The Congregation at Prayer: Easter
The Congregation at Prayer A guide for daily meditation and prayer The Resurrection of Our Lord 2018 Invocation In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Apostle’s Creed Catechism on pg. 15, and inside back cover of LSB Psalm Psalm 118:15-29 Daily Readings (Also found in LSB on pg. 299) Day Old Testament New Testament Sunday Exodus 14:10-31 Hebrews 7:23-8:13 Monday Exodus 15:1-18 Hebrews 9:1-28 Tuesday Exodus 15:19-16:12 Hebrews 10:1-18 Wednesday Exodus 16:13-35 Hebrews 10:19-39 Thursday Exodus 17:1-16 Hebrews 11:1-29 Friday Exodus 18:5-27 Hebrews 12:1-24 Saturday Exodus 19:1-25 Hebrews 13:1-21 Catechism: The Table of Duties To Bishops, Pastors, and Preachers The overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect. 1 Tim. 3:2-4 He must not be a recent convert, or he many become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. 1 Tim. 3:6 He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it. Titus 1:9 Hymn Come, You Faithful, Raise the Strain LSB 487 Prayers In Our Prayers This Week The family of Jean Weigand (Pastor Hackbarth’s Sister, died 3/20), Dawn Raabe, Martin Plecki (Missionary to Phillipines), Christine Behan (deployed to Guam), Shayne Warmann (newborn great grandson of Richard and Lucy Nelson), Nancy Beguhn-Duboise (friend of Pat Nelson), Alex Warmann (Lucy’s Grandson), Howard Thiel, Ashley Chrisinger, Skylah Tekemkpe, Paula Sorensen, Matt Kruse, Sue Barton Collect of the Week Almighty God the Father, through Your only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, You have overcome death and opened the gate of everlasting life to us. Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of our Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by Your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. Lord’s Prayer Morning Prayer I thank You, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have kept me this night from all harm and danger; and I pray that You would keep me this day also from sin and every evil, that all my doings and life may please You. For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen. Evening Prayer I thank You, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that you have graciously kept me this day; and I pray that you would forgive me all my sins where I have done wrong, and graciously keep me this night. For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen. Mealtime Prayer The eyes of all look to You, O Lord, and You give them their food at the proper time. You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing. Lord God, heavenly Father, bless us and these Your gifts which we receive from Your bountiful goodness, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Next Weekend’s Readings Quasimodo Geniti (Easter 2)
Ezekiel 37:1-4 Psalm 33 1 John 5:4-10 John 20:19-31
“For there are three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the blood” (1 John 5:7). These three point to Christ and flow from Christ. Jesus shows His disciples His hands side, from which blood and water flowed, saying “Peace be with you.” He presents the wounds which turn our fear to gladness and which restore us to the Father. Jesus breathes on His disciples and says, “Receive the Holy Spirit” (John 20:23). His breath, His words are Spirit and life. They raise up our dry, dead bones and give us new and everlasting life (Ezek. 37:1–14). Christ now gives His ministers to speak His forgiving, Spirit-filled words to the penitent in His stead. Our Lord continues to come to His people, presenting His wounds to us in the Sacraments of water and blood. He bids us to touch His side at His table, to receive His risen body and blood in true faith, that believing we may have life in His name.