July 25, 2015

Prayer based on Ephesians 2:19-20

Lord God, Holy Spirit, who has gathered a congregation here on earth, we thank you that you have made us members of the holy Christian church through faith in Christ Jesus, our Savior.  Here  in  your  church  the  gospel  is  proclaimed  and  the  sacraments administered  according  to  your  command.  From all sides come enticements to compromise the truth you have given us.   Preserve us and our church from false teachers and false teachings. Give us courage to defend the truth of the Gospel.  Grant that your Word may always be taught in all its clarity and purity. Bless the work of those servants whom you have called to lead us into a deeper understanding of your Word. Move the hearts of our youth to prepare themselves for the pulpits and classrooms you have established for the proclamation of the truth. Give your church faithful members, willing to pray and sacrifice for the cause of Christ.  Preserve the spirit of unity and peace among us so that the world has no cause to ridicule that for which you gave your life. Show us how best to serve you as members of your Church both here at home and abroad. Stir up our hearts and the hearts of our fellow believers to give eager and generous support to the spreading of your Word. Send laborers into your harvest in the power of your Spirit. Prosper the work that is carried out in our missions, at home and abroad.  Let your kingdom come, and let your will be done among us and among all people.  Amen

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February 26, 2014

Pastor Arnold Ruddat’s Farewell Sermon Preached Feb 17, 1985

Godly life is Glorious in Service to the Lord

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November 26, 2012

Prayer before Election Day

Almighty and Merciful God, we confess that we are not worthy of the least of the blessings that you have given us as citizens of the United States.  We pray that you would be merciful to us, and to continue to grant us the blessings and freedoms that we have enjoyed.  Guide our people as they elect new leaders; and help us to give honor and obedience to those who are elected.  Give to us leaders who are statesmen rather than politicians, and citizens who recognize that freedom cannot endure together with immorality.  May we seek to preserve not so much our prosperity as the privilege that we may both worship you according to your Word and proclaim your word unhindered.  Amen

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August 30, 2012

Labor Day Prayers

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Gracious heavenly Father, as we pause in our country to contemplate the freedoms and opportunities that are ours to work, may we never loose sight of the fact that it is only because of your grace and favor that we are able to. We thank you, Lord, that you have blessed us with the jobs that we have had in the past and at present. May all that we do at work give glory to you and your precious name. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, whom we love and serve, and who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end.

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Heavenly Father, you are the Foreman and Giver of every duty. Teach us to go to our appointed tasks as working for you and not as mere men-pleasers. We ask you to let your Word have free course among all conditions of men that peace and good will may prevail in all places. May your grace create in us an undying faith in you, and make us willing, one and all, to render a greater service to you. Remove all discord and suspicion and dissension, all class conflict and hatred and race prejudice. Give us the necessary ability to render genuine service to you and our fellow men. Give us the grace to appreciate one another at work, and quicken our hearts with joy as we perform our daily tasks, mindful that we all are dependent upon one another in human society.

Bless all efforts peaceably to allay strife. Destroy all selfishness, greed and dishonesty. Give us the grace to respect the rights of others and give credit to whom credit is due. Above all remind us that here we build no enduring city, but are pilgrims and strangers in this world who must one day lay down our tools to appear before your judgment throne to give an account to you. May we then be found faithful stewards and live in your presence forevermore. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, whom we love and serve, and who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end.

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O God, our bountiful Provider, we give you heartfelt thanks for the work you have given us to do. Through our labors you provide for our needs and those who depend on us. May we never lose sight of the fact that whatever we do, we are doing it for you. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, whom we love and serve, and who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.

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Dear Lord, thank you for giving us strength to carry out our assigned responsibilities. We depend on you to give us a place of employment,the physical strength we need to carry out our jobs, the mental abilities we need to serve our employers and the emotional gifts we need to improve our workplace. May all we do be to your glory, you who live and reign, one God, world without end.

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November 11, 2011

Veteran’s Day Prayers

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Heavenly Father, even as in Christ you have brought us lasting peace, so in a Christless world you have let us raise armies and brought us through wars. On this special day we ask you to look on the veterans of those conflicts with mercy and grant them your rich blessings. Let them know that we appreciate the sacrifice they have made for all of us. Moreover, let them know the gospel of Jesus, and enlist them in the army of believers whose veterans enjoy eternal retirement benefits with you. We pray in Jesus’ name, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, through all eternity.

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As long as the earth endures, O God, there will be wars and rumors of wars. We thank you for the soldiers and sailors who have risked their lives to fight our nations wars. When duty called, they answered. Without them, O Lord, we don;t know where we would be. Bless the people who are currently in uniform. Do not permit the temptations of military life to destroy the Christian faith of any of them. May the dangers they face keep them mindful of their need to rely upon you for their safety and well-being, in time and in eternity. We ask this in the name of your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.

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Heavenly Father, we thank you for the selfless service of those who risked their very lives to protect our nation, preserve our freedoms and restore peace in the face of brutal aggressors. Grant relief to those who continue to experience emotional or physical agony from their days of combat. Give us a sense of responsibility for their welfare. Comfort those who mourn for loved ones who died while performing their duty to our country. Enlist in your church militant all who are in our military forces, that they may pledge eternally loyalty to Christ, our King, and know his peace. We ask this in his name, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, through all eternity.

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Heavenly Father, today we remember the great sacrifices and selfless love that so many men and women gave to protect our country, to win peace, and to bring an end to war among nations. Lead all the rulers of this world to see the folly of way, to stop all strife and bloodshed, and to bring peace to all people in every country. Help us, moreover, to spread the Gospel that people everywhere may know the true peace that is found in Christ our Savior. We ask this in his name, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, through all eternity.

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We thank you, Lord, for the men and women who have fought for freedom. They have made great sacrifices, so that we might enjoy the liberty we often take for granted. Make us always appreciate their work. Comfort the families who today are remembering a loved one lost in war. Heal the physical and emotional wounds of veterans confined to hospitals. Through the gospel draw them to Jesus, the physician of their souls. Let peace rule in our land, so that your church may continue to flourish. May more people also become soldiers in the army of the Lord and sing the victory song of the Lamb. We ask this in his name, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, through all eternity.

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