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

                                            for the week of 19 - 25 June (PROPER 7)



                                                     Theme:  GOD IS FAITHFUL


            VERSE:  “ALLELUIA!  Everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven.  ALLELUIA!” (Mt. 10:32; VERSE)


            + HYMNS FOR NEXT SUNDAY:  726; 736; 659*; 754 in Lutheran Service Book.  (In Lutheran Worship:  419; 301*; 427.  In The Lutheran Hymnal:  258*; 520.  Meditate on and learn by heart the hymn(s) marked with an asterisk (*).)


  726 Evening and Morning
  736 Consider How the Birds Above
  659* Lord of Our Life
  754 Entrust Your Days and Burdens



            + THE Psalm 91:1-16  (Pray the Psalm daily)



                                           THE PROPERS FOR NEXT SUNDAY


            + Psalm 91:1-16  The psalmist speaks of the security God’s people have in the round-the-clock concern and protection of a loving and powerful God.  As if that weren’t enough, he also assigns angels to protect his people.  To top it all off, at the end of the psalm God himself speaks, promising protection and rescue.  What a wonderful psalm of assurance and comfort for us as we live in a world of difficulty and trouble.  How can we not trust the one who sealed all these wonderful promises by giving his Son for us? 

            + Jeremiah 20:7-13:  The prophet brings a complaint against the Lord.  Because he faithfully speaks the message of judgment God has given him, he faces threats and persecution.  And yet he has no choice, he cannot keep quiet.  The opposition he faces, however, does not cause Jeremiah to give up hope.  He trusts that God is righteous and will in the end punish those who oppose his servant.  Surely, such a just and faithful God is to be praised!

            + Romans 6:12-23:  In this lesson St. Paul speaks seriously about sin and the death to which it leads.  He warns about letting sin rule over us, about thinking we might be able to somehow domesticate it.  That’s impossible.  Instead he urges us to be devoted to God, who has rescued us from death, and to dedicate ourselves to living in heartfelt obedience to God.  It’s a stark truth, but St. Paul tells us that either we serve sin and earn death, or serve God having received the gracious gift of life in Christ Jesus.  God grant us to follow Christ. 

            + Matthew 10:5a, 21-33:  Jesus makes it clear that Christians should not expect to be spared from difficulties in this life.  After all, look what happened to him!  There is, he says, a fate even worse than being killed for your faith—suffering eternal punishment for renouncing the faith. Jesus assures us that he loves us and has the power to preserve us.  With this encouragement, the lesson closes calling us urgently to remain faithful to Christ.  God grant us the faith and confidence to continue trusting him, and to remain faithful even in the midst of difficulty and hardship.


                                             DAILY READINGS FOR THE WEEK


            Monday:                Proverbs 22:1-21                          John 18:1-14

            Tuesday:               Proverbs 22:22-23:12                   John 18:15-40

            Wednesday:          Proverbs 24:1-22                          John 19:1-22

            Thursday:              Proverbs 25:1-22                          John 19:23-42

            Friday:                   Proverbs 27:1-24                          John 20:1-18

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

                                 OR   Proverbs 30:1-9, 18-33                 John 20:19-31

            Sunday:                 Proverbs 31:10-31                        John 21:1-25


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



The Fifth Petition:   And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.

What does this mean?  We pray in this petition that our Father in heaven would not look at our sins, or deny our prayer because of them.  We are neither worthy of the things for which we pray, nor have we deserved them, but we ask that He would give them all to us by grace, for we daily sin much and surely deserve nothing but punishment.  So we too will sincerely forgive and gladly do good to those who sin against us.


            THE COLLECT FOR NEXT SUNDAY [Proper 7] “O God, because Your abiding presence always goes with us, keep us aware of Your daily mercies that we may live secure and content in Your eternal love; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.”  AMEN!