Some people pray for rain to saturate drought-stricken land. Some pray for the rains to cease: watching crops (life) die as they are drowned. I certainly try to drink “the right” amount of water to keep my body hydrated each day. Yet, with the incessant availability of sugar-packed and “calorie-free” beverages that are just more… exciting… than plain water, I probably don’t actually drink enough pure water for what my body needs.
In our Baptism, simple water is used by which “the triune God delivers us from the forces of evil, puts our sinful self to death, gives us new birth, adopts us as children, and makes us members of the body of Christ, the church.” (Evangelical Lutheran Worship, p. 225) Indeed, it matters not the quantity of physical water because Jesus promises to us in John 4:14: that “those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.”
Praise to the One who calls and names us up from the waters into life!
Soli Deo Gloria,Joshua LindgrenDirector of Worship and Music
Eternal God, amid all the turmoil and changes of the world your love is steadfast and your strength never fails. In this time of danger and trouble, be to us a sure guardian and rock of defense. Guide the leaders of our state and nation with your wisdom, comfort those in distress, and grant us courage and hope to face the future; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
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O God, give us grace to set a good example to all among whom we live, to be just and true in all our dealings, to be strict and conscientious in the discharge of every duty; pure and temperate in all enjoyment, gracious and generous and courteous toward all; so that the mind of Jesus Christ may be formed in us and all may know that we are his disciples; in whose name we pray. Amen.