The Congregation at Prayer
A guide for daily meditation and prayer
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 50:7-23
Daily Readings (Also found in LSB on pg. 299)
1 Samuel 28:3-25
1 Cor. 6:1-20
1 Samuel 31:1-13
1 Cor. 7:1-24
2 Samuel 1:1-27
1 Cor. 7:25-40
2 Samuel 5:1-25
1 Cor. 8:1-13
2 Samuel 6:1-19
1 Cor. 9:1-23
2 Samuel 7:1-17
1 Cor. 9:24-10:22
2 Samuel 7:18-29
1 Cor. 10:23-11:16
Catechism: The Lords’ Prayer - REVIEW
Hymn LSB 607 From Depths of Woe I Cry to Thee
In Our Prayers This Week
Dorothy Berger, Karen Derocher, Dawn Raabe, David Serkowski (friend of the Sorensens), Jaxson Feldman (Sorensen’s newborn grandson in NICU) Christine Behan (deployed to Guam), Howard Thiel, Paula Sorensen, Matt Kruse, Sue Barton, Hugh Hunkeler (Bev Bartel’s son-in-law, has detached retina), Cheryl Gimball (friend of Martha Plapp), Christine Stevens (Clara Higgins’ Sister in Law diagnosed with cancer), Steve Huber (Clara Higgins Brother-in-Law hospitalized with flesh-eating bacteria)
Collect of the Week
Almighty and everlasting God, always more ready to hear than we to pray and to give more than we either desire or deserve, pour down upon us the abundance of Your mercy, forgiving those things of which our conscience is afraid and giving us those good things that we are not worthy to ask, except through the merits and mediation of Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
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.
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.
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
2 Corinthians 3:4-11
A man who was deaf and therefore also had an impediment in his speech was brought to Jesus (Mark 7:31–37). In the same way, all are by nature deaf toward God and therefore also unable to confess the faith rightly. For “faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ”. Jesus put His fingers into the man’s ears, and He spat and touched His tongue. Even so in Holy Baptism, water sanctified by the words of Jesus’ mouth is applied to us; and the finger of God, that is, the life–giving Holy Spirit (2 Cor. 3:4–11) is put into our ears in the hearing of the baptismal Gospel. Jesus’ sighing “Ephphatha” opened the man’s ears, and his tongue was loosed to speak plainly as Isaiah prophesied of the Messiah, “In that day the deaf shall hear the words of a book” (Is. 29:18–24) So also, He who sighed and breathed His last on the cross for us has given us to hear and believe in Him and has opened our lips that our mouths may declare His praise.