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 June:
June 3, Kendall Graham
Give thanks for another year of married life for:
June 1, Allen and Kim Graham
Finally, the Prayers of the Church for the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost:
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases and His mercies never come to an end, so let us lift our prayers before His throne of grace.
For all Godís baptized people, that because His Word promises that the Lord is good to those who wait for Him, the Holy Spirit would grant us hope that waits patiently for His help, that our Father would have compassion on us according to His steadfast love, and that He would sustain us in saving faith, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For all who are afraid, that as our Savior invited the synagogue ruler not to fear but believe, He would replace our fears with faith that confidently trusts Him to care and carry us through the troubles of life, and that He reassure us with the promise that His anger is but for a moment while His favor is for a lifetime, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For mouths ready to speak the Gospel, that the Holy Spirit fill our conversations with the message of Jesus, because even though He asked the disciples not to tell what He did for the synagogue ruler, He bids us to make known His sacrificial death and victorious resurrection; and that He grant us opportunities to speak of His saving work, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For our nation, that our heavenly Father receive our gratitude for the blessings He grants to us in this country, that He guide our leaders to provide protection and justice, that He watch over those in the military who defend us, and that He supply employment to workers and prosper every useful business, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For generous hearts, that Godís grace lead us to joy even in affliction and generosity even in poverty, as His grace did for the Christians in Macedonia, and that our heavenly Father show us what a privilege it is to give generously for His work, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For those who help us battle and deal with death, that doctors, nurses, hospice workers and all who labor in health care be granted strength for their tasks, guidance in the decisions they make, skill in their vocations and love for the people they serve, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For all those who are suffering, that because God does not willingly afflict or grieve the children of men, He who cured the bleeding woman and the synagogue rulerís daughter would also provide healing and the peace of His promises to those for whom we pray, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For all who grieve, that the One who raises the dead comfort each of them with the promise of His presence and with the assurance that the day is coming when He will bid all the dead to arise and will welcome into heaven all who lived and died with faith in Him, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For grateful hearts as we remember all the saints whose souls dwell with their Savior, that as Christ said the child was not dead but sleeping, we also trust that those who fall asleep in Jesus will awake to resurrection life, and that our Father receive our praise for the faith and works of all believers whose bodies rest in their graves, waiting for the resurrection, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
Great is Your faithfulness, O Lord, so into Your hands, 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.