Prayers of the Church for December 6, 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 bishop; for all pastors including Samuel Zumwalt, Marvin Schedler, Robert Kuppler; Peter Hoyer, Michael Bergbower; Joel Kettner; for all church workers; for Stephen Ministers; for the people of God, and for all people according to their needs.  [Pause]

A: Heavenly Father, we pray for your whole Church, the Bride of Christ: that we may await the revealing of the new heavens and new earth in lives of holiness and godliness, diligent to be found without spot or blemish and at peace. Lord, in your mercy,

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A: Almighty Father, grant an extra measure of your Holy Spirit this day as our congregation meets to elect leaders, approve a spending plan, and make decisions about how we may better do your work. Lord, in your mercy,

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A: Merciful Father, bless Donald, our President, Roy, our Governor, and all who exercise civil authority over this land and its people according to your good and gracious will. Lord, in your mercy,

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A: Generous Father, we thank you for the gift of life in this world. Guard and keep in safety all pregnant women and their babies, especially remembering Kelli Miller; Mandy Harrington; and their children. We give you thanks for the birthdays of Bill Gourville; Brian Tobin; Lou Painter; Adam Thompson; Terry Crouch; Jody Burke; Jean Hoehler; Al Scheidt; Hannah Schneider; Audrey Oring. Lord, in your mercy,

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A: Gracious Father, we praise you for the gift of marriage and ask that you would preserve it against the ravages of sin, the schemes of the devil and the raging of the world; and for the couples and families of our congregation especially those celebrating anniversaries: Jon & Cindy Lindsay. Lord, in your mercy,

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A: Kind Father, we name before you those in need of our prayers especially Alan & Maureen Richey; Lon Ostby; Patty Macino; Kay Thompson; Alan & Bev Hunsberger; Jean Langrall; Ruthann Getsinger; Pr. Bob & Lois Kuppler; Irene Glaeser; Al & Janet Glaeser; Arthur Pease; Virginia Parisek; Rose Weidman; Deb Weidman; Raewyn McCombs; Doris Ullman; Lani Beuerman; Vivian Alexander; Denis Hall; Donna Franklin; Arthur & Barbara Moore; Sue & Terry Miller; Bishop Mayfield; William Lawhorn; Beth Jarrott; Fran Perry; Stan Brunt, Sr.; for an end to the pandemic; and for those who mourn especially Melissa Shaver and family at the death of her mother, Carolyn Zane. We remember those persecuted for the faith; our law enforcement, first responders, and the military; for our enemies; for our shut-ins and their families. For those being treated for cancer and those we name aloud or in our hearts… Lord, in your mercy,

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A: Loving Father, we pray for all who will receive this day the true body and most precious blood of Jesus Christ, our Lord: that we may receive our Lord with true repentance and a deep longing for the forgiveness of our sins. 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.