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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 91:1-10

IV. Meditate on God’s Word

 

Bible Stories for the Family

Monday

The Promise of Persecution – Matthew 10:16-31

Tuesday

Confessing Jesus – Matthew 10:32-11:1

Wednesday

Messengers from John the Baptist – Matthew 11:2-19

Thursday

Jesus Preaches Repentance and Faith – Matthew 11:20-30

Friday

Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath – Matthew 12:1-8

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 Fifth Petition of the Lord’s Prayer

VII. Pray

            A. Collect of the Week:  Lord God, You saved Noah and his family from the flood by placing them in the ark and closing the door.  You rescued the Israelites as You parted the waters of the Red Sea and led them away from slavery in Egypt.  You saved us and set us free as You claimed and cleansed us in the waters of Holy Baptism.  Lead us to live our lives as Your witnesses as we love You with our heart, soul, strength, and mind, and love our neighbors as we love ourselves; 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 728, How Firm a Foundation

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

July 2, 2017

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

FIRST READING – Jeremiah 28:5-9

1. What do we suspect about the prophet, Hananiah’s prophecy?

2. What will determine if the word of this prophet is from the LORD?

PSALMODY – Psalm 119:153-160

            1. What does the psalmist ask of the LORD?

                2. What qualities of the LORD is the psalmist depending on to deliver this request?             

EPISTLE –  Romans 7:1-13

1. To what have we died and to Whom do we belong?

            2. What purpose does the Law serve as described in this passage?

GOSPEL – Matthew 10:34-42

            1. What does this passage say about what our priorities need to be?

2. What aspects of discipleship are described in the last verses of this passage?

Divine Service – Setting 3 with thematic touches

Opening Hymn – LSB 578, Thy Strong Word

Sermon Hymn – LBW 107, Beneath the Cross of Jesus

Communion

            “I Love You Lord”

            “My Jesus I Love Thee”

            LSB 685, Let Us Ever Walk with Jesus

Closing Hymn – LSB 965, God Bless Our Native Land

The Lord Jesus Brings Division on Earth for the Sake of Peace with God in Heaven

False prophets preach what their hearers want to hear, promising peace even when the Lord has spoken “war, famine, and pestilence” (Jer. 28:8). But if “the Lord has truly sent the prophet,” he speaks what the Lord has spoken, and “the word of that prophet comes to pass” (Jer. 28:9). The preaching of God’s Law is hard, because it confronts sin, brings it to light and makes it worse, “sinful beyond measure,” thereby “producing death” in the sinner (Rom. 7:13). But through our Baptism into Christ, “we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive” (Rom. 7:6). Now we belong “to him who has been raised from the dead, in order that we may bear fruit for God” (Rom. 7:4). Belonging to Him puts us at odds with the world and divides us from all earthly ties, not only from our human family, but each person from his own life. For Christ does not come “to bring peace, but a sword” (Matt. 10:34). Yet, whoever takes up his cross to follow Christ, and “loses his life” for Christ’s sake, finds new life in Him (Matt. 10:38–39).

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