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

                                        for the week of 20 - 26 September (Proper 21)



                     Theme:  BECAUSE GOD BLESSES WE CAN BE A BLESSING



            VERSE:  "ALLELUIA!  Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.  ALLELUIA!"  (Mk. 9:50b; VERSE)


            + HYMNS FOR NEXT SUNDAY:  768; 505*; 708 in Lutheran Service Book.  (In Lutheran Worship:  155; 170*; 413.  In The Lutheran Hymnal:  231; 247*; 429.  Meditate on and learn by heart the hymn(s) marked with an asterisk (*).)


   768  To God the Holy Spirit Let Us Pray
   505*  Triune God, Be Thou Our Stay
   708  Lord, Thee I Love with All My Heart



            + THE Psalm 104:27-35  (Pray the Psalm daily [in its entirety, if possible])



                                           THE PROPERS FOR NEXT SUNDAY



            + Psalm 104:27-35:  With this psalm we are led to confess the awesome power and majesty of the Lord.  All life is dependent on him.  Nothing comes into being apart from the Lord's creating it, and nothing survives except by the Lord's continuing provision for it.  Truly we do right to fear his wrath and to love and trust in him for his abundant grace and mercy.  Praise the Lord, who created and sustains all things. 

            + Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29:  Moses wished he were dead.  He felt burdened beyond what he could bear when the people turned up their noses at God's gift of manna and demanded something else.  But God was merciful to Moses.  He appointed seventy men to share Moses' responsibility for the people and blessed them with the Spirit to be equipped for their work. Moses was glad for the help, but glad especially that God blessed his people for service.

            + James 5:1-20:  St. James gives us much to consider in this reading as he writes about the ways in which our Christian faith will evidence itself in the way we live.  He doesn't pull any punches with respect to those who have much.  He points us away from ourselves to a sincere concern and love for others, in thought and prayer but also in word and in deed.  God grant us to respond to his love in Christ with heartfelt concern and love for others.

            + Saint Mark 9:38-50:  Jesus commends service in his name, whoever might do it and however insignificant it might seem.  He also warns against the opposite, being the cause of someone falling away from Christ.  It would be far better to die prior to doing anything of that sort than to incur such great guilt.  As God's people we will meet with trials and challenges in the world, but we should continue in the faith and the company of other believers.



                                             DAILY READINGS FOR THE WEEK


            Monday:           Nehemiah 4:7-23                               1 Timothy 3:1-16

            Tuesday:           Nehemiah 5:1-16; 6:1-9, 15-16         1 Timothy 4:1-16

            Wednesday:     Nehemiah 7:1-4; 8:1-18                    1 Timothy 5:1-16

            Thursday:         Nehemiah 9:1-21                               1 Timothy 5:17-6:2

            Friday:              Nehemiah 9:22-38                             1 Timothy 6:3-21

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

                              OR Malachi 1:1-14                                   Matthew 3:1-17

            Sunday:            Malachi 2:1-3:5                                  Matthew 4:1-11



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



THE SECOND ARTICLE:  And [I believe] in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried.  He descended into hell.  The third day He rose again from the dead.  He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty. From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.



            THE COLLECT FOR NEXT SUNDAY [Proper 21]  "Everlasting Father, source of every blessing, mercifully direct and govern us by Your Holy Spirit that we may complete the works You have prepared for us to do; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever."  AMEN!