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:
Jim Diers, member of Christ Lutheran Church
Praise God for our members and friends celebrating birthdays in May:
May 1, Lori Hoffman
Give thanks for another year of married life for:
May 2, Kody and Janet Kothmann
Finally, the Prayer of the Church for the Sixth Sunday of Easter:
Let us pray to the Father in the name of our blessed Lord, since He has promised that we will receive answers to our prayers.
Father of mercy, we give You thanks that You have sent to us Your only Son and that He has accomplished all things for our salvation. Give us the holy joy of Your presence, that we may believe and not doubt, follow without fear and trust in Him who came from You to do Your saving will. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Father of mercy, we know that we will find tribulation in the world. Grant that we may know with greater confidence Your presence in trouble, Your courage in adversity and the peace of Jesus who has overcome the world. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Father of mercy, we remember before You the homeless, the poor, those in need and those in the heart of the city. Give to them the vision of Your holy city, the new Jerusalem, and use us to bind up their needs and extend to them Your mercy and compassion. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Father of mercy, we seek the light of Your presence, that we may walk in Your ways and give You the honor due Your name. Bless our president, the Congress, all elected and appointed civil servants, and those who guard us at home and abroad. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Father of mercy, we rejoice that You have written our names in the Lambís Book of Life and given us the new birth of water and the Word. Bless the pastors who proclaim Your Word to us, and deliver to us the Means of Grace. Bless all church workers and those preparing for Your service, that You may be glorified and Your people fed, nourished and sustained to everlasting life. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Father of mercy, we recall before You the sick, those in need of body or soul, the grieving in their tears and the dying in their last hours. Give them healing according to Your will, patience in their struggles, and comfort in sorrow and peace at the last. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Father of mercy, we humbly come to Your table, trusting in Your Word and promises. Give us Your Holy Spirit, that what we receive there we may keep faithfully, in true hearts, now in the days of our struggle and soon in everlasting light and life. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Father of mercy, we pray in confidence that You will hear us as You have promised and will grant us all things needful for this body and life and for eternal life. Keep us holy and blameless to the day of Christís coming, that with all the faithful departed we may look forward to our own joyful resurrection to eternal life; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Adapted from prayers published by the Commission on Worship,
LC-MS, and used by permission.