"Over against all that reason suggests or would measure and fathom, yes, all that our senses feel and perceive, we must learn to cling to the Word and simply judge according to it."


- Martin Luther




Luther's Rose


I wish most importantly to state a case for Christ and His Cross for the unbeliever, but I also wish to make the case for both the unbeliever and the "blessedly inconsistent" towards the true apostolic and catholic teachings of the blessed and orthodox Lutheran Church.



SOLI DEO GLORIA



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A Thanksgiving Evening Prayer....

In the name of the +Father, and of the +Son, and of the +Holy Ghost; Amen.

O Lord, our Governor, how excellent is thy name in all the world, thou that hast set thy glory above the heavens! What is man, that thou art mindful of him, and the son of man, that thou visitest him? Thou makest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands, and thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. O Lord, our Governor, how excellent is thy name in all the world!

We praise thee, O Lord; for it is good to sing praises unto our God. We thank thee for the dispensation of thy grace through the mediation of thy blessed Son; for the bounties of thy providence; for the plenty with which thou hast crowned the labors of the husbandman; for the preservation of our health; for the reign of peace; and for the enjoyment of our civil and religious liberties. We thank thee for the comforts and privileges of which we have been permitted to partake this day. We acknowledge thy hand in every mercy, and desire to render back to thee the homage of gratitude and love. We acknowledge that every good and perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. But we confess unto thee, O God, that our souls are burdened with iniquity; that we are frail and erring creatures; that our hearts are corrupt, and that our hands are not clean in thy sight. We lament that we have so often dishonored thee. We acknowledge and bewail our manifold sins and wickedness, which we from time to time most grievously have committed against thy Divine Majesty. We deplore the alienation of our minds from thee, and the corruption of our hearts. We feel that there is no spiritual health in us. O Lord, have mercy upon us, and enter not into judgment with us. Look with pity upon all that we have thought or said or done amiss this day. Be present with us, as we now present our supplications unto thee; and, through the intercession of thy dear Son, grant unto us the pardon of all our sins. Give thy Holy Spirit to comfort the troubled mind, and soothe the pains and wipe away the stains of guilt. May we retire to rest in perfect charity with all men. May we be enabled, through thy .help, to love our enemies, to bless them that curse us, to do good to them that hate us, and to pray for them which despitefully use us and persecute us; that we may be the children of our Father who is in heaven.

We now commit all our concerns to thee, O God, for the year to come. Grant us thy blessings, both temporal and spiritual, for Jesus Christ's sake, to whom, with thee, O Father, and the Holy Ghost, be honor and glory, world without end.

Unto God's gracious mercy and protection we commit ourselves. The Lord bless us and keep us. The Lord make his face to shine upon us, and be gracious unto us. The Lord lift up his countenance upon us, and give us peace, both now and evermore.

+Amen.

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