Philipp Melancthon was one of the German Reformers who worked alongside Martin Luther in Wittenberg. Though he served with Luther for many years and played an influential role in liturgical, educational, and theological reforms, he is best known as being one of the first Protestant theologians to develop a systematic account of their theological convictions. Two of his works, the Loci Communes and the Augsburg Confession, are generally regarded as among the most significant writings of the early Reformation, shaping the Lutheran tradition and influencing many others.
Melancthon died on April 19, 1560. So this Sunday’s prayer comes from him in honor of his many years of fruitful ministry.
O thou, who art the author of all good things in thy holy Church,
Work mightily in all they servants,
That they may be profitable to all men, and vessels of thy mercy and grace.
Control us all, and so govern our thoughts and deeds,
That we may serve thee in righteousness and true holiness;
And sanctify us all unto that eternal life,
Which we, with all thy creatures, groaning and travailing together, wait for and expect;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.