For the Week of Pentecost 14 (September 15-20, 2014)
Invocation: In the Name of the Father and of the (+) Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Speak the Apostles’ Creed.
Verse: Isaiah 55:7 - “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.”
Hymn of the Week: Lutheran Service Book #730 “What Is the World to Me”
Readings for the Week: [The readings for Thursday-Saturday are the Scriptures for this coming Sunday.]
Monday: Isaiah 55:6-9
What promise does God make to those who return to Him? Why do we need such a promise?
Tuesday: Philippians 1:12-14, 19-30
What does Paul mean when he says “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain?” How is this true for you also?
Wednesday: Matthew 20:1-16
Is God “fair?” or is God merciful? What’s the difference? Which is better?
Thursday: Ezekiel 2:8 – 3:11
How do we today “eat” the Word of God? How does this “eating” help and strength us? Against what?
Friday: Ephesians 4:7-16
What gifts has Christ given to His Church? Why?
Saturday: Matthew 9:9-13
How would you answer the Pharisees question: “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
The Catechism: The Sacrament of the Altar: What is the benefit of this eating and drinking? These words, “Given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins,” show us that in the Sacrament forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation are given us through these words. For where there is forgiveness of sins, there is also life and salvation.
The Prayers: Please pray for . . .
+ yourself and for all in need (remembering especially those on our prayer list).
+ the love of Christ to control us in all we say and do.
+ God’s blessing, wisdom, and guidance for our congregational vice president, Gene Veith.
+ the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Brazil, for God’s blessing, guidance, and provision.
+ God’s blessing, wisdom, guidance, and provision for Hope for the Destitute.
Conclude with the Lord’s Prayer and Luther’s Morning or Evening Prayer from the Catechism.
Now joyfully go about your day (or to bed) in good cheer, child of God!