July 25, 2021

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

Readings:

Genesis 9:8-17 God establishes His covenant with Noah.

Psalm 136:1-9 “His love endures forever.”

Ephesians 3:14-21 “That you may know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge.”

Mark 6:45-56 Jesus walks on water; Jesus heals the sick.

Collect of the Day

Almighty and most merciful God, the protector of all who trust in You, strengthen our faith and give us courage to believe that in Your love You will rescue us from all adversities; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Theme

“Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” These words of Jesus are precious. At His words, storms cease, fear subsides, disease is eradicated. Christ is able to do far more abundant work than we can comprehend. We are rooted and grounded in His love, which surpasses all boundaries of breadth, length, height, and depth. In all things, Christ is the fulfillment of God’s covenant promise through all generations forever and ever.

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Martin Luther’s Morning Prayer

I thank You, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have kept me this night from all harm and danger; and I pray that You would keep me this day also from sin and every evil, that all my doings and life may please You. For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen.

Martin Luther’s Evening Prayer

I thank You, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have graciously kept me this day; and I pray that You would forgive me all my sins where I have done wrong, and graciously keep me this night. For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over

Amen.