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

                                               for the week of 9 - 15 July (Proper 10)



                             Theme:  WITH FAITHFULNESS COMES SUFFERING


            VERSE:  “ALLELUIA!  Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  ALLELUIA!” (Mt. 5:10; VERSE)


            + HYMNS FOR NEXT SUNDAY:  585; 743*; 618; 716; 708 in Lutheran Service Book.  (In Lutheran Worship:  344; 270*; 242; 391; 413.  In The Lutheran Hymnal:  292; 347*; 315; 413; 429.  Meditate on and learn by heart the hymn(s) marked with an asterisk (*).)


  585  Lord Jesus Christ, with Us Abide
  743*  Jesus, Priceless Treasure
  618  I Come, O Savior, to Thy Table
  716  I Walk in Danger All the Way
  708  Lord, Thee I Love with All My Heart



            + THE Psalm 85:1-13  (Pray the Psalm daily)



                                           THE PROPERS FOR NEXT SUNDAY


            + Psalm 85:1-11  This song is at once a confession of faith and an expression of praise.  It looks back on the mercy the Lord had shown his people in the past, prays that the he would restore his people again, and then praises him in the confident faith that his goodness is forthcoming.  Surely the psalmist’s confidence was vindicated, and ours will be too, for the Lord is good, and his faithfulness endures forever.  The Lord is merciful to those who repent and pray for restoration.

            + Amos 7:7-15:  Because he prophesied God’s word of judgment on rebellious Israel, Amos was accused of treason.  But note who was truly treasonous.  It’s Amaziah who calls the sanctuary of the Lord at Bethel (which means “House of God”), “the king’s sanctuary.”  Amos responds to the accusation by referring to his call.  It was God who made him a prophet and he would speak God’s word, whether people were happy to hear it or not.  This text encourages us to evaluate our hearing of God’s word, to evaluate it and repent.

            + Ephesians 1:3-14:  St. Paul reminds us of all the good things God has done for us.  He chose us in eternity, predestined us for salvation, redeemed us from sin, enlightened us to know the glory he has planned for us, claimed us as his own, brought us into communion with Christ, and sealed us with the Holy Spirit.  It’s enough to make you feel kind of special, isn’t it?  God wants you to know that you are special to him.  That’s why he sent his Son for you.

            + Saint Mark 6:14-29:  There is a great contrast in this reading.  On the one hand is Herod.  His actions in this vivid account teach us the danger of making rash promises, and show us how a guilty conscience allows no peace.  Sadly we can see in Herod our own proclivity for letting what we want take priority over what’s right.  On the other hand is faithful John, who was martyred because he wouldn’t compromise God’s word.  How unfair it seems, and yet God’s justice prevails.  May he grant us strength to be faithful to him even when faithfulness is costly.   



                                             DAILY READINGS FOR THE WEEK


            Monday:           Judges 4:1-24                                    Acts 14:1-18

            Tuesday:           Judges 6:1-24                                    Acts 14:19-15:5

            Wednesday:     Judges 6:25-40                                  Acts 15:6-21

            Thursday:         Judges 7:1-23                                    Galatians 1:1-24

            Friday:              Judges 13:1-25                                  Galatians 2:1-21

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

                              OR Judges 14:1-20                                  Galatians 3:1-22

            Sunday:            Judges 15:1-16:3                               Galatians 3:23-4:11


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



THE FIRST ARTICLE:  I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

What does this mean?  [part 1]  I believe that God has made me and all creatures; that He has given me my body and soul, eyes, ears, and all my members, my reason and all my senses, and still takes care of them.  He also gives me clothing and shoes, food and drink, house and home, wife and children, land, animals, and all I have.


            THE COLLECT FOR NEXT SUNDAY [Proper 10] “O Lord, You granted Your prophets strength to resist the temptations of the devil and courage to proclaim repentance. Give us pure hearts and minds to follow Your Son faithfully even into suffering and death; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.”  AMEN!