Prayers of the Church for June 17, 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, the Rev. Candidate Todd Cook; for Stephen Ministers; for the people of God, and for all people according to their needs. [Pause]

A: Holy Father, we thank you for your many blessings upon our Vacation Bible School this past week; we ask your blessing on those attending Confirmation Camp this week; and we pray that the Holy Spirit would continue to nurture those who hear your Word in the grace and knowledge of your Son Jesus Christ and empower us to spread your kingdom to those whose lives we touch. Lord, in Your mercy,
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A: Merciful Father, we pray for all persecuted Christians: that the Holy Spirit will keep them united to Jesus Christ under your fatherly care, through the Word and Sacraments, and guard them from every evil. Lord, in your mercy,
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A: Heavenly Father, we thank You for the gift of life in this world; and especially our fathers, grandfathers, and godfathers; for the birth of Calan Banks Saucier, grandson of Nancy & James Wells; for all pregnant women and their babies, especially remembering Kelly Miller and Anna Dineen, and for those celebrating birthdays: Dick Hiler; Corey Somersett; David Rutland; Linda Banning; Dale Lamb; Joel Peterson; John Raia; Regina Ryder; Robin Lamb; & John Stemke. Lord, in your mercy,
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A: Gracious Father, we pray that husbands and wives would keep their vows of faithfulness to each other in thought, word, and deed, and so reflect Christ’s sacrificial love for His bride the Church. We give thanks for those celebrating anniversaries: Ben & Ann Brown; Ron & Judi Funke. Lord, in your mercy,
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A: Kind Father, we pray for the military and for our enemies; and for the grieving especially Craig Hales and family at the death of his stepbrother Scott White; and for the family of Ed Wright. Sustain those who suffer in any way including Mary Martuscelli; Ava Porter; Marti Felter; Aris Moles; Aleda Marggraff; Claire Desmond; Emily Burke; Breann Priebe; Emma Hieronymus; Hannah Stansbury, Butch Ruefle; Jan Magnus; Pr. Bob Kuppler; Paul Ebert; Matthew Seip; Edward McKeithan; Harry Comeskey; Dan Sparks; Ken Manning; Nancy Wells; Claire Hauser; Denis Hall; Hazel Viola; for Megan; and those we name aloud or in the silence of our hearts [pause]. Lord, in your mercy,
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A: Loving Father, we pray for all the baptized who receive Christ’s true Body and most precious Blood: that, through this Medicine of Immortality, the Holy Spirit will give us the forgiveness of sins, strength to resist temptation, joy to serve in your Kingdom, and, at the last, the glories of the life that has no end. Lord, in your mercy,
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Pastor: Into Your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in Your mercy, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. C: Amen.