Learning the Faith By Heart

Speaking, Praying, and Singing God’s Word Together  

The Week of November 26 – December 3

Preparing for the First Sunday in Advent 

 

Hymn of the Week: Savior of the Nations, Come (332) 

 

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

 

Bible Verse Memory: “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” – Mark 11:9b

 

Monday: Old Testament – Isaiah 64:1-9

Isaiah describes God as an artist. “You are our potter; we are the work of your hands” (64:9).  During the season of Advent, we appreciate lots of art: special decorations, lights, the Advent wreath, etc. But during Advent we see something even more beautiful: God’s plan of salvation for sinners! Explore the artwork in church or school. How does Christian art help our understanding of God’s Word? Review the significance of the Advent wreath. What are the colors? What do they symbolize? 

 

Tuesday: Holy Gospel – Mark 11:1-10 

             Advent comes from the Latin word “adventus,” which means “coming.”  During this season of the church year, we will be preparing to celebrate Jesus’ coming at Christmas. Why do you think we start Advent with Jesus riding into Jerusalem? What does that event teach us about why Jesus came? Why do you think we start we start Holy Communion by singing the same words the crowds in Jerusalem? 

 

Wednesday: Commemoration of Noah
Prayer: Almighty and eternal God, according to Your strict judgment You condemned the unbelieving world through the flood, yet according to Your great mercy You preserved believing Noah and his family, eight souls in all. Grant that we may be kept safe and secure in the holy ark of the Christian Church, so that with all believers in Your promise, we would be declared worthy of eternal life; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.  

                         

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 – 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 

             In Advent we prepare to celebrate the greatest gift that has ever been given – God’s own Son, Jesus Christ! What are the gifts the Apostle gives thanks for in these verses? Read vs. 7. Why/when are these gifts so valuable?  

 

 

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 

 

“Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” – Mark 11:9b

 

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

 

Savior of the Nations, Come (332) 

 

 

Family Prayers 

 For___________________, let us pray to the Lord.

 

Lord, have mercy.  Lord’s Prayer