Prayers of the Church for August 17-18, 2019

With thanksgiving for the life of St. Bernard of Clairvaux, 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, we pray that Your Word will be preached freely and faithfully, that the sinner will be warned and urged to repentance, and that the penitent will rejoice in the grace of forgiveness. 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 Inge Shelton; Laura Matthess; Arielle Nelson; Pr. Marv Schedler; Charles Smith; Shannon Icard; Braden Cumbo; Tom Brondy; Lala Hollamon; Sally Birnstein. 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 rejoice at the marriage of Hannah Stansbury & Luke Solari. We give you thanks for the anniversaries of Happy & Kristi Wade; Jim & Margaret Ballantine; Tom & Margo Russell; Steve & Kim Salber; Scott & Rhonda Mough; Pr. Robert & Sylvia Weeks; Jamie & Cyndi Price; Jab & Nancy Miller. Lord, in your mercy,
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A: Compassionate Father, we pray for the sick, that You would grant healing to their bodies, strength to the weak, endurance to bear up under trial, patience to await Your deliverance and peace at the last. We pray especially for Jon Lindsay; Tina Medlin; Jack & Marie Loflin; Pastor Herb Kern; Sylvia Weeks; Terry Crouch; Charles Schucker; Terry Miller; Karen Bartch; Carolyn Hooker; Janet Hall; Matthew Hall; Jordan Gourville; Randy Magruder; Ron Bloom; Jean Jarusinsky; Gina Martuscelli; Butch Ruefle; Alan Scheidt (Shydt); Roger Stanley; Kenn Slocum; J.B. Vick; Vivian Alexander; Brad Cook; Arthur & Barbara Moore; Gabriela Wentzel; Tim Hart; Jeff Turner; for those fighting addictions; for mourners including Judy Benson & family at Don’s death and for the family of Case Leeuwenburg; for those persecuted for Jesus’ sake; for all who are traveling; 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 the faithful who will commune here today, for godly preparation so that we may be ready to receive the body and blood of our Lord worthily, and for the fruits of this Sacrament to be displayed in our lives. 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.