A prayer before we study the Word – Almighty God, our heavenly Father, without Your help our labor is useless, and without Your light our search is in vain. Invigorate the study of Your holy Word that, by due diligence and right discernment, we may establish ourselves and others in Your holy faith.
Psalm 29—The key verse of this psalm is verse 3, “The Voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord thunders over the mighty waters.” In the thunderstorm, sometimes frightening, suggestive of terrifying cataclysms at the end of the world. Yet not today. That voice is reserved for the final last day of the Lord’s visitation. Today we hear the Father speak, “And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” -Mark 1:11
The Voice of God is the theme for Psalm 29 which blends with the theme for this coming Sunday that the Voice of the Father was heard by the Savior. Today we listen to the voice of Jesus through the hearing of the Gospel.
Collect for Psalm 29: Lord our king, your voice sounds over the waters as you reign above the flood. Help us, who are born again by water and the Holy Spirit, to praise your wonderful deeds in your holy temple; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.For blessing on the Word – 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, my Lord.
 Collect for Psalm 29, For All the Saints, A Prayer book for and by the Church © 1995 The American Lutheran Publicity Bureau, Delhi, NY
 A prayer before the study of the Word and For blessing on the Word, Lutheran Service Book © 2996 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis
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