Prayers of the Bride of Christ for September 19, 2021

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, Marvin Schedler, Robert Kuppler; Peter Hoyer, Michael Bergbower; Joel Kettner; for our seminarian, Robert Shivers; for all church workers and musicians; for Stephen Ministers; for the people of God, and for all people according to their needs.  [Pause]

A: Almighty God, even as you called Matthew, a despised tax collector, to leave behind his old life for a new life of following your Son, Jesus: so call us again this day to the waters of Holy Baptism that we may die to sin and rise to a new life of joyful and humble service. Lord, in your mercy,

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A: Generous Father, we give you thanks for the gift of life in this world, born and unborn. Guard and keep in safety all pregnant women and their babies. We give you thanks for the birthdays of Nancy Magruder; Joe Huppmann; Darlene Schucker; Brent Labriola; Logan Todd; Karin Cook; Jonathan Bishton; Betty LaFave; and Linda Holway. Lord, in your mercy,

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A: Gracious Father, protect the homes where your people dwell from disregard for your Word. We pray for those preparing for Christian marriage including Larsen Wharton and Caroline Shaver; and rejoice with husbands and wives marking wedding anniversaries: Ron & Joan Fracalossi; Jim & Sheila Whitmeyer; Terry & Joyce Crouch; Dave & Diane Sundberg; Cy & Grace Oberle. Lord, in your mercy,

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A: Kind Father, be merciful to all who are sick, afflicted, or oppressed; especially to those struggling with Covid; and to Walt Brehm; Mark & Susan Hooker; Barbara Duff; Virginia Mough; Vinny Sidorski; Gunder Peterson; Cannon Helms; Keith Bishton, Ed Ludacer, Art Dingfelder; Joel Peterson; John Tullous, Jr.; Lois Kuppler; Peggy Davis; Maggie Hoyer; Patti Macino; Arthur & Barbara Moore; Howard & Lani Beuerman; Alexandra Schwartz; Peggy Barr; Carol Comeskey; Joanne Johnson; Megan McKinney; Ruth Smith;  Maureen Richey; Denis & Janet Hall & family; Jane Dove; Fran Perry; Vivian Alexander; Sue & Terry Miller; Bishop Mayfield; Stan Brunt, Sr.; Rebecca Price; Sandra Marshburn; Katie Schwenzer; Gretchen Donaldson; Caroland MacFarlane; David Schwartz; Sean McShane; JoBeth Brinkley; Harriet Branson; Diane Sundberg; and Susan Cherwien; for the persecuted Church throughout the world; for the suffering and the dying; for the grieving; and those we name aloud or in the silence of our hearts…. Lord, in your mercy,

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A: O Lord, God almighty, none of us is worthy of your grace, yet in love you invite us to sit at the Table of our Lord and receive the gift of heavenly food in the bread which is Christ’s body and the cup of His blood. Make us ready to receive Him who comes to us here, and grant us Your Holy Spirit, that through this Holy Communion we may be nourished to eternal life. Lord, in your mercy,

C: hear our prayer.

Pastor: All these things and whatever else You know that we need, grant us, Father, for the sake of Him who died and rose again and now lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God forever. C: Amen.