Prayers of the People March 29th

Prayers of the People for the 5th Sunday of Lent, March 29th

Jesus is the resurrection and the life. He can transform death and despair, in any form into life and hope.

As the people of the living God,

let us join together in our prayers

for the Church and for the world.

Lord in your mercy

Hear our Prayer.

Holy God breathe your life into the Church;

breathe holiness and deepening faith,

breathe energy, inspired teaching and fervent praise;

unblock the channels and make us more receptive

to your gentleness and your power.

Holy God, we pray for the Anglican Communion and for The theological colleges and training programs within the Ecclesiastical Province of Canada: The Atlantic School of Theology, Montreal Diocesan Theological, College, and Queen’s College. For Outreach and Advocacy, pray for St. Athanasius, Orillia, and its support of the Good Food box; for St. Augustine of Canterbury, its support of the Flemingdon Park Ministry and Community Food Bank, All Saints Sherbourne, Moorelands Camp, and other community projects; and for St. Barnabas, Chester, its participation in the interfaith “Chew on This” initiative, Prayer Shawl ministry, support of Kennedy House Youth Centre; provision of space for new and emerging musicians, its support of local artists through hosting the Riverdale Art Show, and refugee sponsorship.  For the Diocese  pray for York Mills Deanery.  And also pray for Mission and Outreach of Mississauga Deanery Churches.  And for the Council of the North, the Anglican Parishes of the Central Interior includes the parishes and communities that were formerly within the jurisdiction of the Diocese of Cariboo. As a result of the costs of litigation arising from Residential Schools, Cariboo wound up its operations in 2001 and asked the Metropolitan of the Province of British Columbia and Yukon to give pastoral oversight. In 2003, the Assembly of the Central Interior asked the Provincial Synod for permission to elect a Suffragan Bishop to the Metropolitan with responsibility for pastoral care of the clergy and parishes. There are 16 parishes in this regional grouping which take care of 24 congregations. There are 11 full time clergy, 15 part time clergy and 62 Lay Ministers of Word and Sacrament who serve the people of these parishes.

Pray for Bishop Barbara Andrews and the clergy and people of the Central Interior of BC. Pray for the people and clergy as they work together at the process of exploring a different way to be church within the Anglican Church of Canada.

Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

Holy God, breathe your life into the universe;

breath responsible caring, honesty and compassion,

breathe right values and good stewardship,

peace and reconciliation, vision and hope.

Holy God, breathe your healing mercies into our world as we struggle to manage at this time. Breathe into us your love, your compassion, your willingness to reach out and care for others.

Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

Holy God, breathe your life

into our homes and places of work;

breathe increased patience and understanding,

and the courage to live the Christian live

when to do so brings ridicule or demands sacrifice.

Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

Holy God, breathe your life into those who suffer;

breathe comfort and wholeness,

forgiveness and new confidence,

breathe peace of mind

and the knowledge of your love.

We pray for Estrianna, Paul, Elviston, Vernon, Gwenn, Bill, Jennifer, Susan and Monica.

Lord in your mercy

Hear our Prayer

Holy God, breathe your life into the dead and dying;

breathe courage for the journey

and the realisation that you can be trusted

breathe life that lasts for ever.

Lord in your mercy

Hear our Prayer

Holy God, breathe your life into us now

as we offer you here out thanks and praise

for your life laid down out of love for us.

May our words be worked out

in fresh commitment to your.

Merciful Father,

accept these prayers

for the sake of your Son,

and our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.