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Below you will find periodic messages from Pastor Quinn. 

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Daily Meditation and Prayer

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Daily Meditation and Prayer

I. Begin:  “In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.”

II. Confess:  The Apostles Creed

III. Pray the Psalm of the Week:  Psalm 18:1-9

IV. Meditate on God’s Word

 

Bible Stories for the Family

Monday

The Fruitless Fig Tree and Jesus’ Authority is Challenged – Matthew 21:18-27

Tuesday

The Parable of the Two Sons – Matthew 21:28-32

Wednesday

The Parable of the Wicked Vinedressers – Matthew 21:33-46

Thursday

The Parable of the Wedding Feast – Matthew 22:1-14

Friday

Paying Taxes to Caesar – Matthew 22:15-22

Saturday

Preparation for Next Sunday’s Service

Sunday

Attend Divine Service

V. Read from Devotional Materials (like Portals of Prayer).

VI. Study the Catechism:  THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY BAPTISM - Fourth

VII. Pray

            A. Collect of the Week:  Almighty and most merciful God, preserve us from all harm and danger and we, being ready in both body and soul, may cheerfully accomplish what You want done; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and Forever.  Amen.

            B. Daily Prayers:  Monday: Thanksgiving for our baptism, our calling, and daily work.  Tuesday: Facing conflict and temptation, for faithfulness and courage.  Wednesday: Life in the world, our families, our government.  Thursday: Thanksgiving for the Lord’s Supper, for the church and her pastors, teachers, and other workers.  Friday: Thanksgiving for the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world and for those who suffer.  Saturday: Prayers of preparation for the Divine Service the following day.

            C. Special Intercessions, the Lord’s Prayer, Morning or Evening Prayer from the Catechism

VIII. Say the Ten Commandments

IX. Sing or Say the Hymn of the Week:  LSB 739, Precious Lord, Take My Hand

X. Close:  To Him who has freed us from our sins by His blood, and has made us a kingdom, priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever.  The Lord Almighty order our days and our deeds are in His + peace. Amen.

Preparation for Next Sunday’s Service

August 20, 2017

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

FIRST READING – Isaiah 56:1, 6-8

1. Who will the LORD bring to His holy mountain?

2. How are we like (or are a part of) the outcasts of Israel in verse 8?

PSALMODY – Psalm 67

            1. What is asked for in this psalm?

                2. What is the desired result of God’s “face shining upon us”?           

EPISTLE –  Romans 11:1-2a, 13-15, 28-32

1. What does Paul say part of God’s plan for the Israelites is, in His receiving the Gentiles?

            2. Why are all disobedient according to verse 32?

GOSPEL – Matthew 15:21-28

            1. What were Jesus’ responses to the woman?

2. Name the ways these responses enabled her to display her faith to those who were there.

Divine Service – Setting 1

Opening Hymn – LSB 901, Open Now Thy Gates of Beauty

Hymn of Praise – LSB 816, From All that Dwell Below the Skies (stanzas 1 & 3)

Sermon Hymn – LSB 549, All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name

Communion

            “Alleluia

            LSB 770, What A Friend We Have in Jesus

            “Peace Be Yours”

Closing Hymn – LSB 643, Sent Forth by God’s Blessing

The Church Lives Under the Cross of Christ and Prays in the Hope of His Mercy

By her persistent prayer that Jesus would have mercy and help her (Matt. 15:22, 24), and even in the face of His initial silence and apparent rejection (Matt. 15:23–26), the Canaanite woman boldly confessed her faith in Him (Matt 15:27–28). Her beautiful example encourages us to cling to the words and promises of the Gospel, even in the face of the Law that accuses and condemns us. “For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable” (Rom. 11:29), and His Law “has consigned all to disobedience” for the very purpose “that he may have mercy on all” (R om. 11:32). Hence, the woman’s faith and hope were not disappointed, but her prayers were answered in the mercy of Christ. Not only does He grant us the crumbs from His table, but He also feeds us with “the children’s bread” in the house of His Father (Matt. 15:26–27). He has brought us to His “holy mountain,” and He makes us joyful in His house, where He hears our prayers and accepts our sacrifice of praise upon the altar of His cross (Is. 56:7).

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