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:
Noretta Adrian, member of Christ Lutheran Church
July 3, Julie Woelfel
Give thanks for another year of married life for:
July 1, Rodney and Jessica Donahue
Give thanks for, and ask for God's blessings on the new home of Dane and Amy (Braly) Gentry who were married June 28, 2014; and the new home of Haley (Kensing) and Adam Hughston, who were married June 28, 2014.
Finally, the Prayers of the Church for the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost:
Let us pray for the whole Church of God in Christ Jesus and for all people according to their needs.
O Lord, we praise You and acknowledge that You are the Lord of hosts and our Redeemer and that You have redeemed us by the sacrifice of Your only-begotten Son upon the cross for our redemption. We thank You that, by Your Word, You have sown Your people among the nations; and we pray that we might be bold witnesses of Your Gospel until the close of the age. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
O God, O Lord of heaven and earth, we give thanks to You that Your Son, Jesus Christ, died to redeem the world and restore creation. Until the time that creation’s groanings in this present age are replaced by new life and restoration to paradise, grant that we might be good stewards of all that You have made, neither worshiping nor wasting Your creation, but making wise and diligent use of all that You provide, in service to You and to those around us. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Heavenly Father, preserve us in the one true faith until You reveal us to be Your children on the Last Day. We commend to You those who endure a heightened awareness of the bondage of decay in the form of infirmity and weakness, especially those named above. Deliver them according to Your will. Strengthen and preserve their faith, that they might rejoice that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed in us, for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
O Lord of hosts, the First and the Last, we give thanks to You that You adopt us as sons in the waters of Holy Baptism and preserve us until the day when that adoption is made manifest in glory. Remember those who endure the afflictions of old age. Preserve them from despair, and grant that their groanings might be patient longing for the day of the redemption of their bodies. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Almighty God, we give thanks to You for those whom You appoint to be Your instruments of compassion. Bless all who serve the elderly in retirement centers, memory units and nursing facilities, as well as those who care for ailing parents in their homes; and grant that we, too, might be Your hands and feet and voices to provide comfort and company to those who are lonely and alone. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Heavenly Father, preserve us in the hope of things unseen. Until we see Your Son in glory, grant that we might receive Him in Your Holy Supper with hearts free from pride, presumption or any other sin that would leave us guilty of His body and blood. May we humbly rejoice in His real presence there for the forgiveness of our sins, life and salvation. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
We give thanks to You, O Lord, for Your faithfulness to all the saints who have gone before us, whom You kept in grace and faith. For the sake of Jesus Christ, preserve us in the same, so that with them we might shine like the sun in Your kingdom forever. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Into Your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in Your mercy; through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Adapted from prayers published by the Commission on Worship,
LC-MS, and used by permission.