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Past MLC Day PRAYERS

46 years ago God blessed me by giving a classroom of second graders to teach. May God bless all of the graduates as he blessed me. We have been blessed with hosting students. This year was no different. May all of the graduates feel God’s presents with them as they go their ways to their congregations or continue on to the seminary. God will guide all of you in His ways.

~ Charmaine Gerndt


Congratulations Graduates ! !

It was a lot of hard work you had to do to get to this point - but proof that in your future, you can do all things thru Him who gives you strength !! Keep letting your light shine for Christ. God's greatest blessings to each one of you 🙂

~ Shelly Andersen WELS member


Lord Jesus, we thank you for the young men and women who study so that they may proclaim you as the way, truth, and life in our churches, schools, and communities. Fill them with eager joy as they look forward to such service in your kingdom. We thank you also for all the faculty and staff at Martin Luther College who teach, encourage, support, train, and equip these young people for their service in your church. Please bless all of their efforts, especially in this time of new plans and innovations. Lead us all to see the ways we can support and encourage the continued training of servants to lead and teach your people on earth and to reach out into our communities with words of grace and truth. Amen.


Dear Father,

It is my sincere desire to pray from the depths of my heart and soul for
my family and friends at MLC in faith and out of love for you first and
then for them as your dear children and my complimentary, cooperative,
and co-working Christian partner.

I pray that you watch over all the faculty, staff, and students
especially those seniors who are graduating this year as you together
with them determine the directional path that they will take as they
close out the year and prepare for a new beginning with you in service
unto you and your dear children of faith within WELS and beyond.

I thank you for all the blessings of love that you have showered upon
them in the past and will continue to shower upon them in their eternal
future together with Christ as they move forward with the eternal gospel
message, mission, and ministry.

I thank you for the steadfast faith and faithfulness of those committed
to Christ and his eternal gospel, and I pray that you by your Holy
Spirit continue to call and inspire others to join in this awesome
privilege and responsibility to enter and remain in public ministry.

I ask you to be attentive and answer all their prayers individually and
collectively for their good as your college of ministry that is
dedicated to you and your purpose.

I ask you not only to support but to invest in them abundantly whatever
they need to sustain and to continually grow as a organization and
gospel ministry.

I pray that God's love indwell within them and be manifested through
them abundantly as they continue to move forward with the eternal gospel
message, mission, and ministry.

I pray that all those effected by the covid-19 virus may be brought to
complete healing and health.

I finally pray that all those with special needs call upon and find
their hope in The Lord.

With appreciation, love, and respect-" ~Your dear son


Thank you, Lord, for leading these young people to consider leading others to you; and then following through with all it took for them to attend, study, practice, and graduate from MLC.

Please be with them, keep them safe in these unusual times, guide them through their calls. Holy Spirit, bless their efforts as they go into the world to share your blessings with others. Bless them and those they reach.
In Jesus' name, I pray.  ~ Patricia Porter


God bless you all as you begin your work in His Kingdom.


Lord Jesus, as you are the Good Shepherd, you know that your lambs and sheep need under-shepherds. Thank you for using MLC to answer that need for the WELS. Bless all the graduates with the zeal to teach while caring for the souls of those they will be called to serve. Bless the teachers with insight to accomplish your goals in the upcoming school year. Bless the men entering the seminary with hearts for the gospel and perseverance through their continuing education. And send out more workers into your harvest. In your name I pray. Amen.

~ Pastor Steve Wagenknecht


Heavenly Father, please give the MLC Seniors strength during these difficult days as they wait to see where You want them to serve in Your Kingdom. Thank you for leading these young people to serve as teachers and pastors. Protect them as they prepare and move to the places where you want them to serve. Please be with all of the other students over the summer and if it is Your will allow them to be in their classrooms again in fall. Thank you Lord for all of the wonderful blessings you have bestowed on MLC. Amen

~ Lois Reineck


Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for blessings, Karen Mendoza, over the past 4 years. Please continue to watch over her and guide her no matter where she ends up. In Jesus's name, Amen.


"Gracious Savior,
Your gifts to the church as the Ascended Lord are needed because the fields still are white for the harvest.
Our confessional pastors and teachers are such a blessing!
Thanks for all the faculty, staff and students of our training school! Keep them in your Word of truth. Send forth workers according to your will that you may receive all honor, glory and praise for your Saving Work. Please grant this according to your will. Amen." Roger Quandt


"Dear Father,
You have told us to pray for workers and we have. Today we give you thanks as we view some of the answers to those prayers. We thank you for all those who have answered your ""Who will go?"" with a ""Here am I"". We especially thank you for the seniors at MLC who will soon be stepping into a teaching ministry, staff ministry, lay ministry, or seminary training. You have equipped them with knowledge and gifts to serve. We ask that you continue to be with them as you have promised. Provide them with a double measure of your Spirit. Give them love for souls, a commitment to the truths of your word, protection from temptation, wisdom, patience, courage, and opportunities to witness for you. Amen."


Lord of the Church, you told your disciples to "Ask the Lord of the harvest... to send out workers into his harvest field," and then you sent them. They were the answer to their own prayer. Today we come before you to thank and praise you for sending more workers into your harvest fields. We pray today for the seniors at MLC who are graduating and receiving their first calls into your fields under less-than-ideal circumstances. But you have prepared them. You have strengthened them. You have comforted them. And with that comfort, they are now able and willing to comfort others. You are always faithful, and we pray that these seniors will remain faithful to you and their callings. Bless and be with them all. In your name we pray. Amen!

~ Pastor Ben Reichel


May the Lord continue to bless Ryan Gurgel as he continues his studies at the Seminary. May the Lord continue to watch over him and guide him down the path in serving Him. In Jesus name.

~ Miss B.


Heavenly Father, watch over Allison Boggs as she steps into the next phase of her life and as she accepts the call You have given her. Provide guidance to her as she molds the young minds entrusted to her. Give her the wisdom to lead them down the path to You. In Your Son's name we pray Amen.

Alli, we love you and are so proud of you and the smart, beautiful woman you have become.

~ Uncle Joel and Aunt Lea


Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for watching over Allison Boggs as she pursued her studies at MLC. Bless her as she receives a Call & teaches your Lambs about you. In Jesus name.

~ Rachel Schroeder


Dear Father in heaven, thank you for all of the seniors graduating from MLC this year. Thank you for feeding them with your word, and for the faculty and staff who nurtured them, and provided excellent examples of Christian service and leadership. Grant them wisdom and strength as they serve you in a world that desperately needs to hear what you have graciously taught them. In Jesus’ name, amen.

~ Pastor Dan Wagenknecht


Lord, Thank you for blessing Joshua Schroeder these 4 years at MLC. You strengthened his faith and kept him safe. Continue to bless him as he gets married and continues his studies at the Seminary. In Jesus name. Amen.

~ Rachel Schroeder


Blessings to all of you as you enter your mission field serving our Lord!

~ Linda, class of 1980


Our heavenly Father,
The harvest is plentiful and the workers are few. I pray that you would be with Isaiah and Jacob Zabell and all the students at MLC . Bless their studies and their work in the Lord. Provide them with the wisdom and strength as they continue.

~ Bruce Reineck


46 years ago God blessed me by giving a classroom of second graders to teach. May God bless all of the graduates as he blessed me. We have been blessed with hosting students. This year was no different. May all of the graduates feel God’s presents with them as they go their ways to their congregations or continue on to the seminary. God will guide all of you in His ways.

~ Charmaine Gerndt


Lord God, heavenly Father, you see our MLC students growing to young adulthood in an uncertain and confusing world. Send your Holy Spirit into their hearts through your Word that they may grow in grace and wisdom. Give them strength to resist temptation and courage to meet the challenges of college life. Enable them to make friendships that reinforce their Christian faith and values. In the face of worldly temptations, show them the joy and value of following you into full time ministry. Make their unique gifts and youthful vitality a blessing to their families, to your Church and to all others their lives may touch, through Jesus Christ your Son, our Lord. Amen.
~ Pastor Boeder


Heavenly Father, strengthen, provide courage, cleverness, wisdom, energy and commitment to Micah Biesterfeld as he enters a ministry in service to You.
~ Uncle Todd

Our heavenly Father thank you for watching over our granddaughter Becca Doering during her years at MLC. Please continue your guidance as she takes the call you have prepared for her. Romans 8:32
Heavenly Father we pray for your guidance for our Granddaughter Cassie Doering. Thank you for guiding Cassie at MLC and please be with her in the call you have prepared for her. Colossians 2:7.
Our Heavenly Father we pray for our granddaughter Allison Boggs. Thank you for guiding Alli through her years at MLC. Please be with her as she fulfills the teaching call you have chosen for her. Proverbs 3:5-6.
~ Grandma and Granddad Boggs

Dear Great and Glorious God,
We thank you for the ministry we have in your name and the solid Christian education you give your servants through MLC.  As we are unsure of what the future may bring, we are certain that the truths you share with us in your word will never change.  As these graduates look forward to sharing the unchanging truths of scripture, in ministry, be with them and those who they will be serving. Please encourage more servant hearts to be guided to study for full-time ministry. Help us glorify you in all things.  In your will and Jesus name. Amen
~ Drew Retzlaff - DMLC '94

Grcious heavenly Father, I come to you with thanksgiving for bringing these young servants into your harvest field.  We know that we are one generation away from those who would not know your son.  Therefore, salvation would be lost to many souls.  I ask that you bless the work these graduates will demonstrate to save those you have chosen.  In your son's name we bow before you.  Amen
~ Royce Kriewall

God, give them strength and commitment to your true Word. Keep them safe and warmly welcomed wherever they serve you. Amen.
~ John Marr

Dear Father in heaven,
During these difficult times remind us of the love you have for us. No matter what plan we have for our own lives, your plan is always better. Please be with all those graduating this year. Help their celebrations be full of anticipation and joy. In your name we pray. Amen.
~  A grateful graduate

Dear Father,
Because of Jesus, we boldly come before you and ask your blessing on the Class of 2020. You have given them the task that angels long to do. What a privilege! Send your Holy Spirit to comfort their fears and to give them the strength that they need each day. As they have been a blessing to the MLC Campus Family, may they be a blessing to all whose lives they touch.

Thank you Lord for young people who continue to give their lives in sevice to the gospel ministry of the Church. Strengthen their faith and stand along side them as the step forward in a world that desperately needs to hear about Jesus!
~ Jim & Cindi  Holman DMLC 77

Jesus
We trust all of the students that are in your care will further their purpose you have for them. Father keep them ever ready to spread the gospel truth of your saving grace wherever they may be led throughout their lives.

Dear Risen Good Shepherd of the Sheep,
Guard and keep the flock we call Martin Luther College through these challenging days.
Bless all our 2020 graduates in whatever way they serve you:  whether called into public ministry, continuing their education at seminary, or serving you in countless other ways.
Bless our new and returning students with an understanding that the current crisis in our world underlines the reason they are studying for gospel ministry: to give eternal hope to a dying world.
Bless our faculty and staff with faithfulness to you, zeal for their tasks, and love for all those you send to study on our hill.
Bless MLC's president and his wife, Mark and Colette Zarling, with the peace and joy of knowing that their labors these past years have not been in vain.
Give our entire synod a renewed joy in your gospel and an increasing willingness to support generously the work of that gospel with their gifts and prayers.
Hear us, for your love and mercy's sake, Lord Jesus!  Amen
~ Rich & Sue Gurgel  (MLC's president-elect and spouse)

Dear Lord of the Church,
Bless Martin Luther College with an increased enrollment.
Bless your people with hearts willing to support Martin Luther College with their financial gifts.
Bless the students at Martin Luther College with hearts eager to work in your kingdom.
Bless the faculty and staff at Martin Luther College with joy in their service.
Bless 2020 graduate Sarah Kjenstad with a call into the teaching ministry.
Bless Sarah with a firm reliance on and love of your Word.
Bless Sarah with a strong faith that she lives for you and trusts you.
In Jesus name,
AMEN.
~ From Mark, Jessica, Ryen, and Reah

Dear Lord,
Thank you for giving Rachel such an amazing college experience! Even though her senior year felt like it was cut short, we know that you work for the good of those who love you! As she graduates and moves forward with her life, as she gets married and starts her teaching career, be with her, give her strength, and remind her she is loved. Loved by you, loved by me, loved by the rest of our family.
In your name,
Amen
~ Mindy Kane, sister of a 2020 graduate

The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” God please bless each of the 2020 MLC graduates with rich fruits of the spirit – give them gifts of wisdom, courage, patience and passion for Your word. Keep their faith strong and steadfast. Richly bless their individual ministries and allow them to enjoy the good of work and gift of rest. In Jesus name, Your will be done – AMEN.

~ Al & Jessica Kjenstad – Aberdeen, SD


Dear Father: Guide our Hannah in her work for You in her future school or early learning center. Continue to bless her work with children that they may learn to know how You have saved them all by Grace.
Hannah, for you, we echo Psalm 20:4 "May He give you the desires of your heart and make all your plans succeed."

- Mom and Dad (L & L)


Dear Sophie and Graduates,
God of hope and joy, we thank you for this time of graduation. Grant wisdom and patience to all those who are beginning their service in the Lord as teachers and also to those whose path may take another direction in the Lord's service. Whatever comes next, may your lives be done to God's glory and for His purpose! In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

- Mom and Dad Birner


Dear Lord thank you for the blessings you have given us during this challenging time for both MLC and the graduates. This time has given us a new opportunity to come into the 21st century and getting Christ's message out to all who need it. Lord please give mlc and the graduates the wherewithal 2 no that you have chosen them special in this new way of teaching and spreading God's message. And as God promises may the Lord be with you always.


I pray in Jesus name... (Romans 15: 13) May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

- The Carroll family - St Paul Lake Mills


Lord Jesus, you know that the fields are ripe for harvest. Continue to move the hearts of our young adults to offer themselves as candidates for your service in the full-time ministry that many more may know you as their living Savior. Amen

- Rev. Dr. Ken Fisher


Dear God, we thank you for Jesus our Savior and your free gift of Salvation. We thank you that all who work, teach and learn at MLC preach the message of Jesus using the truths of your Holy Word, the Bible. May MLC continue to prosper and train many more men and women for your service. In Jesus’ name, amen.

- Margaret Massiah - Mum of an MLC student


Lord Jesus,
We thank you for the privilege of sharing the good news with the world. Watch over those who train our future workers, and those who are training to be future workers in your kingdom. Give them servant hearts to share your word in their words and actions. You showed us what true love is - help us to reflect your love in everything. Amen.

- Pastor Duane Schmeichel


Gracious Father,
Thank you for providing and sustaining Martin Luther College, your modern day School of the Prophets. Thank you for instructing the students with your Word, instilling in them a ministry mindset and a servant's heart. Bless those who serve there and those who study there with a double portion of your Spirit, with wisdom, and with a fervent zeal to take the saving gospel of Jesus Christ to a world in desperate need.

- Grateful Graduate


Heavenly Father, You have gifted us with servants from and at Martin Luther College. We thank You for providing us with workers for the harvest! Please continue to bless and keep MLC.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.

-Pastor Carl Schroeder


Lord of the Church, you have said that the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. You then sent out workers into the harvest fields to gather your elect into your kingdom. As MLC prepares your people of the 21st century to be sent out, bless their ministry to equip servants and to encourage servants for that eternally impactful calling in life. Keep the unity of faith and purpose among all of our Ministerial Education schools as we serve your Church in preparing servants for ministry across the world to the glory of your name and the saving of precious souls. In Jesus name, Amen!

- MLS Pres. Mark Luetzow


Heavenly Father, On this day we thank you for the next generation of called worker you are about to send into the harvest field. Give them the are strength and determination to preach the good news of the Gospel to the lambs you will put in their care. In you Son's name we pray. Amen

- David Zabel


My prayer for MLC:
Dear Lamb of God and Lord of the Church. Bless our efforts at MLC to “train a corps of Christian witnesses to meet the ministry needs of WELS.” Cover our sins in your blood. Forgive our laziness and timidity. Give us boldness in these last days to proclaim your saving name near and far. Amen.

- Michael Otterstatter - MLC VP for Mission Advancement


It's May 1st! In Germany it's Tag der Arbeit, basically our German Labor Day, a day off from work. In New Ulm, it's MLC Day. In Germany, union leaders and members gather to demonstrate about their work. I can't think of a better work about which to demonstrate than the work being done at MLC. Lord, may this important work of preparing leaders for our church's early childhood centers, schools, and churches be sustained with many prayers and generous gifts today and for many years to come! Move the hearts of your people to lift both the students who prepare there and the adults who serve at our synod's ministerial college in prayer. Amen

- Kurt Wittmershaus, DMLC 1988


Lord, I thank you for this Christian school, for the teachers and students, for the beautiful campus and the people of New Ulm. Many of my younger friends have attended school there and I was blessed to bunk in with a student one night ten years ago. It was fun!

Please lead the hearts of many young people to think about serving you and lead them to attend MLC and grow in the Word. I ask that you keep this school in your love and care. Amen!
- From Lynnette Hupman, Manassas, Virginia


Heavenly Father -- thank you for blessing our WELS with the beautiful campus, the students, and the staff of Martin Luther College. We praise You for raising up the next generation of our sons and daughters who are willing to prepare for Gospel ministry to share the saving name of Jesus with untold generations. Help them in their studies, especially during exams. Bless their Christian relationships. And never let them (nor anyone who reads this prayer) believe their labor in the LORD is ever in vain. In the saving name of Jesus, we humbly ask these things. Amen.

- Scott Oelhafen, NWC 1990


Dear Heavenly Father,
You who know all things, know the hearts of everyone, who loved us while we still hated you, and sent your one and only son from your home to our earthly home, only to die for our sins. We confess our sins, we find we are guilty of disobeying your every command, shaking our fist at your every desire for us, disregarding the saving work of your son on the cross and his resurrection, please forgive us, send your Holy Spirit to work true contrition and repentance in our hearts, and minds. Heal our spirit, give us strength, work in us a perfect love for you and for our neighbor. Take from us all hatred, disobedience, willfulness, and pride.
We thank you for the work of your son, Jesus, on this earth to save us from our iniquities. We thank you for sending teachers, administrators, professors, aids, assistants, and staff at MLC to bring our kids, and MLC students to your feet to learn and wholly understand the breadth and depth of your love for us. Please give the students a right spirit in their studies, to understand what great and perfect love you have for us, that they may be filled with your Holy Spirit to go out into the world, and be salt and light for us, for our children, and for unbelievers they come in contact with. Give they power and grace and love to do this according to your will.
In your name we pray,
Amen.

- Duane Hengst


Lord Jesus, we praise and thank you for providing Christ the King and other Lutheran church, schools, and early childhood centers with Christian pastors, teachers, and staff ministers committed to serving you by serving others. Thank you for Martin Luther College and the work they do in preparing future pastors, teachers, and staff ministers to share the truths of God's Word at churches and schools across the United States and around the world. We ask you to continue to bless MLC in the way that you know is best. Cause young people to consider attending MLC and serving you in the public ministry. To you be all honor, praise, and glory. Amen!

- Students and teachers will use this prayer at Christ the King Lutheran School, Palm Coast, FL


I pray (almost) every day for the whole Christian Church on earth, as well for WELS and ELC and our educational institutions. What wonderful accomplishments have been realized for our limited resources in our Synods and educational institutions. I am truly grateful.

- Tim Rodenbeck

Thank you Lord for putting DMLC in my life. It was a college I had never
heard about until I spent a year at Milwaukee State Teacher's College. After I knew that I wanted to teach people about Jesus instead of being a band director, you led me to ask questions at home and found out that a DMLC was a college at which I could learn to do this. I have been so blessed all because You were the reason that I was able to teach here in California for 40 years. Thank you for the classes I was in, the loving faculty, the music, and friends I experienced there. I say this all in Jesus' name. Amen

- Morris Feiock


MLC Day 2018 PRAYERS

Lord of the Church, you have promised to provide pastors and teachers for your church. You have also promised that there will always be a plentiful harvest and not enough workers for the harvest field. We praise you today for the work of Martin Luther College in training those future pastors and teachers you provide and pray that many more young men and women would consider offering themselves for service in your Church. You declare that those who desire this work desire a noble task. Help us encourage more to seek out this noble task and grant that Martin Luther College continue to prepare them to be instruments of your peace. In Jesus' name. Amen.

- Benjamin Tomczak, MLC 2002


May the Lord of the Church bless MLC as it carries out its mission of training a corps of Christian witnesses to meet the ministry needs of WELS!

- Michael J Otterstatter, NWC '90


MLC is such a special place for our family! My husband and I both went there and I grew up on the campus and we hope our own children choose MLC someday! It is such a joy to support this great school and encourage young people for the ministry!

- MLC Graduate, '06


My wife and I are grateful for the quality, Christian training Martin Luther College provided to us. It is our prayer that the Lord continues to bless the ministry done at MLC, and the Holy Spirit continues to move young adults' hearts to enter into the full time ministry as "the harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few".
- MLC Graduate, '09


Dear heavenly father, We thank you for providing these young men and women with caring parents, teachers, and pastors who have encouraged them on their way to service for you. May you continue to guide them as they begin their service to Christ Jesus carrying the gospel message to all parts of the world. Encourage, guide, and bless them with a servant's heart that they may joyfully and enthusiastically proclaim his name, Our Savior, to the world. In his name we pray, Amen.
Joan M Richards


We will keep you in our prayers all week!
John and Myrna Eppeland


May our Lord bless & prosper all MLC students that all will become faithful ministers of His gospel.
In Christian love,
Marlis Pihl


MLC Day 2017 PRAYERS

Lord, please continue to bless the work of MLC. May the pastors and teachers who graduate be filled with Christian knowledge and wisdom, and most of all the thankfulness of all that you have done for them. Amen


May our Gracious Lord continue His blessings upon this school in the nurturing and instruction of His future, humble servants in His glorious work of sharing the gospel. Amen.


Lord Jesus, thank you for a wonderful college that trains young men and women to be pastors, teachers and staff ministers. Continue to be with the students and professors to work while it is day and to have a joyful attitude day after day. Please allow the students and staff to let their light shine in all they do, so more may come to know you and your love. I thank you for this college!


Dearest Lord of the Church, we glorify your name! You have gifted us with our workers and our worker training program. We thank you for your providence!

Please, as only you are able, continue to bless and keep Martin Luther College. Provide her with all necessary servants: a Christ-centered leadership staff, spirit-filled and scripture-loving professors and instructors, and the silent army of servants who move her along each day.

Prove your fatherly care over the students who fill her classrooms. As they are away from their families, comfort them with the certainty of adoption as sons and daughters of the King. May there be peace, friendship, laughter, and joy among the brothers and sisters in Christ on campus!

When they do return home, grant them all traveling safety. May those hearts who long to have them back in open arms, receive them with all eagerness and celebration. Offer these students the opportunity to exercise what you teach to them within their own home congregations that they might witness the Word at work!

Finally, among those of us who look back at your campus with fond memory of our own instruction, privilege us with the opportunity to participate in the support of these servants and students. Whether financially, personally, or in prayer, permit us to play a role in your grand plan for Martin Luther College.

Dearest Lord of the Church, we glorify your name! Amen!


Oh, Holy Spirit, Author and Perfector of Faith, I pray that you continue to bless those who study at Martin Luther College, those who instruct them in the saving truths, and those who, like Aaron and Hur, hold up the prophet's hands in support of this ministry.

You inspired St. Paul to instruct us that the lost cannot be saved if they do not hear the saving Word, and they cannot hear that Word unless someone speaks to them about it, and no one can speak about it unless they are sent. I thank you for preserving the unconditional Gospel throughout the ages just as was promised. I ask for you to bless the multitudes of your people who willingly and faithfully are compelled by their love of Christ to support the ministry of this institution; I thank you for the faithful servants you have sent to our school who daily train your lambs for Christian lives on earth and for eternity.

And, finally, I pray you use the gifts of those who serve both in public and personal ministry to keep the body of Christ rooted in faith, and to daily shine forth the wonders of him who brought us out of darkness into his marvelous light.

In Jesus Name,

-Jim Hahn, Mission Advancement Director, Minnesota Valley Lutheran HS


Heavenly Father, feed the hearts of those students on the hill in New Ulm. Feed them with your Word, your Grace, and a deeper and deeper desire to serve you with excellence after receiving a call so that our Lutheran schools and churches are served by excellent servant leaders.


Lord Jesus, Savior of the Nations, Lord of the Church, King of kings, and Lord of lords!

You have promised to give the Holy Spirit to those who ask. Today I come humbly to your throne of grace and ask you to fulfill that promise among us. Pour out your Holy Spirit on us as we celebrate your gifts to the church--men and women who are willing to prepare for public ministry. Remind us of the blessing that MLC is to our synod. Enable us here at MLC to carry out our mission of training a corps of Christian witnesses who meet the ministry needs of WELS.

Confident that you hear and answer our prayers I place all our needs in your hands. Amen.

~ Pastor Michael Otterstatter - VP for Mission Advancement at MLC


Dear Holy Spirit, You have blessed us with a next generation to pass on Your Word of Truth to and to train to take that Word, on our behalf and to Your glory, to this crooked generation, to straighten them out for time and eternity with the beautiful message of sins forgiven through the perfect life, innocent death, and glorious resurrection of our Beautiful Savior, Jesus Christ. Thank you for MLC! In Jesus' name I pray!

~ Robb Robbert, Wasilla, Alaska


Lord of the Church, you have told us that the harvest is plentiful and the workers are few. You also told us to plead with the Father to send out workers into the harvest field. Because you say so, we do so.

Lord, please continue to bless Martin Luther College with students willing to serve in the fields. Provide teachers who can prepare them for service in your Church.

We know that your Church will bud and flourish regardless of us. We also know that it is not our strength or our power, but your Word that bears fruit. We cling to that promise also. Let your Word come down like rain and snow. Let it bring forth fruit. Continue to allow us to be a part of that. Keep us faithful in our task: learning your Word so that we might scatter your seed faithfully.

We ask all things in the name of Christ. We say, "Your will be done." And we know your will is good, for we have seen Christ on the cross for us and so we know your will and desire: that all would be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth. Amen.

~ Pr. Benjamin Tomczak, Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church and School, Sioux Falls, SD


Many Blessings from our gracious Lord to MLC and all their students! YES, all the hardwork, late nights and early mornings are so worth being part of the ministry to Jesus' lambs! There are struggles at times but nothing in comparison to all the ministry moments ahead of you! May our gracious Lord bless and keep our ministerial school.


I pray that the Spirit continues to guide our MLC students in all they do. I encourage you to "let the Lord begin your task" every day. May God continue to bless the work of everyone at MLC!


Lord of the Church, we ask you to bless this day and all those who are preparing to proclaim the Gospel as their life's work. Bless also those who prepare them, and all who support them throughout the world. Let this be a place from which the good news of forgiveness and eternal life in Jesus goes out to countless souls redeemed by the blood of Christ for the new life of an eternity spent with you.


May this day be a day of joy and humble gratitude for all of you...graduated, spouses, counselors and parents! God has brought you to this day and He will be at Your side for the days of your future!


This prayer is by Johann Habermann (1516-1590). He was a Lutheran pastor in the generation following Luther’s death and wrote a widely-used prayer book.

Merciful God, you have commanded us through you only-begotten Son to pray for laborers in your harvest. I earnestly beg you, grant us, your sheep, pastors according to your heart, to feed us with doctrine and wisdom. Put learned bishops, Christian pastors, and pious teachers over your congregation, faithfully to show the true way to eternal life. Fill them with your Holy Spirit, so that they may fruitfully proclaim the holy and precious word of the Gospel, and sincerely complete your work. Grant them a courageous heart that without fear or favor they may lift up their voice and put the adversaries to silence. Open the door for their word, that they may be blessed and go from strength to strength. May they also be shining examples for the flocks entrusted to their care. Amen.

This prayer is found in The Lord Will Answer: A Daily Prayer Catechism (St. Louis: Concordia, 2004).

~ Prof. Joel Otto


My prayers go to MLC and our future teachers and pastors, and to all our present teachers and pastors, especially my daughter, Christine Swoboda, an MLC grad and teacher at Shepherd Lutheran in Albuquerque. God bless you all.


Lord God, heavenly Father, you see our MLC students growing to young adulthood in an uncertain and confusing world. Send your Holy Spirit into their hearts through your Word that they may grow in grace and wisdom. Give them strength to resist temptation and courage to meet the challenges of college life. Enable them to make friendships that reinforce their Christian faith and values. In the face of worldly temptation encourage them by the gospel to follow you into fulltime ministry. Make their unique gifts and youthful vitality a blessing to their families, to your Church and to all others their lives may touch, through Jesus Christ your Son, our Lord. Amen.

~ John C. Boeder, MLC Campus Pastor


Lord Jesus, you prayed for us...
that we might know the Father and you, His only Son, our Savior.
that we may be one, united in faith, sustained by your presence.
that we may kept from evil, made holy by your spirit, and ultimately join you in your heavenly home.
Still today, you intercede for us.
We now boldly pray that you will pour out your Spirit on the students, faculty, and staff at MLC.
Help them to grow in the grace and knowledge of you.
Equip them with the gifts, wisdom, and knowledge they need to serve you faithfully and well.
Help them overcome temptation and the devil's efforts to keep them from serving you.
Holy Spirit, you share all things with us including...
your gift of baptism and membership in your family.
your holy word, that we may believe and have life.
your very body and blood, that we might remember Christ's sacrifice and receive forgiveness of sins.
We now boldly pray that you continue to keep MLC and its mission centered and sustained by Word and Sacrament.
Give MLC students an ever-increasing desire to share the gospel and make disciples of all nations.
Heavenly Father, you gave all for us including...
your only Son, who left His heavenly throne to take on flesh and be born in a barn for us.
Jesus' very body, tortured and torn that the required righteous blood sacrifice could be shed for us.
your storehouse of blessings for body, mind, and soul continually outpoured by your grace and mercy.
We now boldly pray that you give us generous hearts and trusting Spirits.
Help us to joyfully give of our bounty to support the work of your kingdom, including our dear MLC.
We pray in the name of Jesus, confidently trusting that you will hear and answer. Amen.

Lord Jesus Christ, you have taught us to pray, "Your kingdom come" and have sent us out to make disciples of all nations. We praise you for the privilege of sharing in your heart's desire that all people be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. We thank you that through your Spirit's work in the hearts of faithful Christians years ago, Martin Luther College was founded to train pastors, teachers and staff ministers to lead us in this important work in schools, churches and missions throughout our world. We ask your continued blessing on this school and its mission on behalf of the WELS. Bless the professors with your heart of service and love. Bless the students with faith and diligence in their studies. Bless the administration with wisdom and courage. To you alone be the glory for this and every blessing you provide to us by our grace and mercy. Amen.

~ President Joel Petermann, Michigan Lutheran Seminary


My prayers go to MLC and our future teachers and pastors, and to all our present teachers and pastors, especially my daughter, Christine Swoboda, an MLC grad and teacher at Shepherd Lutheran in Albuquerque. God bless you all.
Lord of the Church, set the hearts of ever more young men and women on the sincere desire to serve you and your people in the public ministry of the gospel. Motivate them with your gospel in Word and sacraments that they might study for your ministry at Martin Luther College and then go equipped with the life-saving and life-changing message of Christ crucified and risen to our sin-filled, dying world. In your name, Lord Jesus. Amen.
Lord Jesus, thank you for blessing your church with faithful pastors and teachers who love to share the Gospel. We stand in awe at the various ways you use sinful people to carry your message of mercy and forgiveness. Please bless the current staff and students at MLC as they partner together in preparing for ministry as pastors and teachers. Send the Holy Spirit into the hearts of young men and women to move them toward the path of serving you as full-time workers in the harvest fields. We ask this boldly and confidently, knowing you hear us. Amen. Arizona Lutheran Academy

Guard and protect our young people as they prepare to serve in the church. Open the hearts of all to keep MLC in our hearts and minds.

~ Marlis Kremer