Listed below are the prayer requests voiced and prayed for in Sunday School this week. Please continue to remember one another in prayer as the week progresses. There are doubtless additional “unspoken” requests as well – we live in a fallen world. Feel free to share additional requests (or praises/thanksgiving) as the week progresses with Bruce Breeding.

Today’s Prayer Requests/Offers of Thanksgiving and Praise:

As Easter time is a bitter-sweet time for us – realizing it is for us and for our sin that Jesus died, but also rejoicing at his resurrection and looking forward to our own resurrection – so to is today’s prayer request.

Please pray for the extended family of All Saints member Son Kim. Her father, Moses Yi, passed away Thursday following a stroke earlier in the week (here in Austin). Son’s mother and 5 siblings will return to California for memorial services and burial. Moses was the first member of his clan in Korea to become a Christian. He and his wife immigrated to the US in the 1970’s. They were founding members of two Korean churches here. Moses is survived by his dear wife of 65 years, all 6 children, their spouses, and many grandchildren. When Moses breathed his last, family members were reading to him his favorite Psalm, 128, which he loved and lived. Craig Chapman had the privilege of visiting them Thursday evening in hospice and praying with them. While Son and Sinil grieve the loss of Moses, they rejoice in knowing that Moses is in heaven. present with the Lord.

Pray also for Son’s physical recovery from a recent bone fracture in her left foot resulting from a fall at work (she’s in a boot and on crutches).

Greg Noel wanted to share an item of praise. Their daughter, Aimee, had melanoma that required surgery. Everything came back with clean margins and no spread to the lymph nodes. PTL

And, pray for Daniel as he defends his dissertation this coming Wednesday.

Christ is risen. He is risen indeed!

Pray for the Ministers of God's Holy Word and Sacraments

Matthew Henry, a minister of the late 17th and early 18th century period, is noted for studying the Bible, preaching it, and writing a commentary on the entire Bible. He is also known for having classified various scripture passages for the purpose of “praying the scriptures”. Below is a selection of verses from scripture that can be prayed virtually as written. (See for more on Matthew Henry.) He entitled this selection:

Pray for the Ministers of God's Holy Word and Sacraments

Teach your ministers how they ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, 1 Timothy 3:15(ESV) that they may not preach themselves but Jesus Christ as Lord, 2 Corinthians 4:5(ESV) and may do their best to present themselves approved to God, workmen who have no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15(ESV)

Make them competent in the Scriptures, Acts 18:24(ESV) that from them they may be equipped for every good work, 2 Timothy 3:17(ESV) in teaching showing integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned. Titus 2:7-8(ESV)

Enable them to give attendance to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching; 1 Timothy 4:13(ESV) to practice these things; 1 Timothy 4:15(ESV) to devote themselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word; Acts 6:4(ESV) to immerse themselves in them and to persist in them, that they may save both themselves and their hearers. 1 Timothy 4:15-16(ESV)

Let words be given to them in opening their mouths boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, that they may speak as they ought to speak, Ephesians 6:19-20(ESV) as competent ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; 2 Corinthians 3:6(ESV) and let them by the Lord’s mercy be trustworthy. 1 Corinthians 7:25(ESV)

Let the arms of their hands be made agile by the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob; Genesis 49:24(ESV) and let them be full of power by the Spirit of the Lord of hosts, Micah 3:8(ESV) to show your people their transgressions and the house of Jacob their sins. Isaiah 58:1(ESV)

Make them sound in the faith, Titus 1:13(ESV) and enable them always to teach what accords with sound doctrine, Titus 2:1(ESV) correcting their opponents with gentleness; and let not the Lord’s servants be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach. 2 Timothy 2:24-25(ESV)

Make them good examples to the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity; 1 Timothy 4:12(ESV) and let them purify themselves who bear the vessels of the Lord, Isaiah 52:11(ESV) and let HOLY TO THE LORD be written upon their foreheads. Exodus 28:36(ESV)

Lord, grant that they may not labor in vain or spend their strength for nothing and vanity, Isaiah 49:4(ESV) but let the hand of the Lord be with them, that many may believe and turn to the Lord. Acts 11:21(ESV)