Dear Friends in Christ:
Here we are at Summer once again. Sunday school is over, Toddlers and Preschool are nearly over. Families are making plans to be away on vacation. We are getting ready to have Vacation Bible School again. We try not to think about the heat. Before we know it, Fathers’ Day will be past, The Barbecue will be past, VBS will be past, and it will be Rally Day again.
Starting this Sunday, the liturgical color shifts to green and we have text after text documenting the Kingdom of God and its mysterious growth. We will be moving to Setting Five out of the blue hymnals for June and July. August is yet to be determined.
Of course, the Kingdom of God is a spiritual phenomenon and it grows from the inside out as we spend time in communion with God and his will. I encourage you to try on Martin Luther’s morning and evening prayers for the Summer:
We give thanks to you, heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ your dear Son, that you have protected us through the night from all danger and harm. We ask you to preserve and keep us this day also, from all sin and evil, that in all our thoughts,, words, and deeds we may serve and please you. Into your hands we commend our bodies and souls and all that is ours. Let your holy angels have charge of us, that the wicked one have no power over us. Amen.
We give thanks to you, heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ your dear Son, that you have this day so graciously protected us. We beg you to forgive us all our sins and the wrong which we have done. By your great mercy defend us from all the perils and dangers of this night. Into your hands we commend our bodies and souls and all that is ours. Let your holy angels have charge of us, that the wicked one have no power over us. Amen.
Yours in Christ,
John Shepherd McKenzie
of Stewart Manor
St. James Lutheran Church of Stewart Manor | 116 Elton Road, Stewart Manor, NY 11530 | 516-352-4099
St. James Lutheran Church