It was the end of a new beginning
When Magellan sailed the world spinning
And the Guttenberg presses started printing
A man was to be forged in God’s furnace ablaze
Hammered on an anvil into an unlikely instrument of praise
Whose effect would outlast a half millennia of days
1517 was that pinnacle year
When Martin Luther and scripture so tightly adhere
Inspired to make God’s word so crystal clear
He nailed his beliefs to the castle church door
Such courage and faith bent on God’s word to restore
Passerbys could not, would not, ignore
The hand of God was felt that October day
History had changed; 95 thesis, the communique
Prodded along by the monk who did passionately pray
Praying from matins to vespers to compline
Cloistered in a tiny cell, alone and in confine
Repenting into a state of madness; grief and relief combine
Translating the Bible, for generations to come and to own
A mighty seed had indeed been sown
When Martin Luther made his heart known
Leaning on scripture alone
Driven by faith alone
Saved by grace alone
To God be the glory alone
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May you be filled with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives,
May you live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way:
May you bear fruit in every good work,
May you grow in the knowledge of God,
May you be strengthened with all power according to his glorious might
May you have great endurance and patience,
May you share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.
May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Amen and wow!
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. – Romans 15:13
God, please teach, lead, inspire and help me…
To listen intently, before I speak.
To think things through, before I write.
To earn, give, share, invest and save, before I spend.
To throughly investigate before I invest.
To forgive – always and forever.
To never gossip.
To try again before I quit.
To diligently plan before I retire.
To increase my giving as the year’s roll by and the graces accumulate.
To proofread one more time before I hit send or submit.
To pray for others, continually.
And to be always thankful for all that you have done for me, continue to do for me and will always do for me – blessings, grace, family, friends, wisdom, love, a house, a loving wife, a church, a faithful Pastor and a good life.
- It’s already in our pew bibles and our bulletins so we can read it.
- It’s in our songs so we can sing it, ponder it, tap our feet to it and feel it.
- It’s in our prayers so the Holy Spirit can massage it and God can answer it.
- It’s in our statues, art and stained glass windows so we can adore it.
- It’s in our creeds so we collectively can voice it.
- It’s in our scripture readings for our contemplation, consideration, cogitation, meditation, pondering, rumination, deep thought, musing, deliberation, study and further reflection.
If the Apostle Paul were here, this is how he might pray for you and share God’s blessings with you. I know this because he prayed this to a church bursting with Ephesians.
May God, out of his glorious riches, strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,
May Christ dwell in your heart through faith.
May you be rooted and established in love,
May you have power,
May you dwell with all the Lord’s holy people,
May you grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,
May you know this love that surpasses knowledge
May you be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
– based on Ephesians 3:16-19
Now that’s a benediction!
And I will add,
May the beauty of Christ be seen in you,
May you be with Christ
May you become more like Christ
And may you live for Christ
And again from Paul, but this time from Ephesians 1:
He chose us.
He adopted us.
He predestined us.
He gave us His grace.
He redeemed us.
He forgave our sins.
He lavished God’s grace on us.
He made known His will to us.
He marked us with a seal.
He guaranteed our inheritance.
That, brothers and sisters, is how much favor we have with God.
May the beauty of Christ be seen in you!