For the Week of the Baptism of Our Lord (January 14-19, 2019)
Invocation: In the Name of the Father and of the (+) Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Speak the Apostles’ Creed.
Verse: Isaiah 62:5b - “As the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you.”
Hymn of the Week: Lutheran Service Book #394 “Songs of Thankfulness and Praise”
Readings for the Week: [The readings for Thursday-Saturday are the Scriptures for this coming Sunday.]
Monday: Psalm 128
What does it mean to be blessed? Do we always see blessings as blessings? Why or why not?
Tuesday: Exodus 33:12-23
Why is God with us the greatest blessing of all and exactly what we need? Why do we often want more than that?
Wednesday: Ephesians 5:22-33
How is the love of Christ for us the foundation of every marriage? How is this love reflected in marriage?
Thursday: Isaiah 62:1-5
God rejoices over you! Why? How might that change how we see ourselves and how we live?
Friday: 1 Corinthians 12:1-11
Why does God give us His Spirit? What is the greater gift: the Spirit Himself or what He does? Why?
Saturday: John 2:1-11
How does this miracle teach us about the joy Jesus has for us?
The Catechism - Baptism: What does such baptizing with water indicate? It indicates that the Old Adam in us should by daily contrition and repentance be drowned and die with all sins and evil desires, and that a new man should daily emerge and arise to live before God in righteousness and purity forever. Where is this written? St. Paul writes in Romans, chapter six: “We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” Romans 6:4
The Prayers: Please pray for . . .
+ yourself and for all in need (remembering especially those on our prayer list).
+ safety, good weather, and joy for the March for Life, and positive change regarding life in our world.
+ God’s blessing, wisdom, and guidance for our congregational recording secretary, TJ Myers.
+ the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Lithuania, for God’s blessing, guidance, and provision.
+ God’s blessing, guidance, and provision for Lutheran Bible Translators.
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!