Prayers for the weekend of March 21 & 22

Let us pray for the whole Church of God in Christ Jesus and for all people according to their needs.

Almighty and eternal God, worthy to be held in reverence by all people everywhere, we give You humble and sincere thanks for the innumerable blessings that You have bestowed on us without any merit or worthiness on our part. We praise You especially for preserving for us Your saving Word and the Holy Sacraments. Provide faithful pastors to preach with power. Protect those who preach and give spiritual care; give courage to fathers and all who teach and pray in every household. Help all who hear the Word rightly to understand and truly to believe it. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Heavenly Father, in mercy, bring to repentance the enemies of Your Church, and grant them amendment of life. Protect and defend Your Church in all tribulation and danger and sustain with Your Spirit our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world who cannot gather together. Drive away fear of this pandemic, keep our nation from panic and strengthen us and all fellow Christians to set our hope fully on the grace revealed in Christ and help us to fight the good fight of faith, that in the end we may receive the salvation of our souls. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Loving God, bestow Your grace on all nations of the earth. Bless especially our country, its inhabitants and all who are in authority. Give us wisdom, charity and courage in chaotic times. Let Your glory dwell in our land, that mercy and truth, righteousness and peace may abound in all places. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Compassionate Lord, graciously defend us from all calamity by pestilence, scarcity, famine and every other evil. Spare us from disease and its fear. Protect and prosper all who labor in their rightful callings, especially those who remain in harm’s way for the good of their neighbors. Be the God and Father of the poor, the unemployed and the homeless; the helper of the hungry and needy; the comforter of the distressed and those who sorrow. Look with mercy especially upon (add anyone’s name you which to pray for specifically here). Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Accept, we implore You, O Lord, our bodies and souls, our hearts and minds, our talents and powers, together with the offerings we bring before You as our humble service. Fill us, Your children, with hearts moved toward generosity and keep Your ministry and Your Church always before us, so that we may have compassion to help all in need as we are able. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Father, as we are strangers and pilgrims on earth, help us by true faith and a godly life to prepare for the world to come, doing the work You have given us to do while it is day, before the night comes when no one can work. And when our last hour comes, support us by Your power, and receive us into Your heavenly kingdom; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.