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 January:
January 1, Lisa Morgan
Give thanks for another year of married life for:
January 13, David and Cassandra Cassity
Finally, the Prayers of the Church for the Second Sunday after the Epiphany:
Let us pray for the whole Church of God in Christ Jesus and for all people according to their needs.
Lord God, You call Your people to various works of service in Your kingdom. We pray that, like Samuel, we would graciously heed that call and faithfully do the work You have called us to do in Your kingdom. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Heavenly Father, You created our bodies to be temples of the Holy Spirit, that the Spirit might work through us in the world. Cause us to realize that we are not our own, but that we have been bought and purchased by the body and blood of Jesus Christ, given and shed for us on the cross. Help us to glorify You in all that we say and do in the body. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Lord, we pray that You would make us like Philip, who after seeing Your Son, Jesus, went and told Nathanael about Him. Move us to faithfully tell others about Jesus and His life, death and resurrection for the sake of all. Open our lips, that we might proclaim His redeeming love and grace to all the world. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Merciful Lord, You offer to us the body and blood of Your Son in the Lordís Supper to forgive our sins and strengthen our faith. Help us faithfully to receive this Sacrament, that our sins would be forgiven on account of Christís sacrifice for us. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Lord of the Church, You desire that Your house be filled with Your faithful people. Yet there are many who have wandered away from You. There are many who have rejected Your Word. Bless the outreach efforts of this congregation and of the Church throughout the world, that those who have wandered from You might be brought back into Your kingdom of grace. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Lord God, You created man and woman to live as husband and wife in harmony with one another and to treat one another with respect and love. You created marriage to keep spouses free of sexual immorality and lust. Forgive us when we are not as pure in our relationships as You have called us to be, and grant us the strength to withstand the temptations of the flesh. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Lord of life, You create and bless all life with Your abundant care and mercy. As we celebrate Life Sunday this day, make us ever mindful of the many blessings You have given to us in this life. Move us to extend and protect that blessing of life for all people, especially the unborn, the elderly and those who suffer in the body. Keep us steadfast in Your Word of life forever. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Receive our praise this day also for St. Peter and his confession that Jesus is the Christ and Your Son. We rejoice that Your Son builds His Church upon this rock and that the gates of hell cannot prevail against it. Keep us in this faith all of our days. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Into Your hands 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.