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4th Commandment-Honor Your Parents & the Earth

by Molly Sasser-Goehner

The 4th Commandment: Honor your father and your mother. Luther’s Small Catechism What does this mean? We are to fear and love God, so that we neither despise nor anger our parents and others in authority, but instead honor, serve, obey, love, and respect them. Read God’s Word: You make springs gush forth in the […]

3rd Commandment: Sabbath Keeping & the Earth

by Molly Sasser-Goehner

The 3rd Commandment: Remember the Sabbath day, and keep it holy. Luther’s Small Catechism What does this mean? We are to fear and love God, so that we do not despise or neglect God’s Word or the preaching of it, but instead keep that word holy and gladly hear and learn it. Read God’s Word: The […]

2nd Commandment: God’s Name & the Earth

by Molly Sasser-Goehner

The 2nd Commandment: You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God. Luther’s Small Catechism What is this? We are to fear and love God, so that we do not curse, swear, practice magic, lie, or deceive using God’s name, but instead use that very name in every time of […]

1st Commandment: Only One God & the Earth

by Molly Sasser-Goehner

The 1st Commandment: You shall have no other gods. Luther’s Small Catechism: What is this? We are to fear, love, and trust God above all things. God’s Word: Jesus said, “But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in […]

Mother’s Day Prayers

by Molly Sasser-Goehner

For most of us, mother’s day is a time of thanksgiving and joy for the one who gave us birth and raised us and loved us unconditionally. Yet, for many of us, it is a public reminder of our sorrow and pain that seems out of sync with images of flowers, brunches, jewelry, and candy boxes. […]

Easter Blessing

by Molly Sasser-Goehner

“Risen” Easter Blessing by Jan Richardson www.paintedprayerbook.com He is not here, for he has been raised, as he said. (Matthew 28:6) If you are looking for a blessing, do not linger here. Here is only emptiness, a hollow, a husk where a blessing used to be. This blessing was not content in its confinement. It […]

A Blessing for Holy Saturday

by Molly Sasser-Goehner

Therefore I Will Hope A Blessing for Holy Saturday (by Jan Richardson www.paintedprayerbook.com) “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in God.” —Lamentations 3.24 I have no cause to linger beside this place of death no reason to keep vigil where life has left and yet I cannot go, cannot […]

A Blessing for Good Friday

by Molly Sasser-Goehner

Song of the Winding Sheet A Blessing for Good Friday (by Jan Richardson www.paintedprayerbook.com) We never would have wished it to come to this yet we call these moments holy as we hold you Holy the tending holy the winding holy the leaving as in the living Holy the silence holy the stillness holy the […]

The Seventh Word: Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.

by Molly Sasser-Goehner

For the seven days of Holy Week, our devotions will focus on the seven last words of Christ. At our Good Friday Worship at 7:00 p.m. on April 14, we will hear these words read aloud again and meditate upon them through prayer and song. It was now about noon, and darkness came over the […]

The Sixth Word: It is Finished

by Molly Sasser-Goehner

For the seven days of Holy Week, our devotions will focus on the seven last words of Christ. At our Good Friday Worship at 7:00 p.m. on April 14, we will hear these words read aloud again and meditate upon them through prayer and song. When Jesus had received the wine, he said, ‘It is […]