For the Fifth Week of Easter (April 25-30, 2016)
Invocation: In the Name of the Father and of the (+) Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Speak the Apostles’ Creed.
Verse: John 16:33 - “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
Hymn of the Week: Lutheran Service Book #556 “Dear Christians, One and All, Rejoice”
Readings for the Week: [The readings for Thursday-Saturday are the Scriptures for this coming Sunday.]
Monday: Numbers 21:4-9
Why did the Lord send serpents? How was this good for the people? How did God send healing? Why this way?
Tuesday: James 1:22-27
Why does a living faith do good works? For whose benefit?
Wednesday: Psalm 67
How does God bless us? How has He blessed you? Why is this worthy of our fear and praise?
Thursday: Acts 16:9-15
How did God work in an unexpected way here? For who? How might He be doing the unexpected in your life too?
Friday: Revelation 21:9-14, 21-27
What is being described here? What is it like? Who is there? What is not there?
Saturday: John 16:23-33
How is Jesus our connection to the Father?
The Catechism: The Ten Commandments: The Close of the Commandments [Part 1]: What does God say about all these commandments? He says: “I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate Me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love Me and keep My commandments.” Exodus 20:5-6
The Prayers: Please pray for . . .
+ yourself and for all in need (remembering especially those on our prayer list).
+ all seminary students who will receive the pastoral placements and vicarage assignments this week.
+ God’s blessing, wisdom, and guidance for our congregation’s Commission on Mercy.
+ the Lutheran Church - Canada, for God’s blessing, guidance, and provision.
+ God’s blessing, guidance, and provision for Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, IN.
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!