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

                                          for the week of 18 - 24 October (Proper 25)






            VERSE:  "ALLELUIA!  [Let us fix our eyes on] Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith.  ALLELUIA!"  (Hebrews 12:2a; VERSE)


            + HYMNS FOR NEXT SUNDAY:  773; 504*; 713; 529; in Lutheran Service Book.  (In Lutheran Worship:  175*; 409.  In The Lutheran Hymnal:  240*; 393.  Meditate on and learn by heart the hymn(s) marked with an asterisk (*).)


   773  Hear Us, Father, When We Pray
   504*  Father Most Holy
   713  From God Can Nothing Move Me
   529  Since Our Great High Priest, Jesus Christ



            + THE Psalm 126:1-6   (Pray the Psalm daily)



                                           THE PROPERS FOR NEXT SUNDAY


            + Psalm 126:1-6  The psalmist describes a great reversal of fortune–first hostage, then delivered; initially troubled and sorrowing, then singing and rejoicing.  The reversal is God's doing. He doesn't abandon his people in their troubles but rescues them and restores them fully to joy and gladness.  The wonderful things he does for us in this life are only a faint shadow of the joy that will be ours in the heavenly kingdom.  What a privilege it is to be numbered among his people. 

            + Jeremiah 31:7-9:  Through his prophet Jeremiah, the Lord urges his people, whom he would send into exile in Babylon because of their sins against him, to say, "Lord, save your people" (v. 7).  Why?  Because, he assures them, he will hear them when they call and bring them back.  Even those with special needs, the blind, the lame, women on the verge of giving birth, he will restore to the land.  Though they have been rebellious and perverse, nonetheless, they are his children.  He is their Father.  He will bring them to himself.

            Hebrews 7:23-28:  The author of Hebrews continues contrasting the priesthood of Israel with Jesus, the ultimate high priest.  His priesthood is permanent.  "He is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them" (v. 25).  Perfectly holy, Jesus had no need to offer sacrifices for himself.  Rather, he offered himself as the perfect sacrifice to once and for all pay the penalty for every sinner.  Thank God!    

            + Saint Mark 10:46-52:  Jesus is the ultimate Son of David, the Lord's own Messiah, promised long ago, who came with divine authority to pour out on sinners divine mercy and grace.  Bartimaeus believed that Jesus was able and willing to restore his sight.  The prophets had foretold his coming with power to restore and save.  And trusting God's promises, Bartimaeus received from Jesus what he had requested.  His way became following Jesus.  As those on whom Jesus has had mercy, that's our way as well.            


                                             DAILY READINGS FOR THE WEEK


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

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

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

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

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

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

                              OR Deuteronomy 24:10-25:10                      Matthew 16:13-28

            Sunday:            Deuteronomy 25:17-26:19                      Matthew 17:1-13



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



Introduction:  Our Father who art in heaven,

What does this mean?  With these words God tenderly invites us to believe that He is our true Father and that we are His true children, so that with all boldness and confidence we may ask Him as dear children ask their dear father.



            THE COLLECT FOR NEXT SUNDAY [Proper 25]  "O God, the helper of all who call on You, have mercy on us and give us eyes of faith to see Your Son that we may follow Him on the way that leads to eternal life, through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever."  AMEN!