Learning the Faith by Heart

Speaking, Praying, and Singing God’s Word Together 

 The Week of Dec. 31, 2023 – Jan. 7, 2024 

Preparing for the Baptism of Our Lord 


Hymn of the Week: To Jordan Came the Christ, Our Lord (407)


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? (Part 1 of Explanation) 

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

Third Grade + 


Bible Verse Memory: “[God] made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” – 2 Corinthians 5:21 


Monday: Feast of Circumcision and Name of Jesus – Luke 2:21 

Read Gen. 17:1–14 to help you understand Luke 2:21. As a sign of His covenant, God tells His people to circumcise their sons when those sons are eight days old. So Mary and Joseph made sure Jesus was circumcised when He was eight days old. If Jesus were born on December 25, that would mean He was circumcised January 1. What does it mean for you that Jesus placed Himself under God’s Law? See Gal. 4:4. – LCMS Worship Hymn Study for LSB 900 


Tuesday: Catechism Bible Story – Luke 1:26-38 

            How did the angel Gabriel greet the Virgin Mary? What does it mean to be “highly favored”? Why was Mary afraid? How is it possible for a virgin to conceive? Who was conceived of Mary’s flesh? Whom did Mary carry in her womb? For whom does Mary receive the Son of God in her flesh? When one receives the Word of God, whom does one receive?              


Wednesday: Old Testament - Genesis 1:1–5

All three persons of the Holy Trinity are present in the beginning, when God “created the heavens and the earth” Can you identify the Holy Trinity in Gen. 1:1-5? The same is true is in the beginning of the “gospel of Jesus Christ” (Mark 1:1), when Jesus is baptized in the Jordan River. Can you identify the Holy Trinity in Mark 1:4-11? 


Thursday: Holy Gospel – Mark 1:4–11

Jesus’ Baptism reminds us of the importance of our Baptism. In our sin, we were separated from God’s family. Through Baptism, God connects us into His family again. Through the blessings of Jesus’ suffering and death, God now sees us as His child and says, “This is my beloved son, daughter, parent, grandparent. ...” Read the liturgy for Holy Baptism on pages 268-71. Can you find a place where it specifically mentions the connection between Jesus’ Baptism and ours’? 


Friday: Epistle - Romans 6:1–11

Although Jesus had no sins of His own, He took His stand with sinners in His Baptism and took the sins and mortality of the world upon Himself. Read the words of LSB 404, “Jesus, Once with Sinners Numbered” as a prayer. 




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…


Verse of the Week 


“[God] made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” – 2 Corinthians 5:21

Catechism Memory: The 2nd Article + 1st Paragraph 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  


To Jordan Came the Christ, Our Lord (407)


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…



Saturday: Feast of the Epiphany of Our Lord – Matthew 2:1-12

            The season of Epiphany gets its name from the Greek word for “manifestation”. It remembers the “epiphany” (the revealing or manifestation) of the Messiah to the Magi and to us Gentiles. The Feast of the Epiphany is also known as the “Gentile Christmas”. Why is that an appropriate way of thinking about the holy day?