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

                                         for the week of 12 - 18 November (Proper 28)



                                                  Theme:  THE END IS COMING!


            VERSE:  “ALLELUIA!  The one who endures to the end will be saved.  ALLELUIA!”  (Mk. 13:31b; VERSE)


            + HYMNS FOR NEXT SUNDAY:  351; 508*; 755; 673; 645 in Lutheran Service Book.  (In Lutheran Worship:  17; 462*; 265; 307; 291.  In The Lutheran Hymnal:  611*; 590; 618; 467.  Meditate on and learn by heart the hymn(s) marked with an asterisk (*).)


   351  Creator of the Stars of Night-
   508*  The Day is Surely Drawing Near
   755  In the Very Midst of Life
   673  Oh! What Their Joy
   645  Built on the Rock



            + THE Psalm 16:1-11  (Pray the Psalm daily)


                                           THE PROPERS FOR NEXT SUNDAY


            + Psalm 16:1-11  The psalmist praises God for the grace and mercy he has been shown in life. This evidence of God’s goodness gives the psalmist confidence to ask the Lord for protection.  It also allows him to confess his certainty that even in death and on to eternal life God will continue to show him grace and mercy.  What a wonderful psalm to remind us of God’s promises and encourage us to be confident in him both for this life and the next. 

            + Daniel 12:1-3:  In this prophecy Daniel speaks of the last days and the distress God’s people will undergo at that time.  But note the certain hope the prophecy gives us.  The archangel Michael, the commander of God’s heavenly army is assigned to protect believers.  None of God’s people will be lost, not a single one.  As believers we can look forward to the end—look forward because we know God will keep us safe and because we know what joys will follow.

            + Hebrews 10:11-25:  This lesson might be summarized by what St. Paul wrote in Romans 4:25:  “[Jesus] was delivered up [to the cross] for our trespasses and raised for our justification.”  Through Jesus’ blood we have been cleansed and redeemed.  In Christ we have no debt to pay.  To hear this news and be convinced by the Holy Spirit of its truth is a joy and delight. How could we not want to come together to hear the Gospel, rejoice in it, and with it encourage one another?

            + Mark 13:1-13:  In response to the disciples’ comments regarding the splendor of the temple complex, Jesus spoke of its destruction.  (This would take place in the year 70.)  When the disciples asked questions about that, Jesus didn’t give a direct answer, but instead warned them to be prepared for deceptive “signs of the end.”  Civil unrest, natural disasters, persecution for the faith, all these things will be experienced by Christians before the end of the world.  Yet they do not indicate God has lost control nor that he has abandoned his people.  He’s warned us that they will occur, but he promises to be faithful.  Whatever might happen in the world, all who trust in Christ will receive the salvation he has promised.  


                                             DAILY READINGS FOR THE WEEK


            Monday:           Jeremiah 25:1-18                              Matthew 26:1-19

            Tuesday:           Jeremiah 26:1-19                              Matthew 26:20-35

            Wednesday:     Jeremiah 29:1-19                              Matthew 26:36-56

            Thursday:         Jeremiah 30:1-24                              Matthew 26:57-75

            Friday:              Jeremiah 31:1-17, 23-34                   Matthew 27:1-10

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

                              OR Jeremiah 33:1-22                              Matthew 27:11-32

            Sunday:            Jeremiah 37:1-21                              Matthew 27:33-56


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



What does such baptizing with water indicate?  It indicates that the Old Adam in us should by daily contrition and repentance be drowned and die with all sins and evil desires, and that a new man should daily emerge and arise to live before God in righteousness and purity forever.

Where is this written?  St. Paul writes in Romans chapter six:  “We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”


            THE COLLECT FOR NEXT SUNDAY [Proper 28]  “O Lord, by Your bountiful goodness release us from the bonds of our sins, which by reason of our weakness we have brought upon ourselves, that we may stand firm until the day of our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.”  AMEN!