Let us settle back, clear our minds, open our hearts and enter into prayer. When you hear the words: “Lord, source of our blessings,” please respond with “Hear our prayers.”
Lord God, you are the source of all our blessings. You birthed us into this magnificent world of your creation and placed us in a peaceful country filled with abundance. You bless us with friends and family and with those who sacrificed themselves to keep us free of tyranny. You have been with us through all these years comforting us in troubled times and rejoicing with us in happiness.
O Lord our God, accept the fervent prayers of your people; in the boundlessness of your mercies, we pray you continue to look with compassion upon us and all who turn to you for help; for you are gracious, O lover of souls. Guide us all to show reverence upon your earth, that we may use its resources rightly in the service of others and to your honour and glory.
We pray for the children that come into our world that they learn of your love and gift to us in your son Jesus Christ. We pray to be of service to them in their understanding. Lord, source of our blessings… “Hear our prayers.”
Lord, we pray that you guide the leaders of our Country to bring changes that protect and show reverence for our environment. We ask your blessings for Ladysmith, Lakeview, Lumby and Lynn Valley United Churches in our Pacific Mountain Region Council of churches.
In our World Council of Churches, we ask for peace for East Timor, Indonesia, and the Philippines. We ask for your support in softening the hardened hearts that fuel tensions in the region. We ask for your grace to be shown and for peace to return to these people. We pray for our brothers and sisters at the Nyanyadzi Methodist Church in Zimbabwe and our Bienestar partners in our outreach project in Guatemala. We ask for Christ’s love, peace and justice be shown in all they do. Lord, we turn our attention to the Peacemakers and Peacekeepers that serve throughout the world. Their role is difficult and dangerous. We ask for the decisions they make serve to protect themselves and the vulnerable in their charge. We ask for their actions to demonstrate peace, love, compassion and so inspiration those in conflict. We also ask for comfort to be shown to their families and friends who wait for their safe return. We pray for the healthcare workers, teachers, engineers and the many who serve throughout the world in many organizations whose focus is on helping the most vulnerable in our world. Creator God, you have made all things beautiful and in your image. As we lift up the diversity of your creation, teach us to love people of all sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. Let the LGBTQ+ community see themselves in you. Lord, source of our blessings… “Hear our prayers.”
We seek your blessing for all those who are closely linked to us and grant that we may serve them in Christ’s name with love and kindness. For those named in our Prayer List mention here, we pray for their comfort and healing; give them courage and hope in their troubles, and return joy to their lives. In this quiet moment let us bring to mind all those known to us but not mentioned here… We pray that you be their Shepard, let them hear your voice, let them feel your grace and give them the courage and comfort they require.Lord, source of our blessings… “Hear our prayers.”
Bless all the children of the world. Let us care for them. Let us feed them, cloth them and keep them warm. And, let us take the care of children as and example of the care we need to give to the neediest in our community. Lord we pray you guide us and use us in that service to others.
And the People say: “AMEN!”