Learning the Faith by Heart

Speaking, Praying, and Singing God’s Word Together 

 The Week of Dec. 24 – Dec. 31, 2022

Preparing for the First Sunday after Christmas 

On the Same Date: New Year’s Eve 

 

Hymn of the Week: Let All Together Praise Our God (389) 

 

Bible Verse Memory: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” – John 1:14 

  

Monday: The Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord – John 1:1-14 

            Keep both the CHRIST and the MASS in Christmas! Come all ye faithful and receive His body and blood for your forgiveness in Holy Communion.  Read or sing Luther’s Christmas hymn, “We Praise You, Jesus, at Your Birth” (LSB 382) 

 

Tuesday: Commemoration of St. Stephen, Martyr 

             St. Stephen is honored as the Church’s first martyr and for his words of forgiveness as he lay dying. Read Acts 7:54-60. List the ways the death of Stephen is similar to the death of Jesus. What do these similarities tell us about the Christian life and how we are to live (and die) as Christians? What name was on Stephen’s lips before he breathed his last? How does remembering the meaning of the name Jesus help Christians when they are being persecuted? Pray LSB 517, stanza 7.   

 

Wednesday: Commemoration of St. John, Apostle and Evangelist

            According to Early Church tradition, St. John is the only one of disciples that did not die a martyr’s death. Instead, he was banished to the island of Patmos (off the coast of Asia Minor) by the Roman emperor Domitian and died of old age. As John’s flesh was growing old, how would the vision he received of the new and perfect city of Jerusalem (Rev. 21) give John hope. How does it give you hope? Pray LSB 518, stanza 8. 

 

Thursday: Commemoration of the Holy Innocents, Martyrs 

             When King Herod heard the news of the “one born King of the Jews,” he shed the blood of all the children of Bethlehem who were two years old or younger (Matthew 2:16-18). How does commemorating the death of the “innocents” remind us (just three days after Christmas!) of how necessary it was for Jesus to come and save sinful humanity? Pray LSB 517, stanza 9. 

             

Friday: Holy Gospel – Luke 2:22–40

             O God, our Maker and Redeemer, You wonderfully created us and in the incarnation of Your Son yet more wondrously restored our human nature. Grant that we may ever be alive in Him who made Himself to be like us; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.  

 

A Prayer for New Year’s Eve: Eternal God, we commit to Your mercy and forgiveness the year now ending and commend to Your blessing and love the times yet to come. In the new year, abide among us with Your Holy Spirit that we may always trust in the saving name of our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.  

 

The Order of Meditation and Prayer

 

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

 

Invocation 

 

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…

 

Verse of the Week 

 

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” – John 1:14

 

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  

 

Let All Together Praise Our God (389) 

 

 

Family Prayers 

 

For___________________, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.  

 

Lord’s Prayer 

 

Taught by our Lord and trusting in His promises, we are bold to pray:

Our Father, who art in heaven…