For the Week of Easter 3 (April 20-25, 2015)
Invocation: In the Name of the Father and of the (+) Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Speak the Apostles’ Creed.
Verse: John 10:14-15 - “I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.”
Hymn of the Week: Lutheran Service Book #709 “The King of Love My Shepherd Is”
Readings for the Week: [The readings for Thursday-Saturday are the Scriptures for this coming Sunday.]
Monday: Psalm 23
What kinds of “shepherds” are there in this world? How is Jesus different than them all? Why?
Tuesday: Ezekiel 34:11-16
How did Jesus fulfill – and still fulfills - these words?
Wednesday: 1 Peter 2:21-25
What did Jesus do for His sheep, for you? Why (v. 24)?
Thursday: Acts 4:1-12
What was the content of apostolic preaching? Why?
Friday: 1 John 3:16-24
How did God love us? How do we love one another?
Saturday: John 10:11-18
How does Jesus describe Himself and His work? What makes Him different than the hired ones?
The Catechism: The Creed: The First Article (Part 1): I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth. What does this mean? I believe that God has made me and all creatures; that He has given me my body and soul, eyes, ears, and all my members, my reason and all my senses, and still takes care of them. . . .
The Prayers: Please pray for . . .
+ yourself and for all in need (remembering especially those on our prayer list).
+ all college students finishing up classes, for peace and faith and safe travels home.
+ God’s blessing, wisdom, guidance, and strength for Pastor Douthwaite.
+ the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Latvia, for God’s blessing, guidance, and provision.
+ God’s blessing, wisdom, guidance, and provision for Lutheran Bible Translators.
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!