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 November:
November 2, Sharmila JES'Son
Give thanks for another year of married life for:
November 8, Art and Marylin Ormsby
Finally, the Prayer of the Church for the First Sunday in Advent:
Almighty God, we give You thanks for bringing us to the end of one church year and to the beginning of another. As You have kept us in the days that have passed, so do we pray You would keep us in the days to come. Teach us to be faithful in all things, grateful for all Your gifts, urgent in Your work and hopeful for Christís coming again. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Almighty God, we long for an end to the struggles of this mortal life and for the start of everlasting life with Christ and all the saints in Your presence forevermore. Keep us from becoming contented with this life and from despair over the burdens of the flesh. We pray ever more earnestly to see Your face and to know in full the joy of Your presence. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Almighty God, we know how easily the good things You have supplied can be abused and used for harm instead of good. Deliver all who struggle with addiction, restore us when we fall and bring us the strength of Your Word and Sacraments to sustain us. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Almighty God, we rejoiced with people who once welcomed Your Son with palms and hosannas, and we pray You to grant us a true faith, that we may welcome Him now as He comes to us in the bread that is His body and the cup that is His blood. Feed and nourish us in Christ, that we may renounce ungodliness and live righteous and holy lives to the praise of Your glory. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Almighty God, we enjoy the many and rich blessings You have showered upon our nation. Grant to us wise and faithful leaders who will help us use Your bounty for good. Establish Your peace among the nations, and bring to nothing the plots of those who delight in evil, terror and violence. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Almighty God, we face illness, pain, suffering, grief and death, but not without Your grace to comfort us or Your hope to encourage us. Give grace to each as they have need, that sustained through their afflictions they may rejoice in Your promises . Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Almighty God, we claim nothing as our own, for all things come from You. Accept the worship of our lips, the service of our lives and the tithes and offerings we bring in Jesusí name. Grant that we may use all things for Your glory, for the blessing of those in our care and for the support of Your Church. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Almighty God, we pray not as we ought but as we are able, trusting in Your mercy to supply us with all things needful and beneficial. Keep far from us all things harmful, that we may be kept holy and blameless to the day of Christís coming; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Adapted from prayers published by the Commission on Worship,
LC-MS, and used by permission.