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

             for the week of 14 - 20 January (SECOND SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY)


                              Theme:  GOD’S PEOPLE, SEEING AND BELIEVING


            VERSE:  “ALLELUIA!  This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory.  And his disciples believed in him.  ALLELUIA!”  (Jn. 2:11 VERSE)


            + HYMNS FOR NEXT SUNDAY:  399*; 402; 408; 394; 643 in Lutheran Service Book.  (In Lutheran Worship:  81*; 72; 88; 247.  In The Lutheran Hymnal:  131*; 134. Meditate on and learn by heart the hymn(s) marked with an asterisk (*).)


   399*  The Star Proclaims the King Is Here
   402  The Only Son From Heaven
   408  Come, Join in Cana's Feast
   394  Songs of Thankfulness and Praise
   643  Sent Forth by God's Blessing



            + THE Psalm 128:1-6  (Pray the Psalm daily)


                                           THE PROPERS FOR NEXT SUNDAY


            + Psalm 128:1-6  The psalmist speaks of a number of wonderful blessings:  food, wellbeing, spouse and children.  All these, he indicates, are blessings from the Lord.  But note what he says about who it is that receives them:  “Thus shall the man be blessed who fears the Lord” (v. 4).  Good things come to those who fear the Lord.  But greater than any of these individual blessings is that those who fear the Lord can be happy and content with what they have been given. They know the Giver and they know his good will toward them.  May he grant us godly fear that we may rejoice in his blessings.   

            + Isaiah 62:1-5:  The prophet speaks of the rejoicing that will take place when the Lord returns and dwells among his people with his gracious presence.  What had become deserted and desolate as a result of sin would be restored, and the exalted status that belongs to God’s beloved people would be evident to everyone.  We are reminded in this Epiphany season that God has graciously come among us as one of us to restore us to the glory he planned for his people from all eternity.  

            + 1 Corinthians 12:1-11:  Paul speaks concerning spiritual gifts.  First and foremost he notes that the confession of the true faith is an indication of the Spirit’s presence.  He also insists that just as only those who have received the Spirit can confess Jesus as their Lord, so also the reason why God gives his Spirit is to serve the common good of his people.  That means that God gives gifts to whom he wishes, at the time and in accordance with the type that suits his plans.  Such gifts shouldn’t be a cause of pride; instead they should be recognized as bringing opportunity and responsibility to serve God and neighbor.

            + John 2:1-11:  The familiar account of water being changed to wine at the wedding at Cana lets us see what Jesus’ disciples first saw.  In this sign Jesus reveals his glory, bears witness to the fact that he is indeed the Son of God and Savior of the world.  His purpose in this miracle is not just to prevent a social disaster, but to point to himself so that we may believe and trust in him.  As he once revealed himself to his disciples through teaching and miracles, so now he comes to us in word and sacrament.  May he grant us to put our trust in him.


                                             DAILY READINGS FOR THE WEEK


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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



THE FIRST COMMANDMENT:  You shall have no other gods.

What does this mean?  We should fear, love, and trust in God above all things.

THE SECOND COMMANDMENT:  You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God.

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God so that we do not curse, swear, use satanic arts, lie, or deceive by his name, but call upon it in every trouble, pray, praise, and give thanks.


            THE COLLECT FOR NEXT SUNDAY [The Second Sunday after the Epiphany] “Almighty and everlasting God, who governs of 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!