2016 LWML Prayer Service
“Wanted: Workers in God’s Harvest Field”
by Pastor John Heckmann, LWML Pastoral Counselor
The 2016 LWML Prayer Service expands on the themes of “Sow ● Nourish ● Reap” from the Des Moines LWML Convention. Whether it is the thousands of acres farmed in Iowa and other states, our own backyard, or the field our Heavenly Father allows us to tend and nourish with and through His means of grace, this service offers a time of worship revolving around the various tools needed to bring about a bountiful harvest.
The service offers opportunities for:
· learning a little bit about farming practices through the ages;
· Confession and Absolution;
· very small group discussion; and
Downloads for the 2016 Prayer Service and cover artwork are available at http://www.lwml.org/prayer-service. If you are unable to download the service please contact the LWML Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-252-5965 to obtain a paper copy.
2015 LWML Prayer Service
Vocational Prayer Service
by Rev. Kristopher Whitby, LWML Pastoral Counselor (2009-2013)
The theme Scripture passage for this service is 1 Timothy 2:1-4: First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Our Lord graciously has called us to various stations in life. They are the “hats we wear” in His world. We are His children, baptized into Jesus’ death and resurrection. We daily die to sin and rise as new creatures in Christ. Our Lord blesses us to take this amazing identity as His forgiven children into the vocations to which He has called us. We are members of our families, workers in the workplace, citizens, and members of our communities. Beyond our vocations, by His grace, we are members of the Bride of Christ – His Church, and members of the local gathering of the body of believers, the congregation. This service is designed to give worshipers the opportunity to lift up before our Lord their confessions, their supplications and petitions, and their praises as such prayers relate to the various God-given hats we wear. To Christ be the glory!
Downloads for the 2015 Prayer Service and cover artwork are available at www.lwml.org/prayer-service. If you are unable to download the service please contact the LWML Office at email@example.com or call 1-800-252-5965 to obtain a paper copy.
How to use the Prayer Service
The Prayer Service is designed to be used at any time, by large or small groups. It is an abbreviated worship service. This material is copyrighted by the Lutheran Women's Missionary League and users agree to use the service in full context, deviating only as the author suggests.
Sing a New Song!
"Praise, Love, Serve"
(Based on LWML Pledge)
Our God and Father, made the earth, And when we went astray,
Our God, the Son, descended here To take our sins away.
With His own blood He bought us. He broke the bonds of sin.
Then God the Spirit came into Our hearts to dwell within.
In gratitude we pledge ourselves, To Him with all we have.
Our hands will work; our voices sing; Our lips proclaim His love.
His errands we’ll do gladly; His Gospel we’ll defend;
Our silver and our gold we’ll use — His Kingdom to extend.
Wherever He has need of us, We will His call obey.
Whenever He calls out to us, We’ll answer right away.
His will is ours that lost souls Will turn away from sin
And come to have eternal life Through fellowship with Him.
Pledge: Rev. Harry Fricke, 1955
Tune: O Little Town of Bethlehem, (Lutheran Service Book 361)
Sing this new song with at a society meeting or rally. The ready to print version is free and located on the LWML website at http://www.lwml.org/other/who-we-are-more/pledge-songs.php. Get it in large print too.