Thanksgiving for the Hearing of the Word of God.
O God, Father of all mercies, we give You our highest thanks now and always, that You, according to the infinite riches of Your grace, have brought the treasure of Your Word to us, in which we have the knowledge of Your beloved Son—a certain pledge of our eternal life and blessedness, which is to come in heaven, prepared for all who in pure faith and fervent love persevere without wavering until the end. How we then hope and pray that You, merciful Father, would, together with all Your elect, keep us united in one mind and make us perfect together in the image and likeness of Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ our Lord! Amen.
Martin Luther (1483-1546)
From Ev. Luth. Gebets-Schatz