Prayers of the Church for July 4-5, 2020

Let us pray with the Lord Jesus Christ for the unity of His Church; 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 Stēphen Ministers; for the people of God, and for all people according to their needs.  [Pause]

A: Almighty Father, govern our hearts by Your Holy Spirit that in our daily need and especially in all time of temptation, we may seek Your help and, by a true and lively faith in Your Word, obtain all that You have promised, through your Son, Jesus Christ. Lord, in your mercy,

C: hear our prayer.

A: Almighty Father, keep this nation under Your care. Bless the leaders of our land that we may be a people at peace among ourselves and a blessing to the other nations of the earth. Grant that we may choose trustworthy leaders, contribute to wise decisions for the general welfare, and serve You faithfully in our generation; through Your Son Jesus Christ. Lord, in your mercy,

C: hear our prayer.

A: Heavenly Father, we thank You for the gift of life in this world from the moment of conception until we take our last breath. Look with kindness upon all pregnant women and their babies, especially remembering Sarah Bishton and Melanie O’Brien and their children. We give you thanks for the birthdays of Bob Byrne; Carrie McDonough; Pr. Peter Hoyer; Larry Troutman; Marie Loflin; Kay Rose; Lois Kuppler; & Thomas Weybrecht. Lord, in your mercy,

C: hear our prayer.

A: Gracious Father, we give thanks for those celebrating anniversaries and ask that they may give bold witness to the faithfulness of Your Son, especially: Howard & Lani Beuerman; Greg & Donna Adams; Paul & Sue Mowrey. Lord, in your mercy,

C: hear our prayer.

A: Compassionate Father, give healing and strength to the sick, to those afflicted in body or mind, and grant to those who struggle the gift of Your peace which the world cannot give. We pray especially for Helen Knoll; Crosby Asher; Laura Gray; Marie & Jack Loflin and family; Rod Andrew; Arlene Robie; Janet Hall; Fran Perry; Arthur & Barbara Moore; Ruth Smith; Jane Dove; Lois & Pr. Bob Kuppler; Arthur Pease; Howard Beuerman; Sue & Terry Miller; Joel Peterson; Donna Franklin; Ken Manning; Ed Ludacer; Al Birnstein; Susan Strickland; Paul Rady; for all who mourn, especially Al Scheidt at the death of his mother Betty; for those persecuted for Jesus’ sake; and for those we name aloud or in our hearts, [pause]. Lord, in your mercy,

C: hear our prayer.

A: Merciful Father, grant repentance to all who receive the true Body and most precious Blood of Your Son Jesus Christ our Lord: that with the whole Church on earth and the company of heaven we may share in Your eternal life and love forever. Lord, in your mercy,

C: hear our prayer.

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 reign with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.