Prayers of the Church for May 13, 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; for all church workers; for Stephen Ministers; for the people of God, and for all people according to their needs. [Pause]

A: Let us pray for the whole Church: that the Holy Spirit will keep us united to the crucified and risen Jesus through the Word and Sacraments and strengthen us for service. Lord, in your mercy,
C: hear our prayer.

A: Let us pray for all persecuted Christians: that the Holy Spirit will fill them and us with the joy of Christ’s endless life that those who do not believe may be drawn to Him. Lord, in your mercy,
C: hear our prayer.

A: Let us thank our heavenly Father for the gift of life in this world; for our mothers, grandmothers, godmothers, and all who give us motherly care; for all pregnant women and their babies, especially remembering Catherine Morrow and Kelly Miller, and for those celebrating birthdays: Celey Cumbo; Laura Fritz; Claire Rappold; Frank Felter; Christine Dingfelder; Jane Dove; Kevin Ulisnik; Deanne Labriola; Diana Robinson; Declan Schwartz; Carol Lovett; Jane Shaver; and Laura Schimmel. Lord, in your mercy,
C: hear our prayer.

A: Let us pray for all newlyweds including Matt Duff & Katie Alvarez; and for 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: Arthur & Christine Dingfelder; Patrick & Sandy O’Donnell; Steve & Rose Weidman. Lord, in your mercy,
C: hear our prayer.

A: Let us pray for the military and for our enemies; and for the grieving, especially John Bink and family at Kathy’s death; the family and friends of Linda Absell, Scott Sutherland; Stony Hughes; Roy Moen, and Glenn von Rosenberg. Sustain those who suffer in any way including Emily Burke; Breann Priebe; Emma Hieronymus; Butch Ruefle; Jan Magnus; Joanne Johnson; Eric Pollard; Bill French; Pr. Bob Kuppler; Paul Ebert; Aleda Marggraff; Matthew Seip; Edward McKeithan; Sylvia Weeks; Harry Comeskey; Dan Sparks; Ken Manning; Nancy Wells; Claire Hauser; Denis Hall; Becky Mahler; Hazel Viola; Beth Bailey; and those we name aloud or in the silence of our hearts [pause]. Lord, in your mercy,
C: hear our prayer.

A: Let us pray for all the baptized who receive Christ’s true Body and most precious Blood: that we may share eternally the life and love of the one true God: Father, Son, & Holy Spirit. Lord, in your mercy,
C: hear our prayer.

Pastor: Into your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. C: Amen.