Saturday, March 3, 2012

Saturday of Lent 1

March 3, 2012
Saturday of Lent 1
The First Article.

Of Creation.

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

Having been properly terrified by the commandments and our failure to keep them, the Small Catechism moves us to the Creed where we learn faith and God’s grace to us and the whole world.

The word “creed” comes from the Latin word credo, which means, “I believe”.  Our creeds are an expression of what we personally believe and what we publicly teach. A popular opinion today is found in the expression “deeds not creeds” the thought being what we do should suffice.  Both are necessary. The faith is caught but it needs to be taught. Creeds and confessions of faith are necessary to set forth the true teachings of the Bible over against the attitudes of others and what appears to be popular at the time. 

The opinions and positions of men change over time. God remains eternal. We place our confidence in Him who created and sustains the universe. Our times are in His hands (Ps.31:15) for he orders our days and directs our path.

Direct us, O Lord, in all our doings with Your most gracious favor, and further us with your continual help, that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in You we may glorify Your holy name and finally, by Your mercy, obtain eternal salvation; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Collect for Divine guidance Lutheran Service Book © 2008 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis
Julius Schnoor von Carolsfeld ©WELS

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