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August 18, 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 August 18, 2019 – Time After Pentecost

Sharing in your zeal for truth, we pray for all believers, the world, and those in need.

A moment of silence

To the words “Lord, keep us steadfast in your transforming word,” you are invited to respond “Hear our prayer.”

Your word burns like a flame within and among us. Empower us for your work in breaking down walls within our church, the worldwide church, and among people of faith everywhere. Make us known as those who reconcile those who are divided and building faith and spirituality.

Lord, keep us steadfast in your transforming word. Hear our prayer.

You formed the majesties of heaven and earth, infusing them with great mysteries like black holes and possibilities of quantum physics. Teach us to learn and to recognize your spirit in all living things. Move us to protect and preserve the beauties and sustain the water and resources that sustain us.

Lord, keep us steadfast in your transforming word. Hear our prayer.

Make us, each of us in our own way with our particular talents, contribute to justice and peace throughout the world. Unite political leaders and citizens everywhere in a fervent pursuit of the best possible opportunities for the many. Fashion our actions by love.

Lord, keep us steadfast in your transforming word. Hear our prayer.

Bless grassroots movements for justice and peace, and infuse them with the power and peace of non-violence. Inspire the nations to be good neighbours, who seek to share food, land, knowledge, and the arts for the common good.

Lord, keep us steadfast in your transforming word. Hear our prayer.

You rescue those in need, using the spirit and skills of your people. Be with surgeons, nurses, and all medical people who care for the sick and dying. Shelter those who need secure housing and feed those who hunger and thirst. We pray especially for those we name aloud or silently in our hearts.

(include those listed in the bulletin for prayers)

Lord, keep us steadfast in your transforming word. Hear our prayer.

You are the one God, the universal Christ, for whom we 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 Hope in Nanaimo and Pastor Terry Richardson and for all institutions in the church that care for elderly people.

Lord, keep us steadfast in your transforming word. Hear our prayer.

You author intimacy with friends, family, and community. Bless those of us gathered here today with rich relationships that add meaning and depth to life. Send your reconciling spirit to those who are estranged from family or experiencing difficult separations.

Lord, keep us steadfast in your transforming word. Hear our prayer.

All this we pray in the name of the risen Christ. Alleluia. AMEN.

August 11, 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 August 11, 2019 – Time After Pentecost

Remembering your promise to Abraham and Sarah, we pray for all believers, the world, and those in need.

A moment of silence

To the words “God of tempest, God of whirlwind, God of calm,” you are invited to respond “Hear our prayer.”

Draw us to our worship with joy rather than duty, and make our offerings true outpourings of compassion. Fill us with your comfort and presence that we take your mercy with us into our dealings with family, friends, neighbours, and acquaintances. Help us enter into each day as adventure and possibility.

God of tempest, God of whirlwind, God of calm. Hear our prayer.

Bless and protect your globe, inspiring stewards of its well-being and innovators who develop new ways to meet our needs for energy and food without further depleting our earth and atmosphere. Protect bees and butterflies—and let us take a moment to wonder at the inter-generational migration of Monarch butterflies over thousands of kilometres.

God of tempest, God of whirlwind, God of calm. Hear our prayer.

Make us, each of us in our own way with our particular talents, contribute to justice and peace throughout the world. Unite political leaders and citizens everywhere in a fervent pursuit of the best possible opportunities for the many. Fashion our actions by love.

God of tempest, God of whirlwind, God of calm. Hear our prayer.

Sit beside those wanting but unable to bear children, those in the adoption process, and children longing for loving, attentive parents. Let us rejoice in the intimacy and support of family, our biological one and the “logical” ones we create among kindred souls. May we open our circles to refugees and immigrants that they, too, find a true home in Canada.

God of tempest, God of whirlwind, God of calm. Hear our prayer.

Help us to endure and even learn from our suffering—emotional, physical, and spiritual. Use us as your emissaries in providing shelter to homeless ones, food for hungry people, companionship for the lonely, and health to the unwell. We pray especially for those we name aloud or silently in our hearts.

(include those listed in the bulletin for prayers)

God of tempest, God of whirlwind, God of calm. Hear our prayer.

Continue our reconciliation with Indigenous people and those of other faith traditions, especially 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 St. Paul’s in  Maple Ridge and Pastor Roland Ziprick and Matsqui Lutheran in Matsqui and Interim Pastor Art McCaughan.

God of tempest, God of whirlwind, God of calm. Hear our prayer.

Inspire us by the stories of people of faith throughout the ages and in our own times. We commemorate Florence Nightingale, who reformed hospitals, and went on to model nursing in the appalling conditions of the Crimean War.

God of tempest, God of whirlwind, God of calm. Hear our prayer.

We pray all this and whatever else you see that we need in Jesus’ name. AMEN.

August 4, 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 David Lehmann, 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 August 4, 2019 – Time After Pentecost

Seeking in ourselves the mind of Christ, we pray for all believers, the world, and those in need.

A moment of silence

To the words “Teach us to live your kingdom here and now” you are invited to respond “Help us, we pray.”

Re-orient our values so that they align with our new life in Christ. Teach us to love what is truly worthwhile, reject mindless consumerism, and treasure most life made real by love and compassion. May that radical re-orientation mark our life together as your church and make us active in justice and mercy in the world outside the church doors.

Teach us to live your kingdom here and now. Hear us, we pray.

Make us hear and answer the earth’s call for generous care. Teach us to notice and celebrate the growth in gardens and fields. Give strength to gardeners, farmers, ranchers, and labourers who toil in summer heat as they produce the food we eat. Through fair distribution of the earth’s bounty and creative food reclamation by food banks, may the hungry receive their due.

Teach us to live your kingdom here and now. Hear us, we pray.

Open our eyes to all the ways in which the world reflects your image of peace and creativity. Teach us to rejoice in how much better life today is than in much of human history. May our longer, healthier lives become lives dedicated to calling on people in power to create an even better place for rich and poor alike.

Teach us to live your kingdom here and now. Hear us, we pray.

Help us cling to the reality that you have provided abundance for your people. Instil in us to find ways to spread available resources creatively so that more and more people have their needs met—their basic needs for food and shelter, but also their needs for beauty, joy, and time for rest and reflection.

Teach us to live your kingdom here and now. Hear us, we pray.

Comfort those who are lonely, who have too few people with which to share the everyday events and insights of life. Make strength arise in those who suffer from illness,  anxiety, depression, or stress—and from the fevered pace of life and change. We pray especially for those we name aloud or silently in our hearts.

(include those listed in the bulletin for prayers)

Teach us to live your kingdom here and now. Hear us, we pray.

Bless our efforts to join hands with other faith traditions, especially 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 Shepherd of the Valley in Langley and Pastor Kristen Steele and Hope Lutheran Shared Ministry in Mackenzie.

Teach us to live your kingdom here and now. Hear us, we pray.

May we ponder the martyrdom of Lawrence, a Third Century church accountant. To the emperor’s demand that he surrender the church’s treasures to the government, he presented the lepers and orphans, the blind and the lame. For that, he was sentenced to death.

Teach us to live your kingdom here and now. Hear us, we pray.

All this and whatever separates us from you,  we pray in the name of the Christ. AMEN.

July 28, 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 David Lehmann, 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 July 28, 2019 – Time After Pentecost

Making ourselves available to the mind of Jesus, we pray for all believers, the world, and those in need.

A moment of silence

To the words “Timeless Father, Tender Mother, Wise Spirit, your love is constant” you are invited to respond “We praise you.”

Fill us with your spirit whirling among as we gather in worship, anointing us all with the power we have as your people. Enable us to use this power in building a warm and trusting community in our congregation, in the wider church, and through us in our communities. Let worship and work become one

Timeless Father, Tender Mother, Wise Spirit, your love is constant. We praise you.

The summer is yours, O God, with vibrant grasses and air scented by blossoms, lichen-etched patterns on rocks, and the seaweed tinge on sea breezes. Fill us with passionate love for our earth, that playing our part in healing its wounds and preserving its glories becomes joy, not duty. Remind us that our central rituals of faith involve water, bread, and wine—gifts of the earth.

Timeless Father, Tender Mother, Wise Spirit, your love is constant. We praise you.

Humble us as we seek reconciliation with Indigenous peoples everywhere and with all nations colonized and robbed by those waving the joint banner of church and empire. Make ours a faith active in seeking justice and advocating with our political masters for equitable distribution of the incredible wealth we have in this country.

Timeless Father, Tender Mother, Wise Spirit, your love is constant.
We praise you.

Teach us to hold fast to our personal devotion to you and the traditions of our faith, while also remembering that no one but God has a monopoly on truth. Let us listen closely to others as they share their journeys of relationship with life, death, and encounter with the Divine. Lead us into dialogue that both challenges and renews our beliefs.

Timeless Father, Tender Mother, Wise Spirit, your love is constant.
We praise you.

Let us feel your embrace even when our future seems bleak, our path terrifying. When our health fails us, turn us towards you—trusting that in you is healing, in you is creation and re-creation even when death beckons. We pray especially for those we name aloud or silently in our hearts.

(include those listed in the bulletin for prayers)

Timeless Father, Tender Mother, Wise Spirit, your love is constant.
We praise you. 

Renew us and teach us through the wisdom of other faith traditions, especially that 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 Faith in Kelowna and Interim Pastor Ron Sedo and Gloria Dei in North Vancouver and Interim Pastor Vida Jaugelis.

Timeless Father, Tender Mother, Wise Spirit, your love is constant.
We praise you.

Bless our church musicians and the way in which music provides a way to experience the awe of your being through rhythm and sound, voices and instruments. Proclaim your love through music as did Johann Sebastian Bach, Heinrich Schütz, and George Frederick Handel, whom we commemorate today.

Timeless Father, Tender Mother, Wise Spirit, your love is constant.
We praise you.

All this and the wordless desires of our hearts we raise up in the name of the Christ. AMEN.

July 21, 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 David Lehmann, 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 July 21, 2019 – Time After Pentecost

Thinking on the paschal rhythm of death into life, we pray for all believers, the world, and those in need.

A moment of silence

To the words “Burn away our lack of compassion in the fire of your love,” you are invited to respond “Your people praise you.”

Make our church and this congregation an embodiment of the great mystery of God that is Christ within us. May we accept with joy our call through Jesus to share in his life, suffering, and glory. Grow in us a single-minded devotion to Jesus and the Word.

Burn away our lack of compassion in the fire of your love. Your people praise you.

Open our hearts, our minds, our lives to the created world in its variety and abundance. We rejoice in favourable weather, and commit ourselves to helping those affected by natural disasters when they occur. Bless our enjoyment of calm waters and seas, and immerse us in the natural world to which we belong.

Burn away our lack of compassion in the fire of your love. Your people praise you.

Shield us from the dangers of our times, and bless those who give themselves to protection and safety. Bless police officers, firefighters, and paramedics—and give them strength to bear the horrors they witness. Move among our peacemakers at home and international peacekeepers around the world. Make your message of reconciliation too loud in the ears of political leaders that they cannot ignore it.

Burn away our lack of compassion in the fire of your love. Your people praise you.

Remind us of our conviction that we act out our vocation in Christ through our work, both paid and unpaid. Help us to find the specific passion and skills we have to develop and offer to your people, your world. Let us rejoice in ever-becoming the person we were meant to be.

Burn away our lack of compassion in the fire of your love. Your people praise you.

Wrap your loving arms around those who are sick, hungry, imprisoned, and especially those subjected to solitary confinement. Bless those awaiting the birth of children and those living with HIV/AIDS and suffering the effects of the early drugs used to treat this illness. We pray especially for those we name aloud or silently in our hearts.

(include those listed in the bulletin for prayers)

Burn away our lack of compassion in the fire of your love. Your people praise you.

Teach us to listen and learn with other faith traditions, especially that 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 Hills of Peace in Kamloops and Pastor Jane Gingrich and our global missionaries, Pastor Yoli Zavaleta in Peru and Pastor Andrea Baez in Argentina.

Transform our vision until we see through God’s eyes. Hear us, we pray.

Make real in our lives that in you life and death are one, that our grasp on eternity is now and forevermore. Let us remember with joy those who have fostered us in faith, comforted us in your name in dark times, and celebrated with us the joys of faithful living. We commemorate Birgitta of Sweden, a wealthy and highly-placed woman, who sold everything and created a 14th century society that continues her work of charity and prayer today.

Burn away our lack of compassion in the fire of your love. Your people praise you.

May we participate joyfully in the cosmic dance of the Trinity. AMEN.

Bishop’s Article – June 2019

July 14, 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 David Lehmann, 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 July 14, 2019 – Time After Pentecost

Thinking on the paschal rhythm of death into life, we pray for all believers, the world, and those in need.

A moment of silence

To the words “Transform our vision until we see through God’s eyes,” you are invited to respond “Hear us, we pray.”

Join us with all people of faith and with all those who seek truth to guide their days. Make our church a community in which we rejoice together and work together for good. Let Sunday mornings be a time of celebration and of challenging insights. Move us to reclaim daily contemplative prayer as a touchstone of growing in faith.

Transform our vision until we see through God’s eyes. Hear us, we pray.

Walk with feet poised to feel the contours of the land beneath them. Turn our walks into intense observation of the heavens, the forests, oceans and streams, gardens and fields bursting forth with food. When we hear seals bark and birds sing, renew our devotion to preserve the resources of our earth.

Transform our vision until we see through God’s eyes. Hear us, we pray.

Raise up among us lawyers and advocates who seek fairness and justice. Help us to confront local, regional, and national governments of the priorities greater than political survival and expediency. Bring matters of peace, shared prosperity, and justice for both the well-heeled and the downtrodden to their attention without ceasing.

Transform our vision until we see through God’s eyes. Hear us, we pray.

Bless the members of the body of Christ gathered here, and those who do good works among us, those who are visiting and those who are absent. Attune us all to the Holy Spirit, Divine Wisdom, that we never give in to the temptation to settle for too little fullness in life.

Transform our vision until we see through God’s eyes. Hear us, we pray.

Bless those who feel shame and blame, and heal them. Teach us all to trust—you, ourselves, and others—in times of illness and personal crises. Remind all those who grieve the loss of people they loved and the physical losses we experience in life. We pray especially for those we name aloud or silently in our hearts.

(include those listed in the bulletin for prayers)

Transform our vision until we see through God’s eyes. Hear us, we pray.

Open our hearts in dialogue with other faith traditions, especially that 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 St. Peter’s Shared Ministry in Hudson’s Hope and Christ in Kelowna and Pastor Patricia Giannelia

Transform our vision until we see through God’s eyes. Hear us, we pray.

Change us through faith into our true identity, which is love. Enable us to learn and grow and change until love becomes our true character, our very name under the heavens. Let us discover that we find the meaning life together, one with another.

Transform our vision until we see through God’s eyes. Hear us, we pray.

All blessing to you, who hears all our prayers and supplications. AMEN.

July 7, 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 David Lehmann, 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 July 7, 2019 – Time After Pentecost

Sending forth our prayers wafting up like sweet incense, we pray for all believers, the world, and those in need.

A moment of silence

To the words “Cover us in the cloak of your love,” you are invited to respond “We are your people.”

Fill us and your church with an engaged spirituality that ever seeks you and makes your presence known through our action in the world. Let us make a joyful noise as we worship, giving thanks for pastors and musicians, teachers and leaders, and all church ministries that embrace your reign of peace.

Cover us in the cloak of your love. We are your people.

Make our hearts reverberate with the rhythms of the earth: raise our faces to receive refreshing rain; feel the rumble of thunderstorms and the warmth of sunshine; experience calm gazing at ripples on water and waves breaking. Fill us with passion to preserve and protect these wonders that sustain us.

Cover us in the cloak of your love. We are your people.

Move us to embody the hospitality and hunger for righteousness that speaks to our leaders at all levels of government. Let us be a profound and persistent witness to the kind of society we seek as people of faith. Spread the message of abundance: there is indeed enough for all if we choose to distribute wealth equitably.

Cover us in the cloak of your love. We are your people.

Bless holiday times and summer visits with family and friends that we are refreshed and made ready for life’s continuing challenges. Include in our holidays, time for reflection and contemplation—for those things that enable us to know you more and more as the centre of our lives.

Cover us in the cloak of your love. We are your people.

Turn our hearts towards those who are ill and those who tend to them; those who are down and out that they may flourish; and those suffering from malaria, zika, and other serious illnesses re-emerging as vaccinations lapse. We pray especially for those we name aloud or silently in our hearts.

(include those listed in the bulletin for prayers)

Cover us in the cloak of your love. We are your people.

Increase our interfaith dialogue, especially that 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 Benediction in Delta and Pastor Thomas Keeley and Trinity in Delta and Pastor Jennifer Wilson.

Cover us in the cloak of your love. We are your people.

Bring to our minds good memories of the people of faith who have nurtured our own belief and trust in you. We honour the stories of all your saints, and commemorate Nathan Söderblom (ZAY-der-blom), Bishop of Uppsala, a Swedish theologian, ecumenist, and social activist who received the Nobel Prize for Peace. He combined profound observance of Christian worship combined with social action, which led to the formation of the World Council of Churches.

Cover us in the cloak of your love. We are your people.

We praise you, love you, and implore you in the Jesus’ name. AMEN.

June 30, 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 David Lehmann, 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 June 30, 2019 – Time After Pentecost

Burning with the flame of faith, we pray for all believers, the world, and those in need.

A moment of silence

To the words “O God, empower us to become fully human,” you are invited to respond “We are your people.”

Let us allow nothing to come between Jesus and our commitment to his ways and example of divine humanity. Make this commitment the living, beating heart of our faith community and our theology of encounter with every person we meet, every aspect of everyday life.

O God, empower us to become fully human. We are your people.

Let us walk through wilderness and desert, rain forests ad tundras, along the coasts of oceans, rivers, and stream. May we know this land as your beloved creation, as our treasured home. Open our  eyes to the wondrous growth in gardens and farmland, and let us burst forth with thanksgiving for those who tend the lands and the delicious food we will eat.

O God, empower us to become fully human. We are your people.

Let us celebrate our country, Canada, with its track record in international peace-keeping, its multi-cultural vision for its many peoples, and its peace. And make us fervent in our reconciling with Indigenous peoples, welcoming of more refugees and immigrants, and guarding ourselves against the forces of hatred, greed, exclusionary radicalism that could tarnish our future.

O God, empower us to become fully human. We are your people.

Give us the courage to name hate mongering and stand on the side of hearing and understanding the value of many perspectives. Help us to sort through the confusing information of our media age, and cling to the shared humanity of multiple ways of being and knowing. Chip away at our fear of the unknown through the power of the curiosity to find out.

O God, empower us to become fully human. We are your people.

Instil your holy presence into the bodies and minds of those seeking a better future, of homeless people needing a home and support, of those working in summer heat, of those suffering in body, mind, or spirit. We pray especially for those we name aloud or silently in our hearts.

(include those listed in the bulletin for prayers)

O God, empower us to become fully human. We are your people.

Make grace be embodied within 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 Good Shepherd in Coquitlam and Pastor Eric Krushel and King of Life in Coquitlam and Interim Pastor Katalin Janko.

O God, empower us to become fully human. We are your people. 

Renew us with summer travel, visits with family and friends, and celebrations that mark events that furnish our lives with memory and meaning. Let us translate that renewal into greater energy for being your people in the world, for becoming more and more people that spread grace and compassion through the days and ways of their lives.

O God, empower us to become fully human. We are your people.

Fill us with gratitude as our prayers lift up like sweet incense. AMEN.

June 23, 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 David Lehmann, 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 June 23, 2019 – Time After Pentecost

Alive with the flame of Pentecost burning within us, we pray for all believers, the world, and those in need.

A moment of silence

To the words “O God of abundance and possibility,” you are invited to respond “We are your people.”

Unite us in our community of faith that we see all people as children of God. Let us walk in ways that are good, and let our eyes see your image in ourselves and in our neighbours. Lead us out of the tombs we inhabit, of our bondage to long-held fears and resentments.

O God of abundance and possibility. We are your people.

Make us one with the beauty of heavens and earth, aware moment by moment of the water that sustains all life as we know it. Let us revel in caring for this globe, which nourishes us with food and fascinating sights and sounds. Preserve bees feasting on flowers, fish in all shapes and colours, and Monarch butterflies making their massive migrations. Let wonder make us protective of these glories.

O God of abundance and possibilit. We are your people.

Teach us to seek and give thanks for spiritual insights new to us, for notions that shake us out of our everyday expectations. Lead us to find common ground with other Christians, with Jews and Buddhists, Hindus and Muslims. Open our hearts and minds to the curiosity needed to entertain new insights on abiding truth.

O God of abundance and possibility. We are your people.

Raise up among us creative peace-makers and peace-keepers. Act out your mercy through aid workers worldwide, Doctors without Borders, and fearless advocates for those whose lives are ripped apart by war and political instability.

O God of abundance and possibility. We are your people.

Remind us that isolation multiplies pain and distress, and that connection with others makes us more likely to find your spirit reaching out and holding us close. Make your spirit felt as people undergo cancer treatments and recover from surgery, reshape their lives after natural and human-made disasters, and pull communities together to tend to those who hurt. We pray especially for those we name aloud or silently in our hearts.

(include those listed in the bulletin for prayers)

O God of abundance and possibility. We are your people.

Bless our work together 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 Shepherd of the Valley in Comox and our seminaries in Saskatoon and Waterloo and their faculty, staff, and students.

O God of abundance and possibility. We are your people.

Protect travellers in this high season for holidays, and make family holidays times of rejuvenated spirits and strengthened bonds. Let us make memories to savour during the tough times and spend time outdoors absorbing sunshine and fresh air, and enjoying the wealth of nature.

O God of abundance and possibility. We are your people.

With gratitude, we entrust our prayers in the name of the Christ. AMEN.