Below please find a daily prayer calendar with prayers offered by our various Judicatory Leaders (our member churches) as well as prayers for other groups offered toward the end of the month.
||AFRICAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH
Eighth Episcopal District
The Rev. Julius H. McAllister,
We ask your prayers for world peace, the elimination of racism, sexism and the basic inhumanity of humankind to each other. We pray that God’s will must prevail as we move forward into this new century. We ask your prayers as our churches continue rebuilding efforts along the Gulf Coast.
EPISCOPAL CHURCH, DIOCESE OF LOUISIANA
The Rt. Rev. Morris Thompson, Bishop
We ask your prayers for our congregations and their clergy as they, like so many others, strive to overcome the ravages of Katrina. We pray as well, that God will continue to transform our lives through the challenges we have faced and bring forth in us a new vision for Louisiana and God’s people.
||CHRISTIAN CHURCH (DISCIPLES OF CHRIST)
Great River Region
The Rev. Nadine Burton
Executive Regional Minister
Pray for our Region as we go through a time of transition in our staffing and seek new ways to minister to the congregations and Pastors in Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas. May God continue to bless all who are a part of LIC that we may be a witness for Christ in Louisiana.
||ROMAN CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF ALEXANDRIA
The Most Rev. David P. Talley, Bishop
We ask your prayers for peace in the world, that God’s word may be heard more fully and lived abundantly.
||EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH IN AMERICA
Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod
Bishop Mike Rinehart
Please lift up all people who live in poverty and ask that our Lord’s mercy and justice be provided through us as his servant people. Remember the strangers living in the shadows that the Scriptures call us to defend. Pray for the witness of all churches of every denomination, that the hope of Christ might be proclaimed.
||ROMAN CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF LAFAYETTE
The Most Rev. J. Douglas Deshotel
For all students returning to school, that God bless them with openness to His will and an understanding of knowledge they are taught.
||EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH IN AMERICA
Northern Texas-Northern Louisiana Synod
Bishop Erik Gronberg
Prayers of gratitude are asked for the 106 congregations of the Northern Texas-Northern Louisiana Mission Area of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America as we move into our new offices in the DiscipleLife Center for Mission at Briarwood. Our missional theme is: DiscipleLife: Sowing and Growing Disciples of Jesus. We are undertaking a concerted effort to grow disciples of Jesus through bible study, prayer and action. Join us in praying that God's Spirit will guide is in the formation of disciples faithful to the mission of God. May God’s Spirit direct us all into DiscipleLife.
||PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (U.S.A.)
Presbytery of the Pines, The Rev. Joe Hill
The Presbytery of the Pines celebrates the ministries of small congregations. We ask your prayers as we continue to respond to God's calling for us. Pray for the ministers and our churches as the Presbytery constantly strives to be more supportive.
||NATIONAL BAPTIST CONVENTION OF AMERICA
Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention of Louisiana, Inc.
The Rev. Dr. R. Timothy Jones
For the nurturing of the educational programs of our churches especially for our children and youth; for the spreading of the Gospel through our local churches and their outreach into the communities; for a greater zeal to win the lost to Christ; for the strengthening of families; for increased safety in our neighborhoods and the elimination of crime.
||UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Louisiana Annual Conference
Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey
“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, In all the ways you can, in all the places you can, At all the times you can, to all the people you can, As long as you ever can.”
--John Wesley, Founder of Methodism
The stated mission of the United Methodist Church in Louisiana is “To Raise Up Spiritual Leaders, both Lay and Clergy, in order to Make Disciples of Jesus Christ.” We join with you in prayers for all baptized Christians as they go about their tasks as true disciples, utilizing the positive attributes of our theological diversity.
||ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHDIOCESE OF NEW ORLEANS
The Most Rev. Gregory M. Aymond
We ask your prayers for the continued rebuilding of Metropolitan New Orleans in concert with God’s loving will for us as we strive to prevent murders, violence, and racism.
||UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
South Central Conference
The Rev. Dr. Donald Longbottom,
Designated Conference Minister
In a world that emphasizes distinction and difference, we pray that we might discover that which we have in common. May we focus more on what draws us together rather than what separates us so that we may all be one.
||AFRICAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL ZION CHURCH
Southwestern Delta Episcopal District
Bishop Michael A. Frencher, Sr.
We ask your prayers for our nation that the faith we profess will become the faith we practice in every area of our individual and national life; an abiding awareness that “The earth is the Lord’s and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell therein.” Discernment that we may see God in the many diverse people and places where He may be found; our world that we may value all human life realizing that what we do is not who we are.
||ROMAN CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF BATON ROUGE
The Most Rev. Robert W. Muench
We ask your prayer for peace - in our hearts, in our homes, in our communities, in our country and within and among all countries; Justice throughout the world; Those suffering from any illness of mind, body or spirit, especially those who have been abused, by clergy or others; Development of faith of believers, outreach to those not practicing, and closer collaboration among faith traditions; A growing respect for human life in all its stages and circumstances; An increase of vocations to the priesthood and the religious life.
||CHRISTIAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH
Fourth Episcopal District
Bishop Thomas L. Brown, Sr.
We ask the prayers for those who dedicate their vocations to social and economic justice. We continue to pray for those who encourage hatred through rhetoric and sinful social policies. We pray for renewal of God’s church. Please pray for our ventures to assist the churches in education for economic development.
||RELIGIOUS SOCIETY OF FRIENDS
South Central Yearly Meeting
Dr. Ralph McLaury
May peace, justice, and human kindness increase. May we thereby be led to a deeper awareness of the presence of God.
||ROMAN CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF HOUMA-THIBODAUX
The Most Rev. Shelton J. Fabre
We ask your prayers for our five diocesan goals: Vocations, Youth, Evangelization, Education, Liturgy. We also ask your prayers for the spiritual renewal and revival of our diocese.
||PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (U.S.A.)
PRESBYTERY OF SOUTH LOUISIANA
The Rev. Ron Sutto
Pray for the volunteers and staff of Project Homecoming, a partner organization, as they host work groups working with hurting communities. Pray for continued cooperation of the faith communities of Louisiana as we seek to heal from the past and prepare for the future, even while struggling to be faithful in the present.
EPISCOPAL CHURCH, DIOCESE OF WESTERN LA
The Rt. Rev. Dr. Jacob W. Owensby
We ask your prayers as we seek to carry a message of reconciliation into the world in witness to Christ’s healing love and forgiveness. May each of us be a vessel for the restoration of all people to unity with God and each other in Christ.
||NATIONAL BAPTIST CONVENTION, USA, INC.
LOUISIANA MISSIONARY BAPTIST STATE CONVENTION
The Rev. Dr. C. S. Gordon, Jr.
We ask your prayers for our programs of education and community ministries. Please pray for our leaders to have courage and vision.
||ROMAN CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF LAKE CHARLES
The Most Rev. Glen John Provost
We ask your prayers for the Church of Southwest Louisiana that we may experience an increase of vocation to the Religious Life, the Permanent Diaconate, and the Priesthood that we may minister more effectively to God’s Holy People.
||CHURCH WOMEN UNITED IN LOUISIANA
Mrs. Mary Collins, President
We ask your prayers for strength and the determination to work together for justice in our communities, our state, our nation and for peace in our hearts and in the world.
||ROMAN CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF SHREVEPORT
The Most Rev. Michael Gerard Duca, Bishop
Let us pray that every person we meet today or visits our Church will be welcomed with the merciful and healing hospitality of Jesus.
||CUMBERLAND PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Ms. Paula Hayes, Stated Clerk
We request your prayers for the new General Assembly program, “Touch the Future: A New Frontier in Partnership,” which seeks (1) to lead the Church at all levels through discernment so that we can be equipped to follow God’s leading into the 21st century, and (2) to strengthen local congregations.
LOUISIANA HOME AND FOREIGN MISSION BAPTIST STATE CONVENTION, INC. (LHFMBSC), a division of National Baptist Convention of America, Inc.
The Rev. Dr. Mallery Callahan
Pray for support of missions, home and abroad, to further the work of helping with physical needs while reaching out with the plan of salvation for souls, and for the restoration of the former LSU Jesse Harrison 4-H Club which has been purchased by LHFMBSC and has been renamed "Fountain Pines Baptist Camp".
THE MILITARY AND HOSPITALLER ORDER OF SAINT LAZARUS OF JERUSALEM
Mr. Hugh Ramsay Straub
Grand Commandery of the South
We ask prayers for the sick, and for the poor. We ask prayers for Christians everywhere especially those who are persecuted for their faith. We ask prayers for peace especially in the Holy Land. We ask prayers for the unity of all Christians. We ask prayers for the continuing inspiration of our Spiritual Protector, Gregory III, Patriarch of Antioch and the entire Orient, of Alexandria and Jerusalem. We ask prayers for the well being of our Grand Master, Don Carlos Gereda de Borbon, Marquis of Almazan.
COOPERATIVE BAPTIST FELLOWSHIP
The Rev. Dr. Mike Massar, Coordinator
The Churches of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Louisiana seek your prayers that we may witness to God's truth in Jesus and serve God's people with loving kindness and mercy.
FIRST JURISDICTION OF LOUISIANA
CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST
Bishop Alton E. Gatlin
We ask your prayers for the pastors and people of the First Jurisdiction of Louisiana Church of God in Christ. Please pray for the churches and the communities of the First Jurisdiction that we may be strengthened by the Holy Spirit to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ in word and deed. The recent home going of two major pastors will be felt for many years to come. Please pray that their work will continue, the healing for the families, and the continued growth of their churches. Amen.
||LOCAL MINSTERIAL ASSOCIATIONS, LOCAL CLERGY, CONGREGATIONS and OTHER ORGANIZATIONS WORKING FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY
For the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Observance. In thanksgiving for the leadership of the Society for the Atonement; for the publications focusing on the Apostolate of Christian Unity. Remember as well the Louisiana Interchurch Conference.
For greater cooperation among Christian denominations, their clergy and congregations. For the vision to lead communities struggling with many social problems and for the courage to speak prophetically.
WORLD COUNCIL OF CHURCHES, NATIONAL COUNCIL OF CHURCHES, OTHER CHRISTIAN COMMUNITIES, and
PEOPLE OF OTHER FAITHS
World Council of Churches - For new dialogues among the religions; we especially pray for an increase of mutual understanding and a lessening of suspicion and hostility where interreligious conflicts arise. We pray for the Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit, General Secretary, and for the Central Committee members and leaders of the program divisions. Let us pray for the WCC Ecumenical Institute at Bossey.
We give thanks for the leadership of James E. Winkler as General Secretary of the National Council of Churches. We pray for the initiatives focused on the problems of Mass Incarceration in the U.S. Please remember in your prayers the work of the various program units and Church World Service.
For other Christian Communities and particularly for the Middle East Council of Churches and its efforts to bring Peace and Justice; for international dialogues around the world; for regional Councils of Churches.
For people of other Faiths - For new dialogues among the religions; we especially pray for an increase of mutual understanding and a lessening of suspicion and hostility where interreligious conflicts arise.
POPE FRANCIS-Ministry of the Vatican
For the leadership of the Holy See. For the safety and health of His Holiness Francis as he continues in his ministry. In thanksgiving for the year of mercy.