Category Archives: Prayers

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.

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.

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.