Learning the Faith by Heart

Speaking, Praying, and Singing God’s Word Together  

The Week of December 10 – December 17 

Preparing for the Third Sunday in Advent (Gaudate)


Hymn of the Week: Hark! A Thrilling Voice Is Sounding (345) 


Bible Verse Memory: “There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him.” – John 1:6-7  


Monday: Old Testament – Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11

            The third week of Advent has a special emphasis on joy. Read verse 10. What specifically brings Isaiah joy? What brings you joy? How do we emphasize the joy of Jesus this time of the year? 


Tuesday: Holy Gospel – John 1:6-8, 19-28

John is “the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord.” There are many voices we hear, some of which we should listen to. What voices threaten to distract us from God’s call? How can our attention be focused so that we hear what God wants us to hear? How are the themes of Advent different from what we hear in our society’s “holiday” celebrations? – LCMS Worship Hymn Studies, Advent 3


Wednesday: Commemoration of St. Lucia, Martyr  

            St. Lucia was one of the many Christians martyred under Emperor Diocletian, the last great widespread persecution under Roman authority. Because her name means “light” and her commemoration corresponds with the darkest time of the year, festivals of light in remembrance of her bold confession of faith became popular throughout Europe. How does remembering the saints through whom the light of Christ has shown into the darkness give us encouragement?

Thursday: Advent Midweek – Genesis 28:10-17; John 1:43-51

When we think of Christ as God descending to us in our needs and ascending to lead us to the Father, we experience advents not only on Sunday but also during the week. Sometimes church gives us a glimpse of heaven but then we have to go down to the stuff of our real lives. Does Jesus make advents to you during your workaday, worry-a-day week? 


Friday: Epistle – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 

            We sometimes confuse God’s will with complicated, passion-filled, life changing plans. We think if we aren’t doing something “big,” we are not ready for the Second Coming. (Family Lectionary, pg. 336) Our good deeds do not save us (Jesus alone does that through His innocent suffering and death!), but Paul still has simple directions for the church in Thessalonica. Rejoice, pray, give thanks and abstain from evil. No need to complicate things. As we wait for Jesus to return, we have the Ten Commandments. We have our vocations. Read vs. 23. Who is ultimately going to sanctify you? 


The Order of Meditation and Prayer


The sign of the cross + may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism. 




In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


Apostles’ Creed 


            I believe in the God the Father Almighty…


Bible Verse Memory 


“There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him.” – John 1:6-7 


Bible Reading for the Day (From Upcoming Readings for Sun, Portals of Prayer, or other Daily meditation) 


            This is the Word of the Lord. 

            Thanks be to God. 


Hymn of the Week


Hark! A Thrilling Voice Is Sounding (345)


Family Prayers 


Collect for 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. 


For___________________, let us pray to the Lord.


Lord, have mercy.  


Lord’s Prayer