For the Week of the Baptism of Our Lord (January 16-21, 2017)
Invocation: In the Name of the Father and of the (+) Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Speak the Apostles’ Creed.
Verse: Matthew 4:17 - “From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
Hymn of the Week: Lutheran Service Book #839 “O Christ, Our True and Only Light”
Readings for the Week: [The readings for Thursday-Saturday are the Scriptures for this coming Sunday.]
Monday: Psalm 27:1-9
What do you fear? Why? What is the answer to our fears?
Tuesday: Isaiah 49:1-7
Who has God’s servant come to save? How would He come? What will be His weapon? What will be the result?
Wednesday: John 1:29-42a
Why is John the Baptist’s testimony important? Why must the Church today continue to both hear and speak the same?
Thursday: Isaiah 9:1-4
What darkness did the people walk in? What light did God bring to them? How has He done this also for you?
Friday: 1 Corinthians 1:10-18
Who sows division? Who brings unity? Where is our unity to be found? Why?
Saturday: Matthew 4:12-25
What did Jesus preach? How was that true? How is it true for us still today?
The Catechism: Confession: What do you believe according to these words? I believe that when the called ministers of Christ deal with us by His divine command, in particular when they exclude openly unrepentant sinners from the Christian congregation and absolve those who repent of their sins and want to do better, this is just as valid and certain, even in heaven, as if Christ our dear Lord dealt with us Himself.
The Prayers: Please pray for . . .
+ yourself and for all in need (remembering especially those on our prayer list).
+ a safe and peaceful presidential transition and inauguration this week, and peace in our country.
+ God’s blessing, wisdom, and guidance for our congregational vice president, Scott Killian.
+ the Evangelical Lutheran Church - Peru, for God’s blessing, guidance, and provision.
+ God’s blessing, guidance, and provision for the Lutheran Haven.
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!