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Good Evening, Lord!

Words of Comfort

You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. (Isa. 26:3 ESV)

Prayer of Confession

O God of love, O King of peace

Make wars throughout the world to cease;

The rage of nations now restrain.

Remember, Lord, Thy works of old,

The wonders that Thy people told;

Remember not our sins’ dark stain.

Whom shall we trust but Thee, O Lord?

Where rest but on thy faithful Word?

None ever called on Thee in vain.

Where saints and angels dwell above,

All hearts are knit in holy love;

O bind us in that heav’nly chain.

Give peace, O God, give peace again![1]

Catechism Reflections

The Third Article of the Apostles’ Creed


I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian church, the communion of saints, the forgivness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

What does this mean? I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to Him; but the Holy Spirit has called me by the Gospel, enlightened me with His gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith.

In the same way He calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith.

In this Christian church He daily and richly forgives all my sins and the sins of all believers.

On the Last Day He will raise me and all the dead, and give eternal life to me and all believers in Christ.

This is most certainly true.

Questions for Meditation

What does this reading teach you?

What does this reading lead you to be thankful for?

What behavior, thought, or attitude does this reading challenge? What sin does it lead you to confess?

How might you pray for God to have a richer impact on your life through this reading?

Petitions of the Lord’s Prayer

“Give us this day our daily bread.”

Heavenly Father, You give daily bread to everyone without our prayers, even to all evil people, but we pray in this petition that You would lead us to realize this and to receive our daily bread with thanksgiving. Make us mindful of all that You give us that has to do with the support and needs of the body, such as food, drink, clothing, shoes, house, home, land, animals, money, goods, a devout husband or wife, devout children, devout workers, devout and faithful rulers, good government, good weather, peace, health, self-control, good reputation, good friends, faithful neighbors, and help us to always give thanks to You; in Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Verse of Benediction

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. (2 Cor. 13:14 ESV)

[1] Baker, Henry W, O God of Love, O King of Peace, Lutheran Service Book 751, public domain