For the Week of the Resurrection of Our Lord (April 21-26, 2014)
Invocation: In the Name of the Father and of the (+) Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Speak the Apostles’ Creed.
Verse: John 20:29b – “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
Hymn of the Week: Lutheran Service Book #458 “Christ Jesus Lay in Death’s Strong Bands”
Readings for the Week: [The reading Thursday-Saturday are the Scriptures for this coming Sunday.]
Monday: Exodus 15:1-18
What did this song celebrate? How does it also point us to the work and victory of Jesus for us?
Tuesday: Acts 13:26-33
How are Paul’s words a model for every Christian sermon?
Wednesday: John 21:1-14
How does Jesus provide for His disciples? Had He done this before? Why is it important to do it again now?
Thursday: Acts 5:29-42
What gave the disciples their great courage? How had Gamaliel’s words in v. 39 just been fulfilled?
Friday: 1 Peter 1:3-9
What does Peter say Jesus’ resurrection means for you?
Saturday: John 20:19-31
What does Jesus give the disciples? What does He then tell them to give? How will they do this?
The Catechism: The Lord’s Prayer: The Third Petition – Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. What does this mean? The good and gracious will of God is done even without our prayer, but we pray in this petition that it may be done among us also. How is God’s will done? God’s will is done when He breaks and hinders every evil plan and purpose of the devil, the world, and our sinful nature, which do not want us to hallow God’s name or let His kingdom come; and when He strengthens and keeps us firm in His Word and faith until we die. This is His good and gracious will.
The Prayers: Please pray for . . .
+ yourself and for all in need (remembering especially those on our prayer list).
+ the joy of Jesus’ resurrection to come to all people in faith.
+ God’s blessing, wisdom, and guidance, for our congregational treasurer, Carris Vondal.
+ the Lutheran Church of Southern Africa, for God’s blessing, guidance, and provision.
+ God’s blessing, wisdom, and guidance for our synod’s Board for International Mission.
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!