The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod
PRAYER OF THE CHURCH September 12, 2021
We come before our Gracious God in prayer,
Father in heaven, as we hear of the suffering and humiliation described by Isaiah, we remember Jesus’ great sacrifice on our behalf. In times of persecution for the sake of bearing Christ’s name, remind us that You are with us and Your grace sustains us.
Father in heaven, Your Word reminds us that the tongue is a powerful member of our body, and our words can do great harm or good. Give us Your Spirit that we would not lie, betray, slander, or hurt with our words, but instead use them to defend our neighbor and praise Your name.
Father in heaven, Your Son cast out demons and bestowed healing with just His Word. According to Your will, restore and give wholeness to those who are suffering, and all who have requested our prayers
Father in heaven, You care for all of Your sheep. Work through us to reach out in love to those among us who are straying from Your fold. Restore them so that together we might be fed by Your Word and Sacrament in the holy body of Your Church.
Into Your hands, O Heavenly Father we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in Your mercy through Your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
PRAYER OF THE CHURCH SEPTEMBER 5, 2021
For all the nations of the world, their leaders and residents, that peace may reign and that the Church would be a faithful witness of Jesus’ love and service in every place.
For all those who work in the service of others, that their work might be blessed by God and appreciated by others. .
For all those who have abandoned the faith, Lord, that they would once again hear Your Word and receive Your good gifts. .
For all Christians throughout the world, that their faith and good works would overflow as a blessing to many .
For all who are sick, injured, preparing for surgery, and recovering that God would grant them healing according to His good and gracious will.
Heavenly Father, into Your hands we place all these things, knowing that have heard us and answered us as we pray in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen
PRAYER OF THE CHURCH August 29, 2021
We pray for the advancement of Christ’s kingdom, that we may be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might,
We pray for all those who are clothed in Christ by Holy Baptism, that outfitted with the whole armor of God we may stand against the devil’s schemes,
We pray for all pastors, teachers, missionaries, and other servants of the Church, that taking up the sword of the Spirit they may withstand the powers of this present darkness,
We pray for our congregation, that supported with the belt of truth and protected by the helmet of salvation we may hold forth the word of life to the community around us,
We pray for all who are broken in heart, mind, and body, for those who are lonely, for those affected by the hurricane that guarded by the shield of faith they would find refuge and healing in their Maker,
We pray for all those affected by the ongoing tragedy in Afghanistan that God would cause leaders to act justly and sanely and that the innocent would be spared.
We pray for these and all other concerns we have, that coming before the throne of grace we may find mercy to help us in our time of need as we pray in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ Amen.
PRAYER OF THE CHURCH AUGUST 22, 2021
Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus and for all people according to their needs.
For the Christian Church, both here and throughout the world, that, united in the redeeming blood for Christ, we share the saving Gospel wherever we are and to whomever we meet.
For the living out of our vocations, that all who are blessed with callings in our homes, in our workplaces, in our larger society, and in the Church faithfully represent our Savior by what we say and do.
For all who suffer in heart, mind, and body, and all those who have requested prayer that they receive healing mercies from above,
For these and all other concerns that are upon our hearts and minds, that our gracious Father answer us for the sake of Christ, let us pray to the Lord. In Jesus' name. Amen
PRAYER OF THE CHURCH
AUGUST 15, 2021
Merciful Father, we praise You for the gift of salvation and life by faith in Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Because of our total helplessness, we especially thank You for the very faith with which we receive and hold fast Your promises. Continue to strengthen our faith. Enable us to serve You with the praise of our lips and our service to our neighbors.
Be pleased to shine the light of Your love and salvation on all people through the service of Your people, the Church. Bless and enable all preachers of Your Word to boldly call out to all, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”
Awaken and guide all earthly rulers to lead people in the ways of peace and justice that Your Word may be preached and taught freely among the nations.
Give us spiritual understanding and faith in Jesus as the living bread that came down from heaven, that believing in and receiving Him both through His Word and the Supper of His body and blood, we may live forever now and at the day of the resurrection of all flesh.
Surround with Your healing, saving grace all who are in doubt or disbelief, those who are troubled, those who are distracted by the cares of life, those who are ill, and those who mourn. Draw them to the true light of life who came to seek and to save all.
Into Your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in Your mercy; through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
August 08,2021 (John 6:35-51)
11th Sunday After Pentecost
Let us pray: Lord God, heavenly Father, Creator and Sustainer of our life, accept the praise of our lips and the gratitude of our hearts. Your mercies re new every morning and your kindness watches over us every night. You send us our daily bread and even more You have given us the Bread of life in Your Son, Jesus Christ. For these constant evidences of Your love we praise You, now and forever even as we pray in our Savior’s name. Amen.
In last week’s Gospel we heard about people wanting signs and works, but not the signs that God provides or the work that God has done for them. However, we who are true Christians rejoice that God the Father has done the work, by sending His only-begotten Son to save us from our sin through His work of suffering, death and resurrection.
We also rejoice that God provides signs of His presence and salvation, by giving us His Word and Sacraments which are more than just symbols for through them God is present to assure us of the forgiveness of our sins and life everlasting.
Where God’s Word is, God is present to save. This is why we must continually preserve and contend for His Word, because this week’s Gospel reading warns of another great temptation; sinners want God to fit into their reason. In other words, by our sinful nature, we want whatever God says and does to make sense to us, to agree with what we believe is truth and what we want to be true.
When we come to a hard saying of Scripture, it is always tempting to rework what the Bible says until it makes sense and until it is no longer a hard saying. When we think about it, this is really a double standard leveled against God for we are not so quick to demand understanding from other people.
Children are expected to do what their parents say, even if the only reason given is “because I said so.” Students and workers are expected to do what they are told, even if they do not see the reason or any benefit.
However, when God commands something, people do not give Him the same benefit of doubt. This is what we find in our text for today, the appointed Holy Gospel from the inspired, inerrant and infallible Word of God as recorded in St. John, chapter 6, verses 35 though 51.
Grace, peace and mercy be unto each one of you from God or Father and the Lord Jesus Christ
We are reminded that we have been told that Jesus fed 5,000 men with five loaves and two fish and He has told the people that He is the Bread of Life who has come down from heaven and who gives eternal salvation to all who believe in Him. In verse 41 we hear the Jews grumbling about Jesus because He said, “I am the bread which came down from heaven.”
Why do they complain? Because it does not make sense and it does not fit their speculation. It does not make sense for Jesus to say He has come down form heaven.
This we see when they ask, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does he now say, 'I have come down from heaven’?
In their minds, Jesus is just another human being, child of Joseph and Mary. Jesus talking about coming down from heaven is simply crazy talk to them because they will not accept such a possibility and even more to the point, they will not believe Jesus. They have more faith in their common sense than they do in the Son of the Living God.
They deny the incarnation declaring that the father of Jesus is Joseph and not God the Father Almighty. If Joseph is the father of Jesus, then Jesus is just an ordinary human being without a great deal of authority. Furthermore, if Jesus is just an ordinary human being, He has not come down from heaven and He cannot give life to the world.
Therefore, logic says that Jesus may work some miracles but in reality He must be a liar who cannot be trusted. Hear how Jesus responds to their objections, "Do not grumble among yourselves. No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day
It is written in the Prophets, 'And they will all be taught by God. 'Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me--not that anyone has seen the Father except he who is from God; he has seen the Father”
Against their logic Jesus repeats the truth. He tells them that He is the Son sent by God the Father.
He tells them that He is the fulfillment of prophecy, for Isaiah declared that God Himself would come and teach the people. He tells them that to know the Father they are to know the Son. These words still do not make sense but they are the words of truth.
For what Jesus is speaking is the Word of God Almighty---that powerful and true Word that gives faith to believe. As we are told in James, “He chose to give us birth through the word of truth.” This is what Jesus is all about and so He continues, “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life.
I am the bread of life.
Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. ·
This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die.
I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh."
None of this makes sense to the Jews either, it is outside the realm of logic and reason, it even sounds ridiculous. And yet, it is true. Jesus states that He is the Savior who will die for the sins of the world and that whoever believes in Him will have eternal life. It is not logical, but it is the Gospel and the Gospel saves.
How do the people respond to this Gospel?? Most of the people will leave Him believing in and following their logic that Jesus simply cannot be the Savior. But look closely at what they have done.
They have come into the presence of Jesus and they have rejected Him as the Son of the living God. And, in rejecting Him they have rejected His Word. In rejecting His Word they have rejected that Jesus is the way to the Father and therefore they have also rejected the Father.
They have rejected the idea that God would come in the flesh to save the world because that just does not make sense. To them the claim by Jesus that He is God in the flesh is proof that He is crazy, when in reality the incarnation is the proof of God’s great grace and mercy.
What all of this centers on is the sinful, anti-Scriptural, God denying and rejecting idea that God and what He does must make sense to us or He is not God. We must acknowledge the place of reason and logic in our lives.
These are also gifts from God. Common sense for example keeps us from touching a hot stove. And so we give thanks to God for the gifts and the use of reason and logic. Having said that, however, we must also realize that our reason has its limitations.
We must not presume to know better than God. Our minds are sinful and unreliable while God’s thoughts are holy and trustworthy at all times. We must acknowledge that not only can our minds not comprehend God, but our sinful nature will actively seek to contradict God’s holy plan.
There will be times when God’s word just does not make sense to us or it does not say what we want it to say, or it will say what we do not want it to say. We will be tempted to engage in sin which is clearly prohibited in Scripture and we will rationalize Scripture to make it fit with our desire, “Yes, the Bible says thou shalt not, but that was then and this is now.” God wants me to be happy and this sin will make me happy.
Sometime ago, I heard a so-called marriage counselor state that having an extra-marital affair would be good for some marriages because it would strengthen the marriage. So the sinner says, in my particular case, this sin is the best thing for me to do.
Each time we rationalize in this way, we are declaring that our common sense is better than God’s true Word. Sometimes it is not the sinful mind that connives to find a way around God’s Word, but rather it is that trials and troubles batter us until God’s Word no longer seems reasonable.
Affliction can oppress us to the point where God seems incredibly silent to our prayers and uncaring about our suffering. At such times, the sins of anger at God and doubt in His grace and mercy begin to creep in and the thought, silent or spoken is this, “The Lord says He works all things to my good, but I don’t see that right now. And since I do not see that, the Lord must not be working things to my good.”
We know that it is always unwise to make rash decisions whe
n we are under stress and it is far more foolish to decide that God is unfaithful when trouble strikes us. It is more than foolish, it is sin and it separates us from God when we are in desperate need of His love, His grace and His assurance.
There will always be attacks from other people as well. Scholars and even some theologians seek to dazzle us with arguments to prove that the creation account in Genesis is just legend, that the stories of the flood and Jonah are not true.
They will seek to persuade us that Jesus was not born of a virgin, that He did not actually rise from the dead and as one person wrote that He was married to Mary Magdalene.
The homosexuals and those who support them, even some within the church will assert that Sodom and Gomorrah were not destroyed because of sexual perversion but because the people were not hospitable.
The Jews are the “apple of God’s eye” they will say and so they can be saved without faith in Jesus. The key is in how they determine these things. They do it by their own scholarship and intelligence and in doing so, they declare their minds to be greater than the Word of the living God.
The treachery lies in the fact that while espousing these heresies they are claiming that they believe in Jesus. No they do not. For to advance that which is in contradiction to God’s Word is to call Jesus a liar, it is to reject Him and those who do so seal their eternal fate in the fires of hell.
Every argument, every assertion, every teaching which seeks to overturn or set aside the Word of Almighty God declares that human reason is true and Scripture is false. Such falsehoods seek to say that God must work according to our rules, or else what He does is not real.
The people who advance these false teachings, whether they be in the church or outside of it, and those who follow these false teachings, whether they be inside the church or outside of it, they are saying that they are greater than God.
Talk about going against common sense, the most illogical thing in all of Scripture is that God would die on the cross for sinful mankind. But that is exactly what He has done. And such love and grace we would not know about except for God’s Holy Word. For as we said earlier, Where God’s Word is, God is present to save.
Like the Jews in our text, we have come into the presence of Jesus. And here in His spoken Word and His Word connected with the Bread and Wine, God is here to save us. Will we like those in our text, reject Him?? And in so doing also reject our eternal salvation?
You say, of course not. I would never reject Jesus. But we do reject Him every time we go against His Word. It is too easy for us to say, I accept God’s Word as true and then live as though it were not true.
Too many in the church say that they accept God’s Word and then also do not see anything wrong with premarital or extra-marital sex, they believe that God will save people who do not have faith in Jesus, and they fail to worship and study God’s Word because they have more “important” things to do.
May God have mercy on us for when we live contrary to the truth of God’s Word we most certainly are grieving the Holy Spirit who has called us by that very Word and given us spiritual life through that Word. While God’s Word may not fit in with our reason or it may not make sense to us, it is still His abiding Word.
You and I are expected, no, rather we are required to live according to God’s Word simply because God has said so. God has not made suggestions; He has given commands.
Beyond that, it should be our joy to live according to God’s Word knowing that in His overwhelming love, the Bread of Life, has died and risen again for us.
Knowing that He is here with us, this very hour, to feed us with the true bread, His life-giving and life-sustaining Word so that we might live in the paradise of heaven forever and ever. Therefore it is logical that we give Him the praise, the glory, the thanksgiving without end now and for eternity.
May the peace of God which is beyond all human understanding keep your hearts and your minds in and on Christ and Him alone, now and forever. Amen.
PRAYER OF THE CHURCH AUGUST 8, 2021
Gracious God our heavenly Father, we give You thanks for Your whole creation, and even more for the gift of salvation from sin and death and the promise of Your new creation. Keep us from doubt, despair, or discouragement by a continual hearing of Your life-giving Word. Give us the spiritual awareness of Your saving presence among us in Your Word and Sacraments.
Look with kindness on all Your servants whom You have sent to preach Your Word and administer Your Sacraments. Make them faithful in soundness of doctrine and merciful in shepherding Your people. Help us to receive the Word they preach with joy and faith.
Hear our prayers also for all who are in any need, for those who doubt Your Word, those in trouble, and all who are sick, injured, or in sorrow or mourning and all those who have requested prayer. Give them faith as You feed them with the very bread of life who brings forgiveness and eternal life.
Into Your hands, Father, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in Your mercy; through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
PRAYER OF THE CHURCH
PRAYER OF THE CHURCH AUGUST 1 2012
Into Your hands O God we commend all for we pray trusting in Your promises through Your Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus and for all people according to their needs.
For pastors, teachers, missionaries, and all who proclaim God’s Word, that God would embolden them to speak His word of repentance and forgiveness,
For those who have not heard the message of Christ crucified and raised from the dead, that God would raise up faithful witnesses to speak His Word to all who do not believe,
For those who struggle to believe in Christ’s unwavering love, that the victory won by the risen Christ would pierce their darkness of doubt and despair,
Into Your hands, O Father we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in Your promise to hear us as we pray in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
PRAYER OF THE CHURCH JULY 4, 2021
Let us come before our faithful God and Father in heaven in prayer. .O God our Father, give us hope in the midst of suffering as we remember Your great faithfulness and mercy with each new day.
O God our Father, bless Your people with zeal as we seek to make disciples of all nations, baptizing, preaching, teaching, and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
: O God our Father, strengthen the marriages of husbands and wives, that their selfless love for each other be a reflection of Your Son’s great love for the Church
Into Your hands, O God our faithful Father, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in Your mercy through Your Son Jesus Christ our Lord . Amen.
PRAYER OF THE CHURCH JUNE 20,2021
O gracious God, Your grace has been shown to generation after generation, and Your mercies are new every morning. Lead us to faith, that we trust not in our works but solely in Your favor, made known through Your Son.
O heavenly Father, You have placed Your promise upon Your people. Protect Your Church from all her enemies, strengthen her unity in doctrine and life, and keep her faithful amid so many distractions. Bless all whom You have made Yours through Baptism, and keep them in faith and repentance until our Savior returns in glory.
O loving Father, You have established the homes of Your people to be places of blessing, love, forgiveness, and faith. Continue to guide and strengthen marriages and families that they walk in Your ways. Bless those institutions through which Your Church cares for and teaches youth, from preschool to university and seminary. .
These and whatsoever things we should ask, we ask You to give to us for the sake of Jesus Christ, our Lord, in whose name we pray. Amen. .
PRAYER OF THE CHURCH JUNE 6, 2021
As dear children ask their dear Father, let us bring to the Lord our prayers, knowing He will hear us and respond to our petitions.
As citizens of our blessed land, we pray for the world in which we live and for the leaders of every nation, including our own, that peace would prevail across the world and
that we live without fear in our times.
In this season of growth, we pray for the Church, that it grow and flourish even in those places where persecution for our Lord’s sake is known. Let the light of the glory of God
be reflected in every place.
Gathered in heart and mind, we pray for those in need of special petitions, including those who are ill, those dealing with special challenges, the shut-in, the unemployed, and those
who grieve this day, According to Your good and gracious will, heavenly Father bring strength to the weak, assurance to the fearful, and hope to those in peril. Lord, in Your mercy,
Into Your hands, Heavenly Father, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in Your mercy through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord Amen.
MAY 30, 2021
Heavenly Father, we pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus and for all people according to their needs. As we grow in the Christian faith, we pray for an increase of the Word, that it be freely shared and bring the good news of sins forgiven through Christ to every place.
We pray for the world in which we live, asking that there would be times of peace and security in our days and that we know days of blessings and joy.
We pray for the Church and for this household of faith, that we be the radiant Bride of Christ, daily growing in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Into Your hands, Heavenly Father, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in Your mercy through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord Amen.
PRAYER OF THE CHURCH MAY 23, 2021
Heavenly Father, on this day we praise You for sending the light of Your salvation to the whole world by the inspiration of Your Holy Spirit. Cause the light of Your saving Word to shine in our hearts and throughout the world that we with many may be brought to true repentance and strengthened in saving faith in Christ.
Cause Your Spirit especially to lead, guide, and enlighten all pastors and those whom You have called to proclaim Your life-giving Word. By the same Spirit, help them to point us and the world to Jesus Christ and Him crucified and risen again for the life of the world.
Into Your hands, Gracious Father, , we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in Your mercy; through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
PRAYER OF THE CHURCH MAY 16, 2021
Gracious Father, Jesus ascended to Your right hand, where He lives and reigns as the good King for all people with You and the Holy Spirit. Thank You that He did not leave us helpless but promised the Holy Spirit to fill us with Your love and energize us as Your witnesses in this world.
Gracious Father, You call pastors to serve among Your people, proclaiming repentance and the forgiveness of sins in Jesus’ name. Grant to all pastors Your Holy Spirit through Your Word that they may be filled with all boldness in proclaiming Jesus Christ as Lord and themselves as bondservants for Jesus’ sake.
Hear us heavenly Father as we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in Your mercy, through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen
PRAYER OF THE CHURCH MAY 9, 2021
Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that You hold us and all things in Your good hands.
When we become overwhelmed, help us to trust that You are always good and You are at work to accomplish Your purposes in our lives. Grant us faith in Jesus, who gives us joy that comes from abiding in Your love. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Gracious God, who is trustworthy and true, You give us pastors to speak Your Word on Your behalf. Grant faithfulness to these men that they may serve as under the cross, ever pointing others toward the Savior. Likewise visit the sick, the lonely, and all who are in need, Grant them Your love and tender mercies. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Into Your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in Your mercy through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
O Almighty God, In Jeremiah’s day, most of the Israelites were in exile in Babylon. Let us pray for people who are displaced from their homes, communities, and countries. Heavenly Father, use humanitarian efforts on every level to supply what they lack, until the eyes of the world’s power brokers are open to see their plight and put people’s needs above their own political aspirations.
Prophets regularly “prophesied war, famine, and pestilence.” Let us pray for refugees from warfare, those who lack the basic necessities of life, and all who are dealing with long-term ills or sudden emergencies. use compassionate people and agencies to provide food, clothing, and shelter where they are needed; guide emergency and medical professionals as they tend those under their care; and open our eyes to see opportunities in which we may serve.
Father strengthen us and our brothers and sisters around the world as we seek to give our lives in loving service to You, reaching out to the lost, strengthening the weak in faith, and rejoicing together as we receive the real good that comes to us through Word and Sacrament.
These and any other things You would have us ask, heavenly Father, grant to us for the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, for we dearly desire to sing of the steadfast love of the Lord, now and forever. Amen.