Discussion, Study, and Prayer Guide for God’s Priestly People

                                         for the week of 14 - 20 August (PROPER 15)






            VERSE:  “ALLELUIA!  The Lord builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the outcasts of Israel. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.  ALLELUIA!” (Ps. 147:2-3; VERSE)



            + HYMNS FOR NEXT SUNDAY:  773; 604*; 615; 639; 574 in Lutheran Service Book.  (In Lutheran Worship:  172*; 428.  In The Lutheran Hymnal:  522.  Meditate on and learn by heart the hymn(s) marked with an asterisk (*).)


  773 Hear Us, Father, When We Pray
  604* I Bind unto Myself Today
  615 When in the Hour of Deepest Need
  639 WideOpen Stand the Gates
  574 Before the Throne of God Above



            + THE Psalm 67:1-7 (Pray the Psalm daily)



                                            THE PROPERS FOR NEXT SUNDAY



            + Psalm 67:1-7The psalm is a prayer that God’s gracious rule would extend to the heart of every person on the face of the earth.  The psalmist prays that not a single person would be left out, and so all people would join in praising God for his grace and blessing.  God wants all people to be saved.  May we join in prayer that his salvation would be known to the ends of the earth.

            + Isaiah 56:1, 6-8:  This prophecy reveals very clearly that God’s mercy and grace are not limited to his people Israel, but extend to all who love and trust the Lord, no matter from what nation they come.  Having grown accustomed to this idea, we are less likely to be astonished by it than those in the ancient world, but are perhaps also less appreciative of the amazing breadth of God’s mercy.  May God help us to rejoice in his love for all—and share it with them.

            + Romans 11:1-2a, 13-15, 28-32:  Paul contemplates a strange situation:  God’s people Israel reject the promised Savior, but great masses of pagans trust in him and are received into God's kingdom.  Paul hopes that having distanced themselves from God, Israel too may, as a result of their disobedience, come to recognize his mercy.  Paul doesn’t prophesy this will happen, but he prays that all people would come to believe.  May this be our prayer as well.

            + Matthew 15:21-28:  This brief account truly is a great gospel treasure.  Taking the Canaanite woman as an example, Luther urges us to trap Jesus with his own Word.  This “foreigner” accepts the Lord’s judgment, “You say I’m a dog?  Okay, then treat me like one!  Crumbs are all I need!”  May this woman’s great faith encourage us in trusting the one who is able and willing to graciously provide us with everything we need.



                                            DAILY READINGS FOR THE WEEK


            Monday:                2 Samuel 1:1-27                           1 Corinthians 7:25-40

            Tuesday:               2 Samuel 5:1-25                           1 Corinthians 8:1-13

            Wednesday:          2 Samuel 6:1-19                           1 Corinthians 9:1-23

            Thursday:              2 Samuel 7:1-17                           1 Corinthians 9:24-10:22

            Friday:                   2 Samuel 7:18-29                         1 Corinthians 10:23-11:16

            Saturday:              STUDY the Readings for Sunday (the Propers noted above)

                                                      OR                                    2 Samuel 11:1-27       1 Corinthians 11:17-34

            Sunday:                 2 Samuel 12:1-25                         1 Corinthians 12:1-13



                        CATECHISM FOR THE WEEK:  (Please learn by heart).


CONFESSION:  How Christians should be taught to confess

What is Confession?  Confession has two parts.  First, that we confess our sins, and second, that we receive absolution, that is forgiveness, from the pastor as from God Himself, not doubting, but firmly believing that by it our sins are forgiven before God in heaven.



            THE COLLECT FOR NEXT SUNDAY [Proper 15]  “Almighty and everlasting Father, You give Your children many blessings even though we are undeserving. In every trial and temptation grant us steadfast confidence in Your loving-kindness and mercy; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.”  AMEN!