Sermon 6 Easter Yr A

You can read my sermon for May 29, 2011 here: 6 Easter Yr A

Prayers 5 Easter Yr A

Prayer of the Church, 5th Sunday of Easter, Year A

P: God of saints and martyrs: Today we praise and thank you for the life and faith of Stephen. He boldly preached the Good News and, while dying a martyr’s death, he did not seek vengeance against his executioners. Rather, he prayed that their sin not be held against them. May we be inspired by Stephen’s example to forgive our enemies. Christ our risen Saviour: C: Have mercy and hear our prayer.
P: God our Refuge and Fortress: You are like a rock giving us strength and protection. Our times are in your hands; and we ask you to deliver your people from the hand of their enemies and persecutors. Shine your face upon your servants; save them in your steadfast love. Christ our risen Saviour: C: Have mercy and hear our prayer.
P: Christ our Head and Cornerstone, Chosen and Precious: We your people are like living stones, built into a spiritual house. We give you praise and thanks that, by your all-sufficient grace, you have made us a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that we may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called us out of darkness into his marvellous light. Christ our risen Saviour: C: Have mercy and hear our prayer.
P: Jesus the Way, the Truth, and the Life: We are grateful that through you we come to the Father’s house. You have given us the promise that whatever we ask in your name, you will do it. Grant us a deeper faith to trust in you and this promise; that your redeeming grace may prevail among us and throughout the world. Christ our risen Saviour: C: Have mercy and hear our prayer.
(Additional prayers may be included here, ending with: Christ our risen Saviour: C: Have mercy and hear our prayer.)
P: God of Israel and the Gentiles: We pray for all who deeply long and work for peace and justice in Israel, Palestine, and other Middle East countries, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Canada; bless and prosper their endeavours. Christ our risen Saviour: C: Have mercy and hear our prayer.
P: All of these and other prayers that serve your holy will and purposes we pray in the name of Jesus our Risen Saviour. ALL: AMEN.

4 Easter Prayers Yr A

Prayer of the Church, 4th Sunday of Easter, Year A
P: Gracious God: We praise and thank you for the faithful example of the apostles and those first generation Christians; who, day by day, devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers; who shared what they had with one another, as any had need. LORD our Shepherd: C: Our cup runs over with your mercy and love.
P: Gracious God: You are like a Good Shepherd to us. You provide for our physical, mental and spiritual hunger and thirst. You give us everything that we need to live meaningful lives. Even in our darkest days; in days of suffering, sorrow and when disease, illness and death draw near; we do not have to fear evil, for you are with us. We look forward to that day when we shall dine at your heavenly banquet feast with you. LORD our Shepherd: C: Our cup runs over with your mercy and love.
P: Gracious God: We praise and thank you for the perfect example of Jesus who committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth. When he was abused, he did not return abuse; when he suffered, he did not threaten; but he entrusted himself to the one who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness; by his wounds we have been healed. Help us to follow in his steps. LORD our Shepherd: C: Our cup runs over with your mercy and love.
P: Gracious God: We praise and thank you Jesus our Good Shepherd; you call us by name and lead us in righteous pathways; help us to listen to your voice and follow you wherever you lead us. You are our gateway that leads us into life; for you have promised us that you came to give us abundant life. LORD our Shepherd: C: Our cup runs over with your mercy and love.
(Other thanksgivings and intercessions may be added here, ending with: LORD our Shepherd: C: Our cup runs over with your mercy and love.)
P: Gracious God: As Shepherd of your Church around the world you would gather us together as one flock. Pour out your Holy Spirit upon all Christian Churches; that they may live in unity with one another to serve the needs of all people; that through the unity of your Church, your Holy Presence might draw others into your fold; that the Church might be your instrument of justice and peace in the world. LORD our Shepherd: C: Our cup runs over with your mercy and love.
P: Gracious God: We pray for the Lubicon people in northern Alberta who are suffering from an oil spill by a pipeline company on their land. Grant them justice and healing and deepen both the federal and provincial governments’ resolve to negotiate a satisfactory land settlement for the Lubicon people. We also remember all other aboriginal peoples around the globe; that they would enjoy a better quality of life and that their needs would be met. LORD our Shepherd: C: Our cup runs over with your mercy and love.
P: Into your all-sufficient hands we commend all for whom we pray; trusting in your abundant life and all-embracing grace; one God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; who lives and reigns through all ages of ages. ALL: Amen.

Sermon 3 Easter Yr A

You can read my sermon for May 8, 2011 by clicking this link: 3 Easter Yr A

Tomorrow is Yom HaShoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day

Here is an intercession for Yom Hashoah, from Eugene J. Fisher & Leon Klenicki, An Interreligious Holocaust Memorial Service: From Desolation to Hope (New York & Chicago: Stimulus Foundation and Liturgy Training Publications, 1990), p. 23:
Exalted, compassionate God, grant perfect peace in your sheltering Presence, among the holy and the pure, to the soul of all the men, women and children of the house of Israel, to the Righteous Gentiles, to the millions who died defending the right to be different, at a time of madness and terror.
May their memory endure, may it inspire truth and loyalty in our lives, in our religious commitment and tasks. May their memory be a blessing and sign of peace for all humanity. And let us say all together: Amen.