Sundays and Seasons, 2021.
The prayers of the church are offered especially:
In our cycles of prayer:
Prayer requests to be included on the following Sunday can be submitted here by the Thursday morning before.
Led by the Spirit, Philip encounters an Ethiopian official who is returning to his African home after having been to Jerusalem to worship. Philip uses their encounter to proclaim the gospel to him. Upon coming to faith in Jesus, he is baptized by Philip.
All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord. (Ps. 22:27)
We love God and others because God first loved us. We cannot say we love God, whom we have not seen, while hating fellow Christians, whom we regularly see. Love toward God is to be matched by love toward others because the essence of God is love.
On the night of his arrest, Jesus taught his disciples about the relationship they would have with him. Those who abide in his word and love bear fruit, for apart from him, they can do nothing.
Alive in the risen Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit, we bring our prayers before God who promises to hear us and answer in steadfast love.
A brief silence.
God of all fruitfulness, you abide in your church and your church abides in you. We pray for the church throughout the world. With the Worldwide Anglican Communion we remember the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem & The Middle East. In our Diocese of Niagara we remember the parish of St. Luke, Burlington. We pray for Susan, our Diocesan Bishop; for David and Brian, our priests; for Rob and Tom, our interns; for all bishops, priests and deacons. In our parish we remember especially this week Patti, Alex, Brianna, Brent, Rosalee, Nora, Alida, Adrienne, Craig, James, Tamara, Rowan, Hazel, and Finnegan. We pray for all the baptized: that God may accomplish God's work in and through us for the sake of the world. Cleanse us by your word and give yourself to the whole church on earth so that it bears fruit and witnesses to your love. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.
You have created the heavens and the earth. As we wonder at the beauty of creation, may we seek vital connections among all that depends on the earth for life. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.
You rule the nations with justice and love. We pray for Elizabeth our Queen and all those set in authority under her, for Justin, the Prime Minister of Canada and all members of parliament; Doug, the Premier of Ontario and all members of the legislature; Fred, the mayor of Hamilton and those who serve city council. We pray also for the First Nations of this land, for elders, chiefs, and band councils. We pray for all in civil authority and for all citizens that we might work together for the common good. Give the leaders of the earth assurance of your abiding presence, that they lead not by fear but with love for those they are called to serve. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.
You have loved us so that we can love others. In our neighbourhood we pray especially this week for Beth Jacob Synagogue, Rabbi Hillel Israel, and the people of that congregation. We pray for all in need of your love: those who are poor, lowly, outcast, weak, or fearful. Provide for the needs of all. We pray especially for those who have asked us to pray for them: Jean, Marilyn, Mike, and Jean. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.
Here other intercessions may be offered.
You gather us with St. John the Evangelist and all the saints by the power of your Spirit. With them, may our hearts live forever in your keeping. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.
In the hope of new life in Christ, we raise our prayers to you, trusting in your never-ending goodness and mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Adapted from Sundays and Seasons, 2021.
Image: "Good Shepherd, (detail), icon, 2019. Kelly Latimore, Athens, OH, United States.
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