Oct 21, 2015

Litany for Reformation Day (October 31)

Here is a litany for Reformation Day (October 31).  It was written by lutherjulia and posted on RevGalBlogPals.

Reformation Litany

We give thanks for the gift of the Holy Spirit
whose light brought new understanding
of both the Living Word and the written Scripture.
We give thanks for the reminder
of consistent grace and mercy
from God through Jesus Christ.
We are grateful for the inspiration
that lead to the printing press,
enabling the spread of information
and the sharing of the gospel in many languages.
We thank God for the technologies
that can be used for good
for the support of communities and individuals.

Generous God,
we thank you for open hearts
that were prepared to hear and receive
the good news of freedom in Christ.
We also thank you
for our continued freedom in the Son
to share that same news of salvation
through your grace and Christ’s faithfulness.
We remember the lives that were lost
in the struggle to reform the church on earth –
those who were martyred,
those who died fighting,
those who perished in hiding,
and who were killed on all sides.
We remember also
the lives that have been lost throughout history
in the name of religion
and for those who die today for daring to believe.
We thank you for the instruction that comes
through our church heritage –
the catechisms,
the understanding of the saints,
the gift of community,
and a deeper appreciation
of God’s gift of Holy Communion
and Holy Baptism.
We thank you for the presence of Jesus Christ –
in us, with us, and for us –
and for the support of the Holy Spirit,
ever-reforming us.

God of stability and change,
we thank you that true reformation is always your work
and always being done in us
out of your love for your whole creation.
We are ever reformed by the work of your love. 
Semper Reformanda
We are ever reformed by the work of God’s love. 
Semper Reformanda.

~ written by lutherjulia, and posted on RevGalBlogPals. http://revgalblogpals.org/