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Prayers of the Church for December 1, 2019

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, preserve Your Church against all her enemies, and lead us to walk in Your ways and to follow Your paths, that when Jesus returns in His glory, we may welcome Him with glad hosannas. 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 birthdays of Carol Ann Bauman; Jim Whitmeyer; Leslie Long; Sam Kline; Lauren Gains; Bill Palmer; Tom Russell; Tony Nelson; Pat Manor; Danielle Walker; Sheila Leach; Chantay Allen; Bill Gourville; and Brian Tobin. Lord, in your mercy,
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A: Gracious Father, we pray especially for husbands and wives. Preserve those whom You have joined together in marriage from all temptation and amid all trial. Grant them joy in the gift of godchildren, children, and grandchildren according to Your will. We give thanks for those celebrating anniversaries. Lord, in your mercy,
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A: Kind Father, grant healing and peace to those afflicted in body or mind. Relieve the suffering, give peace to the dying, and comfort those who grieve, especially Nancy Miller and family at the death of her husband J.P. We ask your mercy for Minnie Hollar; Arthur Miller, Jr.; B.G. Bramley; Cindy Harms; Colleen Murphrey; Karen Ruefle; Ken Manning; Jack & Marie Loflin; Harry & Carol Comeskey; David & Tina Medlin; Stephanie Price; Terry Miller; Morris Johnson; Josie Zepf; Alexandra Schwartz; Louise Maggio; Joyce LaSala; Dwight Crim; Jan Magnus; and those we name aloud or in our hearts [pause]. Lord, in your mercy,
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A: Loving Father, unite those who receive Your Son’s true body and most precious blood: that we may confess with one voice the truth of Your Word and live together in love and anticipation for that day when Christ shall return in triumph. Bring us with all the saints into Your eternal presence and to the marriage feast of the Lamb without end. 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.

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