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
April 1, Lane Fischer
Give thanks for another year of married life for:
April 25, Bob and Glenna Warrick
Ask God to comfort the family and friends of Marilyn Darby who was called to her eternal home on April 6, 2014.
Finally, the Prayers of the Church for Easter Sunday:
Risen and eternal Lord, we come before Your Father this day rejoicing in Your resurrection and praying in confidence for His mercy upon us and all people as they have need.
Blessed Lord, You raised up Jesus Christ from death to show forth the fulfillment of Your promise and to assure us that our sins are forgiven and eternal life has been prepared for us and all believers. Keep us in this holy joy, that in all the days of our trials and troubles we may remember His triumph and be comforted in all our needs. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Blessed Lord, You have given to us hope and established us in the peace of Christ, our Savior. Give also to Your Church the boldness to speak without fear the message of the cross and empty tomb. Raise up faithful pastors to serve us in Your name, and kindle within many a vocation to church work both here and throughout the world. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Blessed Lord, You have established the nations and hold accountable all those who govern in every place. Bless those who lead us in this nation and all who make, administer and judge our laws. Give to the nations leaders of integrity who will pursue the causes of peace, justice and freedom for all. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Blessed Lord, You have brought the promise of freedom to all who live in captivity to sin and its death. Give to all prisoners and their families the comfort of Your presence, and bring all to repentance and faith. Bless those who serve on our behalf in the Armed Forces of our nation, and as police, prison guards, firefighters and emergency medical personnel. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Blessed Lord, You raised up Christ as Lord of life and of death. Deliver the sick from their illness, give relief to all who suffer, bestow comfort to the grieving and keep the dying in perfect peace, that wherever people cry to You they may know Your mercy and grace is sufficient for their every need. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Blessed Lord, You give to us this Holy Sacrament as the remembrance of our Lord in His suffering and the foretaste of His feast to come. Grant us faithfully to eat His body and to drink His blood, that we may receive from this Holy Communion every gift and blessing He imparts, especially our unity of faith and life as Godís people in this place. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Blessed Lord, You have bestowed upon us hope beyond imagination in the promise of our own joyful resurrection with Christ to everlasting life. Accept now our grateful song of praise, and help us by Your Holy Spirit to live worthy of the grace of life You have so richly bestowed on us here. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Blessed Lord, You have brought us to this new day of hope and joy through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Hinder the work of all enemies of Your Gospel so that this Easter message may be proclaimed to all people in every place, and bring many to faith through the preaching of Your Word. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Blessed Lord, You bid us come to You with confidence that You will hear and answer the prayers of Your people who pray through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Grant to us all things needful and keep from us all things harmful to us and to our salvation; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Adapted from prayers published by the Commission on Worship,
LC-MS, and used by permission.