Our Prayer Ministry
Prayer is vital to the life of faith. Each time we gather for worship, we pray for the Church, the world, issues surrounding current events here and abroad, as well as specific people in our faith community experiencing life transitions or health events.
Praying for All the World
To unite through prayer with Christians from all places in the world and to collaborate as God’s instruments for the blessing and healing of the nations.
We seek, through prayer, an awakening to God’s presence and goodness in the world for the purpose of blessing and transformation of our cultures.
Pray With Us
Join the Bethany faith community in praying for all the people of God’s world.
As we begin the countdown to the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, we remember Lutheran Church bodies throughout the world. We’ll have a country or two on our prayer list each week. They’ll be listed in the worship bulletins and e-news. Each week, add a country to your prayer list. We hope for two results:
Praying together for the people of a specific country each week will encourage us to look for news about ways God is at work in that country.
By praying for the people of a particular country, we hope to raise our own awareness of people of that country living here in the Upper Peninsula, so that we might connect them to the spiritual body of this faith community.
1 Timothy 2:1 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, inter-cessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people.
Psalm 24:1 The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it.
Join World in Prayer
Praying for the world includes being aware of what’s happening in international news. To pray through world events of joy, devastating sorrow, boringly ordinary, or startlingly unexpected stretches us to pray with love and respect for all people.
World In Prayer was started by the Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist, Lodi, CA, to:
Provide a weekly summary of international news with accompanying prayer (posted every Thursday night)
Model and teach ways of praying in response to international news, and invite others to deepen their own prayers for the needs of the world
Visit World in Prayer and sign-up for weekly prayers for the world.
Bethany Lutheran Church has an active community of people who form the Prayer Link. It’s called a prayer link because each person is linked together in prayer concerns passed along to others who commit to praying each day. Prayer requests are kept strictly confidential. In addition to individual prayer concerns, the people of the Prayer Chain pray daily for the ministries and missions of Bethany Lutheran Church and the greater Christian Church using a guided prayer calendar supplied each month.
Prayers for the Congregation
Every Sunday we list requests for prayers in our bulletin for a variety of people, from those celebrating the birth of a baby to prayers of sympathy for those mourning and encouragement for those undergoing medical treatment.
Be sure to list Bethany Lutheran Church as your congregation when you are hospitalized so your name can be included in these prayers.
When you are hospitalized
The pastors and parish nurse make frequent trips to area hospitals to visit Bethany Lutheran Church members when they are informed of hospitalizations. While the hospitals do their best to track our members, there are times when your church affiliation isn’t code in your record or glitches happen in their systems and Bethany doesn’t get the information of your hospitalization. It is helpful if you or a family member calls or emails the church office to inform the pastors of current or upcoming hospitalizations.
Ten things children should know about prayer
Ideas to share with your children:
Prayer is communication. It can be spoken or silent. It can be a song or a story. It can be a picture or a dance.
Prayer can be done as often as you like. Every week. Every day. Every hour.
Prayer can be done however you want. There’s no right or wrong way to pray.
Prayer can be shared, but doesn’t have to be. It can be done alone or with a favorite toy. It can be done with friends, family or pets.
Prayer can be done anywhere. It can be done in your room or at the kitchen table. It can be done out in your yard, at the park or even at the zoo.
Prayer can be done in any mood. You can be happy, sad, angry, scared or confused when you pray.
Prayer can be for yourself or someone else. If you know someone who could use a little help—add them to your prayers.
Prayer doesn’t need a certain structure, length or specific words. Whatever words you use, long or s