October 13, 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 October 13, 2019 – Time After Pentecost

With gratitude and great expectation, we pray for all believers, the world, and those in need.

A moment of silence

To the words “May we claim freedom in the Word as our own,” you are invited to respond “Hear our prayer.”

We thank you for promising your church that if we die with you, we also shall live with you. If we endure our trials, we also will celebrate with you. When we are weak and faithless, you remain faithful to us and offer strength. Lead us to believe your promises within every cell of our bodies.

May we claim freedom in the Word as our own. Hear our prayer.

We thank you for delighting our sense by the varied delights of the world and the overwhelming majesty of sky and sea, grassland and desert, mountains and plains. Draw us close to our Indigenous brothers and sisters in reverence for the land as we reconcile with them and join with them to honour and preserve the earth.

May we claim freedom in the Word as our own. Hear our prayer.

We thank you for every move towards peace and respect among nations. May your spirit invade the consciences of presidents, primer ministers and chancellors; lawyers, lawmakers, judges, governors, and country officials that they more and more reflect your will for goodness and mercy for all people.

May we claim freedom in the Word as our own. Hear our prayer.

We thank you for saving us from everything within us that resists you, Creator Spirit. Turn us away from everything within us that says “no” to the intimacy with you received in baptism. Remind us each time we participate in the Eucharist that, in this simplicity of food and drink, we taste eternity. In bread and wine, we feast on the love that rescues our wounded souls and revives life’s wonder.

May we claim freedom in the Word as our own. Hear our prayer.

We give thanks for every time you insert your love and healing spirit into those who suffer in mind, body, or spirit. Immerse us in your healing work, that we reach out and touch those in need. Teach us to find a prayer life that flourishes in times of illness, as it did for Teresa of Avila (AH-vee-la), whom we commemorate today. We pray for those we name aloud or in the silence of our hearts.

(include those listed in the bulletin for prayers)

May we claim freedom in the Word as our own. Hear our prayer.

We thank you for the power of people of faith working together, particularly 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 Dunbar in Vancouver and Pastor Thomas Keeley and for the BC Synod staff.

May we claim freedom in the Word as our own. Hear our prayer.

We thank you as we gather with loved ones to celebrate another harvest on Thanksgiving Day. Bless our celebrations, and let us make time to string our blessings together into rosaries of gratitude that we can use to carry through the hard times.

May we claim freedom in the Word as our own. Hear our prayer.

May all the earth adore and praise you as the wind lifts our prayers to you. In Jesus’ name, AMEN.

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