Category Archives: Worship Resources

Prayers of the People for May 19, 2019, Easter 5

Love has won.  A new way begins.  Therefore we offer our prayers, full of hope, and trusting life.

[Short pause]

God of resurrection, in Christ you have welcomed us into your family, called us clean, and embraced us as we are.  May our lives reflect our thanks.  God of life,
We offer our praise.

God of resurrection, in Christ your welcome extends beyond us, to include those whom we have considered “outside.”  Teach us to love as you love.  God of life,
We offer our praise.

God of resurrection, there is no one who is outside your care and compassion.  Show us how we can et out of your way, and become more welcoming.  God of life,
We offer our praise.

God of resurrection, send again your life giving Spirit to this congregation, this parish, and your whole church.  Open our eyes to what you are doing; open our hearts to join the journey.  God of life,
We offer our praise.

God of resurrection, your new life breaks into our world in the most unlikely places.  Enable us to see your loving presence with the weak, the sick, the excluded, the foreigner, and those we name before you.
[Long silence]
God of life,
We offer our praise.

God of resurrection, your new life breaks in to our world, and suddenly all are welcome.  Use us to extend your welcome to the world.  God of life,
We offer our praise.

We pray all this and more, trusting the promise of our risen and living Saviour, Jesus the Christ.
Amen.

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Prayers of the People for Easter 2, April 28, 2019

Love has won.  A new way begins.  Therefore we offer our prayers, full of hope, and trusting life.

[Short pause]

God of resurrection, you came to the disciples when they were afraid; you came to Thomas when he was questioning.  We thank you for coming to us.  God of life,
We offer our praise.

God of resurrection, our fear does not keep you away.  Our doubt does not limit your ability to bring life.  Enable us to trust.  God of life,
We offer our praise.

God of resurrection, you breathed your Spirit onto the disciples, commissioning them for ministry.  Inspire us with this same Spirit, that we may follow as well.  God of life,
We offer our praise.

God of resurrection, you call your church out of our hiding places, reminding us that eternal life is to be found in the midst of life in the world.  Open our eyes to see, and our hearts to love.  God of life,
We offer our praise.

God of resurrection, new life happens all around.  Use us to proclaim your life-giving love to those who are sick, isolated, put down and excluded, especially [NAMES, AND] those we name before you.
[Long pause]
God of life,
We offer our praise.

God of resurrection, you come to us, bearing the wounds inflicted by fearful, angry people; but also bringing the love of God for fearful, angry people.  May we share what you have given.  God of life,
We offer our praise.

We pray all this and more, trusting the promise of our risen and living Saviour, Jesus the Christ.
Amen.

Prayers for Easter Sunday, 2019

Love has won.  A new way begins.  Therefore we offer our prayers, full of hope, and trusting life.

[Short pause]

God of resurrection, you bring changes unlooked for, and new beginnings unhoped for.  Inspire our faith.  God of life,
We offer our praise.

God of resurrection, you have started over, therefore we can start over, and consider alternatives for our lives that we haven’t even thought of.  Inspire our hope.  God of life,
We offer our praise.

God of resurrection, you call your church to be a community of new life, in which old hatreds and fears are overcome by love and hope.  Inspire our worship.  God of life,
We offer our praise.

God of resurrection, in the empty tomb we become aware that there are more possibilities for us and our world than we have previously thought possible.  Inspire our vision.  God of life,
We offer our praise.

God of resurrection, you send us to the places in life in which pain and separation and death are present.  May we never fear to embrace those who are hurting, including [NAMES, AND] those we name before you.
[Long pause]
Inspire our service.  God of life,
We offer our praise.

God of resurrection, anything and everything are now possible.  Inspire our lives.  God of life,
We offer our praise.

We pray all this and more, trusting the promise of our risen and living Saviour, Jesus the Christ.
Amen.

Welcome to Vigil

The following was used as the opening to a Vigil held at Zion Lutheran Church in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia on Sunday, March 17, 2019.

Our community was distressed by the slaughter of innocent worshippers in Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand, and we felt the need to gather and express our grief and anger publicly.

Our vigil was held two days after the attacks, and involved people of different faith traditions and no faith tradition.

It was a holy time.

We began with lighting a candle, and then reading this responsively.

May you find it helpful.

(Permission is granted to use this in any kind of similar gathering. I only ask that you let me know. Thanks.)

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Welcome

L – Welcome, all who mourn the senseless slaughter of innocent people.

C – We come with tears.

L – Welcome, all who are angry at platitudes and intentional inaction.

C – We come with rage.

L – Welcome, all who feel helpless in the face of such hatred.

C – We come with emptiness.

L – Welcome, all who insist that something must be done.

C – We come with determination.

L – Welcome, all who care so much it hurts.

C – We come with grief.

L – Welcome, all who who are numb.

C – We come desiring life.

L – Whatever you feel, whatever you think, whatever you believe, whoever you are, you are welcome here.

C – All are welcome.

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

Eucharistic Prayer for Reformation Sunday

Feel free to borrow! Just please let me know.


P – The Lord be with you.
C – And also with you.
P – Lift up your hearts.
C – We lift them to the Lord.
P – Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
C – It is right to give our thanks and praise.

P – It is indeed a good and holy thing that we do at this time, gracious and loving God, giving thanks with your people of all times and places through Jesus, your Son, who brings life from death, speech from silence, light from darkness, and hope from despair.  And so, with saints and sinners of all ages and all the heavenly hosts, we join our voices to their unending hymn:

C – Holy, holy, holy, my heart, my heart adores you.
      My heart is glad to say the words: You are holy, God. (Sung twice)

P – Holy One, divine Mystery, eternal Lover,
you speak creation into being:
sky and clouds,
stars, sun and moon,
lands and oceans, lakes and rivers,
birds and animals and bugs,
and ourselves to care for it all.

You spoke Abraham and Sarah into being parents of faith.
You spoke Moses and Miriam into freeing your people from slavery.
You spoke prophets into calling and reminding,
into challenging and comforting.

And now, in our day, you have spoken your Word-made-flesh to us,
to heal, to forgive, to empower and to send.

On the night of his betrayal and arrest, Jesus took bread,
the bread of remembrance and freedom and hope;
he spoke thanks, broke it and gave it to those who were with him, saying,
Take and eat; this is my body, broken for you.
Do this to remember me.

And at the end of the meal, Jesus took the cup,
wine to be shared in celebration;
he spoke thanks, and passed it around to them all, saying:
This is the covenant, renewed in my blood,
given for you and for all.
Do this to remember me.

With this bread and cup, we remember what it has cost God to be for us,
as we proclaim the mystery of faith:

C – Christ has died.  Christ is risen!  Christ will come again.

P – God whose Word speaks in our reality,
who speaks peace to us,
who speaks peace through us;
we remember your presence,
we celebrate your promise,
we look for your coming each and every day.
Come, Lord Jesus.

C – Come, Lord Jesus.

P – God whose Spirit hovers over us,
who frees us by grace to be servants of the world:
liberate us from fear and judgement,
fill us with your restless peace,
and send us to all who hunger for your presence.
Come, Holy Spirit.

C – Come, Holy Spirit.

P – Holy One, divine Mystery, eternal Lover:
Feed us, refresh us, move us,
for you are our God, now and forever.

C – Amen.