Saturday, September 19, 2009
Pastor's prayer on Saturday evening
As You inhabited the praises of Israel, dwell in the praises of this our Church. Let the sacrifice of our praise be acceptable to You, and preserve us from insincerity and thoughtless worship.
Incline Your ear to our prayer, O God of Jacob; hear the voice of our supplications and help us.
Preserve unto us Your holy Word that it may be joyfully and boldly proclaimed in its purity, and guard us in the right use of the Sacrament in accord with the institution of Jesus Christ, our Savior. Restrain all who would destroy us and turn them to Yourself.
Be our God and our children's God, now and henceforth, and hear my prayer, O Father, for the sake of Your dear Son, Jesus Christ, our blessed Savior, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, the Comforter divine. Amen. (Lutheran Service Book: Pastoral Care Companion, p. xix)