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

             for the week of 13 - 19 January (SECOND SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY)





            VERSE:  "ALLELUIA.  Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!  ALLELUIA."  (Jn. 1:29b; VERSE)


            + HYMNS FOR NEXT SUNDAY:  540*; 402; 438; 624; 834 in Lutheran Service Book. (In Lutheran Worship:  72; 111; 319.  In The Lutheran Hymnal:  142.  Meditate on and learn by heart the hymn(s) marked with an asterisk (*).)


   540*  Christ, the Word of God Incarnate
   402  The Only Son from Heaven
   438  A Lamb Goes Uncomplaining Forth
   624  The Infant Priest Was Holy Born
   834  O God, O Lord of Heaven and Earth



            + THE Psalm 40:1-11   (Pray the Psalm daily [in its entirety if possible])



                                           THE PROPERS FOR NEXT SUNDAY


            + Psalm 40:1-11:  The psalmist writes of a new song the Lord has inspired.  This new song is a song of praise to God.  Because God has heard his prayer and redeemed him, the psalmist is unrestrained in sharing the good news that God delivers and saves those who hear his word and depend on his promises.  The Lord grant us open ears to hear what he has done, and also ready tongues to speak of his faithfulness and salvation.

            + Isaiah 49:1-7:  This section of Isaiah describes the Servant of the Lord and his work.  In effect, it's the Lord Jesus himself who speaks these words.  He is the Lord's instrument, and his purpose is to call God's people back to himself, but even more–to call all people to the Lord and to bring salvation "to the ends of the earth."  During the Epiphany season we are reminded that God wants all people to hear the Gospel and trust the Savior.  May we imitate the Lord Jesus as willing instruments of his purposes. 

            + 1 Corinthians 1:1-9:  As Paul opens this letter, he speaks of the grace God has showered on all believers through his Holy Spirit.  Through that Spirit believers are confirmed and kept strong in their faith in God's Word.  They are also given the desire to follow God's will and strengthened to resist the temptations that surround them.  God grant that his Spirit would accomplish these things in us and prepare us to greet the Lord at his coming.

            + John 1:29-42a:  The Baptizer serves as a wonderful example of humble Christian witness.  He isn't concerned to make a name for himself or serve his own purposes, but directs even those who have been following him to Jesus, "the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world" (Jn. 1:29).  It isn't long before John's disciples, at least some of them, are convinced by Jesus' teaching and share even more broadly the message, "We have found the Messiah' (Jn. 1:41).  May knowing Jesus' identity and love prompt us also to respond by sharing the good news!



                                             DAILY READINGS FOR THE WEEK


            Monday:                Ezekiel 36:13-28                           Romans 4:1-25

            Tuesday:               Ezekiel 36:33-37:14                      Romans 5:1-21

            Wednesday:          Ezekiel 37:15-28                           Romans 6:1-23

            Thursday:              Ezekiel 38:1-23                             Romans 7:1-20

            Friday:                   Ezekiel 39:1-10, 17-29                  Romans 7:21-8:17

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

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

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



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



The Seventh Petition:   But deliver us from evil.

What does this mean?  We pray in this petition, in summary, that our Father in heaven would rescue us from every evil of body and soul, possessions and reputation, and finally, when our last hour comes, give us a blessed end, and graciously take us from this valley of sorrow to Himself in heaven.



            THE COLLECT FOR NEXT SUNDAY [The Second Sunday After the Epiphany] "Almighty and everlasting God, who governs all things in heaven and on earth, mercifully hear the prayers of Your people, and grant us Your peace through all our days; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever."  AMEN!