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Psalm 4:1  Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have given me relief when I was in distress. Be gracious to me and hear my prayer!

The Ten Commandments

Luther's Morning Prayer.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. I thank you, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have kept me this night from all harm and danger; and I pray that You would keep me this day also from sin and every evil, that all my doings and life may please You. For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen.

I Cannot Do This Alone 

O God, early in the morning I cry to you.
Help me to pray
And to concentrate my thoughts on you:
I cannot do this alone.
In me there is darkness,
But with you there is light;
I am lonely, but you do not leave me;
I am feeble in heart, but with you there is help;
I am restless, but with you there is peace.
In me there is bitterness, but with you there is patience;
I do not understand your ways,
But you know the way for me…
Restore me to liberty,
And enable me to live now
That I may answer before you and before me.
Lord, whatever this day may bring,
Your name be praised.  Amen.
--- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, 
hallowed be thy name, 
thy kingdom come, 
thy will be done, 
on earth as it is in heaven. 
Give us this day our daily bread; 
and forgive us our trespasses, 
as we forgive those 
who trespass against us; 
and lead us not into temptation, 
but deliver us from evil. 
For thine is the kingdom, 
and the power, and the glory, 
forever and ever.  Amen

And when you pray . . .    Matthew 6:5-13

The Lord's Prayer  - Luther's Small Catechism

Apostles' Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

Nicene Creed

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth and of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only‐begotten Son of God, begotten of His Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made; who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried. And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures and ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father. And He will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead, whose kingdom will have no end. And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets. And I believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins, and I look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.

The Athanasian Creed

Confession of Sin

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We justly deserve your present and eternal punishment. For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name.  Amen. (from Lutheran Service Book, Divine Service, Setting One)

O almighty God, merciful Father, I, a poor, miserable sinner, confess unto Thee all my sins and iniquities with which I have ever offended Thee and justly deserved Thy temporal and eternal punishment. But I am heartily sorry for them and sincerely repent of them, and I pray Thee of Thy boundless mercy and for the sake of the holy, innocent, bitter sufferings and death of Thy beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to be gracious and merciful to me, a poor, sinful being. Amen. (from The Lutheran Hymnal, 1941)

Almighty God, our Maker and Redeemer, we poor sinners confess unto thee, that we are by nature sinful and unclean, and that we have sinned against thee by thought, word, and deed. Wherefore we flee for refuge to thine infinite mercy, seeking and imploring thy grace, for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Amen.

O most merciful God, who has given thine only-begotten Son to die for us, have mercy upon us, and for his sake grant us remission of all our sins; and by thy Holy Spirit increase in us true knowledge of thee and of thy will, and true obedience to thy Word, that by thy grace we may come to everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen. (from Service Book and Hymnal, 1958)

Luther's Evening Prayer

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. I thank you, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have graciously kept me this day; and I pray that You would forgive me all my sins where I have done wrong, and graciously keep me this night. For into Your hands, I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen.

A Prayer for Peace

Lord, make us instruments of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let us sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is discord, union;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
Grant that we may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and
it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.  Amen.
--Attributed to St. Francis

A Time for Everything    Ecclesiastes 3:1

Prayer for Serenity

O God, grant me serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can and wisdom to know the difference;
living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time;
accepting hardship as a pathway to peace;
taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it;
trusting that You will make all things right if I surrender to Your will;
so that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with You forever in the next.  Amen.
--Reinhold Niebuhr

The Beatitudes     Matthew 5:1

Prayer for Discernment

God of grace and glory,
You are the giver of all good and perfect gifts.
As we seek to know and do your will,
open our ears to Listen, our eyes to See,
our hearts to Love, our minds to Learn,
our lips to Speak, our hands to Serve.
You have walked with us in the wilderness, sheltered us in the storms,
and fed us in our hunger and thirst for righteousness.
Guide us on this journey of discernment, that your will would be made clear
to us, that your grace would abound, that your glory would be revealed;
in your holy name we pray.  Amen.

The Blessing of Unanswered Prayers

I asked for strength that I might achieve;
I was made weak that I might learn humbly to obey.
I asked for health that I might do greater things;
I was given infirmity that I might do better things.
I asked for riches that I might be happy;
I was given poverty that I might be wise.
I asked for power that I might have the praise of men;
I was given weakness that I might feel the need of God.
I asked for all things that I might enjoy life;
I was given life that I might enjoy all things.
I got nothing that I had asked for,
but eveything that I had hoped for.
Almost despite myself my unspoken prayers were answered;
I am, among all men, most richly blessed.  Amen.
--Unknown Confederate soldier

A Daily Prayer

May He support us all the day long, till the shades lengthen and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over, and our work is done. Then in His mercy may He give us a safe lodging, and a holy rest and peace at the last.  --John Cardinal Newman

The Mission of My Life

God has created me to do Him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission. I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. He has not created me for naught. I shall do good; I shall do His work. I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place, while not intending it if I do but keep His commandments. Therefore, I will trust Him, whatever I am, I can never be thrown away. If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him, in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him. If I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him. He does nothing in vain. He knows what He is about. He may take away my friends. He may throw me among strangers. He may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink, hide my future from me. Still, He knows what He is about.  --John Cardinal Newman

Prayer for Guidance

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe this: I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. I hope I have that desire in everything I do. I hope that I never do anything apart from that desire.  And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it. Therefore, I will trust you always, for though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils all alone.   Thomas Merton


Lutheran Hour Daily Devotions — Daily devotion from the worldwide radio outreach ministry of the LCMS, in print and audio formats.

Prayers for Today — Short daily devotions, Scripture readings, and prayers from the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod.

Concordia Theological Seminary Chapel Services — Listen to inspiring chapel services from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana.  Current week’s services available on demand.

Concordia Seminary Chapel Sermons — Sermons from chapel services at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri.  Listen online or download.  Must have iTunes installed; close window if prompted.

Lutheran Hour Weekly Sermon — The weekly message from the worldwide radio outreach ministry of the LCMS.  Listen online or download.

Sunday Hour — Listen on demand to the British Broadcasting Company’s Sunday Hour, one of the most popular radio shows in Britain, featuring favorite hymns; current episode available on demand; some doctrinal content may not reflect the teachings of the LCMS.

Choral Evensong — Listen on demand to the British Broadcasting Company’s Choral Evensong, recorded in churches around Britain; current episode available on demand; some doctrinal content may not reflect the teachings of the LCMS.

For the God Who Sings — Listen on demand to the Australian Broadcasting Company’s For the God Who Sings, featuring classic church music including healthy doses of Lutheran composers such as J.S. Bach; two current episodes available on demand; some doctrinal content may not reflect the teachings of the LCMS.


Lutheran Service Book — An online version of Lutheran Service Book from Hymnary.org with the lyrics for most hymns.

The Lutheran Hymnal — The LCMS pastor who created and maintained this site has retired, and unfortunately this wonderful resource is no longer actively online.  However, a complete archived version is available at The Wayback Machine. Lyrics and MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) files for all the hymns in The Lutheran Hymnal and most hymns in other Lutheran hymnbooks including Lutheran Service Book

Database of Lutheran Hymns — A comprehensive, cross-linked online database of all the hymns from The Lutheran Hymnal (1941), Lutheran Worship (1982), Hymnal Supplement ’98 (1998), and Lutheran Service Book (2007). You can see where a specific hymn occurs in each hymnal and which tune is used, which Scripture verses relate to a hymn, and search by Scripture reference, tune or title keyword for related hymns.

20,000 Hymns, Gospel Songs & Spirituals — A fantastic collection of high-quality MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) files for thousands of hymns.

Small Church Music — An astounding resource with lyrics and high-quality MP3 organ recordings of nearly every hymn imaginable!  Because this is a cross-denominational resource—compiled by a retired Baptist pastor in the Australian outback—some tunes and lyrics may vary from our hymnals, but a large number of hymns are taken directly from The Lutheran Hymnal and Lutheran Service Book.  Includes lyrics if they are not copyrighted. Excellent MP3 organ recordings of tunes which are not copyrighted may be played and downloaded for free, and recordings of many copyrighted tunes are available for a small fee.

Church Year Calendar — An interactive calendar giving the appointed Scripture readings from the Three-Year Lectionary in Lutheran Service Book.  From Pericope.org, a site run by Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod pastors which has other helpful resources related to the appointed Scripture readings of the Church Year.

Lutheran Lectionary Project — An amazing site giving the Collect and other Propers such as the Introit, etc. for each Sunday and weekday, according to the One-Year Series Lectionary in Lutheran Service Book.  Propers are from the New King James Version; readings available from a variety of translations.

How Lutherans Worship — A brief explanation of Christian worship and Lutheran worship practices, from the Lutheran Church of Australia.

Glossary of Worship Words — Explains many of the terms used in Christian worship.  From the Lutheran Church of Australia.

Denominational Links

Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod — Holy Cross is a member congregation of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod.

Lutheran Liturgical Congregations — Directory of congregations – including Holy Cross – giving information about their worship services, directions, etc.

The Lutheran Witness — Website for The Lutheran Witness, official magazine of the LCMS.

LCMS Reporter — Website for the Reporter, official newspaper of the LCMS.

Frequently Asked Questions — Dozens of answers to Frequently Asked Questions on many topics from the web site of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod.

Concordia Publishing House — Publisher for the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, with many inspiring books, devotional, and gift items.

KFUO Radio — KFUO radio is the oldest religious radio station in the world, operated by the LCMS and located on the campus of Concordia Seminary, St Louis, Missouri; listen live and download.

Lutheran Heritage Foundation — LHF is a Recognized Service Organization of the LCMS that provides materials such as catechisms, hymnals, children’s Bible story books, and seminary textbooks in dozens of different languages to emerging Lutheran churches around the world.

LCMS World Relief and Human Care — The mercy arm of the LCMS.


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