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Tuesday, April 30, 2013, Devotion

Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His outer garments and made four parts, a part to every soldier and also the tunic; now the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece.  (John 19:23)

Whether it is after Sunday service, or for the soldiers after they had finished mailing Jesus to the cross, we often ignore Jesus and go about our business as if He were not there.  What do we take from Jesus?  We are called instead to be in a relationship with Him, knowing that He alone is able to bring us to where we need to be.

Lord, I want to take the best part from You, but without any obligation.  It cannot be this way.  Help me Lord Jesus to understand that You have not called me to take a few things and leave, but into an eternal relationship that is now and forever.  Help me to grow in this relationship You have established that I may become a disciple of strength in faith and willing to do the Father’s will on earth.

Thank You, Lord Jesus,  for suffering every indignity.  Help me today to stay with You no matter what may come.  Guide me in Your ways that I may live into the purposes You have in store for me, knowing that in You alone will I find all that I need.  May I be Your servant this day, not taking, but giving to others what You have given me.  Amen.

Monday, April 29, 2013, Devotion

Pilate answered, “What I have written I have written.”  (John 19:22)

Even those who don’t know Jesus recognize that He is someone important.  Because of this, they are willing to stand up for Him.  You who know who Jesus is, should you not stand up in every circumstance?  We should stand on what we have to say about Jesus, regardless of what the outcome may be.  After all, He is standing up for us on judgement day.

Lord, help me to be bold in every circumstance to stand on the truth that You have revealed.  Grant that I would never back down from supporting You publically, no matter what may come.  Help me to think, say and do those things that are right and true at all times, knowing that only in the truth will I find true freedom and joy.  Guide my heart into these things.

Thank You, Lord Jesus,  for tolerating the foolish questions of all people.  There is nothing You have not already heard from those who are against You.  Help me to be one who stands for You and beside You as Your disciple, that I would faithfully proclaim with all of my being who You are and what You have come to do.  May I be faithful this day.  Amen.

June 2013 Prayers Download

Click on the dates below to download the Prayers of the Church in Rich Text Format for June 2013.

June 2, 2013, prayers by Mr. Kevin Peteson

June 9, 2013, prayers by Pr. Kevin Ruppar

June 16, 2013, prayers by Pr. Mark Warner. For PDF format, click here: 6.16.2013

June 23, 2013, prayers by Pr. Cathy Ammlung. For PDF format, click here: 6.23.2013

June 30, 2013, prayers by Pr. Maurice Frontz For PDF format, click here: 6.30.2013

PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH, Sixth Sunday of Easter (May 5, 2013)

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PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH, Sixth Sunday of Easter (May 5, 2013)

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A  As our Lord Jesus has commanded us, let us pray for the whole people in Christ Jesus, and for all people according to their needs.

 

A brief silence.

 

A  God our Guide and Guardian, give us the courage and faith to follow your call to spread your Word in response to your Great Commission, as Paul did before us. Lord in your mercy,

C  hear our prayer.

 

A  Lord and Creator of all, help us to be thankful toward you with what we say, what we do, and with songs and words of praise. Lord in your mercy,

C  hear our prayer.

 

A  God who sent us your only Son to die for us, we thank you also for other faithful Christians, who serve as your hands and feet and provide support when we are in need, reminding us of your everlasting love. Lord in your mercy,

C  hear our prayer.

 

A  God our Heavenly Father, we thank you for the saving grace of your son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and the fulfilling of the ancient prophecy in His coming. We know we cannot earn such love, and so we are thankful for the daily forgiveness we receive. Help us to be forgiving toward one another, and to understand that we are all your children. Lord in your mercy,

C  hear our prayer.

 

A  God our Protector and Sustainer, watch over us through the week as we go about our daily work. Keep us safe as we come and go to and from our destinations. Bring healing to the sick and infirm, comfort to those who mourn, and hope for those who despair. We thank you for the food that sustains us and the gifts that you provide to those who work the land that we may eat. Make us aware of those in need so that we may extend your love to them to meet their needs. We pray especially for those we now name aloud, or in the silence of our hearts [Silence for petitions]

A  Lord in your mercy,

C  hear our prayer.

 

A  Lord we ask that you watch over our servicemen and women at home and far away, and we pray that they honorably serve not only their country, but also you, and present themselves as examples of Christian love and charity. Lord in your mercy,

C  hear our prayer.

 

A  Dear Lord and Father of us all, we thank you for families and ask, in this time of doubt and insecurity, that you help us who are parents to be good Christian models, that we love each other as you have instructed. Guide each of us as husband or wife, parents or children, and visit the Holy Spirit upon each of our homes to strengthen and preserve them. Lord in your mercy,

C  hear our prayer.

 

P   These things and all for which we pray, we offer in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

 Submitted by David Keck

 These are not copyrighted, and we encourage you to adapt them to your situation and customs. Comments and suggestions are welcome.

 If you want to help with this project, please contact Pr. Steve Shipman at prsteveshipman@gmail.com. There is no compensation except appreciation and a retirement plan that is out of this world.

 Some suggestions: it may be helpful in certain congregations to give worshippers the opportunity to voice requests. It is also good to provide a time of silence for their specific concerns.

 It is good to include in the remembrance of the faithful departed any memorialized by altar flowers, etc.

 You may want to include a petition recognizing any milestones during the week (birth, baptismal, wedding anniversaries, etc.). This would include those honored by altar flowers or in a similar manner.

Sunday, April 28, 2013, Devotion

So the chief priests of the Jews were saying to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews’; but that He said, ‘I am King of the Jews.’” (John 19:21)

It seems as though throughout history, there are those who seek to discredit the truth.  Don’t say that, just say that this is what they believe.  You may call it whatever you wish, but the truth is the truth.  Pilate, even with flaws, simply proclaimed the truth.  We each need to determine whether or not we will proclaim what we know to be true, in spite of what others may want us to say.

Lord, even though Pilate is certainly no example of a disciple, yet he was willing to state simply what he understood.  Help me, at the very least, to be able to simply state what You have revealed to be true.  If an unbelieving Roman could do it, so can I.  In spite of who may come against me, help me always to state the truth as You give it to me.

Thank You, Lord Jesus, for quietly accomplishing the Father’s will in spite of all the human antics that went on around You.  Help me to take Your lead and quietly do what You give me to do, regardless of what goes on around me.  May I always be faithful, standing up for what is true and not backing down, even in the face of formidable foes.  May I be faithful to the Father’s glory now and always.  Amen.

Saturday, April 27, 2013, Devotion

Therefore many of the Jews read this inscription, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, Latin and in Greek.  (John 19:20)

The Lord makes sure that what is written is written for all to see.  These were the three primary languages of the day.  The Lord wants His message to go into the whole world.  You and I are to translate the message of His salvation so that it is available for all to have.  This is why each one of us needs to share the truth of Jesus with those whom we meet.  We are uniquely qualified in every situation to do so.

Help me, Lord Jesus, to be able to share the truth of who You are with others.  Guide me in every situation, that I would be able to speak the truth of what You have accomplished from the cross, knowing that in You alone is there hope and a future.  Keep me from making excuses, or thinking that I might offend someone by speaking about You, for in You alone is there hope for eternity.

Lord Jesus, You have suffered many indignities, both on the cross and across the ages as there have always been those who would not receive the message of salvation that You have brought.  Help me to be willing to suffer any indignities in order to share Your truth and what You accomplish for those who believe.  May I be faithful to the Gospel this day.  Amen.

Friday, April 26, 2013, Devotion

Pilate also wrote an inscription and put it on the cross. It was written, “JESUS THE NAZARENE, THE KING OF THE JEWS.”  (John 19:19)

He is King of kings and Lord of Lords.  Even though Pilate may not have actually believed this, the Lord provided for the truth to be spoken.  The truth is often spoken to those who do not believe.  One day all will bow the knee to King Jesus.  The truth is what it is, and anything we say against the truth is a lie.  What was posted on the cross for all to see is the truth of who Jesus is.

Lord, even when I am unsure, perhaps even not knowing, help me to be truthful.  In this world filled with lies, masked as partial truths, guide me to dwell in the place of truth, whether or not I like it.  In my thoughts, help me to sift through all of the things that are said that I may understand what the truth is in every situation.  Finally, bring me to You, Truth itself that I may know the truth and be free from all the lies.

Thank You, King Jesus, for leading those who will follow You into truth and life.  In this day, guide my thoughts and speech so that I may be a person of truth.  Help me flee from any untruth, knowing that any portion of untruth is a lie.  May the words of my mouth and the meditation in my heart be pleasing to the Father today.  Amen.

Thursday, April 25, 2013, Devotion

There they crucified Him, and with Him two other men, one on either side, and Jesus in between.  (John 19:18)

Jesus is in the middle of us.  We, the sinners, are alongside Jesus, the One without sin.  He has done this willingly for all.  This is what Jesus said He would do when He talked with Nicodemus that night three years before His crucifixion in the garden.  He has done this for you, for me, for all.  Those who will come to Him here have the opportunity to join Him through the cross to see what He has come to accomplish.

Lord Jesus, the cross is a great mystery.  It has happened, and yet I often do not fully see all of the implications of what You have done.  Help me, Lord Jesus, not to try and figure everything out, but instead, live the life that You have always intended that I live.  Guide me into living the life that You give.

I cannot imagine the horror and pain of what You have gone through, Jesus, for our sakes.  Yet, You have done what needed to be done.  Help me to do what needs to be done today, knowing that only in You will I find hope and a future.  Guide me in all I do this day that I will do what is before me and not run from it.  May my life be pleasing to the Father today.  Amen.

 

Wednesday, April 24, 2013, Devotion

They took Jesus, therefore, and He went out, bearing His own cross, to the place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha.  (John 19:17)

Each of us must bear our own cross.  We must carry the burdens that are ours alone.  Jesus carried the greatest burden, for He carried our sins upon Him to the grave.  We may look at Him as being forcibly led, but, in fact, He was leading the way in order to obtain for us freedom from the bondage to sin and death.  He was leading, but only those who follow will find where He is leading us to.

Lord, Help me to see that I can go nowhere, really, or gain anything without You.  Guide me in Your ways that I would truly follow where You lead.  Help me see that without You I am nothing, but that with You, I am all that I am meant to be.  Guide me in Your ways and along Your path, for this is what You have come to accomplish.

Thank You Lesus for leading the way, even through Your own death on the cross.  Grant that I would follow where You lead, knowing that in You alone do I find hope and a future.  Guide me today that I may do what You give me to do and help me to not be concerned with what anyone thinks, for You have made me to be who I am.  May I bring glory to the Father this day.  Amen.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013, Devotion

So he then handed Him over to them to be crucified.  (John 19:16)

We often hand over Jesus in order to not have to deal with Him in the moment.  But the Lord is always there and cannot be handed over.  Yes, He does what is needed, but do we join with Him, or with the crowd?  He was crucified that we might be able to forever join Him, but the question is whether or not you will join Him now.  What is Jesus saying to you?

Lord, I get caught between the crowd and you.  I worry about what others think without giving you a second thought.  Help me to think on You first and then to still care about my neighbor as You would have me care for them.  Guide me in all of my actions so that I can and will do what is pleasing to You, knowing that You are leading me every step of the way.

Thank You Jesus for doing what needed to be done in spite of all of those who have ignored You.  Grant today that I would listen to You as You speak and take the direction You give.  Guide my heart to be a willing disciple, knowing that You are able to lead me where I need to go.  May all I do this day be in accord with Your perfect will.  Amen.