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

for the week of 18 - 24 January (FESTIVAL OF ST. TIMOTHY, PASTOR AND CONFESSOR)





            VERSE:  "ALLELUIA!  The saying is trustworthy that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.  ALLELUIA!"  (1Ti. 1:15a, b; VERSE)


            + HYMNS FOR NEXT SUNDAY:  602; 682; 864; 644; 655* in Lutheran Service Book.  (In Lutheran Worship:  258; 471; 289; 334*.  In The Lutheran Hymnal:  483; 628; 473; 261*.  Meditate on and learn by heart the hymn(s) marked with an asterisk (*).)


   602  The Gifts Christ Freely Gives
   682  God of the Prophets, Bless the Prophets' Sons
   864  Shepherd of Tender Youth
   644  The Church's One Foundation
   655*  Lord, Keep Us Steadfast In Your Word



            + THE Psalm 71:15-24  (Pray the Psalm daily, [the whole psalm if possible.])



                                           THE PROPERS FOR NEXT SUNDAY


            + Psalm 71:15-24:  This selection from the psalm is a fitting one for the Festival of St. Timothy as it speaks of proclaiming the Lord's deeds of righteousness and then does exactly that.  The psalmist praises God for redeeming him and confesses that the Lord will revive him from calamities, comfort him, and raise him up from the depths of the earth.  Also, as Timothy "from infancy" had known "the holy Scriptures" (2 Ti. 3:15), so the psalmist speaks of God having taught him from his youth.  The Lord grant us such a faith and love for his word.      

            + Acts 16:1-5:  This reading serves to introduce Timothy to us.  The son of a religiously mixed marriage, his mother and grandmother had raised him in the faith and he had come to believe God's promises.  At St. Paul's encouragement he became a fellow missionary of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and a pastor.  The example of St. Paul is one we might well emulate, encouraging young men to take up the mantle of ministry and become pastors, undershepherds of the great Shepherd and Overseer of our souls, Jesus Christ.

            + 1 Timothy 6:11-16:  St. Paul combines admonishment and doxology as he approaches the end of his letter to his younger colleague and son in the faith Timothy.  His words remind us of the challenges of life in this world.  The life of faith is a life of fighting against the devil, the world, and even our own sinful flesh.  But the fight is worth it, lest we lose our grip on the eternal life and heavenly blessedness prepared for us and given to us by "the Lord Jesus Christ . . . the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords.  God strengthen and preserve us in the faith until our Savior appears and takes us to eternal glory.

            + Matthew 24:42-47:  In this reading Jesus warns his disciples, and us, that the end of the world will come suddenly, unexpectedly.  It will be a surprise.  But he doesn't want us to be unprepared.  He encourages us to be sober and watchful all of the time so that we are ready at any moment to welcome him.  May he help us, through faithful attention to his Word and frequent reception of his Supper-the very things he has commanded us to be about-to be prepared when he comes again.


                                             DAILY READINGS FOR THE WEEK


            Monday:                Ezekiel 40:1-4; 43:1-12                 Romans 8:18-39

            Tuesday:               Ezekiel 44:1-16, 23-29                  Romans 9:1-18

            Wednesday:          Ezekiel 47:1-14, 21-23                  Romans 9:19-33

            Thursday:              Joel 1:1-20                                    Romans 10:1-21

            Friday:                   Joel 2:1-17                                    Romans 11:1-24

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

                                 OR   Joel 2:18-32                                  Romans 11:25-12:13

            Sunday:                 Joel 3:1-21                                    Romans 12:14-13:14


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



THE FIRST ARTICLE:  I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

What does this mean?  [part 1]  I believe that God has made me and all creatures; that He has given me my body and soul, eyes, ears, and all my members, my reason and all my senses, and still takes care of them.  He also gives me clothing and shoes, food and drink, house and home, wife and children, land, animals, and all I have.


            THE COLLECT FOR NEXT SUNDAY [Festival of St. Timothy] "Lord Jesus Christ, You have always given to Your Church on earth faithful shepherds such as Timothy to guide and feed Your flock.  Make all pastors diligent to preach Your holy Word and administer Your means of grace, and grant Your people wisdom to follow in the way that leads to life eternal; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever."  AMEN!