PRAYER AT CHRIST THE KING DECEMBER 2020
PRAYER AT CHRIST THE KING
OUR CHURCH FAMILY AND FRIENDS
Please pray for
NEW Ed Gross and family, grieving the death of Ed's brother Oscar Nov 24
NEW Kyle and Vicky Rieker family, rejoicing at the birth of a daughter Paige Eleanor November 22 (Ed and Heidi Gross, proud grandparents!)
Friends who've tested COVID - positive
Katy (Cahill) Gill's in-laws Roger and Carolyn Gill
Friends with other health issues
Dave Gresh, recovering from surgery
Dave and Joan Regener
From Sandi Hlad: Cynthia Samko, Paulette Walker, cousin Tom Hyett
From Betty Olah: Bob Teglund (cancer treatments), niece Nadine
From Joanne Segedi: Joe Segedi recently hospitalized, Beth Timms
From the Cahills: Bev's father LD Buchanan
Health Care workers, First Responders and Public Safety workers of all sorts
Families in days of anxiety:
Families, teachers, children, and school staff
People living in increased fear and frustration because of racial inequality and injustice
Grownups who are out of work, even temporarily
Grownups who are reporting for work, afraid
Children, and people with special needs, who are bewildered and grieving over disrupted routines
Pregnant women, anxious about their upcoming labor and delivery
Children suffering from complications of Coronavirus
Pastors and Churches
NEW Family of Pastor Ken Greenwald (formerly of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Pleasant City OH and St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Steubenville OH) at the recent death of his wife Cynthia Greenwald due to COVID.
NEW Millie Telloni, mother of Pastor John Telloni (St. John Lutheran Church, Massillon), recuperating from recent illness
(she's 98 years old)
PSALMS and Prayers - December, 2020
From the website of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod
PSALMS and PRAYERS
First Week in Advent
November 29 - December 5 2020
Monday - Read Psalm 111 in your Bible or HERE>>
To You, O Lord, we lift up our souls and in You we put our trust. Do not let us be ashamed of our hope but come quickly. Sustain us by Your Holy Spirit, that we may have joy at the advent of Christ, our Savior. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer. Amen.
Tuesday - Read Psalm 112 in your Bible or HERE>>
Gracious Lord, enrich Your saints in every way as we enter another Church Year. Encourage the preachers of Your Word and all who hear, that the testimony about Christ may be confirmed again among us. As You have called us into the fellowship of Your Son, so sustain us as we wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer. Amen.
Wednesday - Read Psalm 113 in your Bible or HERE>>
Heavenly Father, preserve and bless all Christian households, that husbands and wives would live in love and service to each other, that fathers and mothers would diligently bring up their children in Your fear, and that children would honor their parents and be well equipped for service to their neighbors in this life. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer. Amen.
Thursday - Read Psalm 114 in your Bible or HERE>>
Almighty God, be with the governing authorities and enable them to preserve peace and order in our nation. Increase a spirit of unity and cooperation among the people of our land and the nations of the world. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer. Amen.
Friday - Read Psalm 115 in your Bible or HERE>>
Compassionate Lord, behold in mercy all who are in any danger, trouble, sickness or need. Hear our prayers for the sick and suffering [especially _____________]. Give health to our world and bring the pandemic to an end. Comfort all who mourn, [especially _____________,] and sustain them with a confident hope in the resurrection. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer. Amen.
Saturday - Read Psalm 116 in your Bible or HERE>>
Eternal Father, You have given all judgment to Your Son, whose words will not pass away. Grant that Your people may hold fast to the words of Your Son’s Supper, and that no human thinking may obscure His testament, by which the true body and blood of Christ are eaten for the forgiveness of sins. Sustain us in repentance and saving faith, united in a true confession and always awake, watching for Your return. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer. Amen.
PSALMS and PRAYERS
Second Week in Advent
December 6-12 2020
Monday - Read Psalm 117 in your Bible or HERE>>
Restore us, O God; let Your face shine, that we may be saved! As You led Joseph like a flock, so now by Your Son lead us into straight paths. Bring us out of the bondage of our sins and plant us securely in Your eternal promises. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer. Amen.
Tuesday - Read Psalm 118 in your Bible or HERE>>
Almighty God, in Your blessed patience, You send Your prophets and apostles, pastors and teachers in all times, that sinners would not perish but rather reach repentance and find comfort in Your Word, which alone will stand forever. Preserve the servants of Your Church. Give to our congregation and all congregations an increase of hope, that we may await the revealing of the new heavens and new earth in lives of holiness and godliness, diligent to be found without spot or blemish and at peace. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer. Amen.
Wednesday - Read Psalm 119:1-8 in your Bible or HERE>>
Holy Lord, preserve Your gift of marriage against the ravages of sin, the schemes of the devil and the raging of the world. Bless the couples and families of our congregation. Strengthen them in love and care for one another, and establish them on the foundation of Your Word. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer. Amen.
Thursday - Read Psalm 119:9-16 in your Bible or HERE>>
God of all comfort, Your Word alone endures forever. The nations of the world come and go before You. Even kings and rulers are like grass before Your breath. Preserve us from placing our trust in princes and mortal men. Give us leaders who will rule after Your good pleasure, keeping order and protecting life, that we may live in godly quietness and honesty. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer. Amen.
Friday / Saturday - Read Psalm 119:17-24 in your Bible or HERE>>
Heavenly Father, You once prepared the way of Your only begotten Son through the preaching and baptism of John. Prepare now Your baptized Christians with true repentance and faith that seeks the forgiveness of sins, that they would worthily eat and drink Christ’s true body and blood in the blessed Sacrament. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer. Amen.
PSALMS and PRAYERS
Third Week in Advent
December 13-19 2020
Monday- Read Psalm 119:25-32 in your Bible or HERE>>
Show us Your steadfast love, O Lord, and grant us Your salvation! Keep Your saints from every folly that would turn them from Your words of peace. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer. Amen.
Tuesday- Read Psalm 119:33-40 in your Bible or HERE>>
You sent John the Baptist to proclaim the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. Richly and daily forgive our sins and the sins of all believers. Gather and preserve Your Holy Christian Church by Your voice, and send us faithful preachers who will not deny but confess Your truth. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer. Amen.
Wednesday- Read Psalm 119:41-48 in your Bible or HERE>>
Dear Father, be the source of strength and comfort in every home. Bless the children of our families, that every darkness would be lightened by Your Son’s gracious visitation. Sanctify them completely, that their whole spirit, soul and body may be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer. Amen.
Thursday- Read Psalm 119:49-56 in your Bible or HERE>>
Give wisdom and success to our nation and its leaders. Behold in mercy all who are in authority over us and those newly elected. Preserve our land and its citizens in peace and harmony, and protect all who serve in harm’s way. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer. Amen.
Friday- Read Psalm 119:57-64 in your Bible or HERE>>
Receive our thanks in every circumstance for Your kindness in Christ Jesus and the certain hope of the resurrection to eternal life with Him. We pray especially for _____________. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer. Amen.
Saturday- Read Psalm 119:64-72 in your Bible or HERE>>
Give us faith to believe the New Testament in Your blood, to seek Your Holy Supper for the forgiveness of our sins, and to confess Your truth with honest hearts in communion with one another at this altar today. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
PSALMS and PRAYERS
Fourth Week in Advent
December 20-23 2020
Monday - Read Psalm 119:73-80 in your Bible or HERE>>
O Most High, You have favored us in the incarnation of Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, Son of Mary. In everything, let it be to us according to Your Word. Give us faith to believe that nothing is impossible with You, and so to pray boldly in childlike confidence. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer. Amen.
Tuesday - Read Psalm 119:81-88 in your Bible or HERE>>
O Most High, You have revealed in Christ Jesus the mystery kept secret for long ages, now made known to all nations through the prophetic and apostolic Scriptures. Strengthen Your Holy Church in every place. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer. Amen.
Wednesday - Read Psalm 119:89-96 in your Bible or HERE>>
O Most High, hear our prayers on behalf of our nation, its president, all legislators and judges, and those newly elected to serve. Preserve their lives and guide their actions for the good of our people. Give peace among the nations of the earth, and preserve us from pestilence and famine, war and bloodshed, sedition, rebellion and every evil. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer. Amen.
Prayer of the Church
Christmas Eve - 24 December 2020
Lord God Almighty, we come before You on this most holy night in awe at the wonder and majesty of the incarnation. The Savior of the nations has come, and with joy we greet our newborn King. Let the proclamation of His birth sound forth throughout the world. Lord, in Your mercy, Hear our prayer.
In the birth of Your Son, You have signaled the beginning of a new creation; while we still live in a world wracked by the ravages of sin, we know that the final victory is Yours. Watch over and keep safe emergency workers and all whose vocations keep them from their families this evening for the well-being of our families. Lord, in Your mercy, Hear our prayer.
In the birth of Your Son, You have visited and redeemed Your people. Continue to visit those who are lonely, sick, recovering or near death. Let Your presence be a comfort to them, and give them perseverance until that time You grant healing, relief, deliverance and peace. Lord, in Your mercy, Hear our prayer.
In the birth of Your Son, and by His death and resurrection, You have reconciled the world to Yourself. Keep us ever mindful that Jesus is for all people, and give us opportunity to tell others the good news of His coming so that they can join in the praise of Your holy name. Lord, in Your mercy, Hear our prayer.
In the birth of Your Son, You have called people of all times and places into the Body of Christ that is the Church. We give You thanks for all the believers who have gone before us, especially those who have been with us during Christmases past and are now with You. Give us a sure confidence in Your promise of resurrection and eternal life, and bring us at last together with them into Your presence at the full coming of Your kingdom.
Into Your hands, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in Your mercy; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Prayer of the Church
Christmas Day - 25 December 2020
Word made flesh, in the joyous celebration of Your nativity, we have seen Your glory. Your goodness and loving kindness have appeared to us. Grant us comfort and peace in the knowledge of Your incarnation and a blessed new year. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Word made flesh, in Your Holy Gospel we have seen Your glory. Bless the preaching of the Gospel from the altars and pulpits You have consecrated for the purpose of delivering Your gift of faith through the preaching of Your Word, that the light of Your Word may continue to illumine the darkness of our world. Abide with those who suffer persecution for confessing its truth. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Word made flesh, by Your Sacrament of Holy Baptism we have seen Your glory. Make all the baptized confident in the promise given to them in the waters of Baptism. Give to all Your people hearts welcoming of children. Continue to expand Your kingdom through this blessed portal to eternal life. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Word made flesh, in Your ongoing provision of daily bread we have seen Your glory. By Your Spirit, visit those who suffer: the sick, the sorrowing, the hospitalized, the poor, the destitute, the homeless, the unemployed. Remember those who have requested our intercessions, [especially _____________,] that they might not be given to despair but entreat their heavenly Father’s protection even in times of great need. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Word made flesh, in Your crucifixion and resurrection we have seen Your glory. Give comfort to those who grieve [especially those who mourn _____________]. Grant to all people a sure and certain hope in the resurrection of all the dead and eternal life for all believers in You on the day of Your return. Keep us steadfast and faithful until that day. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Word made flesh, we give You thanks that of Your mercy and compassion, You become incarnate and have redeemed us from sin and everlasting death. Enlighten our hearts by Your Holy Spirit, that we may ever be thankful for such grace and comfort ourselves by it in all tribulation and temptation and at last obtain eternal salvation; who with the Father and the Holy Spirit are one Lord, one God, now and forever. Amen.
PSALMS and PRAYERS
Saturday after Christmas - December 26 2020
Read Psalm 119:97-104 in your Bible or HERE>>
Word made flesh, in Your Holy Supper we have seen Your glory. From Your humble entry into our world in the womb of the blessed Virgin to Your first bed in a feed trough, You set aside the honor You rightly deserve to bless us with Your presence. As You now come to us humbly under the forms of bread and wine, bless us with a right faith, that we might worthily receive Your body and blood for the forgiveness of our sins. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
PSALMS and PRAYERS
First Week after Christmas
December 27 2020- January 2 202
Monday - Read Psalm 119:105-112 in your Bible or HERE>>
Eternal Lord God, in the fullness of time, You sent forth Your Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, to redeem us and give us the adoption as Your sons and heirs. Hear us, Father, as we call to You in His name. Give us grace to rejoice in Christ’s blessed incarnation, and grant us a glad new year. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer. Amen.
Tuesday - Read Psalm 119:113-120 in your Bible or HERE>>
Heavenly Father, from whom all fatherhood on earth is named, bless the families of all Christians with Your promises. Give parents diligence and delight in their work, and grant Your favor on all children, that they may grow in strength and wisdom. Bless all widows, orphans and broken families also with Your mercy, and give them joy in the redemption You have won for us in Christ. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer. Amen.
Wednesday - Read Psalm 119:121-128 in your Bible or HERE>>
O worthy Judge, from You proceeds the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, counsel and might, knowledge and the fear of the Lord. Give wisdom to those who make, administer and judge our laws, that they may serve faithfully in their tasks, according to Your good pleasure, for the benefit of our people. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer. Amen.
Thursday - Read Psalm 119:129-136 in your Bible or HERE>>
Gracious Lord, receive our prayers for those who suffer from loneliness. Comfort them with the sure and certain knowledge that they will never be forsaken by You. Give them family and friends within the household of faith with whom they can find loving companionship. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer. Amen.
Friday - Read Psalm 119:137-144 in your Bible or HERE>>
Blessed Lord, help the sick and suffering, especially those who desire our prayers [_____________]. Surround them with Your love in Christ and, according to Your gracious will, heal them. Comfort all those who mourn [especially _____________] and fill their hearts with the certain hope of the resurrection. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer. Amen.
Saturday - Read Psalm 119:145-152 in your Bible or HERE>>
Father of lasting peace, show Your mercy to those who receive the Lord’s Supper this day, that they would behold their salvation in the very body and blood of Christ given for them and be well-prepared to depart in peace according to Your Word. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer. Amen.
PRAYING FOR OTHERS
The SELC District
of The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod
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Please Pray for
SELC BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President: Rev. Waldemar "Wally" Vinovskis, Concordia, Macungie PA
1st Vice President: Rev. Wally Arp, St. Luke, Oviedo FL
2nd Vice President: Rev. Chris Cahill, Christ the King, Lodi OH
3rd Vice President: Rev. Luke Jacob, Pentecost, Racine IL
Secretary: Rev. John Telloni, St. John, Massillon OH
Treasurer: Mr. Robert Lange, Zion, Norridge IL
Financial Secretary: Mr. Larry Schultz, Concordia, Macungie PA
BOD Pastoral Rep: Rev. Andy Dzurovcik, EM, Zion, Clark NJ
BOD Pastoral Rep-Mission Focus: Rev. Ron Myer, Faith, Viera, FL
BOD Lay Rep: Mrs. Milly Kwiatkowski, Holy Trinity, Parma OH
BOD Lay Rep-Mission Focus: Mr. Matt Berent, Ss. Peter and Paul, Sharon PA
LUTHERAN HAVEN BOARD OF TRUSTEES, OVIEDO FL
Circuit Pastoral Representatives
Rev. Daniel Berteau, Redeemer, Manchester NJ—Eastern Circuit
Rev. George Hansell, Grace, Lakewood OH —Central Circuit
Rev. John Gutz, Streator IL —Western Circuit
Rev. Wally Arp, St. Luke, Oviedo FL -- Southern Circuit
District Layperson Representative
Mrs. Ardyne Kirn, Resurrection, Crown Point IN
Eastern—Rev. James Douthwaite, St. Athanasius, Vienna VA
Central—Rev. Curtis Stephens, ST. Matthew's, Norton OH
Western—Rev. Carl Krueger, EM, St. John's, Cudahy WI
Southern—Rev. Brian Roberts, St. Luke, Oviedo FL
PRAYERS FOR ALL KINDS OF PEOPLE
Numbers in parentheses indicate prayers indexed in the Lutheran Service Builder software of Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission.
For those serving in law enforcement
Lord God of hosts,
Stretch forth Your almighty arm to strengthen and protect those who serve in all branches of law enforcement in our country. Support them in times of danger, and in times of peace keep them from all evil, giving them courage and loyalty. Grant that in all things they may serve with integrity and with honor; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. (233)
For those struggling with addictions, including tobacco
You are the strength of all who put their trust in You. We pray for everyone who is enslaved by any kind of addiction. Deliver them from all that would hold them captive that by Your grace they may walk in the newness of life; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
For victims of Human Trafficking
You sent Your Son Jesus to free us from slavery to sin, death, and Satan; and yet in our world there are many people who keep others in slavery to their own evil desires. We pray that through Your holy people You would break these chains of slavery as well, so that the freedom You have won for all of us on the cross may have its image in freedom from human bondage throughout the world; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
For the Church
For the Church
we give You thanks for the gift of Your Church, purchased by the blood of Jesus. We praise You for joining us to the body of Christ through Baptism and granting us a new life of faith in Him. You have turned us from idols to serve You, the living and true God. Grant us grace to wait for Jesus’ return amidst the scoffing and unbelief of the world, and through Him deliver us from the wrath that is to come. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
For those outside the Church
Almighty and everlasting God.
You desire not the death of a sinner but that all would repent and live. Hear our prayers for those outside the Church. Take away their iniquity, and turn them from their false gods to You, the living and true God. Gather them into Your holy Church to the glory of Your name; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. (106)
For Our Country
For Good government
Eternal Lord, ruler of all,
graciously regard those who have been set in positions of authority among us that, guided by Your Spirit, they may be high in purpose, wise in counsel, firm in good resolution, and unwavering in duty, that under them we may be governed quietly and peaceably; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. (223)
For the armed forces of our nation
Lord God of hosts,
stretch forth Your almighty arm to strengthen and protect those who serve in the armed forces of our country. Support them in times of war, and in times of peace keep them from all evil, giving them courage and loyalty. Grant that in all things they may serve with integrity and with honor; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. (233)
For those who minister to the armed forces
O Lord, almighty God,
as You have always granted special gifts of the Holy Spirit to Your Church on earth, grant Your continual blessing to all who minister in Your name in the armed forces, that by Your gracious working they may honor Christ and advance the good of those committed to their care; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. (126)
For our enemies
Almighty, everlasting God,
through Your only Son, our blessed Lord, You commanded us to love our enemies, to do good to those who hate us, and to pray for those who persecute us. Therefore, we earnestly implore You that by Your gracious working our enemies may be led to true repentance, may have the same love toward us as we have toward them, and may be of one accord and of one mind and heart with us and with Your whole Church; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. (110)
For peace in the world
Heavenly Father, God of all concord,
it is Your gracious will that Your children on earth live together in harmony and peace. Defeat the plans of all those who would stir up violence and strife, destroy the weapons of those who delight in war and bloodshed, and, according to Your will, end all conflicts in the world. Teach us to examine our hearts that we may recognize our own inclination toward envy, malice, hatred, and enmity. Help us, by Your Word and Spirit, to search our hearts and to root out the evil that would lead to strife and discord, so that in our lives we may be at peace with all people. Fill us with zeal for the work of Your Church and the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which alone can bring that peace which is beyond all understanding; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. (229)
In Times of Anxiety and Fear
Anxiety, apprehension, fear
O most loving Father,
You want us to give thanks for all things, to fear nothing except losing You, and to lay all our cares on You, knowing that You care for us. Strengthen our faith in You. Grant that the fears and anxieties of this mortal life may not separate us from Your love shown to us in Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. (787)
Time of disaster
Almighty God, merciful Father,
Your thoughts are not our thoughts, Your ways are not our ways. In times of disaster, we implore You, let not the hearts of Your people despair nor our faith fail us, but sustain and comfort us. Direct all efforts to attend the injured, console the bereaved, and protect the helpless. Bring hope and healing that we may find relief and restoration; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. (292)
During an epidemic
Almighty God, Heavenly Father,
give us grace to trust You during this time of illness and distress. In mercy put an end to the epidemic that afflicts us. Grant relief to those who suffer, and comfort those who mourn. Sustain all medical personnel in their labors, and cause Your people ever to serve You in righteousness and holiness; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. (291)
For the sick
Heavenly Father, ruler of all things,
Your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, healed all manner of infirmities and cured all manner of diseases. Mercifully help Your servant [name] in body and soul and, if it be Your will, free [him/her] from [his/her] sickness that, restored to health, [he/she] may with a thankful heart bless Your holy name; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. (257)
For those who care for others
Most merciful Father,
You have committed to our love and care our fellow human beings and their necessities. Graciously be with and prosper all those who serve the sick and those in need. Let their service be abundantly blessed as they bring relief to the suffering, comfort to the sorrowing, and peace to the dying. Grant them the knowledge that inasmuch as they do it unto the least of the Master's brethren, they do it unto Him; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord. (215)
For those who are lonely
Almighty God, merciful Father,
by Word and Sacrament You have created Your Church in this world to be a godly communion and a caring family. Grant Your blessing to those who dwell in loneliness, especially the loneliness that is brought about by domestic violence and abuse, that they may find a place of healthful solace and pleasant fellowship among people faithful to You; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. (282)
In times of affliction and distress
Almighty God, merciful Father,
the consolation of the sorrowful and the strength of the weak, may the prayers of those who in any tribulation or distress cry to You graciously come before You, so that in every situation they may recognize and receive Your gracious help, comfort, and peace; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. (280)