Sunday, February 21, 2016

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Sunday, February 21, 2016           Hallowed be Thy Name                         

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Ephesians 4:1

Paul begins as portion of Ephesians is not simply about our conduct. It contains some very profound Gospel teaching. However, there is a greater focus on the consequences of Law and Gospel for our faith and life.

Calling is the Christian faith itself, as brought by the Word of God.[1]

Hallowed be Thy name. What does this mean? God’s name is certainly holy in itself, but we pray in this petition that it may be kept holy among us also[2].

O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.[3]

[1] The Lutheran Study Bible, © 2009 Concordia Publishing House St. Louis, MO Pg.2021
[2] Luther’s Small Catechism, Explanation of the 1st Petition the Lord’s Prayer © 2008 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis
[3] Collect for Sunday of Lent 2,

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