Feast of the Confession of Saint Peter 1/18/2021

Greetings in the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ:

Today, January 18, 2021 is when the Christian Church celebrates the Feast of the Confession of Saint Peter.  The Church remembers that Saint Peter spoke for all disciples of Jesus when he confesses “You are the Christ” and that this confession is the bedrock of the Christian Church, which Christ Himself builds.  This post is devoted to one of the Feast Days that the historic Christian Church regularly observed that are generally neglected today.  I pray that you find this message beneficial in your devotions this or another day.

“The Confession of Saint Peter did not arise in the imagination of Peter’s heart but was revealed to him by the Father.  The reason this confession is important is seen in Jesus’ response: ‘You are Peter [Greek, Petros], and on this rock [Greek, petra] I will build My church (Matthew 16:18).’  As the people of God in the Old Testament began with the person of Abraham, the rock from which God’s people were hewn (Isaiah 51:1-2), so the people of God in the New Testament would begin with the person Peter, whose confession is the rock on which Christ would build His Church.  But Peter was not alone (the ‘keys’ given to him in Matthew 16:19 were given to all the disciples in Matthew 18:18 and John 20:21-23).  As Saint Paul tells us, Peter and the other apostles take their place with the prophets as the foundation of the Church, with Christ Himself as the cornerstone (Ephesians 2:20).  The confession of Peter, therefore, is the witness of the entire apostolic band and is foundational in the building of Christ’s Church.  Thus the Church gives thanks to God for Saint Peter and the other apostles who have instructed Christ’s Holy Church in His divine and saving truth.” 1

The verse or theme for this feast is “Alleluia.  Whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.  Alleluia.”  It is from Mark 8:35.

First Reading       Acts 4:8-13

Psalm                   Psalm 118:19-29 (antiphon v. 26)

Epistle                  2 Peter 1:1-15

Gospel                  Mark 8:27–9:1

The hymn appointed for this day is “At the Name of Jesus” as found on page 512 in the Lutheran Service Book.  You may listen and sing along with the hymn at this direct link: Hymn 512 At the Name of Jesus – YouTube

Collect of the Day:

Heavenly Father, You revealed to the apostle Peter the blessed truth that Your Son Jesus is the Christ.  Strengthen us by the proclamation of this truth that we too may joyfully confess that there is salvation in no one else; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with the You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Pastor Jim Tuell

Treasury of Daily Prayer, Scot A Kinnaman, General Editor, Concordia Publishing House, Saint Louis, MO., 2008, p, 1128.

Feast of the Epiphany of Our Lord 1/6/2021

Greetings in the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ:

Today, January 6, 2021 is when the Christian Church celebrates the Feast of The Epiphany of Our Lord.  This post is devoted to one of the Feast Days that the historic Christian Church observed that is sometimes neglected today.  I pray that you find this message beneficial in your devotions this or another day.

“The feast of the Epiphany of Our Lord commemorates no event but presents an idea that assumes concrete form only through the facts of our Lord’s life.  The idea of Epiphany is that the Christ who was born in Bethlehem is recognized by the world as God.  At Christmas, God appears as man, and at Epiphany, this man appears before the world, as God.  That Christ became man needed no proof.  But that this man, the helpless child, is God needed proof.  The manifestations of the Trinity, the signs and wonders performed by this man, and all His miracles have the purpose of proving to men that Jesus is God.  Lately, especially in the Western Church, the story of the Magi has been associated with this feast day.  As Gentiles, who were brought to faith in Jesus Christ, the Magi represent all believers from the Gentile world.” 1

The verse or theme for this feast is “Alleluia.  Where is He who had been born king of the Jews?  For we saw His star when it rose and have come to worship Him.  Alleluia.”  It is from Matthew 2:2b.

Old Testament    Isaiah 60:1-6

Psalm                   Psalm 72:1-15 (antiphon v. 18)

Epistle                  Ephesians 3:1-12

Gospel                  Matthew 2:1-12

The hymn appointed for this day is “O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright” as found on page 395 in the Lutheran Service Book.  You may listen to a beautiful acapella rendition of this hymn recorded at an LCMS-U event by following this link: O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright – YouTube

Collect of the Day:

O God, by the leading of a star You made known Your only-begotten Son to the Gentiles.  Lead us, who know You by faith, to enjoy in heaven the fullness of Your divine presence; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with the You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Pastor Jim Tuell

Treasury of Daily Prayer, Scot A Kinnaman, General Editor, Concordia Publishing House, Saint Louis, MO., 2008, p, 1094.

Feast of the Holy Innocents, Martyrs 12/28/2020

Greetings in the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ:

Today, December 28, 2020 is when the Christian Church celebrates the Feast of the Holy Innocents, Martyrs.  The Church remembers these innocent victims as martyrs as they died for the One who came to die for them.  This post is devoted to one of the Feast Days that the historic Christian Church observed that are generally neglected today.  I pray that you find this message beneficial in your devotions this or another day.

“Matthew’s Gospel tells of King Herod’s vicious plot against the infant Jesus after being ‘tricked’ by the Wise Men.  Threatened by the one ‘born King of the Jews,’ Herod murdered all the [male] children in and around Bethlehem who were two years old or younger (Matthew 2:16-18).  These ‘innocents,’ commemorated just three days after the celebration of Jesus’ birth, remind us not only of the terrible brutality of which human beings are capable but more significantly of the persecution Jesus endured from the beginning of His earthly life.  Although Jesus’ life was providentially spared at this time, many years later, another ruler, Pontius Pilate, would sentence the innocent Jesus to death. ” 1

The verse or theme for this feast is “Alleluia.  Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints.  Alleluia.”  It is from Psalm 116:15.

Old Testament          Jeremiah 31:15-17

Psalm             Psalm 54 (antiphon v. 4)

Epistle            Revelation 14:1-5

Gospel            Matthew 2:13-18

There are two hymns appointed for this day: “Sweet Flowerets of the Martyr Band” and “When Aimless Violence Takes Those We Love” as found on pages 969 and 764, respectively, in the Lutheran Service Book. 

Collect of the Day:

Almighty God, the martyred innocents of Bethlehem showed forth Your praise not by speaking but by dying.  Put to death in us all that is in conflict with Your will that our lives may bear witness to the faith we profess with our lips; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with the You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Pastor Jim Tuell

1 Treasury of Daily Prayer, Scot A Kinnaman, General Editor, Concordia Publishing House, Saint Louis, MO., 2008, p, 1065.

The Massacre of the Innocents Giotto di Bondone c. 1304-1305
Massacre of the Innocents – Lucas Cranach the Elder c. 1515

Feast of Saint Stephen, Martyr 12/26/2020

Greetings in the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ:

Today, December 26, 2020 is when the Christian Church celebrates the Feast of Saint Stephen, Martyr.  This post is devoted to one of the Feast Days that the historic Christian Church observed that are generally neglected today.  I pray that you find this message beneficial in your devotions this or another day.

“Saint Stephen, ‘a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit (Acts 6:5),’ was one of the Church’s first seven deacons.  He was appointed by the leaders of the Church to distribute food and other necessities to the poor in the growing Christian community in Jerusalem, thereby giving the apostles more time for their public ministry of proclamation (Acts 6:2-5).  He and the other deacons apparently were expected not only to wait on tables but also to teach and preach.  When some of his colleagues became jealous of him, they brought Stephen to the Sanhedrin and falsely charged him with blaspheming against Moses (Acts 6:9-14).  Stephen’s confession of faith, along with his rebuke of the members of the Sanhedrin for rejecting their Messiah and being responsible for his death, so infuriated them that they dragged him out of the city and stoned him to death.  Stephen is honored as the Church’s first martyr and for his words of commendation and forgiveness as he lay dying: ‘Lord Jesus, receive my spirit’ and ‘Lord, do not hold this sin against them (Acts 7:59-60).’” 1

The verse or theme for this feast is “Alleluia.  Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.  Alleluia.”  It is from Psalm 116:15.

Old Testament    2 Chronicles 24:17-22

Psalm                   Psalm 119:137-144 (antiphon v. 142)

Epistle                  Acts 6:8–7:2a, 7:51-60

Gospel                  Matthew 23:34-39

The hymn appointed for this day is “The Son of God Goes Forth to War” as found on page 661 in the Lutheran Service Book.  Although not a “Lutheran” version per se, you may listen to a version of the hymn at this direct link:  “The Son of God goes forth to war” @ St. John’s Detroit – YouTube

Collect of the Day:

Heavenly Father, in the midst of our sufferings for the sake of Christ grant us grace to follow the example of the first martyr, Stephen, that we also may look to the One who suffered and was crucified on our behalf and pray for those who do us wrong; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with the You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Pastor Jim Tuell

Treasury of Daily Prayer, Scot A Kinnaman, General Editor, Concordia Publishing House, Saint Louis, MO., 2008, p, 1058.

 The Stoning of Saint Stephen - Rembrandt (1606-1669)
The Stoning of Saint Stephen – Rembrandt (1606-1669)
The Martyrdom of St. Stephen - Santo Peranda (1566-1638)
The Martyrdom of St. Stephen – Santo Peranda (1566-1638)

Feast of Saint Thomas, Apostle 12/21/2020

Greetings in the Name of our Coming Lord and Savior Jesus Christ:

Today, December 21, 2020 is when the Christian Church celebrates the Feast of Saint Thomas, Apostle.  This post is devoted to one of the Feast Days that the historic Christian Church observed that are generally neglected today.  I pray that you find this message beneficial in your devotions this or another day.

“All four Gospels mention Saint Thomas as one of the twelve disciples of Jesus.  John’s Gospel, which names him “the Twin,” uses Thomas’s questions to reveal truths about Jesus.  It is Thomas who says, “Lord, we do not know where You are going.  How can we know the way?”  To this question Jesus replies “I am the way, and the truth, and the life (John 14:5-6).”  John’s Gospel also tells how Thomas, on the evening of the day of Jesus’ resurrection, doubts the report of the disciples that they has seen Jesus.  Later, “doubting Thomas” becomes “believing Thomas” when he confesses Jesus as “my Lord and my God (John 20:24-29).”  According to tradition, Thomas traveled eastward after Pentecost, eventually reaching India, where still today a group of people call themselves “Christians of Saint Thomas.”  Thomas was martyred for the faith by being speared to death.” 1

The verse or theme for this feast is “Alleluia.  Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.  Alleluia.”  It is from John 20:29a.

Old Testament    Judges 6:36-40

Psalm                   Psalm 136:1-4 (antiphon v. 26)

Epistle                  Ephesians 4:7, 11-16

Gospel                  John 20:24-29

The hymn appointed for this day is “We Walk by Faith and Not by Sight” as found on page 720 in the Lutheran Service Book.  You may listen to the hymn at this direct link:  LSB 720 – YouTube

Collect of the Day:

Almighty and ever-living God, You strengthened Your apostle Thomas with firm and certain faith in the resurrection of You Son.  Grant us such faith in Jesus Christ, our Lord and our God, that we may never be found wanting in Your sight; through the same Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with the You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Pastor Jim Tuell

Treasury of Daily Prayer, Scot A Kinnaman, General Editor, Concordia Publishing House, Saint Louis, MO., 2008, 969.

The Incredulity of Saint Thomas - Caravaggio c. 1601-1602
The Incredulity of Saint Thomas – Caravaggio c. 1601-1602

Feast of Saint Andrew, Apostle 11/30/2020

Greetings in the Name of our Coming Lord and Savior Jesus Christ:

Today, November 30, 2020 is when the Christian Church celebrates the Feast of Saint Andrew, Apostle. This post is devoted to one of the Feast Days that the historic Christian Church observed that are generally neglected today. I pray that you find this message beneficial in your devotions this or another day.

“Saint Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was born in the Galilean village of Bethsaida. Originally a disciple of Saint John the Baptist, Andrew then became the first of Jesus’ disciples (John 1:35-40). His name regularly appears in the Gospels near the top of the lists of the Twelve. It was he who first introduced his brother Simon to Jesus (John 1:41-42). He was, in a real sense, the first home missionary, as well as the first foreign missionary (John 12:20-22). Tradition says Andrew was martyred by crucifixion on a cross in the form of an X. In AD 357, his body is said to have been taken to the Church of the Holy Apostles in Constantinople and later removed to the cathedral of Amalfi in Italy. Centuries later, Andrew became the patron saint of Scotland. Saint Andrew’s Day determines the beginning of the Western Church Year, since the first Sunday in Advent is always the Sunday nearest to Saint Andrew’s Day.” 1

The verse or theme for this feast is “Alleluia. [Jesus] said to them, “Come and you will see.” So they came and saw where He was staying, and they stayed with Him that day. Alleluia.” It is from John 1:39a.

Old Testament Ezekiel 3:16-21

Psalm Psalm 139:1-12 (antiphon v. 17)

Epistle Romans 10:8b-18

Gospel John 1:35-42a

The hymn appointed for this day is “Preach You the Word” as found on page 586 in the Lutheran Service Book. You may listen to the hymn at this direct link:  Preach You the Word – LSB 586 – YouTube

Collect of the Day:

Almighty God, by Your grace the apostle Andrew obeyed the call of Your Son to be a disciple. Grant us also to follow the same Lord Jesus Christ in heart and life, who lives and reigns with the You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Pastor Jim Tuell

1 Treasury of Daily Prayer, Scot A Kinnaman, General Editor, Concordia Publishing House, Saint Louis, MO., 2008, 969.

Feast of Saint Simon and Saint Jude, Apostles 10/28/2020

Greetings in the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ:

Today, October 28, 2020 is when the Christian Church celebrates the Feast of Saint Simon and Saint Jude, Apostles.  This post is devoted to one of the Feast Days that the historic Christian Church observed that are generally neglected today.  I pray that you find this message beneficial in your devotions this or another day.

“In the lists of the twelve apostles (Matthew 10:2-4; Mark 3:16-19; Luke 6:14-16; Acts 1:13), the tenth and eleventh places are occupied by Simon the Zealot (or ‘Cananaean’) and by Jude (or ‘Judas,’ not Iscariot but ‘of James’), who was apparently known also as Thaddaeus.  According to early Christian tradition, Simon and Jude journeyed together as missionaries to Persia, where they were martyred. It is likely for this reason, at least in part, that these two apostles are commemorated on the same day.  Simon is not mentioned in the New Testament apart from the lists of the twelve apostles.  Thus he is remembered and honored for the sake of his office, and thereby stands before us – in eternity, as in his life and ministry on earth – in the name and stead of Christ Jesus, our Lord.  We give thanks to God for calling and sending Simon, along with Jude and all of the apostles, to preach and teach the Holy Gospel, to proclaim repentance and forgiveness, and to baptize in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (John 4:1-2; Matthew 10; 28:16-20; Luke 24:46-49).

“Jude appears in John’s Gospel (14:22) on the night of our Lord’s betrayal and the beginning of His Passion, asking Jesus how it is that He will manifest Himself to the disciples but not the world.  The answer that Jesus gives to this question is a pertinent emphasis for this festival day: “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word, and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him” (John 14:23).  Surely both Jude and Simon exemplified, in life and death, their love for Jesus and their faith in His Word.  Not only are we thus strengthened in our Christian faith and life by their example, but, above all, we are encouraged by the faithfulness of the Lord in keeping His promise to them to bring them home to Himself in heaven.  There they live with Him forever, where we shall someday join them.” 1

The verse or theme for this feast is “Alleluia.  You did not choose me, but I chose You.  Alleluia.”  It is from John 15:16a.

Old Testament    Jeremiah 26:1-16

Psalm                   Psalm 43 (antiphon v. 5b)

Epistle                  1 Peter 1:3-9

Gospel                  John 15: (12-16) 17-21

The hymn appointed for this day is “O Christ Who Called the Twelve” as found on page 856 in the Lutheran Service Book.  You may listen to the hymn at the link direct below.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4c5s887H8Es

Collect of the Day:

Almighty God, You chose Your servants Simon and Jude to be numbered among the glorious company of the apostles.  As they were faithful and zealous in their mission, so may we with ardent devotion make known the love and mercy of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Pastor Jim Tuell

Treasury of Daily Prayer, Scot A Kinnaman, General Editor, Concordia Publishing House, Saint Louis, MO., 2008, 857.

Feast of Saint James of Jerusalem, Brother of Jesus and Martyr 10/23/2020

Greetings in the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ:

Today, October 23, 2020 is when the Christian Church celebrates the Feast of Saint James of Jerusalem, Brother of Jesus and Martyr.  This post is devoted to one of the Feast Days that the historic Christian Church observed that are generally neglected today.  I pray that you find this message beneficial in your devotions this or another day.

“Saint James of Jerusalem, (or ‘James the Just’) is referred by Saint Paul as ‘the Lord’s brother (Galatians 1:19).’  Some modern theologians believe that James was a son of Joseph and Mary and, therefore a biological brother of Jesus… Along with other relatives of our Lord (except His mother), James did not believe in Jesus until after His resurrection (John 7:3-5; I Corinthians 15:7).  After becoming a Christian, James was elevated to a position of leadership within the earliest Christian community.  Especially following Saint Peter’s departure from Jerusalem, James was recognized as the bishop of the Church in that holy city (Acts 12:17; 15:12ff).  According to the historian Josephus, James was martyred in AD 62 by being stoned to death by the Sadducees.  James authored the Epistle in the New Testament that bears his name.  In it, he exhorts his readers to remain steadfast in the one true faith, even in the face of suffering and temptation, and to live by faith the life that is in Christ Jesus.  Such a faith, he makes clear, is a busy and active thing, which never ceases to do good, to confess the Gospel by words and actions, and to stake its life, both now and forever, in the cross.” 1

The verse or theme for this feast is “Alleluia.  Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.  Alleluia.”  It is from Psalm 116:15.

First Reading       Acts 15:12-22a

Psalm                   Psalm 133 (antiphon v. 1)

Epistle                  James 1:1-12

Gospel                  Matthew 13:54-58

The hymn appointed for this day is “Praise the Almighty” as found on page 797 in the Lutheran Service Book.  You may listen to the hymn at the link direct below.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1nRAuXJyzc

Collect of the Day:

Heavenly Father, shepherd of Your people, You raised up James the Just, brother of our Lord, to lead and guide Your Church.  Grant that we may follow his example of prayer and reconciliation and be strengthened by the witness of his death; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with the You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Pastor Jim Tuell

Treasury of Daily Prayer, Scot A Kinnaman, General Editor, Concordia Publishing House, Saint Louis, MO., 2008, 841-842.

Feast of Saint Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist 9/21/2020

Greetings in the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ:

Today, September 21, 2020 is when the Christian Church celebrates the Feast of Saint Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist.  This post is devoted to one of the Feast Days that the historic Christian Church observed that are generally neglected today.  I pray that you find this message beneficial in your devotions this or another day.

“Saint Matthew, also known as Levi, identifies himself as a former tax collector, one who was therefore considered unclean, a public sinner, outcast from the Jews.  Yet it was such a one as this whom the Lord Jesus called away from his occupation and wealth to become a disciple (Matthew 9:9-13).  Not only did Matthew become a disciple of Jesus, he was also called and sent as one of the Lord’s twelve apostles (Matthew 10:2-4).  In time, he became the evangelist whose inspired record of the Gospel was granted first place in the ordering of the New Testament.  Among the four Gospels, Matthew’s portrays Christ especially as the new and greater Moses, who graciously fulfills the Law and the Prophets (Matthew 5:17) and establishes a new covenant of salvation in and with His own blood (Matthew 26:27-28).  Matthew’s Gospel is also well-known and beloved for its record of the visit of the Magi (Matthew 2:1-12); for the Sermon on the Mount, including the Beatitudes and the Our Father (Matthew 5–7); and for the institution of Holy Baptism and the most explicit revelation of the Holy Trinity (Matthew 28:16-20). Tradition is uncertain where his final field of labor was and whether Matthew died naturally or a martyr’s death.  In celebrating this festival, we therefore give thanks to God that He has mightily governed and protected His Holy Church through this man who was called and sent by Christ to serve the sheep of His pastures with the Holy Gospel.” 1

The verse or theme for this feast is “Alleluia.  Go therefore and make disciples of all nations.  And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.  Alleluia.”  It is from Matthew 28:19-20.

Old Testament    Ezekiel 2:8–3:11

Psalm                   Psalm 119:33–40 (antiphon v. 35)

Epistle                  Ephesians 4:7–16

Gospel                  Matthew 9:9–13

The hymn appointed for this day is “What Is the World to Me” as found on page 730 in the Lutheran Service Book.  You may listen to the hymn at the link direct below.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ggXnsiQ5Bs

Collect of the Day:

O son of God, our blessed Savior Jesus Christ, You called Matthew, the tax collector to be an apostle and evangelist.  Through his faithful and inspired witness, grant that we also may follow You, leaving behind all covetous desires and love of riches; for You live and reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Pastor Jim Tuell

Treasury of Daily Prayer, Scot A Kinnaman, General Editor, Concordia Publishing House, Saint Louis, MO., 2008, 743-744.

Feast of The Martyrdom of Saint John the Baptist 8/29/2020

Greetings in the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ:

Today, August 29, 2020 is when the Christian Church celebrates the Feast of The Martyrdom of Saint John the Baptist.  This post is devoted to one of the Feast Days that the historic Christian Church observed that are generally neglected today.  I pray that you find this message beneficial in your devotions this or another day.

“In contrast to the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist (observed on June 24), this festival commemorates his beheading by the tetrarch Herod Antipas (Mark 6:14-29).  From the perspective of the world, it was an ignominious end to John the Baptist’s life.  Yet it was in fact a noble participation in the cross of Christ, which was John’s greatest glory of all.  Christ Himself said that there had arisen none greater than John the Baptist (Matthew 11:11).  He was the last of the Old Testament prophets and also the herald of the New Testament.  As the forerunner of Christ, John fulfilled the prophecy that the great prophet Elijah would return before the great and terrible Day of the Lord (Malachi 4:5; Matthew 17:10-13).  By his preaching and Baptism of repentance, John turned “the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers” (Malachi 4:6).  And.in the footsteps of the prophets who had gone before him – in anticipation of the Christ whose way he prepared – this servant of the Lord manifested the cross by the witness of his death.” 1

The verse or theme for this feast is “Alleluia.  Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.  Alleluia.”  It is from Psalm 116:15.

First Reading       Revelation 6:9-11

Psalm                   Psalm 71:1-8 (antiphon v. 23)

Epistle                  Romans 6:1-5

Gospel                  Mark 6:14-29

The hymn appointed for this day is “If Thou But Trust in God to Guide Thee” as found on page 750 in the Lutheran Service Book.  You may listen to the hymn at the link direct below.  I apologize if there is a political advertisement before the video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7AhiRmu_Zo

Collect of the Day:

Almighty God, You gave Your servant John the Baptist to be the forerunner of Your Son, Jesus Christ, in both his preaching of repentance and his innocent death.  Grant that we, who have died and risen with Christ in Holy Baptism, may daily repent of our sins, patiently suffer for the sake of the truth, and fearlessly bear witness to His victory over death; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Pastor Jim Tuell

Treasury of Daily Prayer, Scot A Kinnaman, General Editor, Concordia Publishing House, Saint Louis, MO., 2008, 654.