October 20, 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 29, 2019 – Michael and All Angels

Persisting in our encounter with the Divine, we pray for all believers, the world, and those in need.

A moment of silence

To the words “Wrestling with your Word that our faith shall be blessed,” you are invited to respond “Hear us and help us.”

You sustain us in faithful relationship, and we trust you when you say that we will not leave worship without receiving your blessing. Remain in the forefront of our hearts and minds, that our daily contact with others is marked by “holy encounter,” in which we make ourselves open to really hearing and responding compassionately to those with whom we interact.

Wrestling with your Word that our faith shall be blessed. Hear us and help us.

As autumn leaves spread red, orange, and yellow against the skies, may we give thanks for the crispness of fall mornings and new beginnings. As the days grow shorter, may we watch the wind scattering seeds for new growth as seasons cycle back towards next spring. Make us faithful caretakers of your beloved earth.

Wrestling with your Word that our faith shall be blessed. Hear us and help us.

Remind us that God offers his mercy and compassion to all who seek him. May your spirit infect world leaders, whether they seek you or not, so that they make fair laws and build societies in which there is a place for the least of us, as well as for the privileged and powerful. Guide your human family into ways of peace.

Wrestling with your Word that our faith shall be blessed. Hear us and help us.

We trust you to speak your love to us, and ask that we learn to surrender to you in such a way that we hear your voice and gain wisdom even during the worst of life’s difficulties. Strengthen our faith, and make our prayer active in word and deed.

Wrestling with your Word that our faith shall be blessed. Hear us and help us.

Hear the cries of those who suffer in mind, body, or spirit, and make them feel your presence at all times. Use us as your emissaries who will stand beside them, visit them, and hold their hands that they never suffer alone. We pray for those we name aloud or in the silence of our hearts.

(include those listed in the bulletin for prayers)

Wrestling with your Word that our faith shall be blessed. Hear us and help us.

Teach us the quiet, persistent power of believers united, 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 First In Vancouver and Pastor Rebekah Swanson and Lutheran Campus Ministry across Canada.

Wrestling with your Word that our faith shall be blessed. Hear us and help us.

Save us from everything within us that resists your power, your glory, and your will for our lives. Teach us to say “yes” wholeheartedly to life—the life you created for us. Raise up in us the faith of the hymn writers—Philipp Nicolai, Johann Heermann, and Paul Gerhardt—all of whom wrote songs of praise in times of war and plague. “Ah, Holy Jesus,” let us move through our days with lips singing your praise.

Wrestling with your Word that our faith shall be blessed. Hear us and help us.

Our help comes from you, O God, and we pray all this in Jesus’ name, AMEN.

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