Speaking, Praying, and Singing God’s Word Together
The Week of Feb 11 – Feb 18, 2024
Preparing for the First Sunday in Lent
Hymn of the Week: A Mighty Fortress Is Our God (656)
GLCA Learn by Heart Hymn: Go to Dark Gethsemane (436)
Catechism Memory: The Lord’s Prayer (LSB, pg. 323)
Our Father who art in heaven.
|What does this mean?
With these words God tenderly invites us to believe…
Bible Verse Memory: “And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you.” – Luke 11:9
Monday: Catechism – Jesus Teaches His Disciples to Pray (Luke 11:1-13)
To whom has the Lord’s Prayer been given? What relationship does the Christian have with God? What promise does the Lord give the baptized children of God who “ask,” “seek,” and “knock” in prayer? Are verses 9 and 10 comforting promises of the Gospel, which teach us to rely upon God’s grace, or are they threatening exhortations of the Law, which teach us to rely upon ourselves?
Tuesday: Old Testament – Genesis 22:1–18
Compare vs. 1 with vs. 12. Why was God “testing” Abraham? God tempts no one! But he does test us to strengthen our faith in Him. Read the explanation to the Sixth petition of the Lord’s Prayer (LSB, pg. 324).
Wednesday: Ash Wednesday – Matthew 6:1-6; 16-21
Usually when someone gets dirty they know they need water to get clean. The ashes that are put on our foreheads remind us that in sin we are dirty and need to be cleaned. It also helps us to remember the first time the sign of the cross was made on us at our Baptism. In the waters of Baptism, we are cleaned and the dirt of sin is washed away. Parents: At home after the service, when your children are washing the ashes off, remind them once again that we are washed clean of sin at our Baptism. – Kids in the Divine Service, Lent
Thursday: Holy Gospel – Mark 1:9–15
Jesus is driven by the Spirit “into the wilderness” to be “tempted by Satan” (Mark 1:12–13) in order to endure and defeat all temptation How does Jesus’ battle in the wilderness with Satan bring us encouragement in our daily fight against temptation? How does His victory over Satan’s temptation bring us comfort when we fall into temptation?
Friday: Epistle – James 1:12–18
Jesus remained “steadfast under trial,” and He has received “the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love Him.” How does Jesus’ battle in the wilderness with Satan bring us encouragement in our daily fight against temptation? How does His victory over Satan’s temptation bring us comfort when we fall into temptation?
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.
I believe in the God the Father Almighty…
Bible Verse Memory
“And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you.” – Luke 11:9
Catechism Memory: The Lord’s Prayer – Introduction and Explanation
Our Father who art in heaven.
What does this mean?
With these words God tenderly invites us to believe that He is our true Father and that we are His true children, so that with all boldness and confidence we may ask Him as dear children as their dear father.
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
A Mighty Fortress Is Our God (656)
For___________________, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.