Dear Friends in Christ –

One of my favorite hymns is LBW 230, “Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word.” I like that it is short; I had it memorized when Oliver was a baby (singing it to him before bed) but need to recommit it there again. Luther wrote the hymn as a prayer of protection against Pope and Turkish army. Over time, it has become a general prayer against all enemies of God’s Word.
The middle window on the east side of the sanctuary depicts an open Bible and a sword, reminiscent of Ephesians 6:17 and Hebrews 4:12: “The sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God…is living and active.” In these days, we must cling to the Word. We must hear his call to love our neighbors and so act in the interest of public health (law). Just as important, also, we must hear his faithful and merciful promises (gospel): provision, forgiveness, protection, and salvation. Just as the hymn suggests:
“Lord, keep us steadfast in your Word…Support us in our final strife and lead us out of death to life.” What a prayer! As far as memorization goes, I think I’ll start with that.

Strengthened through Word and prayer,

Pastor Culynn

To prepare for worship on Sunday
(May 10), you are invited to read:
Acts 18:1-4; 1 Corinthians 1:10-18

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