Prayers for August
The synod encourages congregations to continue praying during Sunday worship for the renewal of the church by praying for congregations of the Southeastern Iowa Synod, other synods, and people throughout the world.
We give thanks to God for the certain gift of eternal life we have in Jesus Christ and pray that this confidence will set us free to love our neighbor and be generous with everything we have, especially for the well-being of people who live in poverty and hunger.
We ask God to grant us courage, hope and a confidence grounded in Jesus Christ, especially when our service and witness in the world proves difficult or discouraging.
When traditions, routines or rituals – even those of the church – inhibit us from caring for our neighbor, we ask God for the wisdom to discern what is most important and to not fear change for the sake of doing God’s work in our communities and the world.
As followers of Jesus Christ, we pray that our spirit and actions express humility, concern for our neighbor and a desire to first honor and serve others rather than ourselves.
We also pray for…
Lorraine Jordan, Administrative Assistant to the Bishop, who is undergoing treatment for cancer.
For additional prayers please visit the ELCA Prayer Center.