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 Seventh Sunday after Pentecost:
Let us pray for the whole Church of God in Christ Jesus and for all people according to their needs.
For a love for God and His Word, because He has first made us His treasured possession for the sake of Christ, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For preservation from doubt and despair, that we may always rejoice that the Lord — who has sacrificed Himself to redeem His people — will not forsake them, but searches them out and knows them by name, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For a daily, rich life of prayer, that we might faithfully hear the Word of God and pray it back to Him, trusting that our Father in heaven delights to hear and answer His children, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For joy and contentment in our vocations, that we might find fulfillment in our callings, willingly serve those whom God entrusts to our care and know that He works all things for good for those who love Him, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For those who are penitent but troubled by past sins and visited with the temptation that they cannot be forgiven, that they might be confident that Christ has died for them, intercedes for them and that God justifies them for Jesus’ sake, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For those who are troubled, distressed, persecuted, deprived and endangered, that the Lord would provide and deliver, and that we might be His instruments to assist as we are able, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For those who are burdened by sickness and affliction [especially those named above ], that they might await healing and deliverance with the firm conviction that nothing can separate them from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For those who partake in the Holy Communion today, that they might do so with proper preparation and penitent hearts, rejoicing that the Christ who intercedes for them at the right hand of God is present with His body and blood in the Supper for the forgiveness of sins and to provide a share in His divine nature, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
Almighty God, who raised Your Son from the dead, never to die again, we give thanks to You for all of the saints whom You kept in their baptismal grace throughout their living and their dying. We pray that, as You have granted us to be born again by water and the Spirit, so also You would faithfully preserve our life in Christ by means of Your Word and Supper, that with all Your people we also might rejoice in the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come; through Jesus Christ, Your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God now and forever. Amen.
Adapted from prayers published by the Commission on Worship,
LC-MS, and used by permission.