Collect for Proper 14: Almighty and most merciful God, preserve us from all harm and danger that we, being ready in both body and soul, may cheerfully accomplish what You want done; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Prayer for steadfast faith: Almighty God, our heavenly Father, because of Your tender love toward us sinners You have given us Your Son that, believing in Him, we might have everlasting life. Continue to grant us Your Holy Spirit that we may remain steadfast in this faith to the end and finally come to life everlasting; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns…
Prayer in time of spiritual doubt and affliction: Almighty God, our heavenly Father, You have given to all who believe exceedingly great and precious promises. Grant us Your Holy Spirit that we may without all doubt trust in Your Son, Jesus Christ, so that our faith in Your sight may never be found wanting; through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns…
Prayer for agriculture: Almighty God, You bless the earth to make it fruitful, bringing forth in abundance whatever is needed for the support of our lives. Prosper the work of farmers and all those who labor to bring food to our table. Grant them seasonable weather that they may gather in the fruits of the earth in abundance and proclaim Your goodness with thanksgiving; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns…
Collect for the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost: Grant us, Lord, the Spirit to think and do always, such things as are pleasing in Your sight that we, who without You cannot do anything that is good, may be You be enabled to live according to Your will; through Jesus Christ, Your son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy spirit, one God, now and forever.
Christ the Crucified Comes to Save Us by the Word of Faith
Time in the Word
4-9 August 2014
Preparation for next week, Proper 14
4-9 August 2014
Preparation for next week, Proper 14
The Lord who “laid the foundation of the earth” (Job 38:4) is the Author and Giver of life who governs all things by His Word. His wisdom and power are beyond our understanding, except as He reveals Himself in the incarnate Word, Christ Jesus. He has “entered into the springs of the sea” and “walked in the recesses of the deep” (Job 38:16), and He draws near to us in mercy. We have been “a long way from the land, beaten by the waves,” and tossed about by hostile winds (Matthew 14:24). In our mortality and sinful unbelief, we do not always recognize the Lord Jesus. But as we cry out in fear, He speaks tenderly to us: “Do not be afraid,” and He reaches out His hand to save us (Matthew 14:27, 31). “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:13), and now we call upon Him in faith, because we have heard “through the Word of Christ” (Romans 10:17). “The Word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (Romans 10:8).
Monday, 4 August 2014—
34:4–8; Antiphon, Psalm 34:1— 1 Samuel 21:10–15 provides
the background story to this psalm. David, the one chosen by God to be king,
lost his faith in a moment of weakness when pursued by King Saul and his
armies, and sought refuge with the Philistines, the enemy of Israel. David
realized his mistake and the truth of what he declares in verse 8: Blessed
is the man who takes refuge in the Lord! When we are tempted to look
elsewhere than to the Lord for rescue, let us also remember this psalm of
David, and then bless the Lord at all times.
Tuesday, 5 August 2014—
18:1–6—It is likely that King David wrote this psalm near the
end of his life, as it is very similar to the psalm recorded in 2 Samuel 22, just before his last
words. Here he recounts many of the terrible situation in which he found
himself over the course of his life, and tells how the Lord delivered him. He
says, In my distress I called upon the Lord; to my God I cried for help.
From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears. When
we find ourselves in bad situations, we ought to remember that the Lord has
already delivered us from sin, death, and everlasting condemnation, and that He
stands ready to defend us throughout our lives.
Wednesday, 6 August 2014—
38:4–18—Job had questioned God, as to why He would let such
great calamities befall him. In response, the Lord answers Job by recounting
His creation of all things, His ongoing involvement and dominion over that
creation. God is not subject to nature; nature is subject to God. We weak
humans, created beings that we are, have no right to question our benevolent
Creator, but simply to trust that what He does, he does for our benefit.
Thursday, 7 August 2014—
are we saved? By grace alone (sola gratia) by faith alone (sola fide).in
the merits of Christ alone (solus Christus). This salvation extends to
Jews and Gentiles (non-Jews) alike. But how are we to receive such saving
faith? By Scripture alone (sola scriptura). Faith comes from hearing,
and hearing through the word of Christ.
That is why Paul quotes Isaiah: How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news! For the preaching of the Good News of the Gospel engenders saving faith.
Friday, 8 August 2014—
Matthew 14:22–33—We can see ourselves in Peter.
Jesus asks him to do the impossible, and Peter, full of bravado, believes he
can. However, when he takes his eyes off of Jesus, he falters, and is at risk
of perishing. Likewise, when we avert our eyes from Jesus, we lose faith and
confidence, and put ourselves in spiritual jeopardy. When we cry out, Lord,
save me, Jesus rescues us, lest we drown in our sin and unbelief and are
Saturday, 9 August 2014—Sunday’s hymn of the day is Eternal Father, Strong to Save (LSB #717). The first stanza, from the original Navy Hymn, proclaims the supremacy of our heavenly Father over the sea. The next two stanzas declare the authority of the Son and the Holy Spirit over the land and the air, respectively. Finally, the fourth stanza affirms the sovereignty of the Triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, over all our foes. Let us put our trust in God alone for protection from all our enemies, whether physical or spiritual.
Lectionary summary on front page from LCMS Commission on Worship
Artwork by Julius Schnoor von Carolsfeld, © WELS
Luther’s Seal © Ed Riojas Higher Things Higher Things
Prayers from Lutheran Service Book © 2006 Concordia Publishing House and Lutheran Worship © 1980 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis