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

                        for the week of 30 March - 5 April (SUNDAY OF THE PASSION)


                          Theme:  CHRIST WAS VICTORIOUS IN DEATH FOR US


            VERSE:  "He humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross."  (Phil. 2:8b)


            + HYMNS FOR NEXT SUNDAY:  443; 438*; 634; 624; 455 in Lutheran Service Book. (In Lutheran Worship:  106; 111*; 107; 104.  In The Lutheran Hymnal:  161; 142*; 163; 168.  Meditate on and learn by heart the hymn(s) marked with an asterisk (*).)


   443  Hosanna, Loud Hosanna
   438*  A Lamb Goes Uncomplaining Forth
   634  The Death of Jesus Christ, Our Lord
   624  The Infant Priest Was Holy Born
   455  The Royal Banners Forward Go



            + THE Psalm 118:19-29    (Pray the Psalm daily)



                                           THE PROPERS FOR NEXT SUNDAY


            + Psalm 118:19-29:  This section of the psalm includes words shouted by the excited crowds as they welcomed our Lord into Jerusalem at the beginning of Holy Week.  Celebration and praise overflow from the psalm.  Yet ominously in the middle are words which Jesus and the apostles apply to his rejection:  "The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone" (v. 22).  The salvation the LORD provides is free, but not cheap.  It comes at the price of the life of the Lord's Chosen One.  As we rejoice in our redemption, may we always remember the price Jesus paid for us.

            + Isaiah 50:4-9a:  These words of the prophet could have come from Jesus' mouth.  He willingly suffered all manner of abuse and ridicule in order to redeem sinners.  He refused to be diverted from his mission, and because he suffered for us, we can speak the final words with confidence:  "Who will bring any charges against me? . . . Who is he that will condemn me?" (vv. 8-9).  Praise God for his deliverance through Jesus Christ!

            + Philippians 2:5-11:  Paul urges us to take Jesus as our example for humble obedience and service.  The Son of God, the Lord himself, willingly became one of us and accepted a shameful death to save sinners.  Because of this he deserves all honor and praise forever.  May his love for us, love that took him to the cross, motivate us to humbly reflect his love in service to others.

            + Matthew 26:1-27:66:  This long reading is the only time in the church year that we hear the full account of the Passion of our Lord.  As you consider this reading, note how these things happened in fulfillment of the Scripture for your salvation.  It''s very clear that Jesus was aware of what was coming and in love willing to go through all of it for you.  What amazing love is evident in this record.  May God bless you to see it clearly and rejoice in it today and always.



                                             DAILY READINGS FOR THE WEEK


            Monday:                Exodus 2:1-22                               Mark 14:32-52

            Tuesday:               Exodus 2:23-3:22                          Mark 14:53-72

            Wednesday:          Exodus 4:1-18                               Mark 15:1-15

            Thursday:              Exodus 4:19-31                             Mark 15:16-32

            Friday:                   Exodus 5:1-6:1                              Mark 15:33-47

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

                                 OR   Exodus 7:1-25                               Mark 16:1-20

            Sunday:                 Exodus 8:1-32                               Hebrews 1:1-14



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



What is the benefit of this eating and drinking?  These words, Given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins, show us that in the Sacrament forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation are given us through these words.  For where there is forgiveness of sins, there is also life and salvation.


            THE COLLECT FOR NEXT SUNDAY [Sunday of the Passion] "Almighty and everlasting God, You sent Your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, to take upon Himself our flesh and to suffer death upon the cross. Mercifully grant that we may follow the example of His great humility and patience and be made partakers of His resurrection; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever."  AMEN!