Luther's Small Catechism defines prayer as "an act of worship wherein we bring our petitions before God with our hearts and lips and offer up praise and thanksgiving to Him."
Please pray for the following who are ill or have special needs and concerns, and remember to thank Him when He has healed them:
Helen Doege, member of Christ Lutheran Church
Praise God for our members and friends celebrating birthdays in August:
August 1, Madisen Pollock
Give thanks for another year of married life for:
August 4, Chris and Jennifer Bryson
Finally, the Prayers of the Church for the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost:
Let us pray for the whole Church of God in Christ Jesus and for all people according to their needs.
In peace, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For a true faith, that we would honor God not just with our lips, but serve Him faithfully with all of our heart, mind and strength, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For husbands and wives, that wives submit to their husbands and husbands love their wives as Christ loved the Church and gave Himself up for her, and that husbands love their wives and wives respect their husbands, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For all Christians, that we not reject Godís commandments for the doctrine of men, but rather that we be given grace to keep Godís commandments in thought, word and deed, honoring God in all that we do, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For children of all ages, that they would honor their mother and father, so that they would not despise or anger their parents, but honor them, serve and obey them, and love and cherish them, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For the baptized children of God, that they may find joy and hope in the waters of Holy Baptism, so that they may rejoice in the forgiveness of sins that Christ freely pours out in this saving flood, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For all those facing difficult life and death decisions, that the Lord of life would guide them and lead them to make God-pleasing decisions, affirming that life is a precious gift from God, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For those who partake in the fellowship of this altar and receive Christís body and blood this day, that God would strengthen their faith and sustain them by this Holy Communion until life everlasting, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For those who are physically, emotionally and spiritually suffering on account of illness, that God would encourage them with His Word and grace, and that He would bless all medical professionals with the skills necessary to alleviate such suffering and pain where it is possible, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For the vast multitude of the faithful departed, gathered already into the Kingdom, let us offer our thanks, asking that we may join them in their unending hymns of praise, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
Into Your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in Your mercy, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Adapted from prayers published by the Commission on Worship,
LC-MS, and used by permission.