For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 15:4-6 ESV)
Hymn ELH 549:1,4 O God, Our Lord, Your Holy Word
O God, our Lord, Your holy Word
Was long a hidden treasure
Till to its place It was by grace
Restored in fullest measure.
For this today Our thanks we say
And gladly glorify You.
Your mercy show And grace bestow
On all who still deny You.
You are my Lord, And by Your Word
Death holds no dreadful terrors;
Your precious blood, My highest good,
Has blotted out my errors.
My thanks to You! Your Word is true,
You keep Your promise ever.
While here I live, Your grace You give
And heav’nly bliss forever.
Heavenly Father, thank You for the gift of Your Word, which gives me encouragement and hope. Forgive me my sins and give me strength and endurance to believe and follow Your Word. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.