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Luther's Rose

St Matthew's Evangelical Lutheran Church

A Discipleship Center

Celebrating Our 125th Anniversary 1892-2017

The Prayers of the Church 08/20/2017

Assisting Minister: Rejoicing in the forgiveness of sins and the promise of life and salvation, let us pray with the Lord Jesus for the unity of His Church, for Bishops Eaton and Smith; for Francis, Bartholomew, and all bishops; for all pastors including Samuel Zumwalt; Dale Kemppainen; Marvin Schedler; Robert Weeks; Bob Kuppler; Peter Hoyer; Joel Kettner; Michael Megahan; and the Reverend Candidate Todd Cook; for the people of God, and for all people according to their needs. [pause]

A:   Almighty Father, we pray for the Church: that she may be a house of prayer for all people; and that through us God would gather in the lost and outcast, the widowed and orphaned, and all who are in need. Lord, in your mercy,

C:  hear our prayer.

A: Holy Father, we pray for all who suffer for Christ, especially in Muslim lands; that they may confess the Lord Jesus, the Son of David, as the only way of salvation. Lord, in your mercy,

C:   hear our prayer.

 A:  Heavenly Father, we thank you for the gift of life in this world; for all who are pregnant especially Katie Buel and her baby; and for those celebrating birthdays: Pr. Marvin Schedler; Charles Smith; Shannon Icard; Braden Cumbo; Addie Lamb; Tom Brondy; Lala Hollamon; Sally Bernstein; Diane Vickery; and Wanda Slocum. Lord, in your mercy,

C:  hear our prayer.

A:   Loving Father, we pray for those who are engaged including the newly engaged: Arielle Walker & Tony Nelson; and Kristin Kalous & Mike Lupo; and ask you to strengthen the marriages of all your people, especially those presently struggling to keep their vows: that husbands and wives may be signs of Christ’s faithfulness to His holy bride, the Church. We thank you for those celebrating anniversaries: Pr. Robert & Sylvia Weeks; Jamie & Cyndi Price; Dan & Celey Cumbo; Jab & Nancy Miller; and Bill & Connie Palmer. Lord, in your mercy,

C:   hear our prayer.

A:  Kind Father, have mercy upon us, especially Virginia Parisek; Jean Jarusinsky; Aleda Marggraff; Carol Comeskey; Nancy Champion; Craig Hales, Bonnie Gaspari; Shaw Barney, George Lavoy, Alan Hunsberger; Elaine Mattes; Denis Hall; Keith Farmer; Dona Peterson; Allison Mills; Nathan Pensinger; for those suffering with depression; and for those we name aloud [pause…]. For our leaders & those serving in the military and their families. We pray for all who consider themselves to be our enemies. We ask your comfort for the grieving especially the families of those killed by terrorist attacks in Spain. Lord, in your mercy,

C:  hear our prayer.

 A:  Gracious Father, we pray for those who will receive Your Son’s true Body and most precious Blood today: that these crumbs may strengthen us in faith and love and bring us to unity with God and neighbor. 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 Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.                                                                      C:        Amen.