Pastor’s Prayers

Pastor’s Prayer for 29 April 2018

Almighty God,
Who through the death of Thy Son hast destroyed sin and death,
And through His resurrection hast restored innocence and eternal life
That we, being delivered from the power of the devil,
May live in Thy kingdom,
Grant that we may believe this with our whole heart
And steadfast in this faith, ever praise and thank Thee,
Through Thy Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Grant, dear Lord God,
That the blessed Day of Thy holy advent may come soon,
So that we may be redeemed
From this bad, wicked world
(The devil’s dominion)
And freed from the terrible plague that we must suffer
From without and within
(From wicked people and our own conscience.)
Do Thou dispatch this old maggot sack
That we may finally get a different body,
Which is not full of sin,
Inclined to unchasteness and to everything evil
(As this present one is)
But one that is redeemed from all bodily and spiritual misery
And made like unto Thy glorious body, dear Lord Jesus Christ,
That we may at last come to our glorious redemption.
Amen.

–Martin Luther

Pastor’s Prayer for 22 April 2018

Grant me, O Lord my God,
a mind to know you,
a heart to seek you,
wisdom to find you,
conduct pleasing to you,
faithful perseverance in waiting for you,
and a hope of finally embracing you.

–Aquinas

Pastor’s Prayer for 15 April 2018

O GOD, we praise Thee: we acknowledge Thee to be the Lord.
 Te aeternum Patrem omnis terra veneratur.
 Everlasting Father, all the earth doth worship Thee.
 Tibi omnes Angeli; tibi Caeli et universae Potestates;
 To Thee all the Angels, the Heavens and all the Powers,
 Tibi Cherubim et Seraphim incessabili voce proclamant:
 all the Cherubim and Seraphim, unceasingly proclaim:
 Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus, Dominus Deus Sabaoth.
 Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts!
 Pleni sunt caeli et terra maiestatis gloriae tuae.
 Heaven and earth are full of the Majesty of Thy glory.
 Te gloriosus Apostolorum chorus,
 The glorious choir of the Apostles,
 Te Prophetarum laudabilis numerus,
 the wonderful company of Prophets,
 Te Martyrum candidatus laudat exercitus.
 the white-robed army of Martyrs, praise Thee.
 Te per orbem terrarum sancta confitetur Ecclesia,
 Holy Church throughout the world doth acknowledge Thee:
 Patrem immensae maiestatis:
 the Father of infinite Majesty;
 Venerandum tuum verum et unicum Filium;
 Thy adorable, true and only Son;
 Sanctum quoque Paraclitum Spiritum.
 and the Holy Spirit, the Comforter.
 Tu Rex gloriae, Christe.
 O Christ, Thou art the King of glory!
 Tu Patris sempiternus es Filius.
 Thou art the everlasting Son of the Father.
 Tu ad liberandum suscepturus hominem, non horruisti Virginis uterum.
 Thou, having taken it upon Thyself to deliver man, didst not disdain the Virgin’s womb.
 Tu, devicto mortis aculeo, aperuisti credentibus regna caelorum.
 Thou overcame the sting of death and hast opened to believers the Kingdom of Heaven.
 Tu ad dexteram Dei sedes, in gloria Patris.
 Thou sitest at the right hand of God, in the glory of the Father.
 Iudex crederis esse venturus.
 We believe that Thou shalt come to be our Judge.
 Te ergo quaesumus, tuis famulis subveni: quos pretioso sanguine redemisti.
 We beseech Thee, therefore, to help Thy servants whom Thou hast redeemed with Thy Precious Blood.
 Aeterna fac cum sanctis tuis in gloria numerari.
 Make them to be numbered with Thy Saints in everlasting glory.
 V. Salvum fac populum tuum, Domine, et benedic hereditati tuae.
 V. Save Thy people, O Lord, and bless Thine inheritance!
 R. Et rege eos, et extolle illos usque in aeternum.
 R. Govern them, and raise them up forever.
 V. Per singulos dies benedicimus te.
 V. Every day we thank Thee.
 R. Et laudamus nomen tuum in saeculum, et in saeculum saeculi.
 R. And we praise Thy Name forever, yea, forever and ever.
 V. Dignare, Domine, die isto sine peccato nos custodire.
 V. O Lord, deign to keep us from sin this day.
 R. Miserere nostri, Domine, miserere nostri.
 R. Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us.
 V. Fiat misericordia tua, Domine, super nos, quemadmodum speravimus in te.
 V. Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, for we have hoped in Thee.
 R. In te, Domine, speravi: non confundar in aeternum.
 R. O Lord, in Thee I have hoped; let me never be put to shame.

–Te Deum Hymn Prayer

Pastor’s Prayer for 8 April 2018

Christ is Risen: The world below lies desolate
Christ is Risen: The spirits of evil are fallen
Christ is Risen: The angels of God are rejoicing
Christ is Risen: The tombs of the dead are empty
Christ is Risen indeed from the dead,
the first of the sleepers,
Glory and power are his forever and ever.

– St. Hippolytus of Rome

Pastor’s Prayer for Easter 1 April 2018

Lord Jesus Christ, who came at the first in great humility as our Redeemer, grant, we pray, that when you come again in glorious majesty to judge the living and the dead, we may be regarded worthy to stand before you.

–Moravian Easter Prayer

“Yea…that we shall see the great Head of the Church once more . . . raise up unto Himself certain young men [and women] whom He may use in this glorious employ. And what manner of men [and women] will they be? Men [and women] mighty in the Scriptures, their lives dominated by a sense of the greatness, the majesty and holiness of God, and their minds and hearts aglow with the great truths of the doctrines of grace. They will be men [and women] who have learned what it is to die to self, to human aims and personal ambitions; men [and women] who are willing to be ‘fools for Christ’s sake’, who will bear reproach and falsehood, who will labor and suffer, and whose supreme desire will be, not to gain earth’s accolades, but to win the Master’s approbation when they appear before His awesome judgment seat. They will be men [and women] who will preach with broken hearts and tear-filled eyes, and upon whose ministries God will grant an extraordinary effusion of the Holy Spirit, and who will witness ‘signs and wonders following’ in the transformation of multitudes of human lives.”

–George Whitefield

Pastor’s Prayer for 25 March 2018

Jesus, my feet are dirty. Come even as a slave to me, pour water into your bowl, come and wash my feet. In asking such a thing I know I am overbold, but I dread what was threatened when you said to me, “If I do not wash your feet I have no fellowship with you.” Wash my feet then, because I long for your companionship.

–Origen