WEEKLY READINGS & PRAYERS FOR MEDITATION
Read Psalm 50
Readings for the Week
Sunday: 1 Samuel 28:3-25; 1 Corinthians 6:1-20
Monday: 1 Samuel 31:1-13; 1 Corinthians 7:1-24
Tuesday: 2 Samuel 1:1-27; 1 Corinthians 7:25-40
Wednesday: 2 Samuel 5:1-25; 1 Corinthians 8:1-13
Thursday: 2 Samuel 6:1-19; 1 Corinthians 9:1-23
Friday: 2 Samuel 7:1-17; 1 Corinthians 9:24-10:22
Saturday: 2 Samuel 7:18-29; 1 Corinthians 5:1-13
Bible Verse for Memorizing
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:8-10)
Small Catechism for Memorizing: Baptism, Part III
How can water do such great things?
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, that is, a life-giving water, rich in grace, and a washing of the new birth in the Holy Spirit, as St. Paul says in Titus, chapter three: “He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying.” (Titus 3:5–8)
Collect for the Week, Daily Themes for Prayer, In Our Prayers This Week, Lord’s Prayer, and Morning/Evening Prayer
Collect for the Week
O God, You declare Your almighty power above all in showing mercy and pity. Mercifully grant us such a measure of Your grace that we may obtain Your gracious promises and be made partakers of Your heavenly treasures; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Daily Themes for Prayer
Sunday: God’s gifts to us through Word and Sacrament
Monday: Our Baptism, calling, and daily work
Tuesday: Facing temptation and struggle, witnessing
Wednesday: Our homes, families, schools, country, and neighbors
Thursday: The Lord’s Supper, the Church throughout the world
Friday: The Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world; forgiveness and salvation
Saturday: Preparation for the Day of the Lord, for death and resurrection
In Our Prayers This Week
For Pamela Carlton, mourning the death of her mother. For our school and teachers. For Assist Pregnancy Center. For the Poe family, serving in Saudi Arabia. Sick and infirm: Linda Arquette, Maria Bartee, Priscilla Cook, Anastasia Krumwiede, Peter Westcott, Emory Wilt, Carrie Wolf, Deb Braun, Richard Brown, Tom Carroll, Bryce Eakin, James Eakin, Rev. Karl Fabrizius, Tim German, Benjamin Gill, Shirley Goeglein, Stan Goeglein, Diane Hauer, Marcia Herrick, Guy Hunter, Adam Lawson, Amen Mikkey, Frank Miller, Tom Rand, Angie Thomas, Leona Winkler. Homebound/Nursing Homes: Herb DeWalt, Mike DeWalt, Merrill Hemphill, Robert Kreinheder, Florence Mazzie, Rosalie Savini, Ruth Dille. Our Synodical leaders: Matthew Harrison, President; John Denninger, District President. The Church’s mission and mercy workers. Our nation’s leaders: especially Donald, our president. For all women with child: especially Alissa Eckardt, Amy Payne, Katie Schultz, Heather Smith, and Rachel Wanke. The armed forces: especially Rachel Kent, Jonathan Shaw, and AJ Vogel.
I thank You, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have kept me this night from all harm and danger; and I pray that You would keep me this day also from sin and every evil, that all my doings and life may please You. For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen.
I thank You, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have graciously kept me this day; and I pray that You would forgive me all my sins where I have done wrong, and graciously keep me this night. For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen.
Hymn of the Week: 571 - God Loved the World So That He Gave