Learning the Faith by Heart

Speaking, Praying, and Singing God’s Word Together 

 The Week of Jan 14 – Jan 21, 2024 

Preparing for the Third Sunday after the Epiphany  

 

Hymn of the Week: O Christ, Our True and Only Light (839)  

 

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

 

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

Second Article (Redemption)

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary…

Preschool + 
What does this mean? (All of Explanation) 

I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the Father from eternity… 

Third Grade + 

 

Bible Verse Memory: “He died for all, that those who live might not no longer live for themselves but for Him who for their sake died and was raised.” – 2 Corinthian 5:15 

  

Monday: Catechism Bible Story – Luke 24:36-53 

            Our lives are meaningless without some sense of purpose. What do people live for today? How did Jesus’ resurrection change the lives of the disciples? How does confessing Jesus as your risen Lord give your life enduring direction and purpose? - 2017 Small Catechism with Explanation, pg. 188   

 

Tuesday: Epistle - 1 Corinthians 7:29-31 

            We live in a world that is dark and cold because it’s been broken by sin. Fortunately, it will not always be this way! Jesus, our true and only light has come into this dark world, and the darkness has not overcome Him! He will come again and make all things right. Read vs. 30-31. What should be our attitude about the state of the world, the present form of which “is passing away” (vs. 31)? 

 

Wednesday: Old Testament - Jonah 3:1-5, 10 

         God called his prophet Jonah to preach His Word of repentance and forgiveness to the Ninevites, who were renowned for their horrible atrocities. They were most definitely living in the darkness of sin, yet God shined the light of His Word on them! Read stanzas 2-3 of our Hymn of the Day as a prayer for the people in our world today who are living in the darkness of sin.

 

Thursday: Confession of St. Peter – Acts 4:8-13 

The most important name is the name by which we are saved, the name of Jesus. In the most ancient of confessions — “Jesus Christ is Lord”— the man named Jesus (Joshua) is confessed to be the Christ (Messiah) and the Lord (Yahweh). Sing or read aloud together LSB 512, “At the Name of Jesus.” 

 

Friday: Holy Gospel – Mark 1:14-20

 Jesus announces that “the time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand”. He is announcing that the King is come. Jesus is God in the flesh made manifest! Why is the proper response repentance? Why is it such Good News to believe? 

 

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 

 

“He died for all, that those who live might not no longer live for themselves but for Him who for their sake died and was raised.” – 2 Corinthian 5:15 

Catechism Memory: The 2nd Article + All of Explanation (LSB, pg. 322)

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  

 

O Christ, Our True and Only Light (839)  

 

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...

 

Collect for the Confession of St. Peter (Thurs) 

Heavenly Father, You revealed to the apostle Peter the blessed truth that Your Son Jesus is the Christ. Strengthen us by the proclamation of this truth that we too may joy- fully confess that there is salvation in no one else; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.