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June 16, 2019 – The Holy Trinity

The following prayers have been adapted for congregational use by Rebecca Garber c

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 16, 2019 – The Holy Trinity

Acknowledging the triune God—author of creation, word of salvation, and spirit of wisdom, we pray for all believers, the world, and those in need.

A moment of silence

To the words “Your glory is chanted above the heavens,” you are invited to respond “We praise you.”

Praise you, Eternal One, for gathering us together, connecting us with one another here in this congregation and in our whole lives on this earth. Unite us with those who seek truth and the relationships that make us whole and holy ones.

Your glory is chanted above the heavens. We praise you.

Praise you, Creative Spark of life, for the wonder of the universe. May we revel in the energy of the sun that energizes us and fosters growth and the moon that oversees times of rest and rejuvenation. Fill our eyes with the beauty of oceans and lakes, deserts and wilderness, and the birds who remain even in our urbanized world.

Your glory is chanted above the heavens. We praise you.

Praise you, spirit of wisdom and reconciliation, for leaders with the courage to listen, collaborate, and pursue justice in a world often motivated by other concerns. Inspire us with the stories of the Nelson Mandelas, the Sister Teresas, the Martin Luther Kings, the Thomas Mertons.

Your glory is chanted above the heavens. We praise you.

Praise to you, healer beyond all others, that you—through us—touch the lives of those who are sick and despairing, those children who need more nurturing than they are receiving, and all of us who need constant support in our quest for mercy and compassion within and among us. We pray especially for those we name aloud or within our hearts.

(include those listed in the bulletin for prayers)

Your glory is chanted above the heavens. We praise you.

Praise you, Father God, for all those who provide fatherly love, care, and guidance. Lead us to remember and celebrate all those who have fathered us and fostered growth and development. May we acknowledge the power of love that has made us who we are.

Your glory is chanted above the heavens. We praise you.

Praise you, God of unity and strength, for 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 Chetwynd Shared Ministry in Chetwynd and Christ Lutheran in Chilliwack and Pastor Dean Andersen.

Your glory is chanted above the heavens. We praise you.

Praise you, God of nurturance and growth, that we can look over our lives yesterday, today, and yes tomorrow and celebrate all those everyday saints, the wounded who yet share with us your glory. Remind us that none of us are self-made, but rather grow and develop in relationship with others.

Your glory is chanted above the heavens. We praise you.

May we dance on and on with the movement of the Trinity, now and forevermore. AMEN.

June 9, 2019 – Day of Pentecost

The following prayers have been adapted for congregational use by Rebecca Garber c

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 9, 2019 – Day of Pentecost

Filled with spirit and fire, we pray for all believers, the world, and those in need.

A moment of silence

To the words “Hagia Sophia, Wisdom of God, move within us,” you are invited to respond “Hear our prayer.”

As fire transformed the evolution of human life, let us seek and receive the fire of the Holy Spirit that appeared on Mount Sinai in flames of fire and appeared on the heads of those gathered at the first Pentecost. Make us on fire with compassion, a sure sign of the spirit moving among us.

Hagia Sophia, Wisdom of God, move within us. Hear our prayer.

Send cooling breezes when all living creatures suffer from oppressive heat—and make us part of cooling the overheated planet with new ways of living. Save our land from drought and the scourge of wildfires. Bless the work of those who make it possible to harness the power of sun and wind for our use.

Hagia Sophia, Wisdom of God, move within us. Hear our prayer.

Use your spirit to dismantle human arrogance and the power that corrupts. Establish those leaders who are humble of heart and fearsome in vision that inspires and changes society. Move us to support the work of CLWR and other international aid agencies and participate in efforts to resettle immigrants and refugees.

Hagia Sophia, Wisdom of God, move within us. Hear our prayer.

Breathe through us power and peace when we cry out to you. Bring the fire of life to those living with dementia, anxiety, depression, and addiction. Fill the lungs of those who feel weak and worn with regenerating spirit–especially those we name aloud or silently within our hearts.

(include those listed in the bulletin for prayers)

Hagia Sophia, Wisdom of God, move within us. Hear our prayer.

Make the spirit of your love move among families—biological families and the “logical families” we create with kindred spirits. Let us acknowledge and embrace families of all shapes, sizes, and traditions. Bring joy to co parents, single parents, adoptive families, and the families of our friends.

Hagia Sophia, Wisdom of God, move within us. Hear our prayer.

Make the fire of faith transform our work with 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 and Bishop Susan. We offer prayers for the churches of our synod, especially Grace in Burnaby and Pastor Nathan Fong and Mount Zion in Smithers.

Hagia Sophia, Wisdom of God, move within us. Hear our prayer.

Connect our spirits with saints past and present, that we may continue our journey of faith driven by inspiration and fuelled by your constancy.

Hagia Sophia, Wisdom of God, move within us. Hear our prayer.

You are breath, you are fire—and we entrust our deepest desires with you. AMEN.

June 2, 2019 – Seventh Sunday of Easter

The following prayers have been adapted for congregational use by Rebecca Garber c

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 2, 2019 – Seventh Sunday of Easter

Seeking wisdom and wholeness, we pray for all believers, the world, and those in need.

A moment of silence

To the words “Move us beyond fear that keeps us from loving” you are invited to respond “Hear our prayer.”

Make nurturing relationships blossom in our congregation and radiate out from it. In the midst of human connection, one to another, we see the face of God. Teach us to give and receive strength from sharing the best and worst life offers within a community of caring.

Move us beyond fear that keeps us from loving. Hear our prayer.

Transform our moments of awe in rushing waters, mountains hugging snow, and the sounds of bumblebees into passionate care of the earth. Enable us to change our habits, in small ways and in big ways, so that life continues in its abundance and variety.

Move us beyond fear that keeps us from loving. Hear our prayer.

Make human connection and the power of collaboration move political leaders and nations into action that showers more and more people with safety, security, and dignity. Move us away from the prejudices that keep us knowing and understanding others. Heal victims of torture and liberate those wrongly imprisoned or detained.

Move us beyond fear that keeps us from loving. Hear our prayer.

Come, come quickly to the aid of those who suffer. Infuse your calm, loving wisdom into the work of military, prison, hospital, and hospital chaplains—and help them live with the burdens they carry for others. Refresh all those thirsting for hope, healing, and love—especially those we name aloud or silently within our hearts.

(include those listed in the bulletin for prayers)

Move us beyond fear that keeps us from loving. Hear our prayer.

Fill our bodies with a biology of hope through your word. Bless all who teach us faith: pastors and deacons, Sunday school and confirmation teachers, theologians, mentors, curriculum writers and publishers, and everyday saints we encounter day by day.

Move us beyond fear that keeps us from loving. Hear our prayer.

Multiply your love active in the world through our work with 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 Peace in Abbotsford and Pastor Denise Doerksen and Emmaus in Burnaby and Pastor Timo Saarinen.

Move us beyond fear that keeps us from loving. Hear our prayer.

Remind us always that it is darkest right before the dawn. Let us cradle the certainty that no difficulty or trial lasts forever, that these moments pass—often leaving us with greater wisdom and renewed hope to carry on.

Move us beyond fear that keeps us from loving. Hear our prayer.

Alleluia. Christ has come and we enfold our prayers in the abiding spirit among us. AMEN.

May 26, 2019 – Sixth Sunday of Easter

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 May 26, 2019 – Sixth Sunday of Easter

Trusting in the goodness in life and living, we pray for all believers, the world, and those in need.

A moment of silence

To the words “Free us to be what we were meant to be” you are invited to respond “Your mercy is great.”

Remind us of the simplicity of our calling: that we love God and love our neighbours as ourselves. May we live through the complexities of living this out by remembering how butterflies navigate extraordinary distances and eagles return to their nests year after year to raise their young.

Free us to be what we were meant to be. Your mercy is great.

Make water and sunshine, darkness and light, sustain the growth of food on this planet. Let us re-commit ourselves over and again to ensuring that the earth’s abundance is shared so that all are fed. May we use and conserve the water that quenches our thirst and nourishes every cell of life.

Free us to be what we were meant to be. Your mercy is great.

Your tree of life pushes forth leaves of healing upon nations. Let each of us put aside our fear of differences in thinking and living, and erode from within the hatred that pushes nation against nation in war. Only by clinging to our common humanity can we move beyond genocide, civil wars, terrorism, and violence.

Free us to be what we were meant to be. Your mercy is great.

Grant us the courage to be strong and well. Let us shirk off the stress and habits that keep us sick and suffering. Comfort us as we struggle with the challenges of living with the weaknesses we have in body and soul. Restore health and wholeness to those we name aloud or silently within our hearts.

(include those listed in the bulletin for prayers)

Free us to be what we were meant to be. Your mercy is great.

While giving thanks for those who lay down their lives in service to country and conscience, we pray for a world in which freedom and justice develop through people like us pursuing a greater vision, enabled by the power of example and non-violent resistance to what is wrong, what fails to serve the sanctity of life.

Free us to be what we were meant to be. Your mercy is great.

Incite creative expressions of your love through our work with 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 Dawson Creek and Deo Lutheran in Salmon Arm and Pastor Erik Bjorgan, and for our global mission companion, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Peru.

Free us to be what we were meant to be. Your mercy is great.

Teach us to walk the earth in sunlight and in moonlight until we know deeply what it means to be alive and to find within us the kingdom of God preached by a simple Galilean who has come to be called Christ.

Free us to be what we were meant to be. Your mercy is great.

We pray all this in the name of Jesus, celebrating the Alpha and Omega that is within and beyond us. AMEN.

May 19, 2019 – Fifth Sunday of Easter

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 May 19, 2019 – Fifth Sunday of Easter

Prayers of Intercession

            (Year C)

               May 19, 2019

Trusting in the renewal of life all around us, we pray for all believers, the world, and those in need.

A moment of silence

To the words “Let us come to you in child-like wonder” you are invited to respond “Hear our prayer.”

Move within your church and make our baptism come alive in a renewed commitment to build community, worship together, share our faith, serve others, and work for justice and peace. Enable us to seek and find the creativity you have written into our DNA that we may find new approaches to old challenges, personally and socially.

Let us come to you in child-like wonder. Hear our prayer.

Let us celebrate and seek to preserve the diversity of life on earth. Inspire us to preserve and protect the habitats of endangered and threatened species. Turn our attention to the rising sun, the moon lighting the night, and the rhythms of tides and seasons that resonate deep within us, as we are one with this earth from which we came and to which we shall go.

Let us come to you in child-like wonder. Hear our prayer.

Continue to renew our energy for pushing our democratic nation into justice and shared wealth. Encourage us with the wisdom that democracy is a difficult way to run a country—until you consider the other options. Stand beside police officers, firefighters, paramedics, and other first responders as they handle crisis after crisis—and give them what they need to process the trauma they see and experience on behalf of others.

Let us come to you in child-like wonder. Hear our prayer.

Let us feel moved by support and strength in times of sickness and difficulty that is you standing beside us, walking alongside us, holding our hands. Let those who weep find release from stress and hope to carry on. Restore health and wholeness to those we name aloud or silently within our hearts.

(include those listed in the bulletin for prayers)

Let us come to you in child-like wonder. Hear our prayer.

Thank you for the power of hospitality and bless those who cheerfully greet, welcome, help, and serve others in their daily work and in daily life. Let us reach out to our neighbours, making slow and consistent inroads to building community creating connections in the place we call home.

Let us come to you in child-like wonder. Hear our prayer.

Create increasing connection 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.

Let us come to you in child-like wonder. Hear our prayer.

Let us bask in the image that, in Easter, comes the tender and reciprocal marriage between divinity and humanity. May we feel a festive joy in this constant dance between lover and beloved, in the circle of love forever moving around and through us.

Let us come to you in child-like wonder. Hear our prayer.

We pray all this in the name of Jesus, who welcomes us into the bright light and power of Easter. AMEN.

May 12, 2019 – Fourth Sunday of Easter

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 May 12, 2019 – Forth Sunday of Easter

Let us remember your acts of grace as we pray for new life within the church and all believers, the world, and those in need.

A moment of silence

To the words “Turn our sorrow into strength” you are invited to respond “Hear us, we pray.”

Let us embrace the wisdom of our tradition even as we open our hearts to the new ways you are working within the church and in the world. Anoint us with the power of our belief in being fully alive and overflowing with hope.

Turn our sorrow into strength. Hear us, we pray.

Let us walk the earth, feeling the ground supporting our feet and the sun and wind wafting over us. Breathe in the smell of cedar or sage, the pine needles of the forest floor or the hot sand and ancient rocks. Treasure the water flowing through rivers and streams, the ocean tide moving in its rhythm. Heal places suffering destruction caused by floods, typhoons, storms and mudslides.

Turn our sorrow into strength. Hear us, we pray.

Let us say yes to leaders willing to take on the mantle of servanthood and peace. And make us rise up against religious extremists of all stripes who choose violence and terrorism as means to exert their version of truth. Teach us how to surrender to the good without giving in and giving up.

Turn our sorrow into strength. Hear us, we pray.

Let us bring strength and perseverance to those facing hunger, thirst, illness, and economic struggle. Bring deep calm to those who live with chronic sickness, anxiety, and worry. We pray for those we name aloud or silently within our hearts.

(include those listed in the bulletin for prayers)

Turn our sorrow into strength. Hear us, we pray.

Let us continue the endless movement towards equality between women and men. Use women of faith to lead us in ways of strength and compassion. Bless mothers and all those who provide nurturing care to others. Protect victims of sexism, abuse, gender-based violence, and marginalization because of gender identity or sexual orientation.

Turn our sorrow into strength. Hear us, we pray.

Let us rejoice in 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 Lutheran Church of the Cross in Victoria and Pastors Lyle McKenzie and Lyndon Sayers and Good Shepherd in Victoria.

Turn our sorrow into strength. Hear us, we pray.

Let us know deeply and absolutely that all things can work together for good in those who seek you and follow your ways. In times of distress and discouragement, let us hear deep within the words that all shall be well, all shall be well indeed.

Turn our sorrow into strength. Hear us, we pray.

We pray all this in the name of Jesus, the prophet who offered us a new way, a different way of living. AMEN.

May 5, 2019 – Third Sunday of Easter

       

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 May 5, 2019 – Third Sunday of Easter

Let us remember your acts of grace as we pray for new life within the church and all believers, the world, and those in need.

A moment of silence

To the words “O God of endless possibility” you are invited to respond “Burst open our hearts.”

Make your church a place of welcome and empathy for all people, and inspire us all to embody hospitality and compassion as we move through our days. Infuse us with the joy of giving ourselves, our time, and our possessions for the greater good.

O God of endless possibility. Burst open our hearts.

Teach us the power of diversity in nature. Let us advocate for genetic diversity in foods and participate in preserving heritage seeds for ongoing use. Encourage us to see ourselves as part of the panoply of nature, and embrace all creatures as brothers and sisters in the grand adventure of life. Let us live lightly on this earth, preserving its resources for fair distribution to all.

O God of endless possibility. Burst open our hearts.

Save us from the blinding forces of tribalism and nationalism that work against the needs of immigrants, refugees, and visionaries who see old things in radically new ways. Open our hearts and minds to the wealth of perspectives that lead to increased understanding.

O God of endless possibility. Burst open our hearts.

Bring relief to bodies and minds weary with pain, sickness, and the struggle that it can be to carry on in the face of relentless challenge. Bless doctors, nurses, hospice workers, home health care providers, therapists, social workers, and all caregivers who demonstrate your love and healing. We pray for those we name aloud or silently within our hearts.

(include those listed in the bulletin for prayers)

O God of endless possibility. Burst open our hearts.

As you feed us today at the holy supper, let us go out nourished and ready to help feed others. Bless those who farm, fish, bake, and cook. Stand alongside restaurant servers, grocery store workers, and food pantry volunteers. Help us to participate in food reclamation efforts so that food often wasted instead satisfies the hungry. Let us eat our food with gusty and deep appreciation.

O God of endless possibility. Burst open our hearts.

Continue the renewal in working 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 Estonian in Vancouver and Pastor Algur Kaerma, Peace in Vernon and Pastor David Hunter, and for our pastors serving Anglican congregations.

O God of endless possibility. Burst open our hearts.

Fill our minds with good memories and thankfulness for what has made us unique. We praise you for the faith within us that may wax and wane but never leave us outside the protection of eternal love. Quiet us enough within our ever-stimulating times to hear the urgings of your spirit and the inner wisdom there to guide us.

O God of endless possibility. Burst open our hearts.

We pray all this in the name of Jesus, the prophet who offered us new life. AMEN.

April 28, 2019 – Second Sunday of Easter

          

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 April 28, 2019 – Second Sunday of Easter

In this season that echoes “alleluia”, we pray for new life within the church and all believers, the world, and those in need.

A moment of silence

To the words “Release us from habits of discouragement that we may live anew” you are invited to respond “Bless the resurrection within.”

Alleluia! Open our eyes to your grace active in the world around us, and let us take our place in embodying your grace to others. Remind us daily that your grace and compassion are too rampant to be contained within the walls of our churches—and yet help us to strengthen our congregations as places of acceptance, safety, and open encounter with the Divine.

Release us from habits of discouragement that we may live anew. Bless the resurrection within.

Alleluia! Let us bask in nature as the world comes alive, with longer days, warmer sun, and the smells of growing things. Let us wallow in the joys of our physicality—of eating, drinking, moving, and enjoying the pleasures of being part of the pageantry and diversity of life. Engage our energies in conserving the globe’s resources and in supporting environmentalists and scientists working to keep our air clean, our waters plentiful and healthful, and able to maintain future generations.

Release us from habits of discouragement that we may live anew. Bless the resurrection within.

Alleluia! Infuse leaders in government, business, and nonprofits with humility, a sense of servant-hood, and creativity in tackling the issues of poverty, hunger, unfairness, and greed. Make us hold our governments responsible to honour cease-fires, treaties, and all agreements that further the cause of peace throughout the world. Enable Canada to continue its long and honourable tradition in peace-keeping activities.

Release us from habits of discouragement that we may live anew. Bless the resurrection within.   

Alleluia! Remind us that, while hope sometimes is the hardest burden of love to carry, it offers the only way through life’s suffering. Sow seeds of hope in those who struggle with grief, abuse, addiction, pain and illness—especially those who live with chronic conditions. We pray especially for those we name aloud or silently in our hearts.

(include those listed in the bulletin for prayers)

Release us from habits of discouragement that we may live anew. Bless the resurrection within.

Alleluia! Protect and provide for all those who minister globally in your name. Teach them the humility to listen and understand, and to work with local traditions and wisdom rather than impose foreign values upon them. May we continue to support the work of Canadian Lutheran World Relief through our money, our advocacy, and our prayers.

Release us from habits of discouragement that we may live anew. Bless the resurrection within.

Alleluia! Continue to create a new work 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 Oakridge in Vancouver and Pastor Dorothy Chu and Redeemer in Vancouver and Pastor Katrina Vigen.

Release us from habits of discouragement that we may live anew. Bless the resurrection within.

Alleluia! Remind us that we are never alone, that we have our place among your saints, living and dead. Teach us to draw into ourselves the power to do good through our community of faith and to trust that kind deeds and compassion always make a difference, whether we witness the results or not.

Release us from habits of discouragement that we may live anew. Bless the resurrection within.

All this and the deep longings within us that go beyond words, we raise up in the name of Jesus. AMEN.

April 21, 2019 – Resurrection of our Lord, Easter Day

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 April 14, 2019 – Resurrection of our Lord, Easter Day

In this day that began in confusion at an empty tomb and ended in a risen Christ, we pray for the renewal of the church and all believers, the world, and those in need.

A moment of silence

To the words “Let us rejoice in the perpetual triumph of life” you are invited to respond “Hear our prayer.”

Alleluia           ! Take us with the women to the empty tomb that we may experience their rebirth of wonder and of hope, of the promise of God that never disappoints. Bring joy to us this day, and let us take it out into the world in the days and weeks to come. Challenge us to understand what it means to be perpetually on the side of life abundant.

Let us rejoice in the perpetual triumph of life: Hear our prayer.

Alleluia           ! Open our eyes and ears, our sense of smell, to the rebirth underway in the world. Let us watch the unfolding pageant of trees budding, birds returning, nourishing rains, warm breezes, and freshly turned soil preparing for another season of growing. Transform our deep gratitude into re-energized commitment to our care and tending of the earth.

Let us rejoice in the perpetual triumph of life: Hear our prayer.

Alleluia           ! In a secular world beset by constant conflict, political scandal, and nations unable to make peace, challenge us to imagine what the truth of word and sacrament mean “out there.” Let us imagine our way into paths that put our ultimate value upon the worth of each person into the conversations that influence leaders in every nation.

Let us rejoice in the perpetual triumph of life: Hear our prayer.

Alleluia           ! You hold within you hope and strength. Visit these upon all those who desperately need a new claim to healing and help in this life. We plead for your presence among those who are hungry or homeless, anxious or suicidal, oppressed or sick. We pray especially for those we name aloud or silently in our hearts.

(include those listed in the bulletin for prayers)

Let us rejoice in the perpetual triumph of life: Hear our prayer.

Alleluia           ! Let us leave the nourishment of communion barely able to keep our feet from dancing. Keep alive within us the sense that “this is the day the Lord has made”—that every day is offers adventure and opportunity. Teach us to meet each moment with surrender to what is and curiosity about what comes next, what might be asked of us.

Let us rejoice in the perpetual triumph of life: Hear our prayer.

Alleluia           ! We celebrate and ask blessing upon our relationship 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.

Let us rejoice in the perpetual triumph of life: Hear our prayer.

Alleluia           ! As the echo of trumpets sounds in our ears that Jesus Christ has risen today, may we draw comfort even during changes we experience as we age and as we accompany family and friends on their journey to death. Bless those who grieve and all those who stay close by as they do. Connect us with the power of people of faith, living and dead, near to us and absent from us.

Let us rejoice in the perpetual triumph of life: Hear our prayer.

As we raise ourselves up on this Sunday of Sundays, we send all our prayers through Jesus, the Christ, the Living Lord. AMEN.

April 14, 2019 – Sunday of the Passion, Palm 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 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 April 14, 2019 – Sunday of the Passion, Palm Sunday

Let us walk beside Jesus riding a donkey, waving our palms, as we pray for the church and all believers, the world, and those in need.

A moment of silence

To the words “Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna, Servant-King of Humankind” you are invited to respond “Help us follow you.”

Like us, many of the Jewish people longed for change and transformation, and yet resisted Jesus’ proclamation of love, redemption, and a new life without end. Teach us to be open to new ideas about and progressive interpretations of Scripture. Help us to learn how to cling to the truth of faith even while we expand into new ways of understanding it and living it out.

Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna, Servant-King of Humankind: Help us follow you.

Creator Spirit, you reveal your beauty and will through stones and seas, mountains and meadows, and in the tiny fingers and unfocused eyes of each newborn. Enable us to take joy in caring for all that you have made and immersing ourselves in the power of nature.

Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna, Servant-King of Humankind: Help us follow you.

Jesus, you who have known the extremes of human suffering, be with those who undergo torture and free those held captive by political entities, by personal trauma, and by an inability to move into full and abundant life.

Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna, Servant-King of Humankind: Help us follow you.

Pour courage and hope into people who feel that they are wasting away in illness or distress. Make us your face of kindness, your hands holding theirs, your strength through our presence. We pray especially for those we name aloud or silently in our hearts.

(include those listed in the bulletin for prayers)

Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna, Servant-King of Humankind: Help us follow you.

Make the communion a true feast to us this week. May we consume and celebrate the bread of life and the cup of salvation as ours, as the life-giving elements that sustain in the good times and in the hard times. May we savour the taste of love on our tongues.

Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna, Servant-King of Humankind: Help us follow you.

Make our common communion nourish our relationship 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 the BC Synod staff who do so much we do not see.

Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna, Servant-King of Humankind: Help us follow you.

May we find in each Sunday morning worship words that sustain us, truths that change us. Let us give ourselves over to the power of the Word, to the rhythm and poetry that resonates deep enough within us that we reverberate with the comfort of your presence.

Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna, Servant-King of Humankind: Help us follow you.

On this Sunday of the Passion, we lift up our prayers through Jesus, prophet, servant, king, friend. AMEN.