Prayers & Devotions

  Prayers & Devotions  
We hope these texts and prayers may helpful to you in your own daily devotions. Many people also find the Psalms to be especially helpful in praying.

If you have a prayer request please call the church office at 
Phone: (704) 857-5034

The images below are photos of several of our banners. They were painted in the late 1960's by a David Frye, a former member of the congregation, while he was still a teenager. The banners include a lot of Christian symbolism. The final banner is very large, about 20 feet across, and hangs in the fellowship hall. "Maranatha" was used by Paul and in Revelation and means "Come our Lord." The lamps are from Jesus' story of the wise and foolish bridesmaids who waited at night for the arrival of the bridegroom - some were ready and some were not.

Morning Prayer

I give thanks to You, heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ Your dear Son, that You have protected me through the night from all danger and harm. I ask You to preserve me, this day also, from sin and evil, that in all my thoughts, words and deeds I may serve and please You. Into Thy hands I commend my body and soul and all that is mine. Let Your holy angels have charge of me, that the wicked one have no power over me. 
--Martin Luther

The 10 Commandments

I am the Lord your God, you shall have no other gods. 
You shall not make any graven images to worship.
You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God. 
Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy. 
Honor your father and your mother so that your days may be long. 
You shall not murder. 
You shall not commit adultery. 
You shall not steal. 
You shall not tell lies about other people. 
You shall not covet anything that belongs to another person.

The Apostle's Creed

I believe in God the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day He rose again.
He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Holy Christian Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen

A Prayer for Peace

Lord, make us instruments of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let us sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is discord, union;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
Grant that we may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and
it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
-- Attributed to St. Francis

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, 
hallowed be thy name, 
thy kingdom come, 
thy will be done, 
on earth as it is in heaven. 
Give us this day our daily bread; 
and forgive us our trespasses, 
as we forgive those 
who trespass against us; 
and lead us not into temptation, 
but deliver us from evil. 
For thine is the kingdom, 
and the power, and the glory, 
forever and ever. 

Prayer for Serenity

O God, grant me serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can and wisdom to know the difference;
living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time;
accepting hardship as a pathway to peace;
taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it;
trusting that You will make all things right if I surrender to Your will;
so that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with You forever in the next. Amen.
--Reinhold Niebuhr

Prayer for Discernment

God of grace and glory,
You are the giver of all good and perfect gifts.
As we seek to know and do your will,
open our ears to Listen, our eyes to See,
our hearts to Love, our minds to Learn,
our lips to Speak, our hands to Serve.
You have walked with us in the wilderness, sheltered us in the storms,
and fed us in our hunger and thirst for righteousness.
Guide us on this journey of discernment, that your will would be made clear
to us, that your grace would abound, that your glory would be revealed;
in your holy name we pray. AMEN

Luther's Morning and Evening Prayers

I thank you heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that you have protected me through the night from all danger and harm. I ask that You would also protect me this day from sin and all evil, so that my life and actions may please You. Into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all that is mine. Let your holy angel watch over me so that the wicked one may have no power over me. Amen.

I thank You heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have so graciously kept me this day; and I pray that You would forgive me all my sins and all that I have done wrong. By Your great mercy keep me this night from all danger and harm. Into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all that is mine. Let your holy angel keep watch over me so that the evil one may have no power over me. Amen.

The NC Synod Spirituality Committee has its own website with information about retreats and other resources to nurture and guide spiritual life and growth. There are also links to additional web sites.

Power of Prayer
One of the key things you can do in response to any major national or international disaster is to lift up the victims and those who seek to help them in your prayers.