As we prepare for Virtual Church this Sunday...
Prayers – March 22, 2020
We praise You, O God; we acknowledge You to be the Lord.
All the earth now worships You, the Father everlasting.
To You all angels cry aloud, the heavens and all the pow'rs therein.
To You cherubim and seraphim continually do cry:
Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Sabaoth;
heaven and earth are full of the majesty of Your glory.
The glorious company of the apostles praise You.
The goodly fellowship of the prophets praise You.
The noble army of martyrs praise You.
The holy Church throughout all the world does acknowledge You:
The Father of an infinite majesty; Your adorable, true, and only Son;
also the Holy Ghost, the Comforter.
You are the king of glory, O Christ;
You are the everlasting Son of the Father.
When You took upon Yourself to deliver man,
You humbled Yourself to be born of a virgin.
When You had overcome the sharpness of death,
You opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.
You sit at the right hand of God
in the glory of the Father.
We believe that You will come
to be our judge.
We therefore pray You to help Your servants,
whom You have redeemed with Your precious blood.
Make them to be numbered with Your saints
in glory everlasting.
Lord, high and holy, meek and lowly,
Thou has brought me to the valley of vision,
where I live in the depths but see thee in the heights;
hemmed in by mountains of sin I behold
Let me learn by paradox
that the way down is the way up,
that to be low is to be high,
that the broken heart is the healed heart,
that the contrite spirit is the rejoicing spirit,
that the repenting soul is the victorious soul,
that to have nothing is to possess all,
that to bear the cross is to wear the crown,
that to give is to receive,
that the valley is the place of vision.
Lord, in the daytime stars can be seen from deepest wells,
and the deeper the wells the brighter
Thy stars shine;
Let me find Thy light in my darkness,
Thy life in my death,
Thy joy in my sorrow,
Thy grace in my sin,
Thy riches in my poverty
Thy glory in my valley 
For the baptized in their vocation of worship, witness, prayer and works of mercy; for strength in the midst of temptation; for courage in the face of threat; for hope in times of despair; and for confidence amid doubts and fears, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For those for whom our prayers have been requested this day...
For those affected by the current Corona pandemic -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 all that mourn. Sustain all medical personnel in their labors, and cause Your people ever to serve You in righteousness and holiness;
For Doug and Cindy Bennett who lost their house in a fire – preserve them in this time of uncertainty with the confidence that Your grace is sufficient even in such times of doubt
For the Lord to grant us a spirit of cooperation; that the Lord may remove from us prejudice and hate and dispose our hearts to the common good; for all the places where people teach and learn God’s Word; for the homes in which our people dwell; and that the Lord may make them places of blessing and love, where His name is honored and children are raised up to know the Lord, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For the Lord to grant comfort, aid, healing and peace to the sick in their afflictions; for the dying near the end of their earthly lives; and for those who struggle with adversity and sorrow, especially for Adele Blomenberg, Gary Heckman, Lucile Stoppenhagen, Don Bultemeier, Jerry Miller, Randy Geyer, Dick Bultemeier,.Ruth Bultemeyer, Dave Roemer, Keith Dicke, Grant Wolfe, Suzann Rekeweg, Becky Adams, Malcom Lehman, and Cathy Terhune.
For - Bonnie Werling, Jacob Baumann, April Melcher, Kent Kiefer, Emilie Black, Leonard Bultemeier, Stanley Fuhrmann, Matt Gorman, Amelia Arriaga, Miles Burden, and Jan Gross who celebrate birthdays this week.
For those who serve in the armed forces of our country - Jason Putteet, Jacob Stoppenhagen, Will Thompson, Jordon Head, Sam Conrad, and Chad Hall
For those who grieve the loss of loved ones; for the family and friends of Sylvia Allen who was called to his heavenly home this past week.
For our pastors - Rev. Dr. Daniel Brege. Pr. Peter Brock, Pr. Christopher Maronde, and Pr. Andrew Yeager. For those who guide our youth, for our Wyneken School Board, especially those members serving Friedheim—Brian Schlemmer, Brian Bulmahn, and Brian Clemons. For Devyn Bulmahn and Lexi Gorman
For our own endurance in faith through trials; for the Lord to make us ready to receive our Savior when He comes in His glory, as King and Judge of all; for the families of the martyrs and those persecuted for the faith; and for the Lord to keep us in fellowship with those who have fallen asleep in the Lord and now rest from their labors, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
All these things and everything else we need, let us pray to the Lord in the name of Jesus Christ, His Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Luther’s Morning Prayer
C 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.
Lord, have mercy;
Christ, have mercy;
Lord, have mercy.
The Lord's Prayer
L Taught by our Lord and trusting His promises, we are bold to pray:
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.
P The Lord be with you.
C And with your spirit.
Collects for Lent 4:
Almighty God, our heavenly Father, Your mercies are new every morning; and though we deserve only punishment, You receive us as Your children and provide for all our needs of body and soul. Grant that we may heartily acknowledge Your merciful goodness, give thanks for all Your benefits, and serve You in willing obedience; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Lord God heavenly Father, the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, Your servant Moses proclaimed the resurrection to the children of Israel to give them hope in the midst of their darkness. As we journey to the darkness of the cross, give us hope to look beyond it to the light of the resurrection; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord.
Lord Jesus Christ, Your body was anointed with holy oil by the woman at the house of Simon the leper to prepare it for burial. May Your Church continue to take care of Your Body as she feeds Your people the holy food of Your very body and blood for the forgiveness of sins; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Collect for Grace
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.
L Let us bless the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.
P The grace of our Lord T Jesus Christ and the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
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