Prayer for the mission of the Church: Almighty God, You have called Your Church to witness that in Christ You have reconciled us to Yourself. Grant that by Your Holy Spirit we may proclaim the good news of Your salvation so that all who hear it may receive the gift of salvation; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Prayer for life as a baptized child of God: Merciful Father, through Holy Baptism You called us to be Your own possession. Grant that our lives may evidence the working of Your Holy Spirit in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control, according to the image of Your only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen.
Prayer for teaching the faith: Almighty God, our heavenly Father, even as You have committed the care and nurture of children to Your people, graciously enlighten those who teach and those who are committed to their instruction that they may know Your eternal truth and trust in You all the days of their lives; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Prayer for faith, hope, and love: Almighty God, grant us a steadfast faith in Jesus Christ, a cheerful hope in Your mercy, and a sincere love for You and one another; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Prayer for spiritual renewal: Almighty God, grant that we, who have been redeemed from the old life of sin by our Baptism into the death and resurrection of Your Son, Jesus Christ, may be renewed by Your Holy Spirit to live in righteousness and true holiness; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Prayer for those who care for others: Most merciful Father, You have committed to our love and care our fellow human beings and their necessities. Graciously be with and prosper all those who serve the sick and those in need. Let their service be abundantly blessed as they bring relief to the suffering, comfort to the sorrowing, and peace to the dying. Grant them the knowledge that inasmuch as they do it unto the least of the Master's brethren, they do it unto Him; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
The theme for the Second Sunday of Easter is The Power of Faith in Christ. By faith, we receive the forgiveness of sins which Christ won for us on the cross at
Calvary. Like Thomas, we have not had a
face to face encounter with Jesus, but we believe by the gift of faith bestowed
upon us at our Baptism, and nurtured and sustained by hearing the Word of God
regularly and receiving the true body and blood of our risen and ascended Lord
in the Supper which He instituted. We also have the sure and certain testimony
of eyewitnesses, such as St. John
in the epistle reading, that Christ is risen from the dead.
This same faith causes us to desire to live our lives in Christ-like obedience to our Father in heaven. Like those in the early Church in the reading from Acts, we care for one another in the Church, whether it be those in our own congregation, or victims of natural disasters, or the less fortunate, such as those served by Bethesda Home, and Lutheran School for the Deaf.
Time in the Word
2-7 April 2018
Preparation for next week, Easter 2
2-7 April 2018
Preparation for next week, Easter 2
Monday, 02 April 2018—
Psalm 105:1–5, 8; antiphon, 1 Peter 2:2–3—The second Sunday of Easter is
sometimes called Quasimodogeniti,
Latin for the first words of the Introit, ‘Like newborn infants.’ Just as a
baby eagerly suckles at its mother’s breast, so we, who have been given new
life in Christ by His death and resurrection, also do eagerly desire the pure
spiritual milk provided by our Lord for our nourishment and good growth. This
He gives us through the preaching of His Word and the most blessed Sacrament of
Tuesday, 03 April 2018—
Psalm 148—In Sunday’s psalm,
the psalmist calls upon all of creation—those on the earth, those under the
sea, and those in the heavens—to join in a chorus of praise to the Lord. Animate and inanimate, all of
creation proclaims the glory of the Lord.
Wednesday, 04 April 2018—
Acts 4:32–35—St. Luke gives us a
snapshot of the early Church in Jerusalem. Reflecting the love that Christ has
for us, they loved each other by taking care of one another. Two thousand years
later, we can reflect that same love of Jesus for us by caring for one another.
Thursday, 05 April 2018—
1 John 1:1—2:2—St. John, in his
epistle, testifies to the fact of Christ’s resurrection by recounting how he
has seen the resurrected Savior, how he has heard him, and how he
has touched Him. We need have no doubt that Christ is risen from the
dead, and therefore, has forgiven all our sins.
Friday, 06 April 2018—
John 20:19–31—There are two
appearances by the risen Christ in Sunday’s Gospel, each bringing us a great
deal of comfort. In the first, Jesus establishes the Office of the Holy
Ministry, and assures us that, in the words of the catechism, ‘when the called
ministers of Christ deal with us by His divine command, in particular when
they…absolve those who repent of their sins and want to do better, this is just
as valid and certain, even in heaven, as if Christ, our dear Lord, dealt with
us Himself.’ In the second appearance, our Lord appears to Thomas. Thomas
wanted the certainty of seeing his risen Lord in the flesh, as the others had.
When he beholds the wounds in the One who was crucified on our behalf, his
faith is sure, and he confesses, ‘My Lord and My God!’ Thomas’s assurance is
ours also. We need never doubt that our Lord is truly risen from the dead, ‘the
first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep.’ ( 1 Cor. 15:20)
Saturday, 07 April 2018—The Hymn of the Day, All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name (LSB #549), is a hymn of praise, similar in content to the psalm, calling upon all people to praise the name of Jesus, God incarnate, who suffered, died, and rose for the salvation of all. Those on earth, those who have passed into glory, and all the angels raise the strain of praise to our Lord forever and ever.
Collect for Easter 2— Almighty God, grant that we who have celebrated the Lord’s resurrection may by Your grace confess in our life and conversation that Jesus is Lord and God; through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Prayers from Lutheran Service Book © 2006 Concordia Publishing House.
Illustration from a woodcut by Baron Julius Schnoor von Carolsfeld, 1794-1872, a distinguished German artist known especially for his book, Das Buch der Bücher in Bilden(The Book of Books in Pictures).
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