For the Week of Epiphany 2 (January 19-24, 2015)
Invocation: In the Name of the Father and of the (+) Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Speak the Apostles’ Creed.
Verse: Mark 1:15 - “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”
Hymn of the Week: Lutheran Service Book #396 “Arise and Shine in Splendor”
Readings for the Week: [The readings for Thursday-Saturday are the Scriptures for this coming Sunday.]
Monday: Jonah 3:1-5, 10
What did Jonah preach? Why? What did the people of Nineveh do? Why? Was God pleased? Why?
Tuesday: 1 Corinthians 7:29-35
Where does anxiety come from? How can we be free from such anxiety? What must we remember about this world?
Wednesday: Mark 1:14-20
How was the kingdom of God at hand with Jesus? How is it at hand with you and for you?
Thursday: Acts 9:1-22
What do you find remarkable about Paul’s conversion? Why?
Friday: Galatians 1:11-24
God set apart before he was born, yet allowed him to persecute the church for a time before converting him for his use. What might this tell you of how God works?
Saturday: Matthew 19:27-30
What does Jesus promise those who follow Him? How is great loss also great gain?
The Catechism: Table of Duties: To Everyone: The commandments . . . are summed up in this one rule: “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Romans 13:9). I urge . . . that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone (1 Timothy 2:1).
The Prayers: Please pray for . . .
+ yourself and for all in need (remembering especially those on our prayer list).
+ God’s blessing on the message and mission of the March for Life this week.
+ God’s blessing, wisdom, and guidance for our congregation’s Commission on Mercy.
+ the Lutheran Church-Hong Kong Synod, for God’s blessing, guidance, and provision.
+ God’s blessing, wisdom, guidance, and provision for the Synod’s Board for National Missions.
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!