Thursday of Lent 5, March 22, 2018 Genesis 17:1-8
Abram’s name is changed to Abraham as the Lord gives him the covenant of circumcision. The covenant is God’s. God calls it “my covenant” as He initiates and established it. God has covenanted to keep His promises. The Lord gives us His pledge to be the protector of His people and the One who provides for their well-being and guarantees their future blessings.
The Lord calls Abraham to walk before Him and be blameless. We do this today through our adoption into the family of God by faith in Christ.
Hymn: A Multitude Comes from the East and the West (Lutheran Service Book 510:1)
A multitude comes from the east and the west
To sit at the feast of salvation
With Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the blest,
Obeying the Lord’s invitation.
Have mercy upon us, O Jesus!
Lord God, bless Your Word wherever it is proclaimed. Make it a word of power and peace to convert those not yet Your own and to confirm those who have come to saving faith. May Your Word pass from the ear to the heart, from the heart to the lip, and from the lip to the life that, as You have promised, Your Word may achieve the purpose for which You send it; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen. 1
O God, You have called us to be Your children, and have promised that those who suffer with Christ will be heirs with him of Your glory: Arm us with such trust in him that we may ask no rest from his demands and have no fear in his service; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen 2
1. Collect for the blessing of the Word, Lutheran Service Book © 2006 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis
2. Collect for Thursday of Lent 5, http://www.liturgies.net/Lent/LentenCollects.htm