Prayers of the Church for September 8, 2019

With joy and thanksgiving as children of God, let us pray with the Lord Jesus Christ for the unity of His Church; for Bishops Eaton and Smith; for Francis, Bartholomew, and all bishops, for all pastors including Samuel Zumwalt, Marvin Schedler, Robert Weeks, Robert Kuppler; Peter Hoyer, Michael Bergbower; for all church workers; for Stēphen Ministers; for the people of God, and for all people according to their needs. [Pause]

A: Holy Father, keep Your Church from an easy faith that costs us nothing, and preserve us that we may be the salt of the earth and light in the darkness of a world that does not know You. Lord, in your mercy,
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A: Mighty Father, we give You thanks and praise for delivering us from the devastation we might have suffered from Hurricane Dorian. Grant us grace to see Your providential care and move us to greater compassion and generosity for those who have suffered mightily. Lord, in Your mercy,
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A: Heavenly Father, we thank You for the gift of life in this world. Look with kindness upon all pregnant women and their babies, especially remembering Jana Stroehl. We give thanks for the birthdays of Yvonne Jones; Wayne McDougald; Jacob Harms; Dennice Graef; Jan Betts; Craig Hales; Eric Pollard; Greg Stirrat; Dean Weber; Arlene Robie. Lord, in your mercy,
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A: Gracious Father, we pray for all husbands and wives and ask Your blessing upon them, that in their faithfulness to each other they may be a sign of Your Son’s faithfulness to His Bride, the Church. We give you thanks for the anniversary of Keith & Cindy Harms. Lord, in your mercy,
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A: Compassionate Father, grant to all the sick the riches of Your mercy. Sustain them in their afflictions. Deliver them according to Your will, comfort them with Your presence, and build them up in the hope of a new and everlasting life. We pray especially for Janet Hall; Minnie Hollar; Jon Lindsay; Tina Medlin; Michelle Quinlan; Terry Miller; Karen Bartch; Carolyn Hooker; Matthew Hall; Randy Magruder; Ron Bloom; Jean Jarusinsky; Gina Martuscelli; Mary Martuscelli; Kenn Slocum; J.B. Vick; Alexandra Schwartz; Arthur & Barbara Moore; Tim Hart; Jeff Turner; Joyce LaSala; for those fighting addictions; for mourners especially the families of Rob Baldwin and of those killed by Hurricane Dorian; for those persecuted for Jesus’ sake; for deliverance from other hurricanes; for the unemployed and underemployed; and for those we name aloud or in our hearts, [pause]. Lord, in your mercy,
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A: Merciful Father, we pray for all who receive Your Son’s true Body and most precious Blood: that we may come in true repentance, confessing our Lord and discerning His presence in this heavenly Banquet. Keep us mindful that Jesus goes with us wherever we go. 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 reign with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.