Learning the Faith by Heart

Speaking, Praying, and Singing God’s Word Together 

 The Week of Jan 21 – Jan 28, 2024 

Preparing for the Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

National Lutheran Schools Week 

 

Hymn of the Week: Son of God, Eternal Savior (842) 

 

GLCA Learn by Heart Hymn: God’s Own Child I Gladly Say It (594) 

 

Catechism Memory: The Creed (LSB, pg. 322)

Third Article (Sanctification)

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian church… 

Preschool + 
What does this mean? (1st Paragraph) 

I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ… 

Third Grade + 

 

Bible Verse Memory: “I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” – John 15:5 

  

Monday: Catechism Bible Story – John 15:1-5 (Connected to Christ)

Jesus often used nature to explain His relationship to us. In John 15, Jesus uses the connection between the vine and the branches to teach His disciples and us the importance of our connection to Him. How does Jesus connect us to Himself? Can we connect ourselves? How does Jesus keep us connected to Him? To each other?  

             

Tuesday: Epistle - 1 Corinthians 8:1–13

             According to St. Paul, how should we as a family of faith treat one another when we don’t agree on something?

 

 Wednesday: Feast of St. Timothy, Pastor & Confessor – 1 Timothy 6:11-16 

Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, You have always given to Your Church on earth faithful shepherds such as Timothy to guide and feed Your flock. Make all pastors diligent to preach Your holy Word and administer Your means of grace, and grant Your people wisdom to follow in the way that leads to life eternal; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen 

 

Thursday: Old Testament - Deuteronomy 18:15–20 (Connected to the Church) 

            Jesus states, “You did not choose me, but I chose you” (John 15:16). God chose us in our Baptism to be His children. God chose us to be members of His family, the Church. Just as He promised, the Lord our God has raised up “a prophet” like Moses, namely Jesus, who is our brother in the flesh! How are we kept in the family? How do we take care of each as a family? 

 

Friday: Holy Gospel – Mark 1:21–28 (also on this date: Feast of St. Titus, Pastor & Confessor) 

Jesus enters “the synagogue” of His Church and provides true Sabbath rest, using His authority to silence and cast out “even the unclean spirits” (Mark 1:21–27). By His Word of the cross, Jesus removes the accusations of the Law and of the devil, and He cleanses our consciences before God the Father. Where and how does Jesus do this today? 

 

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…

 

Bible Verse Memory 

“I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” – John 15:5 

Catechism Memory: The 3rd Article & 1st Paragraph of Explanation 

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  

 

Son of God, Eternal Savior (842)

 

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...