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

                                for the week of 26 August - 1 September (PROPER 17)



                       Theme:  WE ARE CALLED TO HUMBLE TRUST AND LOVE



            VERSE:  "ALLELUIA!  Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.  ALLELUIA!" (Lk. 14:11; VERSE)


            + HYMNS FOR NEXT SUNDAY:  842; 625*; 683; 685; 824 in Lutheran Service Book. (In Lutheran Worship:  394; 248*; 280; 381; 288.  In The Lutheran Hymnal:  312*; 349; 409; 500.  Meditate on and learn by heart the hymn(s) marked with an asterisk (*).)


   842  Son of God, Eternal Savior
   625*  Lord Jesus Christ, Life - Giving Bread
   683  Jesus, Thy Boundless Love to Me
   685  Let Us Ever Walk with Jesus
   824  May God Bestow on Us His Grace



            + THE Psalm 131:1-3:   (Pray the Psalm daily)



                                           THE PROPERS FOR NEXT SUNDAY


            + Psalm 131:1-3  What a wonderful prayer of trust the psalmist presents here, what an engaging illustration he uses to portray the believer relying on the Lord's wisdom and love:  a young child finding calm and peace on its mother's lap.  We need not search out the secret things of God; they are beyond our understanding in any event.  But our lack of understanding and control need not frustrate us, for we are in good hands.  May we humbly trust the Lord.          

            + Proverbs 25:2-10:  Some of the wisdom in this reading is illustrated by Jesus' teaching in the appointed Gospel.  It's good advice in life, but it is eternally important when God is the King.  May he grant us a proper regard for ourselves lest we exalt ourselves or place ourselves in opposition to him only to suffer the ultimate humiliation.

            + Hebrews 13:1-17:  As he brings his letter to a close, the author calls on his readers to let their faith be evident in the way they live.  Caring for others and living contentedly are a thankful and trusting response to the God who has loved us and promises never to abandon us.  Even persecution can be endured when we are certain of his love.  May God's promise, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you" (v. 5), along with all the evidence of his faithfulness to his people lead us to live in trust and love.

            + Luke 14:1-14:  It is a universal human trait that we want the best for ourselves.  As Jesus saw this desire working itself out at a banquet, he took the opportunity to use this as a teachable moment.  It is important not to think too highly of ourselves, the opinion that matters is that of our judge.  He sees not just what we do, but why.  Jesus came into the world as a servant, devoting himself to humble service and helping those who could not reciprocate.  May he lead us to follow him in both attitude and action. 



                                             DAILY READINGS FOR THE WEEK


            Monday:                1 Kings 8:22-30, 46-63                  2 Corinthians 4:1-18     

            Tuesday:               1 Kings 9:1-9; 10:1-13                   2 Corinthians 5:1-21

            Wednesday:          1 Kings 11:1-26                             2 Corinthians 6:1-18

            Thursday:              1 Kings 11:42-12:19                      2 Corinthians 7:1-16

            Friday:                   1 Kings 12:20-13:5, 33-34             2 Corinthians 8:1-24

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

                                 OR   1 Kings 16:29-17:24                      2 Corinthians 9:1-15

            Sunday:                 1 Kings 18:1-19                             Ephesians 1:1-23



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



Who receives this sacrament worthily?  Fasting and bodily preparation are certainly fine outward training.  But that person is truly worthy and well prepared who has faith in these words:  Given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins.  But anyone who does not believe these words or doubts them is unworthy and unprepared, for the words, "for you" require all hearts to believe.


            THE COLLECT FOR NEXT SUNDAY [Proper 17] "O Lord of grace and mercy, teach us by Your Holy Spirit to follow the example of Your Son in true humility, that we may withstand the temptations of the devil and with pure hearts and minds avoid ungodly pride; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever."  AMEN!