Sunday, August 8, 2010
It is early, Sunday.
I have dressed the altar and I have read through my notes. I await the people.
I am praying.
"O GOD, illunine our hearts to Your present-ness. Open our puny minds to the reality of Your unfailing love and the power of Your eternal providence. You, who are the "GREAT I AM," be present this day.
Martin Luther's Sacristy Prayer ( I Prayer it every Sunday):
“Lord God, You have appointed me as a Bishop and Pastor in Your Church, but you see how unsuited I am to meet so great and difficult a task. If I had lacked Your help, I would have ruined everything long ago. Therefore, I call upon You: I wish to devote my mouth and my heart to you; I shall teach the people. I myself will learn and ponder diligently upon Your Word. Use me as Your instrument -- but do not forsake me, for if ever I should be on my own, I would easily wreck it all.”
To which I respond, Amen & Amen.