Lord Jesus, bless your Church with the continued power and presence of your Holy Spirit, so that your love fills and overflows it. Nourish it with Word and Sacrament; and through its words and actions let the world see, desire, and dwell in your love forever. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Cheer the hearts and strengthen the spirits of all who are persecuted for your Name’s sake, and use their witness to cause many to repent and believe in you. We ask your richest blessing also upon our companion synods, sister congregations, and upon your missionaries throughout the world. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Bless the people of this congregation with love, respect, and kindness towards each other, so that others in our community may truly know we are your followers. Fill us with wisdom and prudence; and give us generosity and boldness as we look to the future you open to us.
You care tenderly for your people, especially the littlest who are laid in your arms. We therefore ask your blessing upon all mothers and those who act with a mother’s love. Give them your own patience, steadfastness, tenderness and wisdom. Share your deep gentleness and strong love as they care for their children. We pray for mothers and children who are in a strained relationship. May there be healing and forgiveness where needed. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Pour out upon the leaders of the nations the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, counsel and might. Teach them to love justice; to act with mercy toward the poor and hungry in their lands; and to walk humbly before you Heavenly Father. Grant to all people the blessings of peace and unity on earth. Guide and protect all whose labors help to grant safety and service to all in need. May we live in a world where the innocent may live in peace. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Grant the refreshment and joy of your life-giving Spirit to all who cry to you for help. We lift to you:
Grant them wholeness of body and mind; a joyful and confident hope in your goodness, and the peace which the world cannot give them.
Lord Jesus, we thank you for the lives of the faithful who have gone before us, Keep us close to your side; lead us to your Father’s house; and through the grace of your Holy Spirit, grant to us and to all the redeemed our inheritance of joy and life everlasting. And
Into your hands, merciful Father, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy; for the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen