O risen Christ, ascended Lord
All praise to You let earth accord:
You are, while endless ages run
With Father and with Spirit One
Merciful Father, You gave Your Son Jesus as the heavenly bread of life. Grant us faith to feast on Him in Your Word and Sacraments that we may be nourished unto life everlasting; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
You bless the earth to make it fruitful, bringing forth in abundance whatever is needed for the support of our lives. Prosper the work of farmers and all those who labor to bring food to our table. Grant them seasonable weather that they may gather in the fruits of the earth in abundance and proclaim Your goodness with thanksgiving.
To all of our members who are celebrating birthdays this week we ask Your blessing upon— Mike Werling, Brett Hormann, Addyson Lengerich, Paul Ruble, Erin Lengerich, Marvin Stoppenhagen (his 99th!), Marlin Keidel (his 90th!), Callen Knipstein (his 1st!), Peyton Buuck, Tom DeKoninck, and Judy Werling.
We also remember in our prayers Matthew Kiefer and Megan Snider who were married this Saturday.
We rejoice with - Jim & Ann Crosby who will celebrate their 59th wedding anniversary this Thursday, September 18. Ron and Bonnie Buuck, Don & Shirley Gehres, Adam & Kari Butcher, James & Karrie Fuhrmann, and Nathan & Connie Bultemeier , who are celebrating wedding anniversaries this week as well. Loving Father continue to bless them, remaining at the center of their homes, guiding them through life’s joys and challenges.
Make our schools safe places that prepare young men and women for life-long service to You and Your people; we remember especially this day – 7th grade confirmation instructor, Brian Horning, as well as Casey Nidlinger who teaches at Bluffton. We also remember our Sunday School Superintendent, Lisa Bultemeier.
We rejoice with Alex and Ashley Lithtle on the birth of a son, Wyatt Wayne who was born yesterday morning. Keep both mother and child in Your care and be pleased to receive Wyatt into Your family through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism.
We remember those who are presently serving our country—Jason Putteet, Alan Bergdall, Mike Brandt, Dean Brandt, Derek Schultz, Josh Stoppenhagen Sam Conrad, Jeremy Nabity, and Chad Hall. Lord protect and guide them in their missions.
Great Physician give peace, health and strength to all who are in need of the touch of Your healing hand. If it be Your will restore them. And since it is Your will remain with them in every circumstance. We especially remember Irene Kiess, Wyatt Lichtle, Mason Krueckeberg, Rachel Kinninger, Kelly Baumann, Rev. Timothy Carr, Nora Rauner, Cathy Terhune, Maddox Franz, and Leo Feasel.
Help us, we pray, in the midst of things we cannot understand, to believe and find comfort in the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.
Almighty God our heavenly Father, through Your dear Son You have made us all Your witnesses. Enlighten by Your Holy Spirit all who speak to others the message of salvation through Jesus' blood and merit. Grant Your blessing upon Russ Fuhrmann so that Your Word may reach out and bear much fruit for the growth of Your Church
Receive our thanks for Gloria Werling and for all the blessings You bestowed on [him/her] in this earthly life. Bring us at last to our heavenly home that with [him/her] we may see You face to face in the joys of paradise.
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.
C Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be Thy name,
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven;
give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.
Introduction to Collects
L O Lord, hear my prayer.
C And let my cry come to You.
Merciful God, Your Son, Jesus Christ, was lifted high upon the cross that He might bear the sins of the world and draw all people to Himself. Grant that we who glory in His death for our redemption may faithfully heed His call to bear the cross and follow Him, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
O Lord, our heavenly Father, almighty and everlasting God, You have safely brought us to the beginning of this day. Defend us in the same with Your mighty power and grant that this day we fall into no sin, neither run into any kind of danger, but that all our doings, being ordered by Your governance, may be righteous in Your sight; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.