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 Brann, member of Christ Lutheran
November 1, Riv Feagan
Give thanks for another year of married life for:
November 8, Art and Marylin Ormsby
Give thanks for the life of Pramila Rani JES'Son who was called to her eternal rest on November 1, 2014. Ask God for peace and comfort to Sharmista, Sharmila, and Satish and the rest of their family during these difficult days.
Finally, the Prayers of the Church for the Last Sunday of the Church Year:
Almighty and everlasting God, on this last Sunday in the church year, we turn our thoughts to that great and awesome day when Jesus will come again to gather His elect from every time and place. For the believer, it will be a time of joy, peace and fulfillment; but for those who do not believe, it will be a time of terror and shame.
Father, we don’t know the day or the hour. Your Word only says that the time is short. Give each of us a heart for the lost — and the courage to speak the truth to them in love. Turn their hearts to You, O Lord! Not for the sake of their good works, Father, but because Jesus shed His blood for them too. Do not let the enemy of our souls triumph in his schemes.
Bless the families of our congregation, dear Lord. Give wisdom and patience and good humor to fathers and mothers — the wisdom of Solomon, the patience of Job, the joy of the Holy Spirit and the unconditional love of God, which always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Guide the children in the way of truth, and protect them from the evil one.
Bless the leaders of our congregation, and all teachers and workers as well. Grant us harmony and a willing spirit to sustain us as we serve as Your body in this place. Gather us around Your Word and Sacraments, by Your Spirit use these means to nourish our souls. Forgive and renew us, Father; we bear Your name.
Be with those we know and love who are sick or suffering especially those named above. Comfort them with Your own presence, Lord. Strengthen their faith and, if it be Your will, restore their health. Thank You for Your assurance that You never leave us or forsake us (Deut. 31:8).
Help us be a light in this darkening world. Bless those who fight for the rights and the lives of the pre-born. Give them courage and “the tongue of those who are taught, that I may know how to sustain with a word him who is weary” (Is. 50:4). Give them the honor and the privilege of saving the little ones from death — and offering the word of comfort, life and forgiveness to the parents.
Bless those who serve in mercy ministries for the hungry, sick, destitute or imprisoned. Provide for the needs around us through Your bounty, Father. You have blessed us so richly; open our hearts to those in need so that they can see firsthand that there is a God in heaven who cares about them.
Break the chains of addiction, Lord. So many people are in that kind of bondage in this sin-sick world. Our culture, our society embraces and glorifies things that You hate, God! Restrain the tempter’s power. Hinder ungodly influences in our country and cause all good and virtuous industry to prosper. Turn the hearts of the nation to You, O Lord. Your Kingdom come!
Father, we are Yours. Hear and answer our prayers as You see fit, for we know that Your will is always best and we know that You love us more than life itself, for the sake of Jesus Christ, our Lord. We pray in His name. Amen.
Adapted from prayers published by the Commission on Worship,
LC-MS, and used by permission.