For the Week of Pentecost 23 (November 17-22, 2014)
Invocation: In the Name of the Father and of the (+) Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Speak the Apostles’ Creed.
Verse: Ezekiel 34:15 - “I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I myself will make them lie down, declares the Lord God.”
Hymn of the Week: Lutheran Service Book #555 “Salvation Unto Us Has Come”
Readings for the Week: [The readings for Thursday-Saturday are the Scriptures for this coming Sunday.]
Monday: Psalm 149
How do we praise the Lord? For what?
Tuesday: Isaiah 65:17-25
What will the “new creation” be like? Why?
Wednesday: Psalm 95:1-7a
How does this psalm describe both today and the Last Day? What will be the same? What will be different?
Thursday: Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24
God is both shepherd and judge. How do these two things go together?
Friday: 1 Corinthians 15:20-28
How is Christ’s resurrection the assurance of yours?
Saturday: Matthew 25:31-46
Pay close attention to the order of things here! What happens first? What happens second? Why is this important?
The Catechism: Table of Duties: Of Citizens: Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good (Titus 3:1). Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s (Matthew 22:21). See also Romans 13:5-7; 1 Timothy 2:1-3; 1 Peter 2:13-14.
The Prayers: Please pray for . . .
+ yourself and for all in need (remembering especially those on our prayer list).
+ God to give you joy and confidence in His gifts and to live them in faith and love.
+ God’s blessing, wisdom, guidance, and strength for Pastor Douthwaite.
+ the American Association of Lutheran Churches, for God’s blessing, guidance, and provision.
+ God’s blessing, wisdom, guidance, and provision for the Concordia Theological Foundation.
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!