Luke 1:78-79 The first stanza of Sunday’s hymn of the day, O Christ, Our True and Only Light (LSB 839), asks the Savior to enlighten those who sit in night. There are many today missing from the Father’s table because they sit in ignorance. They know nothing of the saving work of Jesus Christ. While there are obstacles to ministry, there are tremendous opportunities to witness in the midst of our nation’s heartland. As the Lord gives us opportunity may we “gossip the Gospel” that souls may be won and the kingdom expanded.
Enlighten those who sit in night;
Let those afar now hear Your voice
And in Your fold with us rejoice.
 Lift High the Cross copyright © Ed Riojas, Higher Things
 A prayer for our country, Lutheran Service Book © 2006 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis