Thursday, December 30, 2010

A Prayer for January 2nd, 2011

Everlasting, gracious heavenly Father, you have given to your church the holy ministry of Word and Sacrament: Grant that the pastors of your church, following the example of Wilhelm Löhe, may fearlessly proclaim your word against every error, false doctrine, and abuse; and may so minister your divine mysteries in all their purity and fullness, that your people may be strengthened to serve those in need wherever they may be, for the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

(from Pfatteicher's New Book of Festivals and Commemorations, adapted from a prayer of Löhe's)

Sunday is my first Sunday preaching and leading worship at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Fayetteville, Arkansas. This seems an appropriate prayer to pray.

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