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

                  for the week of 26 October - 1 November (THE FEAST OF ALL SAINTS)



                                                    Theme:  SAINTS BY GRACE


            VERSE:  "ALLELUIA!  Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us [look] to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith.  ALLELUIA!"  (Heb. 12:1a, 2a; VERSE) 



            + HYMNS FOR NEXT SUNDAY:  677; 676*; 747; 639; 563; 667 in Lutheran Service Book. (In Lutheran Worship:  191; 192*.  In The Lutheran Hymnal:  463; 656*.  Meditate on and learn by heart the hymn(s) marked with an asterisk (*).)


   677  For All the Saints
   676*  Behold a Host, Arrayed in White
   747  No Saint on Earth Lives Life to Self Alone
   639  Wide Open Stand the Gates
   563  Jesus, Thy Blood and Rightrousness
   667  Saints, See the Cloud of Whitenesses



            + THE PSALM:  Psalm 149:1-9 (Pray the Psalm daily)


                                           THE PROPERS FOR NEXT SUNDAY


            + Psalm 149:1-9  The psalmist calls for praise and rejoicing, "[because] the Lord takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with salvation" (v. 4).  Truly, what better reason could there be to join in thanking and praising the Lord?  Because of his grace and mercy in Jesus Christ he withholds from us the punishment our sins have earned and gives us instead eternal life and salvation.  He will judge those who set themselves against him, but will graciously bless those who trust in him.  Praise the Lord!

            + Revelation 7:9-17:  The saved in heaven proclaim that salvation belongs to God.  But it is theirs as well–for God has given it to them.  No wonder they join in eternal songs of thanks and praise.  The Lord is with them to watch over them and protect them and provide them with everything they need.  He is their Shepherd.  And he is ours as well, for his care and concern begin in this world and will extend throughout eternity.  How wonderful and caring is the God who loves us.

            + 1 John 3:1-3:  John describes the amazing love of God in that he has made us, lost and condemned sinners, his own children through his Son.  John's words bring out the truly astonishing and amazing nature of this status, and then go on to raise our expectations of even greater honor when God welcomes us into our heavenly home.  What great comfort we have in belonging to God.

            + Matthew 5:1-12:  Jesus describes the saints of God in these verses.  They are not those whom the world would recognize as great, but those who have trusted in him and have received great blessings from a merciful God.  We can be encouraged by Jesus' words as we experience difficulties here, for they do not indicate God's displeasure with us, but come to all who struggle to remain faithful to the Lord in an evil world.  Rejoice and be glad, a heavenly reward awaits all who trust in the Savior.


                                             DAILY READINGS FOR THE WEEK


Monday:                Deuteronomy 28:1-22                   Matthew 18:1-20

Tuesday:               Deuteronomy 29:1-29                   Matthew 18:21-35

Wednesday:          Deuteronomy 30:1-20                   Matthew 19:1-15

Thursday:              Deuteronomy 31:1-29                   Matthew 19:16-30

Friday:                   Deuteronomy 31:30-32:27            Matthew 20:1-16        

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

                                 OR   Deuteronomy 32:28-52                 Matthew 20:17-34

            Sunday:                 Deuteronomy 34:1-12                   Matthew 21:1-22


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



What is the Office of the Keys?  The Office of the Keys is that special authority

which Christ has given to His church on earth to forgive the sins of repentant sinners, but to withhold forgiveness from the unrepentant as long as they do not repent.

Where is this written?  This is what St. John the Evangelist writes in chapter twenty:  The Lord Jesus breathed on His disciples and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit.  If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven."


            THE COLLECT FOR NEXT SUNDAY [Feast of All Saints] "Almighty and everlasting God, You knit together Your faithful people of all times and places into one holy communion, the mystical body of Your Son, Jesus Christ.  Grant us so to follow Your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living that, together with them, we may come to the unspeakable joys You have prepared for those who love You; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever."  AMEN!