Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Tuesday before Ash Wednesday

Praise to God, the Highest Good - Lutheran Service Book  #819
Deuteronomy 32:3; Psalm 96:1-8; Ephesians 1:3-8; John 11:27-28

Sing praise to God the highest good,
The author creation,
The God of love who understood
Our need for His salvation.
With healing balm our soul He fills
And ev’ry faithless murmur stills;
To God all praise and glory!

We sing our praise to God our Father for His creative power. Not only did He design this entire vast universe He has also creates and sustains faith by the working of His Holy Spirit. He has also established a plan for us the receive salvation and life. He knew of our need for forgiveness. Thus, He sent us His only Son. The season of Lent begins tomorrow with the observance of Ash Wednesday. We recall our sin. We reflect on the Father’s gifts. He knows our needs. He understands our sorrow. He has the sufficiency to satisfy our every need.  The abundance of His grace is found in the gift of His Son Jesus our Savior.

Lord Jesus, in the incarnate Word, when You consented to dwell with us, the heavens were glad and the earth rejoiced. In hope and love, we await Your return. Help us to proclaim Your glory to those who do not know you, until the whole earth sings a new song to You and the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.[1]

[1] For All the Saints; Collect for Psalm 96 © The American Lutheran Publicity Bureau, Delhi, NY

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