Prayers of the Church for January 13, 2019

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, Robert Kuppler; Peter Hoyer, Michael Megahan; Michael Bergbower; 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, by your Holy Spirit’s power, we may become the new and holy people You have declared us to be in the washing of Holy Baptism. 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 Johanna Hill, Shannon Icard, Aimee Peterson, and Kattie Duff. We give you thanks for the birthdays of Donna Adams; Bill Rose; Dorian Farmer; Paul Ebert; Pr. Sam Zumwalt; Travis Johns; Teresa Hall; Lucy Hieronymus; Mike Murrill; Kandy Jones; & Elaine Brown Mattes. Lord, in your mercy,
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A: Gracious Father, we pray that the husbands and wives who have been joined in holy matrimony may see each other as treasures and gifts from Your gracious hand. We give thanks for those celebrating anniversaries. Lord, in your mercy,
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A: Kind Father, we pray for those persecuted for the Christian faith; for the military and for our enemies; for our shut-ins and their families; for those recovering from disasters; and for the grieving, especially Ann Brown & Ronnie Saucier and family at the death of Ron Saucier Sr. Show forth Your mercy to those who are in great distress of body or soul including Edith Zetzer; Carl Gore; Ken Manning; Kris Auch; Lefty Plante; Charlotte Thompson; Arthur Pease; Elaine Mattes; Denis Hall; Christine Dingfelder; Wanda Slocum; Harry Comeskey; Arthur Moore, Cary Murphrey; Mrs. Jane Shaver; Tom & Robyn Butler; Willard & Jane Dove; Jo Ann Megahan; Brenda Seitter; Patti Macino; Tom & Margo Russell; Jan Magnus; Dan Sparks; Mary Kay Washington; and for those we name aloud or in our hearts [pause]. Lord, in your mercy,
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A: Loving Father, grant us grace joyfully to receive at this altar the gift of Your Son’s flesh given for the life of the world and His blood as the cup of our salvation. 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.