A prayer from CLWR for the week of the Fifth Sunday in Lent

CLWR weekly prayerGod of life, even in times of despair, even when death surrounds us, you are with us. You call us out of the tomb, you unbind us, you set us free. Help us to free others, that all may experience your life abundant. In Jesus’ name, Amen

Written by Pastor Tyler Gingrich, Assistant to the Bishop of MNO Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada in Winnipeg, MB

A prayer from CLWR for the week of the Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

clwr-weekly-prayer-greenO Creative God, You formed us and all that exists. You provide and preserve our bodies, souls and all our abilities. Shelter those where wild weather and storms clouds gather, which have the potential to harm life and livelihood. By Your grace and teaching, shine the Light of Your Son and the saltiness of His message into our minds and hearts, that, inspired by Your hovering Spirit, we may be Your hands and feet in our worlds whereby we are so moved to work for peace, justice and aid; we ask this all in the name of Jesus Christ, our Epiphany Lord. Amen.

Written by Pastor Todd Hoeffs of Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Winnipeg, MB

A prayer from CLWR for the week of the Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

clwr-weekly-prayer-greenThe message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. We thank you, O God, for the gift of salvation and the call to faithfulness. By your Spirit, give us the faith we need to do what is required of the faithful; to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with you, Jesus Christ, our Saviour. Amen.

Written by Rev. Aaron Schnell, pastor at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Spruce Grove, AB

A prayer from CLWR for the week of the Third Sunday after Epiphany

clwr-weekly-prayer-greenO God, our teacher and guide, as you invited Simon, Andrew, James and John to follow, we thank you for the privilege of following you today. Give us faith to proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to all those who need to hear it. Give us eyes to see where you are at work and a will to join in, through Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Healer we pray. Amen.

Written by Rev. Aaron Schnell, pastor at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Spruce Grove

Advent calendar – December 22

Christmas prayerA prayer from CLWR for the week of the Nativity of Our Lord:

O God of fire and frost, we stand in the darkness and look to you. As we see you, darkness retreats into the shadows. We are filled with awe. We know that darkness will return; but for this night we see the light and we know that Christ is the true light that illumines the world. And, we rejoice. Amen.

Written by Rev. Lidvald Haugen-Strand, a Lutheran Pastor who is also on the retired clergy roster of the Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island enjoying beautiful Sackville, New Brunswick.

Advent calendar – December 15

Advent prayerA prayer from CLWR for the week of the Fourth Sunday in Advent:

O God who spins and whirls, stretch us and twist us into new life; enter our barrenness and fill us; and as we prepare for your coming into the world enable us to say yes to the wildness of your love. Amen.

Written by Rev. Lidvald Haugen-Strand, a Lutheran Pastor who is also on the retired clergy roster of the Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island enjoying beautiful Sackville, New Brunswick.

Advent calendar – December 8

Advent prayerA prayer from CLWR for the week of the Third Sunday in Advent:

O God of frost and snowstorm; as the snows of winter whirl around us we wonder when spring will come. We know that crocuses will nestle in the snowdrifts and that ice will melt. We know that justice will come like a mighty spring but we still wonder “how long, how long.” Enable us who are blind to see, us who are lame to walk, and us who are deaf to hear. Enable us who are dead to come to life. And may this begin as we gather in the midst of winter, in your name. Amen.

Written by Rev. Lidvald Haugen-Strand, a Lutheran Pastor who is also on the retired clergy roster of the Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island enjoying beautiful Sackville, New Brunswick.