PRAYER 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 youdo not yourself strengthen and comfort us? Therefore, dear Father, embrace us, accomplish your will in us, that we may beyour kingdom to your praise and 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 Jesus Christ who isthe 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 useducated pastors and preachers who will not give us the crumbsand chaff of foolish fables, but who will teach us your holyGospel and lead us to Jesus 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 in eternity, andalso true human being, born of the virgin Mary, is my Lord. He has redeemedme, a lost and condemned person. He has purchased and freed me from allsins, from death, and from the power of the devil, not with gold or silver butwith his holy, precious blood and with his innocent suffering and death. Hehas done all this in order that I may belong to him in eternal righteousness,innocence, and blessedness, just as he is risen from the dead and lives andrules in eternity. This is most certainly true.
FOURTH SUNDAYIN LENT
God of all mercy, by your power to heal and to forgive, graciously cleanse us from all sin and make us strong;through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.