For the Week of Pentecost 23 (October 24-29, 2016)
Invocation: In the Name of the Father and of the (+) Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Speak the Apostles’ Creed.
Verse: John 8:36 - “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”
Hymn of the Week: Lutheran Service Book #828 “We Are Called to Stand Together”
Readings for the Week: [The readings for Thursday-Saturday are the Scriptures for this coming Sunday.]
Monday: Isaiah 1:10-18
Why does God call His people Sodom and Gomorrah? What are they doing? Yet what does He also promise them?
Tuesday: 2 Thessalonians 1:1-12
Why are the believers afflicted and suffering? When will they be comforted? Why does God wait? What is He doing now?
Wednesday: Luke 19:1-10
Zacchaeus climbed a tree to see Jesus. What tree would Jesus climb to be seen by all people and save all?
Thursday: Revelation 14:6-7
What is the Gospel called here? Who is it for? Why?
Friday: Romans 3:19-28
What does the Law do? What does the Gospel do? Why do both need to be proclaimed to all people?
Saturday: John 8:31-36
How did the Jews misunderstand freedom? How do we still today? What freedom has Jesus come to bring us?
The Catechism: Holy Baptism: What is Baptism? Baptism is not just plain water, but it is the water included in God’s command and combined with God’s Word. Which is that Word of God? Christ our Lord says in the last chapter of Matthew: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 28:19
The Prayers: Please pray for . . .
+ yourself and for all in need (remembering especially those on our prayer list).
+ the people in North Carolina and other place still recovering from the damage of Hurricane Matthew.
+ God’s blessing, wisdom, and guidance for our congregational vice president, Scott Killian.
+ the Portuguese Evangelical Lutheran Church, for God’s blessing, guidance, and provision.
+ God’s blessing, guidance, and provision for the Concordia Theological Foundation.
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!