Monthly Archives: January 2019

Prayers of the People for Epiphany 3, January 27, 2019

I refer to “Mario” in the prayers below.

I am telling the story of Father Gregory Boyle as part of the sermon.  You can see this amazing story here.

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As we celebrate the coming of light into our darkness, we offer our prayers that we may reflect that light.

[Short pause]

Spirit of the Lord, you send us to bring good news to the poor.  Save us from thinking that we already know what they need to hear.  Enable us to learn from them.  God who is light,
Hear our prayer.

Spirit of the Lord, you send us to proclaim release to the captives.  Open our eyes to see who is trapped by the structures of this world, and give us the courage to open the door.  God who is light,
Hear our prayer.

Spirit of the Lord, you send us to proclaim recovery of sight to the blind.  We confess that we are among those who cannot see.  We do not know what steps to take.  We are afraid of doing it wrong.  We are afraid of losing what we have.  Free us from our fear, that we may respond to your gracious invitation.  God who is light,
Hear our prayer.

Spirit of the Lord, you send us to let the oppressed go free.  You call us to look at the scary parts of life, so that all people may know your presence, no matter what they are facing.  We pray for those who we know are in need, especially [NAMES, AND] those we name before you.
[Long pause]
May we also become aware of the hidden needs which surround us, so that all may be freed by your love.  God who is light,
Hear our prayer.

Spirit of the Lord, you send us to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.  Open us to listen the the Marios of this world.  May we bring your healing, so that we may be healed with them.  God who is light,
Hear our prayer.

We pray all this in the light of our saviour, Jesus, the Christ.
Amen.

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Prayers for Epiphany 2

As we celebrate the coming of light into our darkness, we offer our prayers that we may reflect that light.

[Short pause]

God of surprises, you come in ways that are more, than are bigger, that are unexpected.  We do not ask for the ability to anticipate where you will be; we simply ask for the openness to be surprised.  God who is light,
Hear our prayer.

God of surprises, you amaze us by taking part in our ordinary community life: in weddings, in worship, in shovelling snow.  May we trust your presence in all of it.  God who is light,
Hear our prayer.

God of surprises, we ask you to surprise us.  Surprise this church, this congregation, this community.  And through being surprised by you, may we learn to live in joyful expectation of your next surprise.  God who is light,
Hear our prayer.

God of surprises, you live among those who are hurting, who are ill, who are forgotten.  We pray for all who need our prayers.
[Long pause]
May we, like the servants who were in on the surprise, take part in what you are doing behind the scenes.  God who is light,
Hear our prayer.

God of surprises, keep us open to your presence; keep us open to being surprised.  God who is light,
Hear our prayer.

We pray all this in the light of our Saviour, Jesus, the Christ, who taught us to pray,
Our Father….

Baptismal Anniversary

Below is a link to the liturgy we used in the Lunenburg Lutheran Parish during 2018, to celebrate people’s baptismal anniversaries.

We used a portion of one Sunday per month to do this, and it was very well received.

Note – The Creed was written by your humble author.

If you’d like to use this, feel free. I only ask that you let me know so I can celebrate with you.

If you’d like more information, leave a comment below.

Peace!

Baptismal Remembrance Liturgy