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:
Albert and Anne Brann, members of Christ Lutheran
September 2, Anita Adrian
Give thanks for another year of married life for:
September 1, Phil and Cindy Clark
Finally, the Prayers of the Church for the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost and Holy Cross Day:
Let us pray for the whole Church of God in Christ Jesus and for all people according to their needs.
Heavenly Father, because of Your merciful nature, You have forgiven our insurmountable debt of sin, ransoming us with the death of Your Son. Set us free from harboring grudges and withholding forgiveness from those who have sinned against us, lest we exclude ourselves from Your forgiveness by our lack of mercy. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Almighty Lord, Your Son founded His Church on the proclamation of His cross and crucifixion as the source of repentance and forgiveness for all His elect. Preserve the preaching of the foolishness of the cross in our midst, that from this life-giving tree we would continue to receive Your faith-preserving gifts. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Father of all mercy, You have ransomed us from the power of death and the devil by giving Your Son on the cross. Abide with those who flee from enemies and persecutors by seeking refuge and safe haven in our country. Grant wisdom to those who serve their neighbors by providing shelter and safety to refugees. Use Your people to do Your work of mercy, caring for those who are poor, marginalized or in danger. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Heavenly Father, whether we live or die, we belong to You as Your baptized, beloved children. Give relief to those who suffer from the effects of sin in Your good creation. Restore bodies that ache, minds that hurt, spirits that suffer. According to Your good pleasure, give wholeness and healing to all who are in need, especially those named above, that they might not lose hope in the midst of their afflictions. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Blessed Lord, as Your Son rested in the grave until His glorious resurrection from the dead, and as He is now the repose of the blessed dead who died trusting in Him for forgiveness of sins, give comfort to those who mourn. Keep them confident of the covenant You make with us in the waters of Holy Baptism. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Heavenly Father, in the feast of His Supper, Your Son feeds us with His flesh as true food and His blood as true drink for the forgiveness of our sins, the strengthening of our faith and the steadfastness that endures unto death. Give repentance and faith to all who commune this day, that they might not receive the body and blood of Jesus to their harm but to their eternal good. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Into Your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in Your mercy; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord. Amen.
Adapted from prayers published by the Commission on Worship,
LC-MS, and used by permission.