Prayers of the Bride of Christ for March 3, 2024

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; & Carl Voges; for our parish deacon, 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]

P: Father, we thank you at all times for the gift of your Son, Jesus Christ, our elder Brother, who has borne our sins on His holy cross and strengthens us to bear our own crosses. Lord, in your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

P: Father, we pray that, by your Holy Spirit’s work in Word and Sacraments, we may be faithful unto death and so receive the crown of everlasting life. Lord, in your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

P: Father, we pray that your Holy Spirit will keep your Church in the covenant of our Baptism that we may daily renounce the devil, his works, and his ways and do your good and gracious will. Lord, in your mercy,

C: hear our prayer.

P: Father, we pray for earthly leaders and those who would lead; and for the peace that this world cannot give, the peace that passes understanding. Lord, in your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

A: Father, we thank you for every life, born and unborn. Guard and protect all pregnant women and their babies. We give you thanks for the birthdays of Maggie Oxford, Brennan Swidorski, Irene Shea, and Dianne Zenz. Lord, in your mercy,

C: hear our prayer.

A: Father, we ask your blessing upon engaged couples including Gabriella Stapel and Andrew Sharadin; and upon husbands and wives: that they may love and serve each other as Christ loves and serves His Bride, the Church. We give thanks for the those celebrating wedding anniversaries: Elizabeth & Bryce Gains; Walt & Loretta Brehm; Alexandra & Chris Schwartz; and Rick & Laura Fritz. Lord, in your mercy,

C: hear our prayer.

A: Father, we lift before you all those in need of healing and restoration including: Arthur & Barbara Moore; Judy Kettner; William Lawhorn; Steve Loflin; Carol Roller; Randy Magruder; Carol Comeskey; George Taft; Bonnie Berg; John Tullous; Bill Baldwin; Denis Hall; Sara Schneider; John & Cindy Lindsay; Albert Rosetti; Merton Beuerman; Howard & Lani Beuerman; Aris Moles; Cindy Harms; Wanda Valentino; our shut-ins; all who suffer; the dying, and the grieving; and those whom we name aloud or in the silence of our hearts…. Lord, in your mercy,

C: hear our prayer.

P: Father, as we leave your altar filled with the Body and Blood of your Son Jesus: send us forth in union with Perpetua, Felicity, and the martyrs at Carthage to love our neighbors both in our homes and in the world you sent your Son to save. Lord, in your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

P: Into your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy through your dear Son, Jesus Christ.

C: Amen.