Prayer and Devotions

Our current hymn resource, Evangelical Lutheran Worship, explains and encourages us to participate in a daily ritual of deliberate prayer:

From the gathering around word and sacrament on the first day of the week, Christians are sent by God to continue their worship each day through lives of service. St. Paul’s guidance to “pray without ceasing… for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thess. 5:17-18) suggests that the Christian life is prayer: openness to the presence of God, responsiveness to the word of God, recognition that all of life is in Christ, and engagement in care for one another and for the whole creation. Daily prayer is a gift that nourishes growth toward living all of daily life in prayer.Evening and morning are primary times for common prayer in various faith traditions. For Christians, Evening Prayer and Morning Prayer have an additional dimension, calling to mind Christ’s passage through death to resurrection. As evening comes, we look to the light of Christ that scatters the darkness, even as we anticipate the great awakening of the resurrection. With the rising sun, we praise God for the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and we ask the Holy Spirit’s help in taking up the cross to follow Jesus into another day. Night Prayer offers a time to acknowledge both the gifts and the failings of each day, and we commend ourselves and the whole world into God’s hands as night comes.

(Evangelical Lutheran Worship, copyright 2006, Augsburg Fortress, Minneapolis, MN, page 295)

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Prayer lists for use within the Synod of Alberta and the Territories

1. Weekly prayers for use on Sundays in our churches. In these we pray for our various Congregations within the ABT Synod, the Offices and Bishops of the National Synods, our partner churches within Canada, our Companion Synod etc! (Prayers to November 24, 2019)

DIARY OF PUBLIC PRAYER and INTERCESSIONS 2018-2019

2. Weekly prayers of the Anglican-Lutheran Cycle of Prayer designed by the Joint Anglican-Lutheran Commission (Prayers to Nov 18, 2019)

Anglican-Lutheran-Cycle-of-Prayer-2018-2019

3.  Prayers for the weeks of January 13 through March 3, 2019 with a special emphasis on our companion church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Columbia (IELCO) and its other companion synods in South Carolina and Southeastern Minnesota.

Prayers for the Season after the Epiphany 2019

4. The following link takes you to a alphabetized list of the ABT Synod Pastors (serving and retired), Deacons/Deaconesses, Chaplains and Bishops within our National Church family. Also included for prayer is their partner/spouse based on the most recent updates available. If there are changes needed please contact the administrative assistant at marg@albertasynod.ca

Dec 2018 Update of 30 days of prayer for Rostered Leaders

Thank you for praying for our many connections in Alberta, Canada and around the World.

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Daily Personal Devotion Suggestions

Various resources are available to you either in the ELW or the Lutheran Book of Worship, under the heading Daily Prayer. Below are some other resources that you may find helpful for your daily time of reflection.

God Pause – Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota www.luthersem.edu/godpause/daily_view.asp

Our Daily Bread – From RBC Ministries odb.org/

… in the Meantime. Where Faith Meets Everyday Life – by David Lose www.davidlose.net/