Peace Lutheran Church Sussex, Wisconsin

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January 19, 2020: Sacrament of Holy Baptism — Part III

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Catechesis Notes for the Week —Psalm 65—The Church’s Prayer for Both Spiritual and Temporal Blessings—Psalm 65 begins with the phrase, “Praise is awaiting You, O God, in Zion…” Each week in the Prayer of the Church in the Divine Service, we give thanks to God for the blessings of salvation we have in Christ and how, through Word and Sacrament these blessings come to us in the Church.  We also pray for the civil authorities, for God’s blessing upon our nation, for good weather and an abundant harvest.  Psalm 65 is similar in its construction.  David recognized that “every good and perfect gift” of both spiritual and temporal blessings come from the Lord.  Psalm 65 strongly emphasizes the Church as the place where the Lord meets us with His gifts of salvation, but then also includes the reverent worship of God who sustains all of human life in creation.  As we pray Psalm 65, we may be reminded of the explanation to the Fourth Petition, “Daily bread includes everything that has to do with the support and needs of the body,” including “devout rulers, good government, good weather, [and] peace.”  Psalm 65 is also a psalm of comfort because it confesses confidently that the Lord of creation and salvation is in control and provides us with all that we need.  CP200119

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