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:
Albert and Anne Brann, members of Christ Lutheran
October 2, Chris Pollock
Give thanks for another year of married life for:
October 2, Lonnie and Kim Jarrett
Give thanks for the 86 years of life God granted to Arthur Louis Robinson whose soul was called home on September 18, 2014. Ask God to grant peace and comfort to Art's family and friends during these difficult days.
Finally, the Prayers of the Church for the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost:
In peace, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For the Church of Jesus, purchased with His precious blood, that God would preserve her in the pure teaching of His Word, in the right use of His Sacraments and in the unity of faith, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For pastors, missionaries, teachers, composers and hymn writers, and all who bear witness to faith in Jesus Christ, that they may be granted wisdom in applying the Word of God to our lives and strength for their calling, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For government and leaders, our military and all who protect us, that through their efforts justice, peace and order would be maintained in our land, and that through the authority given by God they would seek to serve Him and promote the welfare of our communities and nation, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For all married couples, that their union as husband and wife might be a reflection of Christ and His Church, that God would bless all Christian homes with His presence, making them places of peace and refuge in Christ, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For all children, that they may be raised in the true faith and stand firm in the face of challenges; for abused children and battered women, that they might be protected by Godís holy angels and delivered from their situations; and for children in foster care, that God would watch over them and that they would be placed into stable and loving households, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For faith to rejoice in all things, including sickness, injury, stress and need, knowing that the Lord is near, so that we need not be anxious about anything, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For the growth of the kingdom of God, that through the sharing of the Gospel and the Sacrament of Baptism, unbelieving nations would be brought to the light of Christ and to His feast, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
Lord Jesus Christ, You have invited us to Your wedding feast and prepared us to sit at Your table, having clothed us with the robe of righteousness in Baptism. Let no one approach Your table clad in the spotted garments of the flesh. Bring us at last to that feast which You have prepared for all people upon that mountain where You have swallowed up death forever, where Your saints ever feast in joy and where You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen.
Adapted from prayers published by the Commission on Worship,
LC-MS, and used by permission.