The Congregation at Prayer
A guide for daily meditation and prayer
The Baptism of Our Lord 2019
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)
Ezekiel 39:1-10, 17-29
Ezekiel 40:1-4, 43:1-12
Ezekiel 44:1-16, 23-29
Catechism: The Lord’s Prayer – The Third Petition
Hymn To Jordan Came The Christ, Our Lord LSB 407
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), Amy Pitchers (Anna Willman’s friend diagnosed with stage 4 cancer)
Collect of the Week
Father in heaven, at the Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River You proclaimed Him Your beloved Son and anointed Him with the Holy Spirit. Make all who are baptized in His name faithful in their calling as Your children and inheritors with Him of everlasting life; through the same Jesus 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
Second Sunday after the Epiphany
The coming of the Messianic kingdom means the restoration of creation. The sign of this restoration is that “the mountains shall drip sweet wine” (Amos 9:11–15). When the elements of a fallen creation fail and run short at a wedding feast, our Lord Jesus steps in to restore creation and miraculously changes water into an abundance of the very best wine (John 2:1–11). With this sign, Christ manifests His glory. The “back” of God (Ex. 33:12–23) is revealed to those who believe. The hour will come when Jesus will again manifest His glory by taking creation’s curse into His own body to release us from its power. The Bridegroom will give His life for the Bride (Eph. 5:22–32), and from His side will flow water and blood, the holy sacraments by which she is cleansed and made one with Him. Through this sacrificial love of Christ we are enabled to “love one another with brotherly affection . . .” and to “outdo one another in showing honor” (Rom. 12:6–16).