Prayers of the Church for January 19, 2020

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; 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 Your Church, the Body of Christ whom You have called into faith and fellowship through Your Son, and for this congregation now gathered at Your bidding around Your Word and table: grant us grace to be faithful to our calling as Your Holy people. 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 birth of Ella Grace Larson; and for the birthdays of Addie Adamec; Ana Maria Jackson; Ken Manning; Rick Fritz; Fred Jackson; Sheila Whitmeyer; and Ken Schiess (Sheece). Lord, in your mercy,
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A: Gracious Father, we pray for husbands and wives that they may be a sign of Your Son’s faithfulness to His Bride the Church. Grant them joy in the gift of godchildren, children, and grandchildren according to Your will. We give thanks for those who are engaged, including Dusty Pilcher and Sophia Bridger; and those celebrating anniversaries: Ken & Jenny Manning. Lord, in your mercy,
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A: Kind Father, we pray for the sick, that You would grant healing for their bodies according to Your will and strength to bear the infirmities they suffer. We ask your mercy for the grieving who suffer the loss of those they love, especially for Mike Peretta and family at the death of his father Fred; for Bob & Barb Haack and family at the death of their son-in-law Tim Hart; for Elaine Mattes and family at the death of her aunt Dorothy Nuss …. Grant Your healing touch to Alan Scheidt; Elaine Mattes; Terry Miller; Joel Peterson; Gabriela Wentzel; Pat Mahl; Alexandra Schwartz; Arthur Moore; Ellen Dabolt; Harry Comeskey; Ken Manning; Jack & Marie Loflin; Morris Johnson; Joyce LaSala; Gary & Diane Zenz; Jan Magnus; Dwight Crim; and those we name aloud or in our hearts [pause]. Lord, in your mercy,
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A: Loving Father, we pray for faith as we approach the Lamb of God to eat His body and drink His blood in this Sacrament, for grace to keep in holy hearts what we receive upon our lips, and for the Spirit to keep us in this faith until Christ comes in His glory. 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.