Pastor's Daily Prayers
Messiah Daily Prayers
November 29 thru December 6
 
OPENING  
God, come to my assistance.
Lord, make haste to help me
Glory to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; 
As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen
 
ADVENT SEASON DAILY PSALMS
Sunday                         24                   25
Monday                    122                   40
Tuesday                       33                   85
Wednesday               50                   53
Thursday                   18:1-20        62
Friday                        102                   16
Saturday                    90                    80
 
DAILY READINGS
 
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 29, FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT
Isaiah 64:1-9.  Of course, whenever God arrives God arrives with power.  But God also arrives in our lives with compassion. 
Mark 13:24-37. “Keep awake”, this section ends. That’s a good way of being in any new day, any circumstance, any challenge, any moment. Be aware.  Be aware of what God has called us to be. 
 
MONDAY Micah 4:1-5.  For three days we read Micah. He was an earlier prophet.  He spoke decades before the sack of Samaria in 721 BC and centuries before the sacks of Jerusalem, beginning 597 BC. Today’s section reveals the ancient hope for Jerusalem, that it would be a source of teaching that welcomes all peoples.  That sort of openness and welcoming rests on a deep trust in God. 
 
TUESDAY Micah 4:6-13.  Micah speaks of what we may refer to nowadays as inclusivity. Those who we typically prefer to ignore are those who God especially invites. 
 
WEDNESDAY Micah 5:1-5a. Many Christians have interpreted this as a direct prophecy of Jesus born in Bethlehem. “He shall feed his flock” is a stirring moment in Handel’s Messiah. 
 
THURSDAY I Thessalonians 1:2-10. The end of time return of Christ was one of Paul’s themes in his letter to Christians at Thessalonica. That is a major theme these days of Advent. Turning to God, imitating Christ, and being an example are themes in this section. 
 
FRIDAY Acts 11:19-26. This section explains how the first believers began to be referred to as Christians. 
 
SATURDAY Mark 11:27-33. Tomorrow we’ll hear the story of John the Baptizer.  Today we read how the religious elite had become afraid of John’s popularity.
 
SUNDAY, SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT, 12.6.2020
Isaiah 40:1-11. God will end the time of exile. This is a great text for the times when we are longing for relief or a new beginning. 
Mark 1:1-8. John the Baptizer, the forerunner of Jesus, is described.   
 
RESPONSE AFTER THE READING IN ADVENT
Amen, come, Lord Jesus. 
 
PRAYERS
 
DAILY PRAYER – Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and come. Protect us from the dangers of our sin and keep us blameless until the day of your return. Amen
 
PRAYER FOR THE MORNING HOURS 
O Lord, almighty and everlasting God, you have brought us in safety to this new day. Preserve us with your mighty power that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome in adversity, and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; thru Jesus Christ our Lord. 
 
PRAYER FOR AFTERNOON AND EVENING 
O God, from whom come all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works: Give to us, your servants, that peace which the world cannot give, that our hearts may be set to obey your commandments; and also that we, being defended from the fear of our enemies, may live in peace and quietness; thru the merit of Jesus Christ our Savior, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, God forever Amen
 
PRAYER FOR OUR NATION AFTER THE ELECTION  
Almighty God, all thoughts of truth and peace come from you. Kindle in the hearts of all your children the love of peace, and guide with your wisdom the leaders of our nation, so that your ways of peace may go forward and the earth will be filled with the knowledge of your love; thru your Son Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen
 
INTERCESSIONS FOR THIS WEEK 
All who are especially vulnerable to Covid19 
Healing for Wanda Moses 
Healing for Carol Karpowiecsz. 
Strength for first responders, especially in light of the recent surge in Covid19 cases. 
Peace and joy to flow thru the four weeks of Advent 
 
CLOSING 
God keep us in health and safety, today and every day. Amen


Messiah Daily Prayers
November 22 thru November 29
 
OPENING  
God, come to my assistance.
Lord, make haste to help me
Glory to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; 
As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen
 
DAILY PSALM 
Sunday                      103                 139
Monday                          5                    82
Tuesday                       42                 133
Wednesday                  1                    33
Thursday                     16                   62
Friday                            51
Saturday                      63                138
 
DAILY READINGS
 
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22 / CHRIST THE KING 
Jehoiakim, at age 25, became king of ancient Jerusalem. For a while he did the smart thing, he acknowledged the superiority of the Babylonians. Then he rebelled. Big mistake. They killed him in 597 BC. When kings do dumb things a lot of people suffer. 
Matthew 25:31-46 is the parable of the judgment.  The concerns for life in the realm of Christ the King are the hungry, thirsty, stranger, naked, sick, and imprisoned.  
 
MONDAY Esther 2:1-18.  Following up on Sunday’s Christ the King theme, today and tomorrow we read about Esther becomes Queen.  Ahasuerus ruled 486-465 BC as emperor of the vast Persian Empire (modern day Iran).  He abandons his wife, Vashti, in favor of one of the twelve virgins in his harem.  
 
TUESDAY Esther 8:3-17. The story of Esther made it into the Hebrew Bible because Esther was Jewish.  As a Jew she became Queen to Persian Emperor Ahasuerus. This enabled her to save her Jewish people undergoing persecution in ancient Persia. 
 
WEDNESDAY John 5:19-40.  This concludes the Christ the King theme we heard on Sunday.  The standard for judging the quality of our lives is doing good or doing evil.  The ways of the good are spelled out in Sunday’s gospel: we are concerned for the hungry, thirsty, naked, stranger, sick, and imprisoned. Evil ignores or exploits those conditions. 
 
THURSDAY Revelation 14:6-13.  We’re getting ready for the first Sunday of Advent on November 29th.  An angel invites us to worship God, source of creation. Another angel assures us evil that disrupts creation will not continue forever. 
 
FRIDAY First Thessalonians 4:1-18.  Paul describes a trumpet blast announcing the arrival of the Last Day.  Paul describes measures of self-control with which we are to conduct ourselves before the Last Day. 
 
SATURDAY Micah 2:1-13.  The text refers to those trends in society that promote injustice as a “family”.  God says, “I am devising against this family an evil.”  
 
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 29, FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT
Isaiah 64:1-9.  Of course, whenever God arrives God arrives with power.  But God also arrives in our lives with compassion. 
Mark 13:24-37. “Keep awake”, this section ends. That’s a good way of being in any new day, any circumstance, any challenge, any moment. Be aware.  Be aware of what God has called us to be. 
 
RESPONSE AFTER THE READING 
Jesus, remember me, when you come into your kingdom. 
 
PRAYERS
 
DAILY PRAYER – God, clothe us in faith, hope, and love that we may be prepared to meet you now and at the hour of our death. Amen
 
PRAYER FOR THE MORNING HOURS 
O Lord, almighty and everlasting God, you have brought us in safety to this new day. Preserve us with your mighty power that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome in adversity, and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; thru Jesus Christ our Lord. 
 
PRAYER FOR AFTERNOON AND EVENING 
O God, from whom come all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works: Give to us, your servants, that peace which the world cannot give, that our hearts may be set to obey your commandments; and also that we, being defended from the fear of our enemies, may live in peace and quietness; thru the merit of Jesus Christ our Savior, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, God forever Amen
 
PRAYER FOR OUR NATION AFTER THE ELECTION  
Almighty God, all thoughts of truth and peace come from you. Kindle in the hearts of all your children the love of peace, and guide with your wisdom the leaders of our nation, so that your ways of peace may go forward and the earth will be filled with the knowledge of your love; thru your Son Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen
 
INTERCESSIONS FOR THIS WEEK 
All who are especially vulnerable to Covid19 
Responsible, safe behavior among our citizens during this pandemic
Wisdom and strength for those who lead us and care for our health 
Families making safe preparations for Thanksgiving 
Healing for our nation concluding a presidential election 
 
CLOSING 
God keep us in health and safety, today and every day. Amen


Messiah Daily Prayers
November 15 thru November 22
 
OPENING  
God, come to my assistance.
Lord, make haste to help me
Glory to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; 
As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen
 
DAILY PSALM 
Sunday                      108                 66
Monday                       62                    9
Tuesday                       12                 36
Wednesday               96              132
Thursday                  116                 26
Friday                            84                 25
Saturday                      63              138
 
DAILY READINGS
NOVEMBER 15, 2020
Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18. The “day of the Lord” is an Old Testament expression for judgment. Evil, dysfunctional behavior is checked. 
Matthew 25:14-30 brings a parable. It tells of servants who were committed and invested in the estate and servants who were uncommitted and reticent. 
 
MONDAY Zechariah uses apocalyptic imagery, the style of writing that will prompt the Book of Revelation. Zechariah 1:7-17 is anxious for the people to get on with the project of rebuilding the temple in Jerusalem. This happened around 515 BC. 
 
TUESDAY Zechariah 2:1-5 & 5:1-4.  God’s case against sin is symbolized in a flying scroll.  Ancient people wrote on scrolls.  God’s expectations for the community to be a place of justice is put into writing.
 
WEDNESDAY Job 16:1-21.  Job is frustrated with his friends and laments his relationship with God. The man is between a rock and a hard place. This will go on for quite some time. Sometimes it feels as though our episodes of suffering will never end.  Sometimes we learn the most when we lament. Job will finally “get it”. But not until chapter 38. 
 
THURSDAY Revelation 14:1-11.  The 144,000 symbolize the totality of Old Testament and New Testament believers. The chorus of praise roars louder than a storm coming off Lake Erie. Some days it hardly seems possible. But God will heal and bring back this creation. We’ll know the true source of light and life. 
 
FRIDAY Revelation 22:1-9.  The Book of Revelation contains seven visions that depict the godless ways of ancient Rome and the dangerous persecutions from Emperor Domitian. But it ends really well. Bathe in this image of a river of life. The good ending to creation’s story enables us to live confidently and responsibly in our current dangerous days. 
 
SATURDAY Matthew 12:46-50.  Our kinship with Jesus does not depend on blood line or cultural status.  Following the ways of God are the signs we belong to Christ. 
 
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 22 / CHRIST THE KING 
Jehoiakim, at age 25, became king of ancient Jerusalem. For a while he did the smart thing, he acknowledged the superiority of the Babylonians. Then he rebelled. Big mistake. They killed him in 597 BC. When kings do dumb things a lot of people suffer. 
Matthew 25:31-46 is the parable of the judgment.  The standards for life in the realm of Christ the King are compassion, mercy, and service. 
 
RESPONSE AFTER THE READING 
Jesus, remember me, when you come into your kingdom. 
 
PRAYERS
 
DAILY PRAYER – Lord, protect us during this present danger and help us grow into the ways of your reign. Amen
 
PRAYER FOR THE MORNING HOURS 
O Lord, almighty and everlasting God, you have brought us in safety to this new day. Preserve us with your mighty power that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome in adversity, and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; thru Jesus Christ our Lord. 
 
PRAYER FOR AFTERNOON AND EVENING 
O God, from whom come all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works: Give to us, your servants, that peace which the world cannot give, that our hearts may be set to obey your commandments; and also that we, being defended from the fear of our enemies, may live in peace and quietness; thru the merit of Jesus Christ our Savior, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, God forever Amen
 
PRAYER FOR OUR NATION AFTER THE ELECTION  
Almighty God, all thoughts of truth and peace come from you. Kindle in the hearts of all your children the love of peace, and guide with your wisdom the leaders of our nation, so that your ways of peace may go forward and the earth will be filled with the knowledge of your love; thru your Son Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen
 
INTERCESSIONS FOR THIS WEEK 
All who are especially vulnerable to Covid19 
Responsible, safe behavior among our citizens during this pandemic
Peace in our nation following November 3rd elections  
Families making safe preparations for Thanksgiving 
Healing for our nation concluding a presidential election 
 
CLOSING 
God keep us in health and safety, today and every day. Amen


Messiah Daily Prayers
November 8 thru November 15
 
OPENING  
God, come to my assistance.
Lord, make haste to help me
Glory to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; 
As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen
 
DAILY PSALM 
Sunday                          67                   46
Monday                        57                   85
Tuesday                        54                   38
Wednesday                65                125
Thursday                   143                  81
Friday                            88                      6
Saturday                   122                   63
 
DAILY READINGS
 
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 8, 2020. 
Amos 5:8-24. Seek good, and not evil, that you may live. 
Matthew 25:1-13. Parable of the prepared and unprepared bridesmaids. 
 
MONDAY Amos 8:7-14. There is famine in the land, as Amos writes in the 8th century before Christ. It’s not a lack of grain. It is a famine of hearing and following Word from God.  “That day” is a terrible day for anyone in anytime when God is ignored.  
 
TUESDAY Joel 1:1-14.  It is difficult to date with certainty the Old Testament Book of Joel. 
This particular section references a locust plague that had swept thru the land. Plagues are devasting.  They happen all the time. We’re in one now, Covid19.  Joel encourages our lament during a plague. He also encourages us to fast. There are deep, prayerful lessons we learn when the foundations of life are shaken. There are new strengths we develop in adversity. 

WEDNESDAY Joel 3:9-21.  This is a stirring call to battle. “Turn plowshares into swords.”  We often mis-use this bellicose language. We think we have to turn it on another person, other people, on the other political party. There are things worth fighting for: discipline, justice, restraint, self-control, fairness.  There are things worth defeating: dissipation, sloth, greed, excess, etc. 
 
THURSDAY Revelation 16:1-7.  The image of seven angels pouring out “bowls of wrath” is not a good way to start the day. But this is a realistic portrayal of the chaos that results in human society when we disregard God and ten commandments. It is these chaotic, broken circumstances that we are called to respond to and care for. 
 
FRIDAY Revelation 16:8-21.  More angels and more bowls of wrath.  Wade thru the darkness, wrath, and demons in this section. Then rest in and cling to vs. 15.  “See, I am coming like a thief!  Blessed is the one who stays awake.”  The “thief” is Christ.  He’s coming to take errant creation back and heal it.  The awake ones are us. We know how the story ends. That assured good ending affects how we confidently conduct ourselves in the middle of the story.  
 
SATURDAY Matthew 12:43-45.  Sometimes it’s hard to get ahead, to make any progress.  A bad spirit is removed. There’s relief! Then the bad spirit returns but brings a cadre of seven other bad spirits. Sometimes we never get over that cycle. Life is a case of 1 step forward then 2 steps backward. The key in this passage is not leaving the place empty after the cleaning. If we’ve “cleaned house” by ridding ourselves of pesky attitudes and behaviors, don’t leave our soul empty.  Fill our time with community and connectivity. Fill our mind with a new challenge, another priority. 

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 15, 2020. 
Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18. The phrase “Day of the Lord” is introduced. In Old Testament contexts that means a day of judgment. But that does not mean torture and punishment.  It means the evil that had been allowed to have so much influence is challenged and stopped. 
Matthew 25:14-30. Servants are entrusted with resources.  Some manage wisely. Others manage without commitment or investment. 
 
RESPONSE AFTER THE READING 
We will be with God forever. 
 
PRAYERS
 
DAILY PRAYER – Come, Holy Spirit.  Keep us awake and watchful for the ways we may serve you this day. 
 
PRAYER FOR THE MORNING HOURS 
O Lord, almighty and everlasting God, you have brought us in safety to this new day. Preserve us with your mighty power that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome in adversity, and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; thru Jesus Christ our Lord. 
 
PRAYER FOR AFTERNOON AND EVENING 
O God, from whom come all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works: Give to us, your servants, that peace which the world cannot give, that our hearts may be set to obey your commandments; and also that we, being defended from the fear of our enemies, may live in peace and quietness; thru the merit of Jesus Christ our Savior, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, God forever Amen
 
PRAYER FOR OUR NATION AFTER THE ELECTION  
Almighty God, all thoughts of truth and peace come from you. Kindle in the hearts of all your children the love of peace, and guide with your wisdom the leaders of our nation, so that your ways of peace may go forward and the earth will be filled with the knowledge of your love; thru your Son Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen
 
INTERCESSIONS FOR THIS WEEK 
Diane Maenpa recovery from surgery
Rick Reinker recovery from surgery 
Pat Greenawalt recovery from surgery
Ruth Reinker strength and healing 
Families making safe preparations for Thanksgiving 
Healing for our nation concluding a presidential election 
The saints from Messiah who died within between November 2019 and November 2020: Hans Miggo, Peter LaVeck, Kristina Eble 
 
CLOSING 
God keep us in health and safety, today and every day. Amen


Messiah Daily Prayers
November 1 THRU November 8 
 
OPENING  
God, come to my assistance.
Lord, make haste to help me
Glory to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; 
As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen
 
DAILY PSALM 
Sunday          19                   81
Monday        135                 112
Tuesday        123                 30
Wednesday  15                   48
Thursday       36                   80
Friday            130                 32
Saturday       56                   111
 
 
DAILY READINGS
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 1, 2020 / LECTIONARY WEEK 31
Micah 3:5-12 signals God’s judgment on corrupt leaders
Matthew 23:1-12 – Jesus preaches on the corrupt religious hierarchy of his day
 
MONDAY Jeremiah 5:18-31.  Jeremiah, the Weeping Prophet, wrote of the horrific events that occurred roughly 630-590 BC. Slowly, but surely, Jerusalem lost her influence, her security, and her viability. Corrupt leaders, head-in-the-sand clergy, and blind prophets all contributed to the national demise. Nevertheless, God promises, “I will not make a full end of you.” Often that mere glimmer of hope God provides is enough to see us thru as responsible, engaged humans. No matter how thick the darkness, look to God for that glimmer of light. 
 
TUESDAY Lamentations 2:13-17. What Jeremiah analyzes with political and religious insight, Lamentations expresses poetically. The sudden impact of destruction has come.  Yet Lamentations pleads, “Cry aloud to the Lord.”  God hears our cry. (That was a creedal statement in the Book of Deuteronomy.)  It is best when we approach God from the standpoint of our honest need, not from the standpoint of our false self. In the authentic moment of our crying out, that is when God especially connects. 
 
WEDNESDAY Proverbs 16:21-33.  Each sentence is a random wisdom statement. Each sentence describes a way of being that averts much disaster. 
 
THURSDAY Revelation 8:6-9:12. Seven angels blow seven trumpets. Each trumpet blast ushers in a new round of chaos and devastation. This has happened. This describes the chaos of ancient, godless Rome.  This is happening.  This happens whenever, wherever humans shoulder God out of the picture and take center stage. We may not be able to avert the chaos. But we shall be steady beacons of light and hope from within the chaos. 
 
FRIDAY Revelation 9:13-21. Hollywood loves this stuff. Spectacle-Violence craving culture can’t get enough. The images are fast, furious, and confusing. There is blessed slowness and clarity at the end. “And they did not repent.” It’s never too late to turn, to shift, to change, to transform.  It’s never too late to become something else. There’s always time to be what baptism as created us to be. 
 
SATURDAY Matthew 24:1-14. Yikes, this is the 6th day in a row of the “end of all things / judgment day” stuff. Have you noticed how these texts take their cue from these cold, bleak November days?  Nature is “dying” after harvest time. This green, growing season is coming to an end. This good earth, will someday come to an end. This beautiful creation is living its days of planned obsolescence. God is at the end. God is drawing this ending to God’s self. We are never without direction or purpose. We are always children of light and life. 
 
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 8, 2020. 
Amos 5:8-24. Seek good, and not evil, that you may live. 
Matthew 25:1-13. Parable of the prepared and unprepared bridesmaids. 
 
RESPONSE AFTER THE READING 
O God, fill us with light and truth  
 
PRAYERS
 
DAILY PRAYER – Merciful God, when our soul is cast down and our heart weighted down with many concerns, draw us to your strength, your refuge, your hope. Amen. 
 
PRAYER FOR THE MORNING HOURS 
O Lord, almighty and everlasting God, you have brought us in safety to this new day. Preserve us with your mighty power that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome in adversity, and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; thru Jesus Christ our Lord. 
 
PRAYER FOR AFTERNOON AND EVENING 
O God, from whom come all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works: Give to us, your servants, that peace which the world cannot give, that our hearts may be set to obey your commandments; and also that we, being defended from the fear of our enemies, may live in peace and quietness; thru the merit of Jesus Christ our Savior, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, God forever Amen
 
THIS WEEK OF ELECTIONS AND BALLOT COUNTING 
Almighty God, all thoughts of truth and peace come from you. Kindle in the hearts of all your children the love of peace, and guide with your wisdom the leaders of our nation, so that your ways of peace may go forward and the earth will be filled with the knowledge of your love; thru your Son Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen
 
INTERCESSIONS FOR THIS WEEK 
Joan Malkie recovery from surgery
Diane Maenpa recovery from surgery
Rick Reinker recovery from surgery 
Pat Greenawalt recovery from surgery
Ashtabula remembering the life and legacy of Bud Hill
The saints from Messiah who died within the last 12 months before All Saints Sunday 11.1.2020: Hans Miggo, Peter LaVeck, Kristina Eble 
Jordan Eble and Sam Perts, scheduled to marry in September 
 
CLOSING 
God keep us in health and safety, today and every day. Amen


Messiah Daily Prayers
Lectionary Week 30 
October 25 thru November 1
 
OPENING  
God, come to my assistance.
Lord, make haste to help me
Glory to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; 
As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen
 
DAILY PSALM 119
41Let your steadfast love come to | me, O LORD,
      and your salvation, according | to your promise.
42Then shall I have a word for | those who taunt me,
      because I trust | in your word.
43Do not take the word of truth out | of my mouth,
      for my hope is | in your judgments.
44I will always | keep your teaching,
      forev- | er and ever.
45I will | walk at liberty,
      because I study | your commandments.
46I will tell of your decrees | before kings
      and will not | be ashamed.
47I will delight in | your commandments,
      your commandments | that I love.
48I will lift up my hands to | your commandments,
      and I will meditate | on your statutes.
 
DAILY READINGS
SUNDAY OCTOBER 25, 2020 
Leviticus 19:1-2, 15-18 on how to conduct ourselves as good citizens among our neighbors
Matthew 22:34-46 on loving God and loving neighbor

MONDAY James 2:8-13 reiterates what Jesus said yesterday, “love your neighbor as yourself.” 
 
TUESDAY James 2:14-26 – faith in God is gift from God. Faith in God always expresses itself in doing good. 
 
WEDNESDAY Matthew 19:16-22 – following the self-giving ways of Jesus is the way to keeping good commandments
 
THURSDAY Proverbs 16:21-23 brings one sentence insights. Any one of these could provide an invaluable perspective for a lifetime. 
 
FRIDAY Deuteronomy 6:1-9, 20-25 is the Great Commandment that Jesus quoted in last Sunday’s Gospel, the conversation with the lawyer about which is the greatest commandment 
 
SATURDAY I Thessalonians 2:1-8 is tomorrow’s second reading. 
 
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 1, 2020 / LECTIONARY WEEK 31
Micah 3:5-12 signals God’s judgment on corrupt leaders
Matthew 23:1-12 – Jesus preaches on the corrupt religious hierarchy of his day
 
RESPONSE AFTER THE READING 
O Lord, watch over us this day 
PRAYERS
 
DAILY PRAYER – Merciful God, grant us grace to love you with heart, soul, and mind. Teach us to love our neighbors as ourselves. Amen 
 
PRAY THIS IN THE MORNING 
I give thanks to you, my heavenly Father, thru Jesus Christ your dear Son, that you have protected me thru the night form all danger and harm. I ask that you would protect me today from sin and every danger, so that my life and actions please you. Into your hands I commend my body and soul and all that is mine. Let your holy angel be with me so that the wicked foe may have no power over me. Amen 
 
PRAY THIS AT NOON 
Blessed Savior, at this hour you hung upon the cross, stretching out your loving arms. Grant that all the peoples of the earth may look to you and be saved. Amen
 
PRAY THIS IN THE EVENING
We give thanks to you, heavenly Father, thru Jesus Christ your dear Son, that you have graciously protected us today. We ask you to forgive us all our sins, where we have done wrong, and graciously to protect us this night. Into your hands we commend ourselves: our bodies, our souls, and all that is ours. Let your holy angels be with us, so that the wicked foe may have no power over us. Amen
 
PRAYER FOR OUR SCHOOLS 
Eternal God, bless all schools, colleges, and universities, that they may be lively places for sound learning, new discovery, and the pursuit of wisdom. Grant that those who teach and learn may find you to be the source of all truth. Amen
 
PRAYER FOR HARVEST 
Gracious God, when you open your hand you satisfy the desire of every living being. Bless the land and waters, and give the world a plentiful harvest. Let your Spirit go forth to renew the face of the earth and save us from selfish use of your gifts. Amen 
 
INTERCESSIONS FOR THIS WEEK 
Joan Malkie recovery from surgery
Diane Maenpa ankle surgery on October 28 
Sue Burkholder and family mourning the death of Sue’s mother 
Rick Reinker recovering from surgery 
Jordan Eble and Sam Perts, scheduled to marry in September
Ashtabula, gathering to remember Bud Hill on November 1st
 
CLOSING 
God keep us in health and safety, today and every day. Amen