“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people.” 1 Timothy 2:1. We pray for out members, their families, their friends, the church, and all those in need.
Prayers for the Week of February 18, 2018, The First Sunday in Lent
Special Needs This Week: The general health of all of our members, their families, and friends and especially for Eunice, Pat, Steve, Deb, and for the health of expectant mother, Erika, and baby.
Shut Ins: Anne, Eunice, Betty, Janet, Caroline, Norm, Judy, and Jean.
For the Church at Large: For students in our Missouri Synod seminaries and universities who are finishing their last terms of study before moving on to their callings. Pray for the successful completion of their work and for their faithful use of the knowledge and wisdom they have gained through their academic work.
Gloria Dei: For officers and others who serve the congregation. For faithful receiving of God’s gifts, His Word and Sacraments given to strengthen our faith.
Community: For safety during the winter weather.
Toledo Area: The members of Concordia, Findlay, as they continue meeting to consider calling a new pastor; for the members of St. Philip, Toledo, and for the pastors serving them.
For the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty and Rev. Gregory Seltz, Executive Director. Learn more about this office in Washington, D.C. and its mission to be actively be engaged in issues of Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty: https://www.lcms.org/lutheran-center-for-religious-liberty .
For government officials–Donald Trump, President of the United States, and John Kasich, Governor of the State of Ohio, and for Wade Kapsukiewicz, Mayor of Toledo.
In thanksgiving for our country–especially for those who serve in the armed forces, and for those in military service who died protecting our freedoms.
For comfort, relief, aid, and encouragement–for those being persecuted in the Middle East and elsewhere in the world.
For Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod leaders–Synod President Matthew Harrison and Ohio District President Terry Cripe.
For sister churches of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod–in Africa, Europe, Latin America, Canada, Australia, and Asia, who are in fellowship with us around God’s Word.
For the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod Seminaries: Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne and Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. Pray for their preparation of pastors and deaconesses, for the training of international students who will return to their home countries to proclaim the Word of God; for generous gifts from church members so that funding for the students, faculty and staff is sufficient and appropriate.
For Blessings on Other Lutheran Schools and Lutheran Home Schools: Especially Concordia University (Ann Arbor) and Immanuel Lutheran School (Alexandria, VA), St. Jonah Academy (Delaware, OH), Trinity Lutheran School (Toledo), Concordia Lutheran Preschool (Toledo) and Prince of Peace Lutheran Preschool (Oregon, OH).
For the work of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod urban and inner city missionaries: Rev. Antonio Lopez in Brownsville, TX; Rev. Micah Glenn in Ferguson, MO; Rev. Robert Kieselowsky in Philadelphia, PA.
For our members: Father, we give thanks for all the members of Gloria Dei and our life together as a congregation in the Body of Christ. Please bless your family in this place, and, if it be Your will, bring others to join us in hearing the good news of Jesus Christ. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Luther’s Morning Prayer: I thank You, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ Your dear Son, that You have kept me this night from all harm and danger; and I pray that You would keep me this day also from sin and every evil, that all my doings and life may please You. For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen.
Luther’s Evening Prayer: I thank You, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have graciously kept me this day; and I pray that You would forgive me all my sins where I have done wrong, and graciously keep me this night. For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen.