The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul.
He leads me in right paths for his name's sake.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff — they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD my whole life long.
Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License number: SB139908. St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, St. Jacobs
God grant me the 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 hardships as the pathway to peace; taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it;
trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will;
that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with Him forever in the next. Amen.
Niebuhr used various versions of the prayer widely in sermons as early as 1934. The prayer spread rapidly, often without attribution to Niebuhr, through church groups in the 1930s and 1940s and was adopted and popularized by Alcoholics Anonymous and other twelve-step programs. The Serenity Prayer appeared in a sermon of Niebuhr's as part of the 1944 A Book of Prayers and Services for the Armed Forces, while Niebuhr himself first published it in 1951 in a magazine column. https://www.beliefnet.com/prayers/protestant/addiction/serenity-prayer.aspx accessed April 5, 2020.
See biography: https://www.britannica.com/biography/Reinhold-Niebuhr accessed April 5, 2020.
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever. Amen.
A History for the Future: Rewriting Memory and Identity in Quebec written by Jocelyn Letourneau.
http://lutheransynodseminary.com/home/remembering_for_the_future accessed April 5, 2020.
"Scholarly endeavours are based on recognition of the human obligation to give meaning to the world in which we live and to which we have a supreme responsibility as custodians. This obligation to produce meaning is what sets man apart from animals and gives him an onerous moral authority over all living things. Man has the capacity to make a specific history of what the world has made of him as the all-powerful heir of creation. This capacity to recover, even redeem, the world and its past by creating a regenerative narrative is one of the ultimate expressions of man`s freedom in the face of the anonymous forces of nature and history that weigh down on him. To refuse to interpret the world in a narrative that gives the world a fruitful meaning, and thus to refuse to do the work of reparation, is to consciously relinquish the human predisposition to freedom and to abandon any possibility of finally vanquishing the cruelty and banality of evil. It is to reject man`s obligation to transform himself in turn into a creator and to ensure a happy future based on hope.":
Anamnesis: a remembering that makes us who we are, that members, remembers and re-members us.
you heal the broken in heart and bind up the wounds of the afflicted.
Strengthen us in our weakness, calm our troubled spirits,
and dispel our doubts and fears.
In Christ’s rising from the dead,
you conquered death and opened the gates to everlasting life.
Renew our trust in you that by the power of your love
we shall one day be brought together again with our Julia and the great community of your beloved of all times and all places.
Grant this, we pray, through Jesus Christ our Lord.