Prayers of the Church for August 9, 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, You have called Your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that Your hand is leading us and Your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ. Lord, in Your mercy,

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A: Lord of all kindliness, Lord of all grace, Your hands swift to welcome, your arms to embrace: Be there at our homing and give us, we pray, Your love in our hearts, Lord, at the eve of the day. Lord, in Your mercy,

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A: Heavenly Father, we thank you for the gift of life in this world from conception to our last breath. Look with kindness upon all pregnant women and their babies, especially remembering Sarah Bishton, Melanie O’Brien, Kelli Miller and their children. We give you thanks for the birthdays of Barbara Keyl; Patty Macino; Sara Schneider; Paul Miller; Colleen Johns; Danny Walker; Ruth Rice; Lee Whiteside; Becky Mahler. Lord, in your mercy,

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A: Gracious Father, we pray for those celebrating anniversaries: that they may keep their vows, grow in love toward You and each other, and come at last to the eternal joys you have promised in Christ Jesus. We remember especially: Steve & Pat Manor; Ray & Karen Schmoke; Terry & Sue Miller; Anthony & Delores Irenze; Perry & Diane Guy; Daniel & Leah Sparks. Lord, in your mercy,

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A: Compassionate Father, hear our cries on behalf of Your world caught in the grip of cynical despair. We pray especially for Vivian Alexander; Carol Comeskey; Donna Franklin; Daniel Sparks; Gary Zenz; Joyce LaSala; Jack & Marie Loflin; Tracy Boandl; Helen Knoll; Howard Beuerman; Jean Jarusinsky; Arlene Robie; Denis Hall; Fran Perry; Arthur & Barbara Moore; Ruth Smith; Jane Dove; Judy Daniels; Arthur Pease; Russ Kuhn; Sue & Terry Miller; Joel Peterson; Ken Manning; Ed Ludacer; Al Birnstein; Susan Strickland; Paul Rady; for all who mourn especially Judy Benson at the death of her sister Deborah Young; Laurie Tobin at the death of her father John Pizzico; the family of Mary Hollar; for those consumed by anger and hopelessness; 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: Abba Father, we yearn for You the Living God. As we come amidst the storms of this life to receive the true Body and most precious Blood of Your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, grant us an extra measure of Your Holy Spirit: that we may live in trust and hope. 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.