Lord Jesus Christ,
you are the living Word,
and your Word is truth.
Sanctify us with the Word of your holy Gospel.
Set us apart for you high and holy purpose
of living under you in your kingdom.
Let your rule expand in our hearts
until we rule there no more
but live according to your good and gracious will.
Reform us in your image
transforming us to live
in holiness and love.
Your Word of Scripture alone can do this.
The message of your words and works on our behalf
are the power of God that saves.
So Save us. Change us.
Renew your church.
Move us to live for your glory
and to serve our neighbors.
You live and reign with your Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Source: Paul C. Stratman, 2018, for

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Lutheran pastor and musician serving St. Stephen's in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.

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