For the Week of Advent 2 (December 9-14, 2013)
Invocation: In the Name of the Father and of the (+) Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Speak the Apostles’ Creed.
Verse: James 5:7 – “Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord.”
Hymn of the Week: Lutheran Service Book #345 “Hark! A Thrilling Voice Is Sounding”
Readings for the Week: [The readings for Monday-Wednesday are the Scriptures for Wednesday’s Advent Evening Prayer service. The readings for Thursday-Saturday are the Scriptures for this coming Sunday.]
Monday: Psalm 62
What does it mean to wait for God in silence? What are we waiting for? How can our voices get in the way of this?
Tuesday: Isaiah 62:1-7
God will not keep silent – what does He want to tell us? How does He do this?
Wednesday: Luke 1:57-64
What happened to Zechariah? Why? What did he speak when he could finally speak again?
Thursday: Isaiah 35:1-10
How have these words of Isaiah been fulfilled for you?
Friday: James 5:7-11
Patience is in short supply at this time of the year! Why do we need patience as Christians? What does this do for us?
Saturday: Matthew 11:2-15
How are you sometimes offended by Jesus and His ways? Why? Why are His ways sometimes hard to understand?
The Catechism: The Commandments: Eighth Commandment – You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. What does this mean? We should fear and love God so that do not tell lies about our neighbor, betray him, slander him, or hurt his reputation, but defend him, speak well of him, and explain everything in the kindest way.
The Prayers: Please pray for . . .
+ yourself and for all in need (remembering especially those on our prayer list).
+ a repentant faith and a heart of love and compassion for others.
+ God’s blessing, wisdom, and guidance for our congregation’s Board of Elders.
+ the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ingria in Russia, for God’s blessing, guidance, and provision.
+ God’s blessing, wisdom, and provision for our Synod’s Board for International Mission.
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!