The Congregation at Prayer
A guide for daily meditation and prayer
Gaudete (Advent 3) 2018
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Apostles’ Creed Catechism on pg. 15, and inside back cover of LSB
Psalm Psalm 85
Daily Readings (Also found in LSB on pg. 299)
Isaiah 34:1-2, 8-35:10
Catechism: The Apostles’ Creed – The Third Article
Hymn Hark! A Thrilling Voice is Sounding! LSB 345
In Our Prayers This Week
Gary Sorensen, Don Mueller (Jamie Andrews’ grandfather), Dorothy Berger, David Serkowski (friend of the Sorensens), Howard Thiel, Matt Kruse, Sue Barton, Hugh Hunkeler (Bev Bartel’s son-in-law, has detached retina), Christine Stevens (Clara Higgins’ sister in law diagnosed with cancer), Caden Andrews (Jamie Andrews’ nephew diagnosed with colon cancer)
Collect of the Week
Lord Jesus Christ, we implore You to hear our prayers and to lighten the darkness of our hearts by Your gracious visitation; for You live and reign with the Father 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
Rorate Coeli (Advent 4)
The coming of God in all His unveiled power at Mount Sinai was terrifying to the people of Israel. The thundering voice of the Lord puts sinners in fear of death (Deut. 18:15–19). God, therefore, raised up a prophet like Moses—the Messiah, the Christ. God came to His people veiled in human flesh. The skies poured down the Righteous One from heaven; the earth opened her womb and brought forth Salvation (Introit) through the blessed Virgin Mary, the mother of the Lord. The fruit of her womb is the very Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, the One whose sandal strap John was not worthy to loose (John 1:19–28). In Jesus we are delivered from fear and anxiety. In Him alone we have the peace of God which surpasses all understanding (Phil. 4:4–7).