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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 90:12-17

 

IV. Meditate on God’s Word

 

Bible Stories for the Family

Monday

The Law Cannot Save – Mark 10:17-22

Tuesday

God Gave His Law to His People – Deuteronomy 5:6-21

Wednesday

The Law Is All about Love – Matthew 22:36-40

Thursday

The Law Is Necessary Because Sin Entered the World – Genesis 3:1-6

Friday

The Law Shows Our Need for Our Savior – Romans 5:12-21

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 TEN COMMANDMENTS (without meanings)

 

VII. Pray

A. Collect of the Week:  Lord Jesus Christ, whose grace always precedes and follows us, help us to forsake all trust in earthly gain and to find in You our heavenly treasure; for You live and reign with the Father 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 706, Love in Christ Is Strong and Living

 

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

October 21, 2018

Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost

Stewardship Sunday

 

OLD TESTAMENT READING – Ecclesiastes 5:10-20

1. What warnings about wealth are given?

2. What direction as to the proper use of wealth is given?

 

PSALMODY – Psalm 119:9-16

            1. How can we keep our way pure?

                2. In what is it good to rejoice and delight?   

 

SECOND READING – Hebrews 4:1-13

1. What is the subject matter of this passage?

2. What is connected to Sabbath Rest according to verses 12 and 13?

 

GOSPEL – Mark 10:23-31

1. Why is it difficult for the wealthy to enter the Kingdom of God?

2. How is it possible for anyone to enter the Kingdom of God?

 

 

Divine Service – 4

Theme – His Work Is Our Rest

Opening Hymn – LSB 906, Oh Day of Rest and Gladness

Hymn of Praise – Special to the tune from LSB 906

Sermon Hymn – LSB 687, Thine Forever, God of Love

Offertory – LSB 842, Son of God, Eternal Savior (stanza 2)

Communion:

          “More Precious than Silver”

          “Freely, Freely”

          LSB 784, Take My Life and Let it Be                                           

Closing Hymn – LSB 782, Gracious Lord, You Send Great Blessings

 

By the Voluntary Poverty of Christ, We Enter the Kingdom of God

 

To love and trust in earthly wealth is vanity. For nothing of this earth will last forever, nor can any of it grant eternal life (Eccl. 5:10). But the one who trusts in God is “occupied with joy in his heart” and is able to sleep in peace, “whether he eats little or much,” because he knows that the “days of his life” are “the gift of God” (Eccl. 5:12, 18–20). The person who trusts in riches cannot sleep, because he “shall take nothing for his toil that he may carry away in his hand” (Eccl. 5:15). Therefore, it is difficult “for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God” (Mark 20:23). Indeed, it is impossible for man, yet “all things are possible with God” (Mark 20:27). Thus, the Rich Man, Jesus Christ, has made Himself poor and has gone through “the eye of a needle,” through death and the grave, “to enter the kingdom of God” on our behalf (Mark 20:24–25). He is the “great high priest who has passed through the heavens” (Heb. 4:14), so that we may now enter His Sabbath rest by faith in His forgiveness (Heb. 4:3–9).

 

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