of our hearts.

(include those listed in the bulletin for prayers)

Make our lives begin, continue, and end in you. We praise you.

Renew and inspire our work with those of other faiths, and especially in our partnership 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 Our Redeemer in Penticton and Pastor Curtis Aguirre, Trinity in Port Alberni and Pastor Brenda Nestegaard Paul, and the ministry of hospital chaplains in our Synod.

Make our lives begin, continue, and end in you. We praise you.

Make us remember the water of our baptism making us yours, savour the sustenance of blessed bread and wine, and grow in the wisdom of your word until life brings us face to face with an eternity in which we are forever safe in you.

Make our lives begin, continue, and end in you. We praise you.

We lift high the cross, praying all this in the name of the Christ. AMEN.

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