For the Seventeenth Week after Pentecost (September 17-22, 2018)
Invocation: In the Name of the Father and of the (+) Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Speak the Apostles’ Creed.
Verse: James 4:10 - “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.”
Hymn of the Week: Lutheran Service Book #851 “Lord of Glory, You Have Bought Us”
Readings for the Week: [The readings for Thursday-Saturday are the Scriptures for this coming Sunday.]
Monday: Psalm 54
David was fleeing for his life, but he does not blame God but trusts Him. Do you ever blame God for troubles? Why?
Tuesday: Ezekiel 2:8 – 3:11
Ezekiel ate God’s Word to speak God’s Word. How about you? Why might it be hard for us to speak God’s Word?
Wednesday: Matthew 9:9-13
Commemoration of St. Matthew (Friday).Why did Jesus choose Matthew? Why did He choose you?
Thursday: Jeremiah 11:18-20
Who are these words about? Jeremiah? Jesus? Both? How can you now confidently “commit your cause to the Lord”?
Friday: James 3:13 – 4:10
How are a worldly life and a godly life different? Why?
Saturday: Mark 9:30-37
What two things does Jesus teach His disciples here? How do they go together?
The Catechism - The Creed: The Third Article (part 3) – I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church . . . What does this mean? I believe that . . . in the same way He calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian Church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith. In this Christian Church He daily and richly forgives all my sins and the sins of all believers . . . (Next week: What does this mean? concluded.)
The Prayers: Please pray for . . .
+ yourself and for all in need (remembering especially those on our prayer list).
+ physical help and strength of faith for all recovering from Hurricane Florence.
+ God’s blessing, wisdom, guidance, and strength for Pastor Douthwaite.
+ the Lutheran Church in Southern Africa, for God’s blessing, guidance, and provision.
+ God’s blessing, wisdom, and provision for the Siberian Lutheran Mission Society.
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!