michael and all angels
the PRAYER. . .
Everlasting God, you have wonderfully established the ministries of angels and mortals. Mercifully grant that as Michael and the angels contend against the cosmic forces of evil, so by your direction they may help and defend us here on earth, through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God whom we worship and praise with angels and archangels and all the company of heaven, now and forever.
the READING. . .
[Jesus said to the seventy,] “Do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
the DEVOTION. . .
On a shelf across the room is a clock. Battery operated. Dark plastic. About the size of a note card. On it are two pieces of copper from the roof of a church in Germany. A round one serves as the face of the clock and a square one is etched with the words, St. Michaelis, Hamburg. It was a gift from a friend, two congregations ago. Her name is Annemarie Buhr and she was one of the first women ordained in Germany, after the War. She served at St. Michael’s, Hamburg, back in the mid-Sixties to early-Seventies. Then, after a serious car accident, she’d spend the winters in Arizona. That’s where I met her.
Angel! Archangel! Patron! Prince! Protector! Intercessor! Savior! That’s how scriptures describe Michael. In Hebrew, the name means “Who-Is-Like-God?” But as I’m looking at that clock, and thinking about her, I recall something she, once, told me … “Michael is just another name for Jesus!”
Bob Barndt, pastor