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

                             for the week of 20 - 26 May (SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER)



                                 Theme:  IN JESUS WE HAVE PEACE FOREVER


            VERSE:  "ALLELUIA!  We know that Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him.  ALLELUIA!  In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.  ALLELUIA!"  (Rom 6:9, Jn 16:33b; VERSE)


            + HYMNS FOR NEXT SUNDAY:  556 vv 1-4*; 556 vv 5-10*; 672; 548 Lutheran Service Book. (In Lutheran Worship:  353 vv 1-4*; 353 vv 5-10*; 309.  In The Lutheran Hymnal:  387 vv 1-4*; 387 vv 5-10*; 603; 207.  Meditate on and learn by heart the hymn(s) marked with an asterisk (*).)


   556 vv 1-4  Dear Christians, One and All, Rejoice
   556 vv 5-10*  Dear Christians, One and All, Rejoice
   672  Jerusalem the Golden
   548  Thanks to Thee, O Christ, Victorious



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



                                           THE PROPERS FOR NEXT SUNDAY


            + Psalm 67:1-7  This psalm is a wonderful prayer that parallels part of the Lord's Prayer.  The psalm asks that God would bless us so that we keep his name holy and are citizens of his kingdom.  The natural result of living in harmony with God's gracious will is that rather than bringing punishment on ourselves we would experience the joy of peace with God and contentment in his care.  What a wonderful blessing that would be!

            + Acts 16:9-15:  In this lesson Luke records how God directed and blessed the work of his Apostle to the Gentiles.  St. Paul and his companions had intended to continue proclaiming the Gospel in Asia Minor, but in a vision God led them into Europe.  At Philippi he blessed their conversation, resulting in baptisms and faith and hospitality which provided more opportunities to share the Gospel.  May God help us recognize opportunities to share the good news about Jesus and bless our sharing to the glory of his name.

            + Revelation 21:9-14, 21-27:  St. John uses sometimes strange and fantastic symbolism to describe the wonders God revealed to him.  Here the beauty and glory of heaven are presented as consisting of perfect symmetry and amazing brilliance.  Perhaps most importantly, the city is without a temple and neither sun nor moon is necessary because God himself is present.  Imagine the joy that will be ours when we live with God in this glorious place.  

            + John 16:23-33:  In a continuation of the Gospel lesson from last week, Jesus is preparing his disciples for his departure.  He does this by promising that the Father will hear their prayers in his name, by telling them he is going to the Father, and by warning them in advance of the tribulation he was about to face which his followers also would experience in this world.  In this teaching we see Jesus' compassion and love for the apostles.  May this rich comfort and the clear warning of his teaching allow us, whatever comes our way in life, to know his peace.


                                             DAILY READINGS FOR THE WEEK


            Monday:                Leviticus 21:1-24                           Luke 12:1-12

            Tuesday:               Leviticus 23:1-22                           Luke 12:13-34

            Wednesday:          Leviticus 23:23-44                         Luke 12:35-53

            Thursday:              Leviticus 24:1-23                           Luke 12:54-13:17

            Friday:                   Leviticus 26:1-20                           Luke 13:18-35

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

                                 OR   Leviticus 26:21-33, 39-44             Luke 14:1-24

            Sunday:                 Numbers 3:1-16, 39-48                 Luke 14:25-15:10


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



The Sixth Petition:   And lead us not into temptation.

What does this mean?  God tempts no one.  We pray in this petition that God would guard and keep us so that the devil, the world, and our sinful nature may not deceive us or mislead us into false belief, despair, and other great shame and vice.  Although we are attacked by these things, we pray that we may finally overcome them and win the victory.


            THE COLLECT FOR NEXT SUNDAY [Sixth Sunday of Easter] "O God, the Giver of all that is good, by Your holy inspiration grant that we may think those things that are right and by Your merciful guiding accomplish them; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever."  AMEN!