Prayers of the Church for October 21, 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, Robert Kuppler; Peter Hoyer, Michael Megahan; 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 the Church: that, by the help of the Holy Spirit, we may follow our Lord Jesus, even unto death, in lives of joyful service to You and our neighbor. Lord, in your mercy,
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A: Dear Father, we pray for all persecuted Christians: that the Holy Spirit will grant them and us grace to confess Christ lavishly not merely with our lips but with our lives. Lord, in your mercy,
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A: Heavenly Father, we thank You for the gift of life in this world. We remember those struggling with infertility. Look with kindness upon all pregnant women and their babies, especially remembering Kelly Miller, Anna Dineen, Johanna Hill, and Shannon Icard. We give you thanks for the birthdays of Maggie Hoyer; Christi Monroe; Thomas Mowrey; Katelin Murrill; Haley Snyder; Britta Graef; Ellie Beall; Alison Oring; Lon Ostby; & Doris Ullman. Lord, in your mercy,
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A: Gracious Father, we pray especially for couples who are struggling. And we ask that You would defend husbands and wives from every assault of the enemy, strengthen them in their faithfulness and loving service to one another, and grant them joy in the gift of children according to Your will. We give thanks for those celebrating anniversaries: Jack & Marie Loflin; Dick & Sophie Williams; Adam & Rebecca Thompson. Lord, in your mercy,
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A: Kind Father, we pray for peace in the world; peace in our land; peace in Your Church; and peace in our homes; for the military and for our enemies; for our shut-ins and their families; and for the grieving: especially Erika Braje and family at the death of her aunt Villya Jentgen; and those recovering after great losses from Hurricanes Michael & Florence. Sustain those who suffer in any way including Hazel Viola; Ken Manning; Diane Sundberg; Mike Thompson; Jane Dove; Christine Dingfelder; Pat O’Donnell; Arthur Moore, Paul Ebert; Jo Ann Megahan; Rebecca Thompson; Carolyn Zane; Judy Benson; Brenda Seitter; Patti Macino; J.B. Vick; Dorothy Thomas; Marti Felter; Tom Russell; Emily Burke; Emma Hieronymus; Aris Moles; Jan Magnus; Pr. Bob Kuppler; Dan Sparks; Nancy Wells; Claire Hauser; Denis Hall; Mary Kay Washington; and those we name aloud or in our hearts [pause]. Lord, in your mercy,
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A: Loving Father, we pray for all who will come to receive at this altar the ransom price of this world: the true body and blood of Jesus Christ, our Lord, that we may welcome Him with joy and partake of these sacred gifts to our everlasting blessing. 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.