Welcome to a Gathering of EChurch@Wartburg
Prayer by Charles Wesley– Forth in Thy Name
Forth in thy Name, O Lord, I go,
My daily labor to pursue;
Thee, only thee, resolved to know
In all I think, or speak, or do.
The task thy wisdom hath assigned
O let me cheerfully fulfill;
In all my works thy presence find,
And prove thy good and perfect will.
Thee may I set at my right hand,
Whose eyes mine inmost substance see,
And labor on at thy command,
And offer all my works to thee.
Give me to bear thy easy yoke,
And every moment watch and pray;
And still to things eternal look,
And hasten to thy glorious day:
For thee delightfully employ
Whatever thy bounteous grace hath given,
And run my course with even joy,
And closely walk with thee to heaven.
For the Church, that all the baptized would continue to hear the Word of God, hold it fast in honest and good hearts, and bear fruit with patience, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For the Office of the Holy Ministry, that the seed of God’s Word would be sown and find good soil in many through the preaching of the Gospel and the administration of the Sacraments, let us pray to the Lord:
Lord, have mercy.
For the nations of the world and their leaders, that all who receive the sword as Your servants may bear it according to Your command, and that war, hate and bloodshed may be overcome by peace, justice and mercy, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For our Christian brethren around the world facing persecution and martyrdom, especially in the Middle East and Africa, that they may, by grace and the power of the Holy Spirit, confess the saving name of Jesus Christ in the face of their persecutors, remembering that He will confess them before His Father in heaven, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For the institution of holy marriage and the blessings of family, we give thanks to the Lord. That these gifts would be cherished and honored in our society, and especially within the communion of saints, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For all those enduring a time of sickness or suffering in this vale of tears, [especially ______________,]that they would know the peace that the world cannot give. Commending each into the Father’s loving hands and asking for a happy issue out of their troubles, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For this holy house and for all who offer here their worship and praise, that reverence and awe would attend them as they enter into the dwelling place of their Lord and Savior, especially as they approach the holy altar to receive the very body and blood of Jesus for their forgiveness and strengthening of faith, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For all the faithful, in whom the seed of God’s Word had been planted and cultivated until they departed this vale of tears in faith, let us give thanks to the Lord. Asking Him to bring us to share in the joys of the unending feast with them, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
Into Your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in Your mercy, through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord.
I thank my God every time I remember you. 4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first dayuntil now, 6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
A prayer for the poor and neglected: Book of Common Prayer
Almighty and most merciful God,
we remember before you all poor and neglected persons
whom it would be easy for us to forget:
the homeless and the destitute, the old and the sick,
and all who have none to care for them.
Help us to heal those who are broken in body or spirit,
and to turn their sorrow into joy.
Grant this, Father, for the love of your Son,
who for our sake became poor,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Lord give us peace in our going out and our coming in,
in our lying down and in our rising up,
in our labor and in our leisure,
in our laughter and in our tears;
until we come to stand before him on that day to which there is no sunset and no dawn,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.