Please pray for…
Deacon Larry Christensen and family at the death of his wife, Linda.
Rev. Bob Boudewyns and family at the death of his wife, Janice.
Prayers for September
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.
Traditions in the church can help guide and enrich our faith and worship, and they can sometimes present boundaries and stumbling blocks. Pray our traditions and religious practices are dynamic, meaningful and reflect our theology, Scripture, ministry contexts and prayerful discernment of what God is revealing to us today.
Ask God to sharpen our awareness of when we demonstrate favoritism in our relationships, ministry and daily life, and reassure us of the grace and forgiveness we have in Jesus Christ freeing us to confess our prejudices and strive to change for the sake of doing God’s work in the world – without bias.
How do we describe Jesus? We pray that through our baptism and the work of the Spirit we are imprinted with a deep understanding and faith in Jesus as the son of God, the one true messiah – our salvation, hope and light.
In this time when power, position and wealth seem to wield more influence and attract more attention than humility, service and generosity, we ask the Holy Spirit to keep us centered in the heart and mind of Jesus, remind us of what God values and direct our attention to people – today and throughout history – who exemplify Jesus’ compassion and concern for humanity.
Give thanks for the diverse and sometimes surprising ways in which members of the body of Christ do God’s work in the world and for how the Spirit equips us uniquely for serving our neighbor in unexpected situations and places.
For additional prayers please visit the ELCA Prayer Center.