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

                  for the week of 21 - 27 October (THE FEAST OF THE REFORMATION)






            VERSE:  "ALLELUIA!  Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.  ALLELUIA!'  (Lk. 12:32; VERSE)


            + HYMNS FOR NEXT SUNDAY:  656; 645*; 634; 563; 647 in Lutheran Service Book. (In Lutheran Worship:  298; 291*; 107; 362; 293.  In The Lutheran Hymnal:  262; 467*; 163; 371; 477.  Meditate on and learn by heart the hymn(s) marked with an asterisk (*).)


   656  A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
   645*  Built on the Rock
   634  The Death of Jesus Christ, Our Lord
   563  Jesus, Thy Blood and Righteousness
   647  Lord Jesus Christ, the Church's Head



            + THE Psalm 46:1-11  (Pray the Psalm daily)



                                           THE PROPERS FOR NEXT SUNDAY


            + Psalm 46:1-11  This psalm was the inspiration for Luther's hymn:  A Mighty Fortress.  It is a psalm that encourages God's people and strengthens them in the face of every difficulty with the simple assurance:  "The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress."  No matter what might happen, in the end he will be victorious–and with him all who have trusted in him.   

            + Revelation 14:6-7:  Having been warned about the grave danger of false and deceitful teaching, the Beloved Apostle is shown that God will not allow the truth to be silenced.  He continues to send his messengers with the pure Gospel so that people may know the truth that salvation is a gift of God–by grace, through faith; so that people may believe and be saved.  God grant that we may always trust this true teaching, to life and salvation.   

            + Romans 3:19-28:  St. Paul takes on the idea that if we are good, God will be happy with us.  Not so, he says.  It is impossible for any mere human being to be good enough.  God is happy with us only because of what one who was not merely human but also divine has done.  All who trust in Jesus Christ–his perfect life and his suffering on their behalf–God declares "not guilty" and regards as holy.  God deserves all the credit for any good in us.

            + John 8:31-36:  This lesson builds on the reading from Romans.  Both Christian discipleship and freedom from sin are possible only through connection with Jesus Christ.  Without the truth of God in Jesus and his word, human beings have no real hope of heaven.  With Jesus, however, that hope is certain.  God grant that we may know and cling to his truth.  Then we will be his and have a place in his kingdom forever.



                                             DAILY READINGS FOR THE WEEK


            Monday:                Deuteronomy 20:1-20                   Matthew 15:21-39        

            Tuesday:               Deuteronomy 21:1-23                   Matthew 16:1-12

            Wednesday:          Deuteronomy 24:10-25:10            Matthew 16:13-28

            Thursday:              Deuteronomy 25:17-26:19            Matthew 17:1-13

            Friday:                   Deuteronomy 27:1-26                   Matthew 17:14-27

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

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

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



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



THE FIRST ARTICLE:  What does this mean? [part 2]

He richly and daily provides me with all that I need to support this body and life.  He defends me against all danger and guards and protects me from all evil.  All this He does only out of fatherly, divine goodness and mercy, without any merit or worthiness in me.  For all this it is my duty to thank and praise, serve and obey Him.  This is most certainly true.



            THE COLLECT FOR NEXT SUNDAY [Feast of the Reformation] "Almighty and gracious Lord, pour out Your Holy Spirit on Your faithful people.  Keep us steadfast in Your grace and truth, protect and deliver us in times of temptation, defend us against all enemies, and grant to Your Church Your saving peace; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever."  AMEN!