Saturday, March 15, 2014

Saturday of Lent 1

All Praise to Thee My God This Night – Lutheran Service Book #883
Psalm 91; Psalm92:1-2; Psalm 4:8

All praise to Thee my God this night
For all the blessings of the Light
Keep me, O keep me King of kings,
Beneath Thine own almighty wings.

The hymn opens, appropriately, in praise for the day that has passed.  We praise the Lord for all of the blessing of the sun. The Lord has given us this day to serve Him and our neighbor. Now the day is past. We commit the night to God. We rest and sleep in security. We know that our God guards and watches over us.

Abide with us, Lord, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. Abide with us and with Your whole church. Abide with us at the end of the day, at the end of our life, at the end of the world. Abide with us with Your grace and goodness, with Your holy Word and Sacrament, with Your strength and blessing. Abide with us when the night of affliction and temptation comes upon us, and with all the faithful, now and forever. [1]

[1] Lutheran Service Book, Collect at the close of the day © Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis

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