Gloria in Excelsis

​​​To God on high be glory And peace to all the earth
Good-will from God in heaven proclaimed at Jesus birth
We praise and bless you Father Your holy name we sing
Our thanks for Your great glory Lord God heavenly King

To You O-sole be-got-ten, The Father’s Son we pray;
O Lamb of God our Savior, You take our sins away
Have mercy on us Jesus, Receive our heart-felt cry
We you in pow’r are seated, At God’s right hand on high---

For You alone are Holy;  You only are the Lord.
For-ev-er and for-ev-er, Be wor-shipped and a-dored
You with the Holy Spirit Alone are Lord Most High,
In God the Father’s glory. “Amen!” our glad reply.

Return of the wayward and erring

Almighty and most gracious God and Father, we implore You to turn the hearts of all who have forsaken the faith once delivered to Your Church especially those who have wandered from it or are in doubt through the corruption of Your truth.  Mercifully visit and restore them that in gladness of heart they may take pleasure in Your Word and be made wise to salvation through faith in Your Son. Jesus Christ, our Lord.

In Times of Drought

O God, most merciful Father, without Your care and preservation all things wither and die.  Open the windows of heaven and send bountiful rain on us to revive and renew the land.  Graciously hear our prayer that we may praise and glorify Your name forever and ever; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. 

Psalm 121
Psalm 124

Matthew 11:28-30
John 14:26-27
Romans 8:35-39
1Samuel 16:14-23
Lamentations 3:17-33
Daniel 4:28-37
Matthew 14:22-33
John 3:14-17
Philippians 4:4-9
1Thessalonians 5:23-24

Guilt and Shame:
Psalm 51:1-12
Psalm 32:1-5
Psalm 25:1-11, 16-20
Psalm 6
Psalm 31
Psalm 38
Psalm 102
Psalm 103:8-18
Psalm 130
Psalm 143
Hebrews 12:1-2
John 1:29
Genesis 3:1-15, 21
John 8:1b-11
2Samuel 12:1-14
Ezra 9:5-9
Daniel 9:4-19
Luke 18:9-14

John 3:14-21
Romans 8:1, 33-34
2Corinthians 5:18 - 6:2
Colossians 1:19-23
1Peter 3:13-22
1John 1:5-9;  2:28

Psalm 07:1-2, 20-22, 31-32, 43
Psalm 139
2Corinthians 12:7-10
Romans 8:35-39
Isaiah 40:28-31
1Kings 19:1-18
Ecclesiastes 2:17-25
Isaiah 38:10-20
Lamentations 3:19-26, 31-33
Luke 4:14-21
Luke 24:13-35
Romans 8:26-28
Ephesians 1:2-8
1Peter 1:3-9

Reconciliation With Other Christians:
Psalm 124
Psalm 38
Psalm 51:1-12, 18
Psalm 55
Psalm 130
Psalm 133
Genesis 50:15-21
Matthew 5:21-26
Matthew 5:43-48
Genesis 13:1-12
Matthew 18:15-20
Luke 22:24-27
Romans 15:4-7
1Corinthians 1:10-13
1Corinthians 6:1-8
Galatians 5:16-26
Ephesians 2:11-22
1Timothy 2:8
James 3:13-18
1Peter 3:8-17
1John 4:7-11

​1 Samuel 13:8-14
Isaiah 40:27-31
Romans 5:1-5
2Corinthians 4:16-18
Ephesians 4:1-2a
Philippians 4:4-13
Colossians 1:9-14
Hebrews 6:10-12
2Peter 3:8-9
For Those Whose Relatives

Have Left the Faith:

Psalm 53
Psalm 119:41-48
Psalm 115
Psalm 1
Psalm 25
Psalm 27:11-14
Psalm 33:6-22
Psalm 43
Psalm 67
Psalm 85
Psalm 119:129-136
Ezekiel 34:11-24
John 6:66-69
1Timothy 6:3-12
1Peter 3:14-17
Acts 4:12
Luke 15:1-7, 11-32
John 8:31-36
John 10:1-18
John 14:1-7
2Corinthians 4:1-6
Colossians 2:8-15
2Timothy 2:14-19
2Peter 1:16-20
1John 4:1-6

Jude 1:17-23

Psalm 141:1-4, 8
Psalm 143:1-2, 6-8, 10-11
1Corinthians 6:9-11, 15-20
2Peter 2:4-10a
John 3:19-21
Genesis 19:1-13
Leviticus 18:22
Matthew 11:25-30
Romans 1:18, 24-27
Romans 5:20—6:14
1Corinthians 10:8-13
1Timothy 1:5-15
Hebrews 4:14-16
1John 1:5-10
Jude 1:5-7, 20-25

Psalm 127
Psalm 128
Psalm 133
Psalm 67
Psalm 125
Psalm 126
Mark 10:6-9
Ephesians 5:22-33
1Corinthians 12:31b—13:13
Genesis 1:26-31
Genesis 2:18-25
Song of Songs 2:10-13
John 15:9-12
Ephesians 4:25—5:2
1 Peter 2:21—3:7
1 John 4:7-12

1 Peter 5:6-7

Separation and Divorce:
Psalm 71:1-3, 20-21, 23-24a
Psalm 2:1-7
Psalm 27:1-5, 7-10, 14
Psalm 6:1-4
Psalm 25:1-2a, 4-5, 15-18
Psalm 31:1-5, 9-15a           
Psalm 42:1-5
Philippians 4:6-9
Colossians 3:12-15
1John 4:7-11, 19
Luke 7:36-50
John 8:3-11
John 15:7-12
Ephesians 4:31—5:2
Psalm 139:1-10
Psalm 91:1-2, 9-12

Psalm 121
Psalm 36:5-10
Psalm 112:1-7
Psalm 118:1, 14-16, 25, 29
Matthew 6:19-21, 25-33
Mark 10:28-30
Proverbs 24:3-4
Isaiah 32:17-18
Isaiah 46:3-4, 9-10
Matthew 7:24-25
Luke 2:39-40
Luke 10:38-42

Isaiah 46:3-4, 8a, 9
Colossians 3:17
Proverbs 3:1-6
Proverbs 9:10-11
Philippians 4:4-7
1Thessalonians 5:16-18Peter 5:5-11

Psalm 67
Psalm 118:1-4, 25-29
Psalm 36:5-10
Psalm 92:1-5, 12-15
Psalm 127
Psalm 128
Psalm 150
Genesis 2:18-24
Isaiah 12:2-6
Luke 1:46-55
Genesis 1:26-31
Isaiah 61:10-11
Matthew 19:4-6
John 15:1-5
1Corinthians 12:31b—13:13
Ephesians 3:14-21
Ephesians 5:21-33

At Family Reunions and Other Celebrations:
Psalm 68:4-6, 19, 35
Psalm 147:1, 12-15, 19-20
Psalm 78:1-7
Psalm 90:1-2, 14-17
Psalm 111
Psalm 121
Psalm 133
Joshua 24:14-15
John 15:8-12
Ephesians 3:14-21
3John 4

Times of Catastrophe:
Psalm 77:1-2, 7-15
Psalm 46

Psalm 5
Psalm 31:1-5
Psalm 42:1-6a
Psalm 91
2Corinthians 4:17-18
1Peter 4:12-13
Deuteronomy 33:25b-27a
Isaiah 45:1-12
Matthew 24:6-8
Luke 13:1-5
Romans 8:14-24
2Corinthians 12:9
1Peter 1:3-9

Persecution of Christians:
Psalm 31:9-10, 14-16, 19-20
Psalm 69:6-12, 16-18
Psalm 35
Psalm 71
Psalm 119:81-88
Psalm 143
1Kings 19:1-2, 9-18
Acts 7:2a, 52-60
Matthew 5:11-12
Matthew 5:43-48
John 15:18-21; 16:33
Philippians 1:12-14, 27-30

2Timothy 3:10-17
2Timothy 4:14-18
Hebrews 11:32-40

1Peter 4:12-14, 16

Calling faithful church workers

Merciful Lord, for the benefit of Your people You call faithful men and women to serve in a variety of offices in Your Church.  Grant that Your Holy Spirit may lead and guide us in calling a teacher / musician / other to serve among us according to Your gracious will;  through Jesus Christ, our Lord. 

​​Gloria Patri​​
C    Glory​ be the the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world with-out end.  Amen​Type your paragraph here.


Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of power and mighty:

Heaven and earth are full of Your glory.  Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the highest.  Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.  Hosanna in the highest.

Post-Communion Canticle​

C    Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spir-it with-in me.  Cast me not away from Thy presence, and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me.  Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation, and up-hold me we Thy free spirit.  Amen.

The Words of Our Lord                                                                                    

P     Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to the disciples and said: “Take, eat; this is My + body, which is given for you. This do in remembrance of Me.”

In the same way also He took the cup after supper, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying: “Drink of it, all of you; this cup is the new testament in My + blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”​

Nunc Dimittis​ 2
C      “Lord, now You are lettste Your servant depart in peace,
According to Your word; For my eyes have seen Your salvation; Which You have prepared before the face of all peoples, A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles,
And the glory of Your people Israel.” Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be world without end. Amen.

At a retreat

Lord Jesus Christ, You withdrew Yourself for times of prayer and brought Your disciples with You that they might also rest with You.  Be present with us during this time of retreat that, gathered together in Your name, we may profitably medicate on Your Word and be strengthened with a good will to serve You and Your people; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

For church musicians and artist

God of majesty, whom saints and angels delight to worship in heaven, be with Your servants who make art and music for Your people that with joy we on earth may glimpse Your beauty.  Bring us to the fulfillment of that hope of perfection that will be ours as we stand before Your unveiled glory; through Jesus Christ, our Lord

John 20:24-31
Romans 5:1-5
Hebrews 12:1-13
Job 5:17-18
Hosea 6:1-3, 5-6
Matthew 5:10-12
2Corinthians 1:3-7
2Corinthians 4:7-12
2Corinthians 12:7-10
Hebrews 4:14-16
James 1:2-5
1Peter 1:3-9

Psalm 68:4-6
38:1-11, 15, 21-22
22:1-5, 19
31:1-3, 9-10, 14-16, 24

Isaiah 49:13-16a
John 14:16-21
Hebrews 13:5
Joshua 1:9
1Kings 19:9b-18
2Kings 6:8-17
Isaiah 46:3-4
Mark 15:33-34
Ephesians 2:11-13, 19-20
2Timothy 4:16-18
Hebrews 12:1-2
1Peter 1:3-9

For persecuted Christians

Lord Jesus Christ, before whom all in heaven and earth shall bow, grant courage that Your children may confess Your saving name in the face of any opposition from a world hostile to the Gospel.  Help them to remember Your faithful people who sacrificed much and faced death rather than dishonor You when called upon to deny the faith.  By Your Spirit, strengthen them to be faithful and to confess You boldly, knowing that You will confess Your own before the Father in heaven, with whom You and the Holy Spirit live and reign one God, now and forever. 

Benedicamus and Benediction
A    Let us bless the Lord.
C     Thanks be to God.

P     The Lord bless you and keep you.
       The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.
       The Lord look upon you with favor and + give you peace.
C     Amen..

Luther's Evening Prayer

For men's organizations

Almighty and gracious God, in every age You have inspired men to labor, with hearts united, in Your kingdom.  Continue to grant to the men of this congregation (and especially name of the men's organization ) faithfulness in serving You and upholding the truth of Your Word that they, together with us all, may respond to Your redeeming love in Christ Jesus by devoting themselves to seeking and doing Your holy will and following in the footsteps of our Lord Jesus Christ, and who lives and reigns with You amd the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

                                                Where In The Word Do I Look?

Timothy 3:14 - 4:1  But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.  All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. 

Have you ever been in one of those situations where you need comfort or encouragement from God’s Word, but you just don’t know where to look?  You just open your Bible and pick a verse and start reading.  Genesis 27:11-12  But Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, "Behold, my brother Esau is a hairy man, and I am a smooth man.  Perhaps my father will feel me, and I shall seem to be mocking him and bring a curse upon myself and not a blessing."  Probably, not exactly what you were looking for.  So you try the New Testament.  Matthew 27:5  And throwing down the pieces of silver into the temple, he departed, and he went and hanged himself.  Not really what you want to hear when you are already hanging by a thread emotionally or spiritually. 

As 2 Timothy 3, states God’s Word has the power to teach, and equip us for leading faithful, godly lives.  It helps, however, to be acquainted with the sacred writings from childhood, so we know where to look and which passages to apply to the different situations that come up in our lives.

Perhaps, the only thing more frustrating than not knowing where in Scripture to look when we are trying to comfort or strengthen ourselves, is to not know where to look when we are trying to comfort or encourage a family member, or friend.  Diane will often ask me, “What would be a good Bible verse for this wedding card, or birthday card, or graduation card?”  What do you say to someone who’s spouse, or child, or parent just died?  What do you say when a relative or friend finds out they have cancer?

Most of us know Psalm 23, or John 3:16, and maybe a few other passages we have memorized, but God has so much more to say to us in every situation of our lives.  Next month in the September newsletter I will be giving instructions on how to access a very extensive list of Bible verses from the Church website, or how to get a hard copy from the Church.  The verses will be arranged in categories such as:  Anxiety, Apprehension & fear; Beginning a New Job; Spiritual Doubt & Affliction; At Family Reunions and Other Celebrations; Loneliness; Thoughts of Suicide; Birthdays; Guilt & Shame; Moving; Depression & Discouragement, etc.  Once the list is published I would be happy to get feedback.  My list certainly won’t exhaust the potential of God’s Word to speak to our needs.  If you have other passages let me know and I will add them to the list.  God’s Word is never irrelevant we just often don’t become acquainted with the sacred writings from childhood, and so we don’t know how to apply his Word to our lives.  The fact that Esau was a hairy man doesn’t always help.  Sometimes, but not always.  I hope this categorical guide to Scripture passages will be a blessing to each of you.

Pastor Jonathan Bontke

“I thank you, my Heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have kept me this night from all harm and danger; and I pray that You would keep me this day also from sin and every evil, that all my doings and life may please You. For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen.”Type your paragraph here.

 Nicene Creed 

The Athanasian Creed The Church’s Confession of the Holy Trinity Early in the fourth century, a new teaching appeared which claimed that Jesus was not true God. Arius, the north African priest who first proposed this theory, was extremely persuasive, and soon the controversy was so widespread that a church council was called to settle the matter. Out of that meeting in A.D. 325 came the Nicene Creed, which clearly confesses Jesus to be true God. That creed, which was expanded in A.D. 381 in order to defend the divinity of the Holy Spirit, is still widely used today as a confession of the triune faith. Despite the clarity of the Nicene Creed, the controversy continued for some time. Toward the end of the fifth century, another creed was written that marveled at the mystery of the Trinity in a way that no creed had ever done. Though attributed to Athanasius, a fourth-century opponent of Arius, this anonymous creed clearly came at a later stage in the debate. The Athanasian Creed proclaims that its teachings concerning the Holy Trinity and our Lord’s incarnation are the catholic faith. In other words, this is what the true church of all times and all places has confessed. More than 15 centuries later, the church continues to confess this truth, confident that the triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, has given himself for our salvation.
L: Whoever desires to be saved must, above all, hold the catholic* faith.

C: Whoever does not keep it whole and undefiled will without doubt perish eternally.

L: And the catholic faith is this,

C: That we worship one God in Trinity and Trinity in Unity, neither confusing the persons nor dividing the substance.

L: For the Father is one person, the Son is another, and the Holy Spirit is another.

C: But the Godhead of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit is one: the glory equal, the majesty coeternal.

L: Such as the Father is, such is the Son, and such is the Holy Spirit:

C: The Father uncreated, the Son uncreated, the Holy Spirit uncreated;

L: The Father infinite, the Son infinite, the Holy Spirit infinite;

C: The Father eternal, the Son eternal, the Holy Spirit eternal.

L: And yet there are not three Eternals, but one Eternal,

C: Just as there are not three Uncreated or three Infinites, but one Uncreated and one Infinite.

L: In the same way, the Father is almighty, the Son almighty, the Holy Spirit almighty;

C: And yet there are not three Almighties, but one Almighty.

L: So the Father is God, the Son is God, the Holy Spirit is God; C: And yet there are not three Gods, but one God.

L: So the Father is Lord, the Son is Lord, the Holy Spirit is Lord; C: And yet there are not three Lords, but one Lord.

L: Just as we are compelled by the Christian truth to acknowledge each distinct person as God and Lord,

C: So also are we prohibited by the catholic religion to say that there are three Gods or Lords.

L: The Father is not made nor created nor begotten by anyone. Men: The Son is neither made nor created, but begotten of the Father alone. Women: The Holy Spirit is of the Father and of the Son, neither made nor created nor begotten, but proceeding.

L: Thus, there is one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons; one Holy Spirit, not three Holy Spirits. Men: And in this Trinity none is before or after another; none is greater or less than another; Women: But the whole three persons are coeternal with each other and coequal, so that in all things, as has been stated above, the Trinity in Unity and Unity in Trinity is to be worshiped.

All: Therefore, whoever desires to be saved must think thus about the Trinity.

L: But it is also necessary for everlasting salvation that one faithfully believe the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ.

C: Therefore, it is the right faith that we believe and confess that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is at the same time both God and man. Men: He is God, begotten from the substance of the Father before all ages; Women: And He is man, born from the substance of His mother in this age: All: Perfect God and perfect man, composed of a rational soul and human flesh;

L: equal to the Father with respect to His divinity, less than the Father with respect to His humanity. Men: Although He is God and man, He is not two, but one Christ: Women: One, however, not by the conversion of the divinity into flesh, but by the assumption of the humanity into God; All: one altogether, not by confusion of substance, but by unity of person.

L: For as the rational soul and flesh is one man, so God and man is one Christ,

C: Who suffered for our salvation, descended into hell, rose again the third day from the dead,

L: Ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father, God Almighty, from whence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

C: At His coming all people will rise again with their bodies and give an account concerning their own deeds.

L: And those who have done good will enter into eternal life, and those who have done evil into eternal fire.

C: This is the catholic faith; whoever does not believe it faithfully and firmly cannot be saved.

                                                                                              *universal, Christian
Athanasian Creed (Quincunque Vult) from Lutheran Service Book.  Copyright © 2006 by Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission.  Distributed by the LCMS Board for National Missions (Worship) for congregational use only. Commercial reproduction, or reproduction for sale, of any portion of this work or the work as a whole, without the written permission of the copyright holder, is prohibited

For women's organizations

Lord Jesus, in Your earthly ministry You were loved and served by devoted women, including Mary and Martha in whose home You enjoyed rest and refreshment.  Give us grace to recognize and affirm the varied and singular gifts You bestow on women (and especially upon name of women's organization ) that Your kingdom may be extended, Your Church enriched, and Your people lovingly served to the glory of Your holy name; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, on God, now and forever.

​I believe i​n God, the Father Almighty,
     maker of heaven and earth.
And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,
     who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
     born of the virgin Mary,
     suffered under Pontius Pilate,
     was crucified, died and was buried.
     He descended into hell.
     The third day He rose again from the dead.
     He ascended into heaven
     and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.
     From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit,
     the holy Christian Church,
     the communion of saints,
     the forgiveness of sins,
     the resurrection of the body,
     and the life + everlasting. Amen.

Lord's Supper Announcement
The Lord’s Supper is much more than a mere symbol. Through this Sacrament our Lord Jesus Christ gives us His very body and blood. He reassures us that our sins are indeed forgiven. He gives us His Holy Spirit to strengthen our faith.

Since this is such a special sacrament we feel that anyone who wishes to partake of it should have an understanding of just what the meaning of this special gift is. If you are a baptized adult Christian and have been thoroughly instructed in the true meaning of the Lord’s Supper we invite you to participate - if not we respectfully ask that you wait until discussing the matter with the pastor.

Those partaking of the Lord’s Supper should ask themselves:

1. Am I truly sorry that I have sinned against God?
2. Do I believe that Jesus died for my sins and gives me His body and blood in the Lord’s Supper as Scripture says?
3. Will I try my very best, with God’s help, to lead my life according to His will?

Those preparing to receive the Lord’s Supper should be able to honestly answer ‘yes’ to each of these questions.

“But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread and drink of that cup.”   1 Corinthians 11:2​​

Alleluia and Verse

Alleluia, Lord to whom shall we go?  You have the words of eternal life.  Alleluia,  Alleluia. 

The Lord's Prayer


What shall I render to the Lord for all His benefits to me?  I will offer the sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of the Lord,

I will take the cup of salvation and will call on the name of the Lord.  I will pay my vows to the Lord now in the presence of all His people, in the courts of the Lord's house, in the midst of you, O Jerusalem.

To open a church council meeting

Almighty God, direct and guide us by Your Holy Spirit both to plan and to accomplish those things that will benefit Your Church and glorify You name; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

For children in crisis

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, be a source of strength and hope for children in our families.  When they stray, protect them from all danger and grant Your abiding presence.  Guide them by Your Word into paths of wisdom and righteousness, and send Your holy angels to watch over them, that the evil one may have no power over them; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Anxiety, Apprehension, Fear:
Psalm 4
Psalm 34:4-9, 19, 22
Psalm 118:5-9, 13-14
Psalm 27:1-5, 14
Psalm 23
Psalm 46:1-3, 10-11
Psalm 56:3-4, 10-13
Psalm 91
Psalm 94:14, 17-19, 22
Matthew 6:25-34
Romans 8:28-39
Mark 4:35-41
Philippians 4:4-7
Exodus 14:10-14
2Kings 6:8-19
Proverbs 29:25
Isaiah 41:8-14
Lamentations 3:55-58
Daniel 6:16-23
Matthew 10:26-31
Luke 10:38-42
John 14:1-6
1Corinthians 7:29-32a
Hebrews 2:14-18
1Peter 5:6-7
1John 4:18

Spiritual Doubt and Affliction:
Psalm 13
Psalm 143:1, 7-12
Psalm 10:12-18
Psalm 38:9-18, 21-22
Psalm 88
Psalm 89:49-52
Psalm 94:12-19
Psalm 119:65-72


​​Thank the Lord
C     Thank the Lord and sing His praise; tell ev'ryone what He has done.

Let all who seek the Lord rejoice and proudly bear His name. He recalls His promises and leads His people forth in joy with shouts of thanksgiving. Alleluia, alleluia.

​A    In peace let us pray to the Lord.
C    Lord, have mercy.  

​A     For the peace from above and for our salvation let us pray to the Lord.
​C     Lord, have mercy.

​A     For the peace of the whole world, for the well-being of the Church of  God and for the unity of all let us pray to the Lord.
​C     Lord have mercy.

A     For this holy house and  for all that offer here their worship and praise let us pray to the Lord.
C     Lord have mercy.

A      Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.
C      Amen.

For the Church

Merciful God, we humbly impore You to cast the bright beams of Your light upon Your Church that we, being instructed by the doctrine of the blessed apostles, may walk in the light of Your truth and finally attain to the light of everlasting life; through Jesus Christ , our Lord.

Almighty God, grant to Your Church Your Holy Spirit and the wisdom that comes down from above, that Your Word may not be bound but have free course and be preached to the joy and edifying of Christ's holy people, that in steadfast faith we may serve You and in confession of Your name, abide unto the end; through Jesus, our Lord 

For those who minister to the armed forces

O Lord, almighty God, as You have always granted special gifts of the Holy Spirit to Your Church on earth, grant Your continued blessing to all who minister in your name in the armed forces, that by Your gracious working they may honor Christ and advance the good of those committed to their care; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

For those outside the Church

Almighty and everlasting God, You desire not the death of a sinner but that all would repent and live.  Hear our prayers for those outside the Church.  Take away their iniquity, and turn them from their false gods to You, the living and true God.  Gather them into Your holy Church to the glory of Your name; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. 

To open a congregational meeting

Almighty God and Lord, as You have called us to labor in Your vineyard, so grant us now Your presence.  Enlighten and guide us by Your Word that in all matters of deliberation we may always consider the best interests of Your Church and this congregation.  Let Your Holy Spirit rule and direct our hearts that, in the spirits of Christian love, we may present and discuss matters and be kindly disposed toward one another, to the end that all we say and do may please You; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.


​P    The Lord be with you. 

​C    And also with you.

P     Lift up your hearts.

​C    We lift them to the Lord.

P     Let us give thanks to the Lord​ our God.

C     It is right to give him thanks and praise.

Hymn of Praise.........................................................This Is the Feast
​This is the feast of victory for our God. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
Worthy is Christ, the Lamb who was slain, whose blood set us free to be people of God.
This is the feast of victory for our God. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
Power, riches and wisdom and strength, and honor and blessing and glory are his.
​This is the feast of victory for our God. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
Sing with all the people of God and join in the hymn of all creation.
This is the feast of victory for our God. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
Blessing and honor and glory and might be to God and the Lamb forever. Amen.
This is the feast of victory for our God. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
For the Lamb who was slain has begun his reign. Alleluia.
This is the feast of victory for our God. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

The Apostles Creed

Nunc Dimittis​
O  Lord, now let Your servant depart in heavenly peace,
​For I have seen the glory  Of Your redeeming grace:
​A light to lead the Gentiles unto Your holy hill, 
the glory of Your people, your chosen Israel 
​All glory to the Father, All glory to the Son,
​All glory to the Holy Spirit, Forever, Three in One;
​For as in the beginning, Is now, shall ever be,
​God's triune name resounding Through all eternity

Let the vineyards be fruitful, Lord, and fill to the brim
our cup of blessing. Gather a harvest from the seeds that were
sown, that we may be fed with the bread of life. Gather the
hopes and dreams of all; unite them with the prayers we
offer. Grace our table with your presence, and
give us a foretaste of the feast to come.

 Athanasian Creed

Asking a blessing at mealtime

Heavenly Father, we thank You for the gift of food You have provided and for all those whose labor brings Your blessings to our table.  We pray that at this meal we may be strengthened for Your service and together may await with joy the feast You have prepared for all the faithful in Your eternal kingdom; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.   

Luther's Morning Prayer

Gloria Patri​​

C    Glory​ be the the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world with-out end.  Amen

P     The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord make His face shine on you
and be gracious to you.
The Lord look upon you with favor and + give you peace.

Offertory #955 “Let the Vineyards Be Fruitful” 

Let the vineyards be fruitful, Lord, / And fill to the brim our cup of blessing.

Gather a harvest from the seeds that were sown, / That we may be fed with the bread of life.

Gather the hopes and the dreams of all; / Unite them with the prayers we offer now.

​Grace our table with Your presence, and give us / A foretaste of the feast to come.

Text: © 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110005264

​Defending the Church from error

Almighty and everlasting God, You would have all to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.  By Your almighty power and unsearchable wisdom break and hinder all the counsels of those that hate Your Word and who, by corrupt teaching, would destroy it.  Enlighten them with the knowledge of Your glory and that they may know the riches of Your heavenly grace and, in peace and righteousness, serve You, the only true God; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. 

​​Alleluia ​alleluia   ​alleluia 

These things are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God 

Alleluia ​alleluia   ​alleluia 

I thank Thee, my Heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Thy dear Son, that Thou hast graciously kept me this day, and I pray Thee to forgive me all my sins, where I have done wrong, and graciously keep me this night. For into Thy hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Thy holy angel be with me, that the Wicked Foe may have no power over me. Amen.Type your paragraph here.

Pax Domimi​

The peace of the Lord be with you always.

C     Amen

Seminaries and colleges

O God, source of all abiding knowledge, through Word and Spirit You both enlighten the minds and sanctify the lives of those whom You draw to Your service.  Look with favor on the seminaries and colleges of the Church, blessing those who teach and those who learn, that all the baptized may apply themselves with ready diligence to their to their tasks and faithfully fulfill their service according to Your will; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

For home and family

Visit, O Lord, the homes in which Your people dwell, and keep all harm and danger far from them.  Grant that we may dwell together in peace under the protection of Your holy angels, sharing eternally in Your blessings; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

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Our Father who art in heaven,

    hallowed be Thy name,

    Thy kingdom come,

    Thy will be done on earth

         as it is in heaven;

    give us this day our daily bread;

    and forgive us our trespasses

         as we forgive those  

         who trespass against us;

    and lead us not into temptation,

    but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the kingdom

    and the power and the glory 

    forever and ever. Amen.

For those who are married

Most gracious God, we give thanks for the joy and blessings that You grant to husbands and wives.  Assist them always by Your grace that with true fidelity and steadfast love they may honor and keep their marriage vows, grow in love toward You and for each other, and come at last to be the eternal joys that You have promised; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. 

Calling a faithful pastor

O Gracious Father, You led Your holy apostles to ordain ministers for the proclamation of Your Word and the faithful administration of the Sacraments of Christ.  Grant to this congregation the guidance of the Holy Spirit to choose a suitable pastor according to Your will for the blessing of Your Church in this place; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. 

Prayer and Scripture Helps

Care of Children

Almighty God heavenly Father, You have blessed us with the joy and care of children.  Give us calm strength and patient wisdom that, as they grow in years, we may teach them to love whatever is just and true and good, following the example of our Savior, Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Prayers for The Church and Her Mission

Increase of the holy ministry

Almighty and gracious God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, You have commanded us to pray that You would send forth laborers into Your harvest.  Of Your infinite mercy give us true teachers and ministers of Your Word who truly fulfill Your command and preach nothing contrary to Your holy Word.  Grant that we, being warned, instructed, nurtured, comforted, and strengthened by Your holy Word, may do those things which are well pleasing to You and profitable for our salvation; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Gloria in Excelsis

P    Glory be to God on high:  

C     and on earth peace, good-will towards men.  We praise Thee, we bless Thee, we worship Thee, we glorify Thee, we give thanks to Thee, for Thy great glory.  
​O Lord God heav'n-ly King, God the Father Almighty.
​O Lord, the only begotten Son, Jesus Christ;
​O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,
​that takest away the sin of the world, have mercy up-on us,
​Thou that takest away the sin of the world,  receive our pray.
Thou that sittest at the right hand of God the Father, have mercy
​upon us.  For Thou only art holy;  Thou only art the Lord.
​Thou only, O Christ, with the Holy Ghost,
art most high in the glory of God the Father.  Amen.

Confession and Absolution
The sign of the cross may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism.
P     In the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C     Amen.

P       If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is
C     But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Silence for reflection on God's Word and for self-examination.

P     Let us then confess our sins to God our Father.
C     Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We justly deserve Your present and eternal punishment. For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name. Amen.

P     Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the  Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C     Amen.​​

Agnus Dei
O Jesus Christ, true Lamb of God,
You take the sin of the world away;
O Jesus Christ, true Lamb of God,
Have mercy on us, Lord we pray.

O Jesus Christ, true Lamb of God,
You take the sin of the world away;
Have mercy on us, Jesus Christ,
and grant us peace, O Lord we pray. 

Agnus Dei

Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us

Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us


Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; grant us peace

Agnus Dei

O Christ, Thou Lamb of God, that takest away the sin of the world, have mercy upon us.

O Christ, Thou Lamb of God, that takest away the sin of the world, have mercy upon us.

O Christ, Thou Lamb of God, that takest away the sin of the world, grant us Thy peace.

For the mission of the Church

​Almighty God, You have called Your Church to witness that in Christ You have reconciled us to Yourself.  Grant that by Your Holy Spirit we may proclaim the good news of Your salvation so that all who hear it may receive the gift of salvation; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.  

For our enemies

Almighty, everlasting God, through Your only Son, our blessed Lord, You commanded us to love our enemies, to do good to those who hate us, and to pray for those who persecute us.  Therefore, we earnestly implore You that by Your gracious working our enemies may be led to true repentance, may have the same love toward us as we have towards them, and may be of one accord and of one mind and heart with us and with Your whole Church; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

To open a committee meeting

Almighty God, we give thanks that through the varied gifts of the members of this committee / task force / group You provide for the ongoing care of this congregation.  Cause us to recognize and act on every opportunity for fruitful service. Send Your Holy Spirit that everything we think, say, and do may be for the common good of the Church and the glory of Your name; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

​For young persons​

Gracious Father, Your Son grew in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and all people.  Bless, guide and govern the children and young people of Your Church by Your Holy Spirit, that they may grow in grace and in the knowledge of Your Word.  Grant that they may serve You well and usefully, developing their talents not for their own sakes but to the Your glory and for the welfare of their neighbor.  Protect and defend them from all danger and harm, giving Your angels charge over them; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.  

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For the aged

Almighty God and gracious Father, in Your mercy look on those whose increasing years bring them weakness, anxiety, distress, or loneliness.  Grant that they may always know care and respect, concern and understanding.  Grant them willing hearts to accept help and, as their strength wanes, increase their faith with the constant assurance of Your love through Jesus Christ, their Savior. 

Salutation and Benedicamus​
​P     ​The Lord be with you.
C     And with thy spirit.

A     ​Bless we the Lord.
​C     Thanks be to God.

Gloria in Excelsis
A    Glory to God in the highest and peace to his people on earth.
C   Lord God, heavenly King, Almighty God and Father,
We worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory.
Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God,
You take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us;
You are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer.
For you alone are the Holy One, You alone are the Lord,
You alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father. Amen.Type your paragraph here.

I believe in on​e God,
     the Father Almighty,
     maker of heaven and earth
      and of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ,
      the only-begotten Son of God,
      begotten of His Father before all worlds,
      God of God, Light of Light,
      very God of very God,
      begotten, not made,
      being of one substance with the Father,
      by whom all things were made;
      who for us men and for our salvation  came down from              heaven and was incarnate

      by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary
      and was made man;
      and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate.
      He suffered and was buried.
      And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures
      and ascended into heaven
      and sits at the right hand of the Father.
      And He will come again with glory to judge both the living        and the dead, whose kingdom will have no end.

And I believe in the Holy Spirit,
       the Lord and giver of life,

​       who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
       who with the Father and the Son together is                                 worshiped and glorified who spoke by the prophets.

       And I believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church,
        I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins,
        and I look for the resurrection of the dead and the life +              of the world to come. Amen.

Thoughts of Suicide:
Psalm 22:1-11, 19-26

Psalm 54 18:1-6, 46-50
Psalm 23
Psalm 31:1-4, 10, 14, 24
Psalm 32:1-7
Psalm 43
Psalm 55:1-8, 16-18
Psalm 71:1-6, 14, 19-20
Psalm 121
Psalm 124
Psalm 130
Psalm 139:1-18
Hebrews 13:5b-6
John 10:10b-15, 27-30
1Corinthians 10:13
Job 19:20-27
Proverbs 3:5-8
Isaiah 43:1-3a
Lamentations 3:19, 31-33
John 3:16-17
John 8:10-12
Romans 8:1, 26-39
Romans 12:1-2
Philippians 4:6-7
Philippians 4:8-9
Colossians 3:1-10
Hebrews 4:14-16
Hebrews 12:1-2
1Peter 1:2b-5

Mental Disorders:
Psalm 18:1-6, 28, 30-31
Psalm 22:9-11, 23-24
Psalm 23
Psalm 46
Psalm 69:1-3, 13-21, 29-30

Anger and Bitterness:
Psalm 73:1-5, 8-9, 12-14, 16-19, 21-28
Psalm 133
Psalm 34:11-22
Psalm 9:12-14
Psalm 25
Psalm 122:6-9
Psalm 143
Genesis 50:15-21
Matthew 5:21-24
Ephesians 4:26-27, 31-32
Romans 12:14-21
Genesis 4:1-7
Job 19:13-15, 23-27a
Proverbs 14:29
Proverbs 19:11
Matthew 18:15-17
1Corinthians 13:4-7
Philippians 2:1-11
1Timothy 2:8
Hebrews 12:12-15
James 1:19-21
1Peter 2:19-25

Depression and Discouragement:
Psalm 42:3-8
Psalm 142

Psalm 130
Psalm 6
Psalm 9:1-18
Psalm 25:15-22
Psalm 27:7-14
Psalm 30:8-12
Psalm 34:1-10
Psalm 40:1-3

Psalm 68:19-20
Psalm 84:8-12

Psalm 88

Coping With Change:
Psalm 90
Psalm 111
Psalm 33:10-12
Psalm 62:1-2, 5-8, 11-12a
Psalm 102:1-5, 11-13, 27-28
Psalm 103:15-18
Psalm 145:1-9

Luke 9:23-26
Isaiah 40:6-8
Hebrews 13:8
Ecclesiastes 1:9-11
Ecclesiastes 12:13-14
Romans 8:31-39
2Corinthians 4:16-18
Ephesians 1:3-14
Hebrews 11:8-10
James 1:16-18
Revelation 21:1-5a

Psalm 27
Psalm 37:3-7a, 27-28a, 39-40a
Psalm 119:81-83
Psalm 40:1-4a
Psalm 42
Psalm 43
Psalm 46:10-11
Psalm 62:1-2, 5-8, 11-12a
Psalm 73:21-26
Psalm 119:89-94
Psalm 119:105-109
Psalm 119:169-176
Psalm 130:5-7
James 5:7-11
Ecclesiastes 7:8b
Lamentations 3:25-26
Genesis 16:1-6

Psalm 6
Psalm 69:1-5, 16-18
Psalm 70
Psalm 20:1-2
Psalm 31
Psalm 51:1-12
Psalm 55:1, 16-17, 22
Psalm 71:1-5, 12
Psalm 102:1-7, 11-17
Psalm 121
Psalm 130
Psalm 143
Romans 13:11b-14
Romans 7:15-25
Colossians 3:12-17
Proverbs 7:6-27
Luke 15:11-32
Luke 21:34-36
John 8:34-36
Romans 6:1-14
1Corinthians 6:9-11
1Corinthians 9:24-27
Galatians 5:16-25
Ephesians 5:8-21
Colossians 3:1-10
Psalm 51:1-12
Psalm 32
Psalm 38:1-11, 18, 21-22
Psalm 1
Psalm 6
Psalm 25:1-12, 16-18
Psalm 34:1-8, 17-20, 22
Psalm 69:1-3, 5, 16-18a
Psalm 130
Psalm 139

Rearing Children
Psalm 103:11-18
Psalm 78:1-7
Psalm 127
Psalm 133
Mark 10:13-16
Deuteronomy 11:18-21
Ephesians 6:1-4
Genesis 4:1-16
Proverbs 22:6
Matthew 18:21-35
Luke 11:11-13
Colossians 3:20-21
Hebrews 12:5-11

Ministering to the Elderly:
Psalm 71:17-21
Psalm 90:1-2, 7-10, 14-17
Psalm 27:4-5
Psalm 31:1-5, 14-15a, 24
Isaiah 46:3-4
Philippians 4:4-9
2Corinthians 12:9-10
Hebrews 12:1-3

Psalm 13
Psalm 31:1-4, 9, 15-16
Psalm 6:4-10
Psalm 70
Psalm 71:1-6, 12
Psalm 91
Psalm 140:1-4, 6, 12-13
Romans 8:26-30, 37-39
Hebrews 4:14-16
Lamentation 3:22-26
John 16:33
1Peter 2:19-24

Beginning a New Job:
Psalm 104:1-2, 14-15, 23-24, 27-30
Psalm 128
Psalm 16:1-8
Psalm 25:1, 5, 12
Psalm 127:1-2
Genesis 2:15-17, 19-20a
Matthew 6:25-33
Deuteronomy 8:1-18
Luke 12:13-21
Ephesians 6:5-8
Philippians 4:4-9
2Thessalonians 3:6-12

Trouble at Work:
Psalm 37:1-11
Psalm 90:1-2, 12-17
Psalm 27
Psalm 91:1-2, 14-16
Psalm 101
Matthew 5:44-48
1Peter 3:13-17
Proverbs 12:14-20
Romans 12:14-21
James 3:13-18

​1Peter 5:5-11

Psalm 100
Psalm 139:1-6, 13-17
Psalm 90:1-2, 10a, 12, 14, 16-17
Psalm 71:1, 5-6, 15-23
Psalm 103
Psalm 118:1-4, 25-29
Psalm 145
Ecclesiastes 11:5, 8a, 9a
Ecclesiastes 12:1a
Genesis 33:1-7

Job 42:10-12a
Romans 15:5-7
Philippians 1:9-11
Colossians 3:12-17
1John 3:1-2

Psalm 25:1-2a, 10-14
111:1-4, 7-10
115:1, 11-14a, 15, 18b
119:33-38, 40
Proverbs 3:13-23
Matthew 6:25-33
2Timothy 1:3-7
1Kings 3:10-15
Proverbs 3:1-8
1Corinthians 1:20-25
Ephesians 5:15-20
James 3:17-18

Those in Prison:
Psalm 130
Psalm 23
Psalm 25:1-7
Psalm 121
Psalm 146:5-10
1John 1:5 – 2:2
1Peter 5:6-11
Luke 23:39-43
Genesis 39
Matthew 11:25-30
John 3:14-18a
Romans 8:28-39
Romans 13:1-5
Hebrews 13:1-3