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A Reading from the Book of Concord
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July 14, 2013 - Seventh Sunday after Trinity

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the Gospel, Mark 8:1-9 for the Seventh Sunday after Trinity, July 14, 2013.

It is from Large Catechism , Part III.76-83.

The daily bread you and I receive in our lives today is no less a miraculous and gracious provision of God than was the feeding of the great crowd with seven loaves of bread and a few fish.

The attached reading is formatted for the back of a standard CPH bulletin.

Pastor Kurt Hering
Layton, Utah


THE FOURTH PETITION: Give us this day our daily bread. 76] ... On this topic anyone might indeed make a long prayer. With many words one could list all the things that are included, like when we ask God to give us food and drink, clothing, house and home, and health of body. Or when we ask that He cause the grain and fruit of the field to grow and mature well. Furthermore, we ask that He help us at home with good housekeeping, and that He give and preserve for us a godly wife, children, and servants. We ask that He cause our work, trade, or whatever we are engaged in to prosper and succeed, favor us with faithful neighbors and good friends, and other such things. 77] Likewise, we ask that He give wisdom, strength, and success to emperors, kings, and all estates, and especially to the rulers of our country and to all counselors, magistrates, and officers. Then they may govern well and vanquish the Turks and all enemies. We ask that He giver to subjects and common people obedience, peace, and harmony in their life with one another. 78] On the other hand, we ask that He would preserve us from all sorts of disaster to body and livelihood, ...

80] But this petition is especially directed also against our chief enemy, the devil. For all his thought and desire is to deprive us of all that we have from God or to hinder it. He is not satisfied to obstruct and destroy spiritual government by leading souls astray by his lies and bringing them under his power. He also prevents and hinders the stability of all government and honorable, peaceable relations on earth. There he causes so much contention, murder, treason, and war. He also causes lightning and hail to destroy grain and cattle, to poison the air, and so on. 81] In short, he is sorry if anyone has a morsel of bread from God and eats it in peace. If it were in his power, and our prayer (next to God) did not prevent him, we would not keep a straw in the field, a farthing in the house, yes, not even our life for an hour. This is especially true of those who have God's Word and would like to be Christians.

82] You see, in this way God wishes to show us how He cares for us in all our need and faithfully provides also for our earthly support. 83] He abundantly grants and preserves these things, even for the wicked and rogues (Matthew 5:45). Yet, He wishes that we pray for these goods in order that we may recognize that we receive them from His hand and may feel His fatherly goodness toward us in them (Psalm 104:28; 145:16.

Condensed from CONCORDIA: THE LUTHERAN CONFESSIONS, copyright 2005,2006 by Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission. All rights reserved. To purchase a copy of CONCORDIA, call 800-325-3040.

Lord grant you faith in His grace alone
for your salvation unto eternal life. Amen

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