For the Week of Advent 2 (December 11-16, 2017)
Invocation: In the Name of the Father and of the (+) Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Speak the Apostles’ Creed.
Verse: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 - “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
Hymn of the Week: Lutheran Service Book #345 “Hark! A Thrilling Voice Is Sounding”
Readings for the Week: [The readings for Tuesday-Wednesday are the Scriptures for Wednesday’s Advent Prayer Service. The readings for Thursday-Saturday are the Scriptures for this coming Sunday.]
Monday: Psalm 126
How is this an Advent psalm, a waiting psalm?
Tuesday: Exodus 24:15-18
What covered Mt. Sinai? What is it called? Why? What does this teach us about God?
Wednesday: John 1:14-18
How is God’s glory described here? How is this different than yesterday? Why?
Thursday: Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11
What does God want Isaiah to proclaim? Why? How do we this also today? How do you?
Friday: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
How can we do these things of which Paul speaks? Who is really the one working in us to do them? Why? How?
Saturday: John 1:6-8, 19-28
What was John? What was his message? Why was he important, and still important for us today?
The Catechism - Baptism: How can water do such great things? [Part 1] Certainly not just water, but the word of God in and with the water does these things, along with the faith which trusts this word of God in the water. For without God’s word the water is plain water and no Baptism. But with the word of God it is a Baptism, this is, a life-giving water, rich in grace, and a washing of the new birth in the Holy Spirit, . . .
The Prayers: Please pray for . . .
+ yourself and for all in need (remembering especially those on our prayer list).
+ all people to live together in kindness, understanding, forgiveness, and love.
+ God’s blessing, wisdom, guidance, and strength for Pastor Douthwaite.
+ the Free Evangelical - Lutheran Synod in South Africa, for God’s blessing, guidance, and provision.
+ God’s blessing, wisdom, and provision for the Lutheran Friends of the Deaf.
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!