Prayers of the Church for August 12, 2018

A: Let us pray with the Lord Jesus Christ for the unity and renewal of His Church on earth, for Bishops Eaton and Smith; for Francis, Bartholomew, and all bishops; for all pastors including Samuel Zumwalt, Marv Schedler, Robert Weeks, Bob Kuppler, Peter Hoyer, Michael Megahan, and the Rev. Candidate Todd Cook as he prepares for his ordination day; for all church workers; for Stephen Ministers; for the people of God, and for all people according to their needs. [Pause]

A: Almighty Father, we pray for the Church: that the Holy Spirit will give us grace to cling always to Jesus, the Living Bread from heaven, trusting that we have eternal life in Him and will be raised up at the Last Day. Lord, in your mercy,
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A: Merciful Father, we pray for all persecuted Christians: that the Holy Spirit will grant them and us grace to proclaim that Jesus is eternal Life. Lord, in your mercy,
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A: Heavenly Father, we thank You for the gift of life in this world. We remember those struggling with infertility. Look with kindness upon all pregnant women and their babies, especially remembering Kelly Miller & Anna Dineen. We give you thanks for those celebrating birthdays: Lee Whiteside; Becky Mahler; Anna Porter; Elizabeth Gains; Maverick Thies; Inga Shelton; & Laura Matthess. Lord, in your mercy,
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A: Gracious Father, we pray for those on Marriage Encounter and all husbands and wives, that they may lay down their lives for each other and so reflect Christ’s faithfulness to His Bride, the Church. We give thanks for those celebrating anniversaries: Anthony & Delores Irenze; Perry & Diane Guy; Daniel & Leah Sparks; Joel & Cindi Peterson; Jim & Margaret Ballantine. Lord, in your mercy,
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A: Kind Father, we pray for the militaryand for our enemies; for our shut-ins and their families; and for the grieving especially the family & friends of Carol Doniere and Kathy Blesener. Sustain those who suffer in any way including Brenda Seitter; Sara Schneider; Patti Macino; Tom Jarrott; Braxton Vick; Dorothy Thomas; Ken Manning; Marti Felter; Tom Russell; Emily Burke; Emma Hieronymus; Aris Moles; Butch Ruefle; Jan Magnus; Pr. Bob Kuppler; Paul Ebert; Aleda Marggraff; Edward McKeithan; Dan Sparks; Nancy Wells; Claire Hauser; Denis Hall; Hazel Viola; Stephanie Ward; and those we name aloud or in our hearts [pause]. Lord, in your mercy,
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A: Loving Father, we pray for all the baptized who receive Your Son’s true Body and most precious Blood for the forgiveness of sins and a share in His unending life: that He will bring us at last, with all Your saints, to the joys of Your heavenly banquet. Lord, in your mercy.
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Pastor: Into your hands, dear Father, we commend all for whom we pray trusting in your mercy through your Son Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.