Sunday, March 23, 2014

Sunday of Lent 3

May God Bestow on us His Grace – Lutheran Service Book #823
Psalm 67:1-2; Psalm 96:10-13; Isaiah 55:1011; 62:1-2

May God bestow on us His grace,
With blessings rich provide us;
And may the brightness of His face
To life eternal guide us,
That we His saving health may know,
His gracious will and pleasure,
And also to the nations show
Christ’s riches without measure
And unto God convert them.

The goal of the Christian life is the appreciation of the Savior’s amazing grace and then sharing the Savior’s story with others. God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself not counting their sins against them and has given us this message of reconciliation. Today, celebrate your salvation in Christ. Thank the Lord for His mercy and grace. Then live your life as a redeemed child of God and share His story with others.

Almighty and everlasting God, You desire not the death of a sinner but that all would repent and live. Hear our prayers for those outside the Church. Take away their iniquity, and turn them from their false gods to You, the living and true God. Gather them into Your holy Church to the glory of Your name; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.[1]

[1] Lutheran Service Book, Collect for the mission of the Church; © 2006 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis 

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