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Posted: August 21
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The ordinary time after Pentecost, our current season in the Church year, is a wonderful time in the life of the Church to be renewed with the saving message of Jesus Christ and His love for His Church.
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Posted: August 13
Prayer of the Church Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost 14 August 2016 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who has risen from the dead and ever lives to intercede for us at the right hand of the throne of God, and in His name let us pray with all boldness and confidence to our Father in heaven. For the whole Christian Church on earth, that as Christ Jesus was baptized into our sin and death to accomplish our salvation by His cross and resurrection, so would all whom He has sealed by the Holy Spirit with the sign of His sacrifice be strengthened to speak and to live according to His Word in all the world, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy. For all those whom the Lord has called and sent to preach in His name, that He would pour out His Spirit upon them and teach them by the counsel of His prophets and apostles, and that they, in turn, would speak His Word faithfully and deal compassionately with His people in Christ, so that our faith in Him be strengthened, charity increased in us toward all our neighbors and His kingdom come to all the world, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy. For all disciples of Christ Jesus, that, having crossed the Red Sea with Him, all the remnants of sin would be drowned and die with us through daily repentance; that God would shatter our hearts of stone and purify us with the fire of His Spirit, until our Baptism is fully accomplished in the resurrection of our bodies unto the life everlasting, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy. For all those who attended the National Youth Gathering last month, that as Abraham, Isaac and Jacob feared the Lord and blessed their sons by faith in His promises, so would our God and Father in heaven bless the young people of His Church with the Holy Spirit through Jesus Christ, His Son; that He would lead them not into temptation, but deliver them from every evil and grant them to grow in the grace and knowledge of His Word, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy. For our nation and all those in authority, that our Lord God Almighty would behold them in His mercy and replenish them by His grace; that all who receive the sword would bear it according to His Word, always inclining to His will and walking in His way; and that we might lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy. For the fruits of the earth, and for the wise and faithful stewardship of God’s good creation, that He would enable us rightly to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, to receive His gifts with thanksgiving, to enjoy them in harmony with His holy will, and to sanctify them by His Word to the glory of His name and the good of our neighbors, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy. For faithfulness in the midst of persecution and temptation, that all Christians would live within their proper callings and by faith overcome the world, exercise justice and righteousness, cling to the promises of God, stop the mouths of lions, quench the power of fire, escape the edge of the sword, be made strong in much weakness, and put sin, death and the devil to flight in the hope of a better life in Christ, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy. For all sorts and conditions of men and women everywhere, that our Lord would be pleased to make His ways known unto them; that He would preserve all those who travel, protect all those who are in danger and provide for the needs of all His creatures; and that He would comfort and relieve all those who are in any way afflicted or distressed in mind, body or estate that all might praise His name, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy. For all those who come to the Lord’s table this day, that the God and Father of our Lord, Jesus Christ, would sanctify and keep them by His Word and Holy Spirit, that they receive the body and blood of His Son in sincere repentance and firm faith and to their abundant blessing, and bring forth the fruits thereof in peace and joy, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy. For steadfastness of faith in the race that is set before us, that we not grow weary or fainthearted but remember with thanksgiving the great cloud of witnesses with which we are surrounded in Christ; that being strengthened by their fellowship and the example of their lives, we would persevere unto a blessed end, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy. Hear us, most merciful Father, in these our humble requests, which we offer unto You in the name and for the sake of Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. Photo credit: The Rev. Ryan McDermott, career missionary through The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod in Ghana, West Africa, prays during Divine Service and Installation of Officers in Chapel of Christ Triumphant, June 9, 2015, at Concordia University Wisconsin in Mequon, Wis. LCMS Communications/Erik M. Lunsford