Collect of the Week

Collect: April 3, 2012

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Collect of the Week: 

Let us pray…

Almighty and everlasting God, You sent Your only Son Jesus to bear the punishment for our sins.  You experienced the pain of seeing Your Son beaten, spat upon, and mocked.  Forgive us for our lack of faith.  Comfort those who mourn.  Give us strength to endure our daily crosses.  Grant us joy to live and trust in You; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Great Is Thy Faithfulness

My soul is bereft of peace; I have forgotten what happiness is;
so I say, “My endurance has perished; so has my hope from the LORD.”
Remember my affliction and my wanderings, the wormwood and the gall!
My soul continually remembers it and is bowed down within me.
But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope:
The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
“The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”

The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.
It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.

For the Lord will not cast off forever,
but, though he cause grief, he will have compassion according to the abundance of his steadfast love;
for he does not willingly afflict or grieve the children of men.

Who has spoken and it came to pass, unless the Lord has commanded it?
Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that good and bad come?

I called on your name, O LORD, from the depths of the pit;
you heard my plea, “Do not close your ear to my cry for help!”
You came near when I called on you; you said, “Do not fear!”

You have taken up my cause, O Lord; you have redeemed my life.

Lamentations 3:17-26, 31-33, 37-38, 55-58 (ESV)

Let us pray…

Most High, You bid us in Your Word to wait on You. As the days turn into weeks, the weeks into months, and the months into years, remind us that Your mercies are new every morning. Assure us of your abundant, steadfast love to us in Jesus, that we might rejoice in the waiting, knowing You to be our Portion, our Hope, and our Redeemer forever, no matter what it is You may speak to come to pass. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Collect: March 13, 2012

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Collect of the Week:

Let us pray…

O dearest Jesus, You have given us Your living and active word, which pierces to the division of soul and spirit and discerns the thoughts and intentions of my heart. I thank You for this gift, even though often when I hear Your word I can think of nothing except how sinful and unworthy I am. Please do not remove Your word from me, for even though it may cause me great pain and distress, I believe that I cannot know and be assured of Your love and grace without it. You bring me low, so that You can bring me up from the pit. Lord, remember me in my need, and bring me at last into Your kingdom of grace which has no end. Amen.

(composed by Rev. Michael P. Schuermann)

Collect: March 5, 2012

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Collect of the Week:

Let us pray…

O God, You see that of ourselves we have no strength. By Your mighty power defend us from all adversities that may happen to the body and from all evil thoughts that may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

(Lutheran Service Book, Series B, Lent 2)

Collect: February 27, 2012

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Collect of the Week:

Let us pray…

Lord Jesus,

As You were led into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit and then tempted by Satan, the Father of Lies, You did not stray from Your mission to continually move towards Calvary and the sacrifice that awaited You there. By the power of the Holy Scriptures, You repelled the devil with the truths of God’s promises until he fled from You. In great humility we bow before You and confess that we have fallen into the temptation of despair, of self-pity, and the belief that You are not a fair and just God. Forgive us these and all our sins and wash us clean with Your blood. Pour into our hearts daily Your Words of truth and establish them there that we, too, might use them to fight against the Tempter; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Collect: February 20, 2012

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Collect of the Week:

Let us pray…

Good and Gracious Shepherd,

While on this earth You taught Your disciples for many years, instructing them and demonstrating for them how to care for Your sheep. As You fed the crowds of hungry people and washed the feet of these men You gave all future shepherds of Your flock a picture of humility and compassion, which they are to likewise model. We give You thanks for providing us in this present time with the blessing of good and faithful pastors who have washed us in our baptisms, being Your instrument to make us children of the Heavenly Father, and who have fed us Your Body and Blood, which fills our souls when in our emptiness we hunger for You. We pray that You would nurture and mold these men to become Your voice to people who are hurting all around them. Give them strength to shoulder the burdens we lay upon them and wisdom to know which of Your Words will be that healing balm that we desperately need; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Collect: February 12, 2012

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Collect of the Week:

Let us pray…

Dear God of all comfort,

Your servant Paul endured a thorn in his flesh that caused him to rely solely on Your sufficient grace, that Your power might be made known in his weakness. Your own Son endured the piercing of thorns from a crown that caused His blood to shed so that Your power might triumph over sin and cover all of our weaknesses. We beseech you to strengthen Your servants who at this time now also suffer from spiritual, emotional, or physical thorns. Humble their hearts to receive these trials with patience, perseverance, and trust. Hear their cries for help and answer them according to your good and gracious will. Though they may not be able to easily bear a child, grant them the opportunity to bear good fruits as a result of the faith instilled in them at their baptism and to be a faithful witness of Your love and faithfulness towards those who suffer;  through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Collect: February 5, 2012

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Collect of the Week:

Let us pray…

Dear Lord of Life,

You took on human flesh when you were conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of the Virgin Mary. We know that we were each knit together in our mother’s womb and that Your eyes saw our unformed substance and our days were formed for us before our conception. Help all people, especially the barren and those experiencing crisis pregnancies, to comprehend the value of life yet unborn, yet undeveloped, and yet unnamed. Help us to model Your selflessness as You put our lives first on Your way to the cross, though You prayed that the cup of suffering be taken from You. Thank you for heeding  the Father’s will and for having the strength to do so on our behalf. Grant us strength in the midst of our suffering to make choices that will honor the sanctity of all human life and will protect our tiniest of neighbors; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen

Collect: January 30, 2012

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Collect of the Week: 

Let us pray…

Almighty God, You promise that Your Word will endure forever.  We also know that the devil seeks to lead us to doubt Your Holy Word.  Strengthen us to withstand the attacks of the devil, the world, and our sinful flesh.  Comfort those who struggle, especially childless couples and those who mourn the death of a child.  Help them to see the blessings You have given to them and give them joy in their vocations.  Grant each of us Your protection to carry us through our trials, for the victory has already been won; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Collect: January 23, 2012

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Collect of the Week: 

Let us pray…

Almighty and everlasting God, you give us the kingdom of heaven through Your Son Jesus.  With joy we receive the forgiveness of sins through the Word and Sacrament.  We beg you to mercifully look upon our infirmities and grant healing.  Be with Jen as she recovers from surgery.  In Your mercy, give her relief from pain and a full recovery.  Comfort Katie as she prepares for surgery.  If it be your will, grant her a successful surgery.  Thank You for giving these women healing of the soul, the complete assurance of sins forgiven; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.