Weekly Devotions

Collect during a Pandemic

Almighty God, heavenly Father, give us grace to trust You during this time of illness and distress. In mercy put an end to the epidemic that afflicts us. Grant relief to those who suffer, and comfort all that mourn. Sustain all medical personnel in their labors, and cause Your people ever to serve You in righteousness and holiness; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Bible Readings

September 13: 1 Tim. 3:1-16; Neh. 4:7-21
September 14: 1 Tim. 4:1-16; Neh. 5-6
September 15: 1 Tim. 5:1-16; Neh. 7:1-4, 8:1-17
September 16: 1 Tim. 5:17-6:2; Neh. 9:1-21
September 17: 1 Tim. 6:3-21; Neh. 9:22-38
September 18: Matt. 3:1-17; Malachi 1:1-14
September 19: Matt. 4:1-11; Mal. 2:1 – 3:5

Readings from the Small Catechism

“Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 1:13

Connections/Applications, pgs. 261-262
Table of Duties, pgs. 33-36

Other Readings

Hymn: Our Father, Who from Heaven Above (Lutheran Service Book, 766, Stanza 6)
The 32nd Psalm

This Week’s Prayer

Most merciful Father, our sins make us unworthy to ask anything of You. For the sake of Your dear Son, do not condemn us for our sins, but hear our cries for mercy and forgive us our trespasses. Enlivened by Your forgiveness, we, too, pledge to sincerely forgive and gladly do good to those who sin against us, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Lord’s Prayer

This week we are to pray each day with an emphasis on the meaning of each petition of the Lord’s Prayer according to the following:

Our Father…
Adoption as children of God

Hallowed be Thy Name
The preaching of God’s Word

Thy Kingdom Come
The gift of the Holy Spirit

Thy Will be done
Government, sick & suffering

Give us this day our daily bread
All needs for this body and life

Forgive…as we forgive
Reconciliation in families

Lead us not…but deliver us
Strength during temptation

Preparation for Next Week

Next Sunday we will be studying the 6th Petition in the Lord’s Prayer. In preparation for this, we are to read Mark 4:1-20

A Pictorial Representation of The Augsburg Confession, Illustrated by Wenceslas_Hollar