A mighty fortress is our God, a trusty shield and weapon;
He helps us free from every need that has us now over-taken.
The old evil foe now means deadly woe;
Deep guile and great might are his dread arms in fight;
On earth is not his equal.
With might of ours can nothing be done, soon were our loss effected;
But for us fights the valiant one, whom God Himself elected.
You ask, “Who is this?” Jesus Christ it is.
The almighty Lord, and there’s no other God;
He holds the field forever.
~ by Martin Luther 1483-1546
Almighty God, gracious Lord, we thank you for preserving your holy church against the forces of hell.
For the gift of the blessed gospel we praise your name. For the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection from the dead, and life eternal in Christ, we thank you, loving Father.
Help us treasure the rich heritage handed down to us. Continue to raise up faithful pastors and teachers among us so that we can carry on your saving work to the end of time.
All glory to your name. Amen.