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Prayers of the Church for November 10, 2019

A: Let us pray with the Lord Jesus Christ for the unity and renewal of His Church on earth, in thanksgiving for the life and witness of Blessed Martin Luther; for Bishops Eaton and Smith; for Francis, Bartholomew, and all bishops; for all pastors including Samuel Zumwalt, Marvin Schedler, Robert Kuppler; Peter Hoyer, 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 Spirit’s help in the midst of our questions, doubts and fears, we may trust in the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Lord, in your mercy,
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A: Heavenly Father, we thank You for the gift of life in this world and for those who raise their voices in witness that every life is precious. We remember those struggling with infertility. Look with kindness upon all pregnant women and their babies. We give you thanks for the birthdays of Lisa Hornick; Kathy Koder; Marcie Schedler; Ava Dineen; Rebecca Seip; Helen Walter; Jim Buel; Bryce Gains; Jean Manley; David Dearie; Becky Howard; & Barbara Moore. Lord, in your mercy,
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A: Gracious Father, we pray especially for couples who are struggling. And we ask that You defend husbands and wives from every assault of the enemy, strengthen them in their faithfulness and loving service to one another, and grant them joy in the gift of children according to Your will. We give thanks for those celebrating anniversaries: Mike & Kristin Lupo. Lord, in your mercy,
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A: Merciful Father, we thank you for our veterans, for the United States Marines, and for all those serving in our country’s military. Guard and keep them in your tender mercy even as you send them to guard and keep our country safe from those who would do evil. Lord, in your mercy,
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A: Kind Father, bless the sick with healing according to Your will, bless the suffering with relief, bless the grieving with comfort and bless the dying with peace. We ask your mercy for the grieving: Liz Newbery & family at the death of her husband David; and Pr. Michael Bergbower & family at the death of his father Harold. Sustain those who suffer in any way including Cindy Harms; Colleen Murphrey; Karen Ruefle; Ken Manning; Jack & Marie Loflin; Harry Comeskey; David Medlin; Stephanie Price; Kay Thompson; Frank Gray; Terry Miller; Alexandra Schwartz; Louise Maggio; 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 who will receive this day the true body and most precious blood of Jesus Christ, our Lord: grant that we may be raised to immortality and incorruption and have our place at the marriage feast of the Lamb. 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.

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