Sunday, March 19, 2017

The Congregation at Prayer

For the Week of Lent 3 (March 20-25, 2017)

Invocation: In the Name of the Father and of the (+) Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Speak the Apostles’ Creed. 

Verse: Psalm 142:5 - “I cry to you, O Lord . . . “You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.”

Hymn of the Week:  Lutheran Service Book #545 “Word of God, Come Down on Earth”
Hymns for Wednesday: 888, 451, 718
Hymns for Sunday: 914, 545, 637, 687, 666, 527

Readings for the Week: [The readings for Tuesday-Wednesday are the Scriptures for Wednesday’s Lenten Vespers. The readings for Thursday-Saturday are the Scriptures for this coming Sunday.]

Monday:  Psalm 142
What is David’s complaint? What is his confidence?

Tuesday:  Acts 5:17-32
How did God provide for the preaching of His Word? What gave the apostles confidence to preach?

Wednesday:  John 18:1-12
How did Jesus show His power? Who was in control of everything that was happening? What does this mean?

Thursday:  Isaiah 42:14-21
Why does Israel (and we!) need to hear Law like this? What does God want us to do? Why?

Friday:  Ephesians 5:8-14
Why is light good? How is God’s Word the light we need?

Saturday:  John 9:1-41
What was the real gift Jesus gave the blind man? How does Jesus also give you this gift?

The Catechism: Daily Prayers: Returning Thanks (after meals) – Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His love endures forever. He gives food to every creature. He provides food for the cattle and for the young ravens when they call. His pleasure is not in the strength of a man; the Lord delights in those who fear Him, who put their hope in His unfailing love. We thank You, Lord God, heavenly Father, for all Your benefits, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

The Prayers:  Please pray for . . .
+ yourself and for all in need (remembering especially those on our prayer list).
+ all people to be good and faithful stewards of creation and all that God has given to us.
+ God’s blessing, wisdom, and guidance for our congregation’s keyboardists and choir.
+ the Lutheran Church in Southern Africa, for God’s blessing, guidance, and provision.
+ God’s blessing, wisdom, and guidance for the Lutheran Heritage 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!

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