November 17, 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 November 17, 2019 – Time after Pentecost

As we face the dire headlines in the papers each day, we pray for all believers, the world, and those in need.

A moment of silence

To the words “May the fire of your love burn away our impurities,” you are invited to respond “Hear our prayer.”

Let us cling to your promise that dawn draws near, that the world is about to turn. Sometimes believing that the world is in your hands turns our stomachs sour with disbelief. Give us the wisdom to trust that, in the forevermore that is yours, all will be made right. Take from us the paralysis that keeps us from doing what we can to further your kingdom.

May the fire of your love burn away our impurities. Hear our prayer.

Remembering what Chief Seattle said, that we humans are but one thread within the web of life, make us treat the earth and its resources as we wish ourselves to be treated. Let us shout praise for the seas and skies, the hills and the deserts, the bounty and beauty of the earth.

May the fire of your love burn away our impurities. Hear our prayer.

Creator of the diversity of peoples and nations, teach us to listen and learn from one another. Make us advocates for justice that nations may live together peaceably and work together that people’s needs for food, shelter, security, and opportunity are met.

May the fire of your love burn away our impurities. Hear our prayer.

Teach us through times of doubt that this too is part of our life of faith, that in darkness we can trust the return of light, that painful learnings can be worth the price. May our songs voice our deep lament and ring with rejoicing when it is ours. Bless our worship leaders, artists, and musicians who help us express the best and worst of what it means to be alive.

May the fire of your love burn away our impurities. Hear our prayer.

“When things fall apart, and the centre cannot hold,” be with us even when we feel only doubt and aloneness. Heal those who are persecuted, treated unjustly, and left alone in times of greatest need. Teach us to reach out, share the burdens of others, and thus know ourselves as your people. We pray for those we name aloud or in the silence of our hearts.

(include those listed in the bulletin for prayers)

May the fire of your love burn away our impurities. Hear our prayer.

Join us with people of faith everywhere, especially through our 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 Grace in Victoria and Interim Pastor Lenora Grauer, Mount Olive in Surrey and Pastor Peter Hanson, and for prison ministries and their chaplains.

May the fire of your love burn away our impurities. Hear our prayer.

Perpetual Renewer of Life,  we seek your love active in the world. Today we celebrate Elizabeth of Hungary, the 13th century aristocrat who gave her dowry and fortune for the sick and poor, founded hospitals, and cared for orphans before dying at only 24 years old.

May the fire of your love burn away our impurities. Hear our prayer.

Teach us how to trust that goodness is stronger than evil, even though it often seems otherwise. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

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