Prayers of the Church for March 28-29, 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 on earth: Raise us up from our weariness and grant us Your Spirit, that we may be strong in faith, bold in witness, holy in life and steadfast in hope. Lord, in your mercy,
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A: Merciful Father, we pray for our President and Vice President and those who work in the executive branch of government, for those in the legislative and judicial branches, for our governor, our legislature, our judges, and all local leaders, and for leaders around the world. Bless and defend us against all destruction, especially from this deadly pandemic, and teach us to be patient and faithful citizens of this land, using ourselves and our resources wisely for the good of all. 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 including Sarah Bishton. We give you thanks for the birthdays of Delores Irenze; Nate Holway; Emily Burke; Frank Fauser; Joe Rumsey; Pr. Russell Graef; Joy Shaver. Lord, in your mercy,
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A: Gracious Father, give Your blessing to the home, to husbands and wives, to the children in their care, and to the extended family, including grandparents and godparents. We give thanks for those celebrating anniversaries. Lord, in your mercy,
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A: Dear Father, we pray for the suffering, the afflicted, the captives, the lonely, the poor, the fearful, the dying; the grieving; and those who have asked for our prayers, especially: Michael O’Day; Terry Miller; Patti Macino; Heidi Apel; Lisa Holgerson; Jan Magnus; Dwight Crim; Diane Sundberg; Denise Benoit; Judy Daniels; Elaine Mattes; Ruth Rice; Ed Ludacer; Paul Miller; Stan Brunt; Jane Dove; Liz Newbery; Charles Smith; Tina Medlin; Mike Thompson; Joel Peterson; Gabriela Wentzel; Pat Mahl; Alexandra Schwartz; Arthur Moore; Ellen Dabolt; Harry Comeskey; Ken Manning; Jack & Marie Loflin; Morris Johnson; Joyce LaSala & John LaSala, Jr.; and those we name aloud or in our hearts [pause]. Lord, in your mercy,
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A: Loving Father, we pray for those who partake of Your Son’s true Body and most precious Blood: that through this holy meal He would drive out our fears, strengthen our faith, and move us to greater love and works of mercy for one another and for our neighbors near and far. 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.

We would like to have an email address for each voting member in your household. Please take a minute right now to email them to me at szumwalt@bellsouth.net  Why? This week, we will be emailing a congregational survey to each voting member. We don’t want to miss anyone. So, thank you for sending them right now.