October 27, 2019 – Reformation Sunday

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 27, 2019 – Reformation Sunday

Knowing that your spirit perpetually reforms us and your faithful church, we pray for all believers, the world, and those in need.

A moment of silence

To the words “Trusting you to perpetually reform our church,” you are invited to respond “Alleluia. Renew us.”

Continually reform our church so that our individual lives become more and more alive and free as children of church and that our life together portrays your love for all people. Write your compassion into every aspect of our lives—both in our private moments and in our public lives.

Trusting you to perpetually reform our church. Alleluia. Renew us.

Make our relationship with nature ever more loving, tender, and nurturing. Let us reform our habits so that we use the earth’s resources reverently and conservatively. Help us take joy in recycling everything we can, reducing our consumption, and recycling things we need for life and living.

Trusting you to perpetually reform our church. Alleluia. Renew us.

Reform nations that the orientation towards arrogance and aggression be replaced by creative resolution of disagreement. Teach us to participate in forming a kind of globalization that benefits people of all nations, and those at all levels of society. When voices of fear and foreboding threaten to overwhelm us, remind us that our future is safe with you.

Trusting you to perpetually reform our church. Alleluia. Renew us.

Give us the courage and the will to confess the sins of our church throughout history. Make us part of a healing dialogue with people of all faiths, and unite us with all those who seek divine truth with open hearts. May we learn to practise and celebrate compassion as the birthright of all.

Trusting you to perpetually reform our church. Alleluia. Renew us.

Draw close to all those suffering the dislocation of illness, poverty, abandonment, and uncertainty. Bring your calm and healing spirit to everyone in need. We pray for those we name aloud or in the silence of our hearts.

(include those listed in the bulletin for prayers)

Trusting you to perpetually reform our church. Alleluia. Renew us.

Continue our church reform that partners 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 Oakridge in Vancouver and Pastor Dorothy Chu and Redeemer in Vancouver and Pastor Katrina Vigen.

Trusting you to perpetually reform our church. Alleluia. Renew us.

Turn our eyes ahead to the upcoming feast of All Saints Day on November 1. Recall to us the love, lives, and examples of all the saints, living and dead. Today we especially remember the positive changes created by the insight, risks, and work done by Martin Luther.

Trusting you to perpetually reform our church. Alleluia. Renew us.

Lord, keep us steadfast in your word, as we pray always in Jesus’ name, AMEN.

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