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

                                        for the week of 16 - 22 October (PROPER 24)



                                                  Theme:  GOD IS IN CONTROL!


            VERSE:  “ALLELUIA!  You have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority.  ALLELUIA!”  (Colossians 2:10; VERSE)


            + HYMNS FOR NEXT SUNDAY:  734; 737; 940*; 822 in Lutheran Service Book.  (In Lutheran Worship:  406; 424; 171*; 437.  In The Lutheran Hymnal:  524; 535; 250*; 23.  Meditate on and learn by heart the hymn(s) marked with an asterisk (*).)


  734 I Trust, O Lord, Your Holy Name
  737 Rejoice, My Heart, Be Glad and Sing
  940* Holy God, We Praise THY Name
  822 Alleluia! Let Praises Ring



            + THE PSALM:  Psalm 96:1-13  (Pray the Psalm daily)



                                           THE PROPERS FOR NEXT SUNDAY



            + Psalm 96:1-13 The psalmist calls on all people and indeed the earth itself to praise the Lord for his splendor and majesty and righteousness and truth.  He rules over all things and in the end will judge all people with justice.  He alone is truly God and Lord.  He deserves our heartfelt praise and honor!

            + Isaiah 45:1-7:  The Lord identifies Cyrus the Great, the pagan king of Persia, as his anointed one, his messiah.  This seems a surprising message, but it shows that God is sovereign over all of creation.  Even wicked and evil men who reject his lordship must bow to his purposes.  Isaiah’s prophecy reminds us of the awesome power and might of God.  We can trust him in everything!

            + 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10:  Paul rejoices in the faith, hope, and love evident in the lives of the Christians in Thessalonica.  They are God’s workmanship, chosen by him in love and brought to faith through the Spirit working in the Word.  In that same Spirit they eagerly, “wait for [God’s] Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come” (v. 10).  May God work powerfully in us to produce such faith and all its fruits!

            + Matthew 22:15-22:  Once again Jesus’ enemies sought to trap him.  Answer “yes” and the people would reject him, answer “no” and the government would arrest him.  Instead he reveals their hypocrisy.  They claimed to be righteous under the law, but transgressed their own teaching of that law by carrying around a graven image, the portrait of Caesar.  Honor God, Jesus says, and pay your taxes—and don’t test the Lord. 



                                             DAILY READINGS FOR THE WEEK


            Monday:           Deuteronomy 14:1-2, 22-23, 28-15:15    Matthew 13:24-43

            Tuesday:           Deuteronomy 15:19-16:22                      Matthew 13:44-58

            Wednesday:     Deuteronomy 17:1-20                             Matthew 14:1-21

            Thursday:         Deuteronomy 18:1-22                             Matthew 14:22-36

            Friday:              Deuteronomy 19:1-20                             Matthew 15:1-20

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

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

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



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



THE THIRD COMMANDMENT:  Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God so that we do not despise preaching and His Word, but hold it sacred and gladly hear and learn it.

THE FOURTH COMMANDMENT:  Honor your father and your mother.

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God so that we do not despise or anger our parents and other authorities, but honor them, serve and obey them, love and cherish them.



            THE COLLECT FOR NEXT SUNDAY [Proper 24] “O God, the protector of all who trust in You, have mercy on us that with You as our ruler and guide we may so pass through things temporal that we lose not the things eternal; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.”  AMEN!