A Prayer for the Dying

Gracious Father,
your holy Word tells us
that our times are in your hands.
Hear our prayers for __________ and for his family
as he nears the end of his earthly life.
Comfort them with your gracious promises
of the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body
and the life everlasting;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Source: Paul C. Stratman, 2018

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Prayer about the Fires in California, November 2018

Gracious Lord,
your holy Word tells us
that no trouble or loss
can separate your people
from your love which is ours in Jesus Christ our Lord.

We pray
for those who have suffered losses of home and property,
for those whose loved ones are missing,
and for those whose loved ones have died
in the wildfires of California.

Deliver your people from all evil.
Remind us all that the things of this world pass away,
but you and your mercy endure forever. 
Use this disaster
to lift the eyes of many
from the things of this world,
and to look to you
as the only provider, protector,
and refuge in all trouble;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Source: Paul C. Stratman, 2018

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Lord Jesus Christ,
you are the living Word,
and your Word is truth.
Sanctify us with the Word of your holy Gospel.
Set us apart for you high and holy purpose
of living under you in your kingdom.
Let your rule expand in our hearts
until we rule there no more
but live according to your good and gracious will.
Reform us in your image
transforming us to live
in holiness and love.
Your Word of Scripture alone can do this.
The message of your words and works on our behalf
are the power of God that saves.
So Save us. Change us.
Renew your church.
Move us to live for your glory
and to serve our neighbors.
You live and reign with your Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

Source: Paul C. Stratman, 2018, for www.acollectionofprayers.com.

Reading the Names of the Faithful Departed (All Saints Day)

This is provided with two options: Option 1, For use by itself as a service, or Option 2, for use as an element within a service.

OPTION 1: For use by itself as a service:

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you.
And also with you.

If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.
But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. (1 Corinthians 15:19-20)

With hope in Christ and in the resurrection to eternal life, we remember those in this congregation who have died in the last year:

The names of those who have died in the last year are read.

For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man.
For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. (1 Corinthians 15:21-22)

Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.
Yes, they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them. (Revelation 14:13)

Let us pray.

Lord Jesus Christ, you told Mary and Martha that you are the Resurrection and the Life. You promised your disciples that you would prepare a place for them. You promised the repentant thief that he would be with you in Paradise. And through the disciple John, you revealed to us that you will wipe away every tear from our eyes in the Day when there is no death or sorrow or crying or pain. Fill our hearts with these firm and certain promises. Comfort us with the assurance that those who have died in faith now see you face to face. You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, surrounded by a great multitude that no one can count, one God, now and forever.
Amen.

Our Father…

Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus + Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever.
Amen.

OPTION 2: For use as an element within a service:

If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.
But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. (1 Corinthians 15:19-20)

With hope in Christ and in the resurrection to eternal life, we remember those in this congregation who have died in the last year:

The names of those who have died in the last year are read.

For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man.
For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. (1 Corinthians 15:21-22)

Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.
Yes, they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them. (Revelation 14:13)

Let us pray.

Lord Jesus Christ, you told Mary and Martha that you are the Resurrection and the Life. You promised your disciples that you would prepare a place for them. You promised the repentant thief that he would be with you in Paradise. And through the disciple John, you revealed to us that you will wipe away every tear from our eyes in the Day when there is no death or sorrow or crying or pain. Fill our hearts with these firm and certain promises. Comfort us with the assurance that those who have died in faith now see you face to face. You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, surrounded by a great multitude that no one can count, one God, now and forever.
Amen.

Our Father…

“Blessed are They Which Are Called,” or another hymn may be sung.

Source: Prepared for A Collection of Prayers.

Scripture is from The Holy Bible: New International Version. 

Stop or Hinder Those Who Plan Evil

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Lord God, heavenly Father,
because of our many sins
we deserve no peace,
but in your mercy, spare us.
Stop or hinder those who plan evil.
Restrain all violence
and anything that would harm us.
Protect your people.
Correct the wayward.
Heal the hurting.
Grant us peace.

Source: Based on prayer #75 in Common Service Book of the Lutheran Church, “In Time of National Distress”

Original from Common Service Book of the Lutheran Church:

O LORD God, Heavenly Father: We humbly confess unto Thee that by our evil doings and continual disobedience, we have deserved these Thy chastisements; but we earnestly beseech Thee, for Thy Name’s sake, to spare us; restrain the harmful power of the enemy, and succor Thy suffering people; that Thy Word may be declared faithfully and without hinderance, and that we, amending our sinful lives, may walk obediently to Thy holy commandments; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord. Amen.

Prayer for Flood Victims, August 2018

Gracious Father, you sit above the highest heavens. Wind and weather are in your hands, and you work all things for the good of those who love you. We pray for those whose homes and communities have been damaged by the storms and flooding in the past week. Keep them safe. Provide for their needs. Move others to offer help and be channels of your blessings. We pray also for our WELS Christian Aid and Relief, that it may help those who have suffered losses and give witness of our love for Christ by reaching out to the needs of our neighbors. Calm all anxious thoughts with your promise that even in losses, nothing can separate your people from your love which is ours in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Source: Paul C. Stratman, 2018

“…the storms and flooding…” may be changed for some other natural disaster.

“…in the past week…” may be changed to fit any time frame.

“…our WELS Christian Aid and Relief” may be changed if there are other denominational or community organizations involved in recovery.

Labor Day

Almighty God, your Son Jesus Christ shared our toil and hallowed our labor in his earthly life.  Be present with your people where they work, and move those who carry on the industries and commerce of this land to honesty and fairness. Guide us to do all our work to your glory and for our neighbor’s good; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Source: Based on a collect in The Book of Common Prayer 1979. Newly composed for A Collection of Prayers. 

 

From the Book of Common Prayer 1979:

For Commerce and Industry

Almighty God, whose Son Jesus Christ in his earthly life
shared our toil and hallowed our labor: Be present with your
people where they work; make those who carry on the industries
and commerce of this land responsive to your will; and give
to us all a pride in what we do, and a just return for our labor;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with
you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for
ever. Amen.