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Good Evening, Lord!

Words of Comfort

The almighty and merciful God bless us and keep us this night and evermore. Amen.

Prayer of Confession

O God, you teach us that if we say we have no sin we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, You are faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. I long to be cleansed of my sins which I recognize in my thoughts, words, and deeds. Please forgive me for Jesus’ sake, because He shed His blood for me and the Scriptures teach that the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all unrighteousness. Strengthen me by the work of Your Holy Spirit, so that I may live a holy life and turn away from sin. I pray these things in the strong and beautiful name of Jesus, Your Son and my Savior. Amen.

Catechism Reflections

The Introduction to the Lord’s Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven.

What does this mean?

With these words God tenderly invites us to believe that He is our true Father and that we are His true children, so that with all boldness and confidence we may ask Him as dear children ask their dear father.

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

“Thy kingdom come”

O God, everlasting Father, Your kingdom comes even without our prayer, but, please, let it come to us, too! Please give us Your Holy Spirit, so that by His grace we may believe Your Word, and live godly lives here in time and there in eternity. Amen.

Verse of Benediction

May the blessing of the eternal God be upon us, and upon our work and worship; His light to guide us, His presence to strengthen us, His love to unite us; Now and always. Amen.[1]

[1] Doberstein, John W., The Minister’s Prayer Book, Fortress Press, Philadelphia, 1959, p. 18