Beloved in the Lord, as we begin another Church Year with the holy season of Advent, let us be reminded that Jesus Christ, our Emmanuel, has come, is coming, and will come again. He came to conquer sin, death, and the devil with His perfect life and sacrificial death on the cross. He continues to come to deliver His salvific work at Calvary to us via His Holy Word and Sacraments in the Divine Service. He will come again in great glory on the Last Day to usher us into His eternal kingdom. Therefore, let us pray:
"Stir up Your power, O Lord, and come, that by Your protection we may be rescued from the threatening perils of our sins and saved by Your mighty deliverance; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen."