Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Easter Wednesday

Long Before the Word is Waking – Lutheran Service Book #485
John 21:1-17

Long before the world is waking,
Morning mist on Galilee,
From the shore, as dawn is breaking,
Jesus calls across the sea:
Hails the boat of weary men,
Bids them cast their net again.

The Savior’s appearance after the resurrection was for our great comfort. Who but Christ Himself could satisfy the deep longing of the human heart at a time of confusion and sorrow? Jesus appears to His disciples to assure them that He is indeed risen from the dead. By their testimony to we confess and believe.

Almighty God, by the glorious resurrection of Your Son, Jesus Christ, You destroyed death and brought life and immortality to light. Grant that we who have been raised with Him may abide in His presence and rejoice in the hope of eternal glory; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.[1]

[1] Lutheran Service Book, Collect for Easter Wednesday © 2006 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis

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