Learning the Faith By Heart

Speaking, Praying, and Singing God’s Word Together

 

The Week of December 3 – December 10 

Preparing for the Second Sunday in Advent

 

Hymn of the Week: On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry (344)

 

GLCA Learn by Heart Hymn: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (357)

 

Bible Verse Memory: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.” – Luke 3:4

 

Monday: Old Testament – Isaiah 40:1-11

What “warfare is ended” (v. 2) with the arrival of the Messiah? In what ways did our warfare end with the work our King did at His first coming? In what ways will it not end until His final arrival? How does it change the lives of us guilty people when we hear that our “iniquity is pardoned” (v. 2)? List some ways “the glory of the Lord” (v. 5) was revealed at the King’s first coming. Are there any additional ways it will be revealed when He returns? – LCMS Worship Hymn of the Day Studies, pg. 6

 

Tuesday: Holy Gospel – Mark 1:1-8

John the Baptizer prepared the way for Jesus’ arrival by spreading the message of baptism and repentance. Read the Fourth Part of Luther’s explanation of Holy Baptism on page 325 of your hymnal. How can remembering our Baptism serve to prepare us for Jesus’ arrival?

 

Wednesday: Commemoration of St. Nicholas of Myra, Pastor

Almighty God, You bestowed upon Your servant Nicholas of Myra the perpetual gift of charity. Grant Your church the grace to deal in generosity and love with children and with all who are poor and distressed and to plead the cause of those who have no helper, especially those tossed by tempests of doubt or grief. We ask this for the sake of Him who have His life for us, Your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. (Celebration of the Saints, pg. 221) For more information on the real Santa Clause, read Julie Stiegemeyer’s, Saint Nicholas: The Real Story of the Christmas Legend
Thursday: Advent Midweek – Genesis 12:1-3; 18:1-15; John 8:48-58

When you understand the Bible as a Book of Advents, especially birth announcements leading to the incarnation of the Son of God in whom you have been given new birth in baptism, then you gain a greater sense of the presence of God for a life of living hope. Read Gen. 12:1-3. How is God present in this birth announcement? Who is “the Lord”? Was Jesus part of this advent to Abraham (see John 8).

 

Friday: Epistle – 2 Peter 3:8-14

To this day, the ministry of forerunner continues in the preaching of the Law and the Gospel and in the Sacrament of Holy Baptism. Through the mouths of pastors, God speaks “tenderly to Jerusalem,” and He comforts His people by pardoning their iniquity (Is. 40:1–2). How does this affect your “waiting” for His coming (2 Peter 3:14). What, specifically, are you waiting for? (2 Peter 3:13).

 

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

“Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.” – Luke 3:4

 

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

On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry (344)

 

Family Prayers

 

Collect for the Week

Stir up our hearts, O Lord, to make ready the way of Your only-begotten Son, that by His coming we may be enabled to serve You with pure minds; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.

 

For___________________, let us pray to the Lord.

 

Lord, have mercy.

Lord’s Prayer