Gracious Father, we pray for your holy catholic church.
Fill it with all truth and peace. Where it is corrupt, purify it;
where it is in error, direct it; where in anything it is amiss, reform it;
where it is right, strengthen it; where it is in need, provide for it;
where it is divided, reunite it; for the sake of your Son,
Jesus Christ, our Savior, who lives and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Holy God, our righteous judge,
daily your mercy surprises us
with everlasting forgiveness.
Strengthen our hope in you,
and grant that all the peoples of the earth
may find their glory in you,
through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Blessing of the Animals
Join your animal companions for our annual Blessing of the Animals service, outdoors, at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 9. Our animal friends help us in so many ways, so it is fitting to pray that they experience God’s love and care. We will also pray that we can be loving and responsible caregivers for these friends who give us unconditional love.
Benevolent, merciful God: When we are empty, fill us.
When we are weak in faith, strengthen us.
When we are cold in love, warm us, that with fervor we may love our neighbors
and serve them for the sake of your Son,
Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Messiah Lutheran Church will welcome family and friends and the community to a Mission Fest and Marketplace, an evening of food, fun, music, games and fellowship. It’s Saturday, Oct. 1 from 5:30 to 8:30 P.M. at Messiah, 907 Washington St. in Weatherford.
Dinner will be chicken spaghetti, green bean casserole, Caesar salad, bread sticks and dessert (and we make some fabulous desserts). A freewill offering will be appreciated.
Live music will be provided by Messiah’s favorite band, Ebenezer.
Tickets are available for a drawing for a vintage “Jacob’s Ladder” quilt, crafted around the 1920s. “It is simply amazing to find a quilt this old in this condition: pristine, well preserved and cared for,” says the donor. “It could easily be in a museum. This one of of those rare finds!” Call 817-291-4371 for tickets.
Look for a silent auction and lots of fun: face painting, games, cake walk and a bounce house. At the Marketplace you’ll find handmade crafts: pickles, jams, specialty baked goods, jewelry, crocheted items, quilts, and woodworking.
When we reach out a hand to one, we influence the condition of all. Proceeds from the Mission Fest and Marketplace wil support the ministries of Messiah Lutheran Church.
For more information contact Pastor Franz Schemmel (email@example.com)
Benevolent God, you are the source, the guide, and the goal of our lives. Teach us to love what is worth loving, to reject what is offensive to you, and to treasure what is precious in your sight, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen
Bountiful God, you gather your people into your realm, and you promise us food from your tree of life. Nourish us with your word, that empowered by your Spirit we may love one another and the world you have made, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
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