FROM LUTHER’S PRAYERS:
O Father, it is indeed true that no one can be strong by his own power (I Sam. 2:4). How can we stand before your might if you do not yourself strengthen and comfort us? Therefore, dear Father, embrace us,accomplish your will in us, that we may be your kingdom to your praiseand glory. But, dear Father strengthen us in this life with your holy word.Give us our daily bread. Establish in our hearts your dear Son JesusChrist, who is the true bread of heaven. Sustained by him, we may gladly bear and suffer the breaking and the dying of our own will and thefulfilling of your will. Give grace to all Christendom. Send us educated pastors and preachers who will not give us the crumbs and chaff of foolish fables, but who will teach us your holy Gospel and lead us toJesus Christ. Amen.
FROM LUTHER’S SMALL CATECHISM:
The Apostles’ Creed:
The Second Article: On Redemption
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spiritand born of the virgin Mary.He suffered under Pontius Pilate,was crucified, died, and was buriedHe descended into hell.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.
What is this?
I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the Father ineternity, and also true human being, born of the virgin Mary, ismy Lord. He has redeemed me, a lost and condemned person.He has purchased and freed me from all sins, from death, andfrom the power of the devil, not with gold or silver but with hisholy, precious blood and with his innocent suffering and death.He has done all this in order that I may belong to him in eternalrighteousness, innocence, and blessedness, just as he is risenfrom the dead and lives and rules in eternity. This is mostcertainly true.
TWENTY-FOURTH SUNDAYAFTER PENTECOST
Lord God, so rule and govern our hearts and minds to your Holy Spirit that always keeping in mind until theend of all things and the day of judgment, we may be stirred up to holiness of life here and may live with you forever in the world to come, through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.