Neighborly Love, Service and Helpfulness

Almighty and eternal God,
we are poor sinners
and stand under your righteous judgment.
With all our hearts
we thank you for taking all our guilt from us
and laying it on your dear Son Christ Jesus.
Graciously sustain us in faith
and govern us by your Holy Spirit,
that we may live according to your will,
in neighborly love, service and helpfulness,
and not give way to wrath or revenge,
that we may not incur your wrath
but always find in you a gracious Father;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one true God, now and forever.

Source: Veit Dietrich, d. 1549, Trinity 22

Source of this version: The Collects of Veit Dietrich in Contemporary English © 2016 Paul C. Stratman

This revision/translation of The Collects of Veit Dietrich is licensed by Paul C. Stratman under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International LicensePlease contact for permission for any commercial use.


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

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