Learning the Faith by Heart

Speaking, Praying, and Singing God’s Word Together 

 The Week of Feb 25 – March 3, 2024  

Preparing for the Third Sunday in Lent 

 

Hymn of the Week: May God Bestow on Us His Grace (824)

 

GLCA Learn by Heart Hymn: Go to Dark Gethsemane (436)  

 

Catechism Memory: The Lord’s Prayer (LSB, pg. 323)

The Second Petition 

Thy kingdom come. 

Preschool + 
What does this mean? 

The kingdom of God certainly comes…

How does God’s kingdom come? 

God’s kingdom comes when…

Third Grade +  

 

Bible Verse Memory: “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” – Matthew 6:33

Monday: Catechism – Lord Teach Us to Pray 

In the Lord’s prayer, Jesus teaches us to pray for what we truly need. Because of our fallen condition, we don’t always know the things we need. Our stomach can’t tell us what kind of food we need. We can ask for a twinkie or a carrot, but only one of those things is what we need. The Lord has to teach us what we need most of all: His name (1st petition), His kingdom (2nd petition), etc. Go through the petitions and list the things we need. 

             

Tuesday: Old Testament – Exodus 20:1-17 

            In the 10 Commandments, God teaches us what is best for us. Because of our fallen condition, we often think we know better than God what is good for us. Our lazy sinful flesh might tell us it’s better to sleep in on a Sunday morning, the Third Commandment teaches that God’s house is a place of prayer and true Sabbath rest for our souls! Go through the 10 Commandments and list what things are best for you? 

Wednesday: “Seeing Is Not Believing” Lenten Sermon Series – Mark 14:32-42

In the Garden of Gethsemane, the disciples saw and heard Jesus praying, but they did not see it with understanding. They were not only literally in the dark of the night, but they were in the dark spiritually, not understanding or grasping by faith what Jesus was about to face. “And he came and found them sleeping…”  How does Jesus respond to their lack of understanding? (vs. 41). Only later they’re eyes are open. When and how?   

Thursday: Holy Gospel –  John 2:13-25

Why did Jesus make a whip of cords and drive out the money-changers from the temple? Why do Jesus’ actions in the temple remind the disciples of the verse that says, “Zeal for your house will consume me.”? Where and how was the true Temple destroyed?  

Friday: Hymn of the Day –  May God Bestow on Us His Grace (824)

Luther’s understanding of right worship can be summed up with the German word, Gottesdienst, that is, Divine Service. In this Divine Service God first serves man, and then Christians return thanks and praise to God. Look at the first stanza. Which aspect of Divine Service is being described? How is God serving the people of the earth? What is the goal of that service? 

 

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 

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” – Matthew 6:33

Catechism Memory: The Lord’s Prayer – Second Petition and Explanation   

Thy kingdom come. 

What does this mean? 

The kingdom of God certainly comes by itself without our prayer, but we pray in this petition that it may come to us also. 

 

How does God’s kingdom come? 

God’s kingdom comes when our heavenly Father gives us His Holy Spirit, so that by His grace we believe His holy Word and lead godly lives here in time and there in eternity. 

 

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  

 

Lord, Thee I Love with All My Heart (708)

 

Family Prayers 

 

For___________________, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.  

 

Lord’s Prayer