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Sunday, March 29, 2020: Who is Essential?

"Lazarus, Come Out!" 

Imagine the people watching as a man who was dead for four days just starts walking out of cave grave, talking as though he just awoke from a coma. There he is, grave clothes and all, and he wants someone to unwrap him from them. Jesus commands the dead man, Lazarus, to rise up, walk out and go on living. With one command, Jesus brings life from death. All of a sudden there he is, risen from the dead.

What may be lost in all this is what happens right before this dramatic resurrection of Lazarus. Jesus cried. Some people remind others that this is the shortest verse in the Bible. What is missed is that Jesus, True God, was also true man, and He could show true emotion. And this crying was right before He knew He would raise Lazarus from the dead. He also knew the man had to die and then all the mourning and grieving, including Jesus'. So with this thought, we remember that the Almighty One, who made this universe, created galaxies and put life into motion, regards each and every person He made as precious and essential. 

Have you heard about the word "essential" lately? It may not include you, but according to God, you are essential, and not because of what you can do, produce, etc. God wants you to be in His kingdom. He wants you to be at peace with Him in this world that has been destroyed by sin and its effects, especially COVID-19 right now. God will take you through this. And because of your need for a Savior, you have the best friend in the world watching over you now, and His Name is Jesus Christ. He cries with the rest of us about the loss of our loved ones, but He said another very short sentence just before He died on the cross:

"It is finished."

With that, Jesus gave up His life for you, so that you would not be punished for the sin and the sinner you are. He did that for you. He did that for me. And He did that for you because you are essential to Him. You are important to Him. Trust Him and believe He died for you and all your sin is covered by His blood. 

Some day, maybe long after you and I are long gone and just impressions on tombstones, the Lord Jesus will return and shout:

"Come Out!"

And we will come out to live life with Him forever.

We pray: Come, Lord Jesus, come quickly. Amen.

Saturday, March 28, 2020 Do the Five

Every morning when I log on, Google reminds me to do the five: 

  • 1 HANDS Wash them often
  • 2 ELBOW Cough into it
  • 3 FACE Don't touch it
  • 4 SPACE Keep safe distance
  • 5 HOME Stay if you can

Do these and you might keep from the virus. Today, as we look ahead we pray that these actions, along with other actions, will lead to an end of this deadly pestilence. Those who suffer are those most vulnerable to it, but their families are the ones who watch, wait, grieve and pray. These are the times when people ask, "Why, God?" And that question fits well with tomorrow's reading from the Gospel of John, chapter 11, where Martha asks Jesus:

“Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you.” 

Notice, Martha had an expectation from Jesus that had He made it on time, this tragedy would not have happened. Martha knew that Jesus had healed people, had cast out demons from people and had raised people from the dead. Why couldn't He have just shown up and saved her brother? People ask similar questions now. Why? I don't know, but when Jesus does what He does, He does it for our good. And we think we know so much and dictate to God what He is supposed to do. We often focus on the first half of what Martha said and forget the last part, where she confesses a faith that Jesus can and will do whatever He asks from His Father. Faith is what she has, and that does not disappoint. This is an extreme test of faith, and Jesus fills her with hope when He responds: 

“Your brother will rise again.” 

Martha knows and believes in the general bodily resurrection of the dead, as did all believing people among her at that time. I talked about that yesterday. She confesses this and Jesus is telling her next the most important fact all believers in Christ need to hear loud and clear:

“I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”

She then confesses that not only does she believe this, she states exactly what she believes:

“Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world.”

Again, an ancient believer articulates exactly what He is and what He does--He is the very God in man who has come to save us all. Why do I repeat what I said yesterday? A very wise woman pointed out to me that repetition helps us remember the most important things in this life.

Do the five:

  • 1 When you wash your hands, remember you are baptized into the death of Christ and that you have been raised from the trajectory you were on--hell bound--and you have a new course, led by the Lord Himself--to heaven;
  • 2 Because you are baptized into Christ's death and now you live, the Holy Spirit has been given to you--breathe that breath and know you are part of the kingdom;
  • 3 Because you have the Lord within you and you belong to Christ Jesus, your face is merely a mask--a faithful mask--of God, and you have Jesus living through you;
  • 4 Because you are in Christ and Christ lives through you, even though we must keep our distance for hygiene's sake, know that you are close to all your brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus, The One Holy Church, and the Lord Jesus keeps us together as His Holy Body that He has declared holy with His own holiness;
  • 5 While we live on this side of heaven, we think of this place--created originally perfect through Jesus' as the active creating agent--fallen because of sin, and passing away. This is not our home. He prepares a place for all those in Him, so that those in Him who succumb to this or any disease, accident, or whatever, have a permanent home because He promised this to us. 

He said it this way: 

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. 2 In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also."

Dear Beloved, we pray:O Lord, in the midst of death, You are the Resurrection and the Life. We follow You into the dark, knowing that You know the way, since You are the Way, the Truth and the Life. In You we have peace, restoration, reconciliation and forgiveness, because You bore our sins to the cross. Be with us now as we wait for what we do not know, knowing that You will lead us and guide through all things. Be with all those who are suffering, their families and those who care for them. We pray that many come to know You as Martha did, the One who came to save us, and the One who will take us home. Grant this we pray, O Lord and Savior Jesus. Amen.

 

Friday, March 27, 2020: Tipping Point

Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” She said to him, “Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world.” . . .John 11:23-27

This account of the raising of Lazarus will be read this future Sunday, March, 29, 2020, during our streamed worship service. It is important for us because of two important things:

First, this tells us that the ancient believers in God, the ancient Israel, believed in a bodily resurrection from the dead, and the life of the world to come, as one of our three ecumenical creeds confesses. In effect, what the whole Church confesses, she confesses because the ancient believers in the Old Testament confessed it before us. We just codified it so that all the Church would walk together in one faith in the Risen Jesus the Christ. You could say that Martha, the woman who confessed this in the Gospel, confesses our creed because she believed that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, who is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. We are one with Martha in Christ Jesus.

The second thing: only in Christ Jesus and only through His Life, Death, Resurrection, Ascension and Second Coming, do we have hope for life to come in a new heaven and new earth. This is what we believe, even in the midst of death and sorrow. Only through Him do we have forgiveness and peace with His Father--our Father, by the way. Jesus is our peace. Jesus is our hope. Jesus is our Savior. We look for Him to return and yet He is with us now, in His Word, through our Baptisms--where He lives through us--and when we are receiving Him in His Holy Supper. This we believe. And no virus, disease, cancer, misfortune, war or nothing in all the universe will tear this away from Him. 

Not to be premature in rejoicing, but for the first time since the World Health Organization began tracking the dead versus the recovered, our nation had more recovered people than dead. Not that I am diminishing the destruction of this pestilence, but if this continues, we may see soon the lifting of bans, the coming together of faithful people and rejoicing that the Author of Life, has lead us from darkness to light.

From my late mother's prayer journal that my sister sent to all of us Lemmermann siblings:

Lord Jesus, You came to bring life to the world in the midst of death. You healed so many, and You raised people from the dead, including those who burst from their tombs when You died on the cross. We pray for those people whose bodies are being destroyed by a disease. We pray for those whose minds are filled with worry and fear. We pray for those who suffer discouragement and defeat. Lift them up, dear Lord, and place them in Your loving arms, and guide them through the darkness. We pray for all who are diseased with sin. O Lord, forgive, cleanse and renew, that they might be whole again. To all of us, dear Lord, give faith to believe that You are able to do far more than we ask or think. And give us that faith to believe that in everything You will work and use all things for our good. Lord, we believe, help our unbelief. We pray this in Your Name. Amen

 

Friday Morning Devotions

The sign of the cross may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

In the morning, O Lord, You hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for You and watch.

My mouth is filled with Your praise, and with Your glory all the day. 

O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare Your praise.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Reading                                                                                                John 11:17–27, 38–53

When Jesus came, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles off, and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them concerning their brother. So when Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, but Mary remained seated in the house. Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you.” Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” She said to him, “Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world.” . . .Then Jesus, deeply moved again, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it. Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, by this time there will be an odor, for he has been dead four days.” Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?” So they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this on account of the people standing around, that they may believe that you sent me.” When he had said these things, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out.” The man who had died came out, his hands and feet bound with linen strips, and his face wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.” Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what he did, believed in him, but some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. So the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered the Council and said, “What are we to do? For this man performs many signs. If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.” But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all. Nor do you understand that it is better for you that one man should die for the people, not that the whole nation should perish.” He did not say this of his own accord, but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation, and not for the nation only, but also to gather into one the children of God who are scattered abroad. So from that day on they made plans to put him to death.

Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence He will come 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 T everlasting. Amen.

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. Amen.

Almighty God, merciful Father, Your thoughts are not our thoughts, Your ways are not our ways. In Your wisdom You have permitted this disastrous pestilence to befall us. We implore You, let not the hearts of Your people despair nor our faith fail us, but sustain and comfort us. Direct all efforts to attend the injured, console the bereaved, and protect the helpless. Bring hope and healing that we may find relief and restoration; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Lord God, be with the doctors and nurses and all others who minister to the needs of those who are ill. Through their wise and compassionate service, grant relief to the suffering and hope to the afflicted so that all may know of Your boundless care; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Heavenly Father, You forgive all our iniquities and heal all our diseases. You sent Your only-begotten Son to bear our griefs and carry our sorrows. Be merciful to all who are ill, pardon all their sins, and restore their health according to Your will. Preserve their faith, and keep them and their family in Your peace and safety; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Almighty God, merciful Father, who created and completed all things, on this day when the work of our calling begins anew, we implore You to create its beginning, direct its continuance, and bless its end, that our doings may be preserved from sin, our life sanctified, and our work this day be well pleasing to You; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

I thank You, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have kept me this night from all harm and danger; and I pray that You would keep me this day also from sin and every evil, that all my doings and life may please You. For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Acknowledgments Morning from Lutheran Service Book Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Created by Lutheran Service Builder © 2018 Concordia Publishing House.

Thursday Evening Devotion

The sign of the cross may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. 

The Lord Almighty grant us a quiet night and peace at the last. Amen.

It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praise to Your name, O Most High; To herald Your love in the morning, Your truth at the close of the day.

Reading                                                                                                          Romans 8:1–11

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.

Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence He will come 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 T everlasting. Amen.

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. Amen.

Lord, now You let Your servant go in peace; Your word has been fulfilled. My own eyes have seen the salvation which You have prepared in the sight of every people: a light to reveal You to the nations and the glory of Your people Israel. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Almighty God, merciful Father, Your thoughts are not our thoughts, Your ways are not our ways. In Your wisdom You have permitted this disastrous pestilence to befall us. We implore You, let not the hearts of Your people despair nor our faith fail us, but sustain and comfort us. Direct all efforts to attend the injured, console the bereaved, and protect the helpless. Bring hope and healing that we may find relief and restoration; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Visit our dwellings, O Lord, and in Your great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for the love of Your only Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

Almighty God, You have given us this good land as our heritage. Grant that we remember Your generosity and constantly do Your will. Bless our land with honest industry, truthful education, and an honorable way of life. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion, from pride and arrogance, and from every evil course of action. Grant that we, who came from many nations with many different languages, may become a united people. Support us in defending our liberties, and give those to whom we have entrusted the authority of government the spirit of wisdom, that there may be justice and peace in our land. When times are prosperous, may our hearts be thankful, and in troubled times do not let our trust in You fail; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Heavenly Father, ruler of all things, Your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, healed all manner of infirmities and cured all manner of diseases. Mercifully help Your servants in body and soul and, if it be Your will, free them all from their sickness that, restored to health, they may with a thankful heart bless Your holy name; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Lord God, be with the doctors and nurses and all others who minister to the needs of those who are ill. Through their wise and compassionate service, grant relief to the suffering and hope to the afflicted so that all may know of Your boundless care; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Visit our dwellings, O Lord, and in Your great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for the love of Your only Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

I thank You, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have graciously kept me this day; and I pray that You would forgive me all my sins where I have done wrong, and graciously keep me this night. For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen.

Then go to sleep at once and in good cheer.

Acknowledgments Close of the Day from Lutheran Service Book Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Created by Lutheran Service Builder © 2018 Concordia Publishing House.

Thursday Morning Devotion

The sign of the cross may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism.

In the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. In the morning, O Lord, You hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for You and watch. My mouth is filled with Your praise, and with Your glory all the day. O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare Your praise. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

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Tune and text: © OCP Publications. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110003380

Reading                                                                                                                    Psalm 46

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns. The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Come, behold the works of the Lord, how he has brought desolations on the earth. He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the chariots with fire. “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence He will come 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 T everlasting. Amen.

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. Amen.

Almighty God, merciful Father, Your thoughts are not our thoughts, Your ways are not our ways. In Your wisdom You have permitted this disastrous pestilence to befall us. We implore You, let not the hearts of Your people despair nor our faith fail us, but sustain and comfort us. Direct all efforts to attend the injured, console the bereaved, and protect the helpless. Bring hope and healing that we may find relief and restoration; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Almighty God, merciful Father, who created and completed all things, on this day when the work of our calling begins anew, we implore You to create its beginning, direct its continuance, and bless its end, that our doings may be preserved from sin, our life sanctified, and our work this day be well pleasing to You; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

I thank You, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have kept me this night from all harm and danger; and I pray that You would keep me this day also from sin and every evil, that all my doings and life may please You. For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord.Thanks be to God.

 

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Tune and text: © OCP Publications. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110003380

 

Acknowledgments Morning from Lutheran Service Book Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Created by Lutheran Service Builder © 2018 Concordia Publishing House.

Wednesday Evening Devotion

The sign of the cross may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Merciful Father, whose guiding hand has brought us to the completion of this day, we humbly pray You to stay with us and shelter us in quiet hours of the night that we, who are wearied by the changes and chances of this passing world, may rest in Your changeless peace; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Reading                                                                                                          Ezekiel 37:1–14

The hand of the Lord was upon me, and he brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of the valley; it was full of bones. And he led me around among them, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley, and behold, they were very dry. And he said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord God, you know.” Then he said to me, “Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. And I will lay sinews upon you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live, and you shall know that I am the Lord.” So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I prophesied, there was a sound, and behold, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone. And I looked, and behold, there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them. But there was no breath in them. Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.” So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army. Then he said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. Behold, they say, ‘Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are clean cut off.’ Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I will open your graves and raise you from your graves, O my people. And I will bring you into the land of Israel. And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves, and raise you from your graves, O my people. And I will put my Spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I am the Lord; I have spoken, and I will do it, declares the Lord.”

Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence He will come 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 T everlasting. Amen.

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. Amen.

Lord, now You let Your servant go in peace; Your word has been fulfilled. My own eyes have seen the salvation which You have prepared in the sight of every people: a light to reveal You to the nations and the glory of Your people Israel. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Almighty God, merciful Father, Your thoughts are not our thoughts, Your ways are not our ways. In Your wisdom You have permitted this disastrous pestilence to befall us. We implore You, let not the hearts of Your people despair nor our faith fail us, but sustain and comfort us. Direct all efforts to attend the injured, console the bereaved, and protect the helpless. Bring hope and healing that we may find relief and restoration; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Visit our dwellings, O Lord, and in Your great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for the love of Your only Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

I thank You, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have graciously kept me this day; and I pray that You would forgive me all my sins where I have done wrong, and graciously keep me this night. For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen.

Acknowledgments Morning from Lutheran Service Book Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Created by Lutheran Service Builder © 2018 Concordia Publishing House.

 

 

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