Prayers for December 9, 2018

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, Marv Schedler, Robert Weeks, Robert Kuppler; Peter Hoyer, Michael Megahan; 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 the Church purchased at great cost on Calvary’s tree: prepare our hearts by repentant faith for Christ’s glorious return, joyfully receiving the forgiveness of sins, and serving You in willing obedience. Lord, in your mercy,
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A: Heavenly Father, we thank You for the gift of life in this world. We remember those struggling with infertility. Look with kindness upon all pregnant women and their babies, especially remembering Johanna Hill, Shannon Icard, and Aimee Peterson. We give you thanks for the birthdays of Bethel Paris; Terry Crouch; Jean Hoehler; Alan Scheidt; Hannah Schneider; Audrey Oring; Cindy Lindsay; Stephanie Price; Scott Jones; Happy Wade; Kim Salber. Lord, in your mercy,
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A: Gracious Father, we pray especially for couples who are struggling in any way. And we ask that You would defend husbands and wives from every assault of the enemy, strengthen them in their faithfulness and loving service to one another, and grant them joy in the gift of children according to Your will. We give thanks for those celebrating anniversaries: Jon & Cindy Lindsay; Larry & Sara Schneider; Devin & Diana Lerch. Lord, in your mercy,
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A: Kind Father, we pray for those persecuted for the Christian faith; for the military and for our enemies; for our shut-ins and their families; for those recovering from hurricanes; and for the grieving, especially the family of Lynette Farmer at the death of her stepmother; Randy Mallo at the death of his mother; and Sheila Whitmeyer & family at the death of her mother. Grant grace to all who face illness, pain, suffering, grief and death including Denis Hall; Christine Dingfelder; Harry Comeskey; Ed Ludacer; Ken Manning; John Lovett; Tim Hart; Rachel Paris; Arthur Moore, Jack Loflin; B.G. Bramley, Elaine Mattes; Tom Butler; Jane Dove; Paul Ebert; Jo Ann Megahan; Kris Auch; Brenda Seitter; Patti Macino; Tom Russell; Jan Magnus; Dan Sparks; Mary Kay Washington; in thanksgiving for good reports for Diane Sundberg and Helen Knoll; and for those we name aloud or in our hearts [pause]. Lord, in your mercy,
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A: Loving Father, we pray for all who will be fed and nourished by the true body and most precious blood of Jesus Christ, our Lord: that we may repent of the sins of our hearts, minds, bodies, and spirits, and, by your grace, live righteous and holy lives to the praise of Your glory. 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.