For the Life of the Church: A Practical Edition of Pastor Walther’s Prayers and Addresses
We are God's mouth and hands in this world, and how we pray is important to our life together in Christ's Body, the Church. The prayers in this book help reflect what Scripture has to say in a manner that engages the times, needs, joys, and sorrows of a congregation.
This updated translation reunites today’s Christians with a treasure-trove of prayers that relate to all facets of public Christian life. These prayers reinforce basic Christian principles even as they bring the sweet message of the Gospel to those who need to hear God’s Word for their lives. Additionally, a series of addresses explains both the cost of discipleship and the rewards of church membership.
Carrying forward the 1930 translation of Rudolph Prange while updating the language for modern ears, this book is not a word-for-word rendition of C.F.W. Walther’s original German. Instead, the texts presented here capture Walther in a meaningful way for a contemporary English audience. This book guides pastors, teachers, church workers, elders, and any Christians who need to pray in public. All Christians will reap the benefits of using these prayers in their life together.
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About C.F.W. Walther
C.F.W. Walther (1811-87), known as the American Luther, is one of the most dynamic Christian leaders of the modern era. In 1847, when Walther helped to found the Missouri Synod, the church body included 19 pastors, 30 congregations, and 4,099 baptized members; at the time of his death forty years later this church body had grown to 931 pastors, 678 member-congregations, 746 affiliated congregations, 544 preaching stations, and 459,376 baptized members. Walther also helped found the log cabin college that became one of the largest seminaries in North America: Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri. He became the first president of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.
"No other book better illustrates why God chose C.F.W. Walther to serve as a pastor, professor, and president for the growing Lutheran churches on the American frontier. Walther's prayers and addresses are filled with the Spirit-given, Gospel-centered wisdom that startles those who would lead the Church today. They are so immediate in their concerns for the parish, so focused on God's Word and Sacraments that they draw us to wonder at the devotion of this man of God. Yet these same prayers and addresses sound most beautiful on the lips of laypeople, for whom Walther first spoke and wrote them. What more-fitting anniversary tribute could we bring to the One who raised up Walther than to turn our eyes heavenward, join our hearts in prayer, and raise up to God's throne these sincere petitions, which still define our highest spiritual needs as His children?"
Rev. Edward A. Engelbrecht
General Editor of The Lutheran Study Bible