Sunday, March 27, 2016

Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016

Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016   For Thine is the Kingdom –           

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21

God’s giving is not limited by our asking. “He is like an eternal unfailing fountain. The more it pours forth and overflows, the more it continues to give. God desires nothing more seriously from us than that we ask Him for much and great things.” (Large Catechism III 56)[1]

What is the Conclusion? For Thine is the Kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen. What does this mean? This means that I should be certain that these petitions are pleasing to our Father in heaven, and are heard by Him; for He Himself has commanded us to pray in this way and has promised to heaver us. Amen, amen, which means, “yes, yes, it shall be so.”[2]

Almighty God the Father, through Your only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, You have overcome death and opened the gate of everlasting life to us. Grant that we, who celebrated with joy the day of our Lord’s resurrection may be raised from the death of sin by Your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen[3]

[1] The Lutheran Study Bible, © 2009 Concordia Publishing House St. Louis, MO Pp.2020
[2] Luther’s Small Catechism, Conclusion to the Lord’s Prayer © 2008 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis
[3] Collect for Easter, Lutheran Service Book, © 2006 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis

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