Preparation for next week, Pentecost 21 - Proper 26
O Lord, we pray that the visitation of Your grace may so cleanse our thoughts and minds that Your Son Jesus when He shall come, may find in us a fit dwelling place; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, now and forever.
The God Who Saves
The theme for this coming Sunday goes beyond forgiveness. Salvation is a broader theme which embraces forgiveness. In the Gospel lesson (Luke 19:1-10 salvation comes to Zacchaeus in and through Jesus Christ. The Israelites are saved through forgiveness for their sin of idolatry by virtue of God’s merciful nature and Moses’ intercession. In the Epistles lesson the fact of salvation has occurred, for Paul is writing to those who are “saved” whose faith and love are growing during hard times.
Preparation for next week, Pentecost 21 Proper 26
Monday, 28 October 2019—Psalm 119:1-2, 10-12, 16; Antiphon, Psalm 119:32—The Antiphon for next Sunday’s Introit proclaims, ‘I am laid low in the dust; renew my life according to Your Word’ We are all dust and ash. In Adam we are all one dead sinner. Yet God in Christ has given us new life. We live, move and have our being in Christ. Daily Christ is giving us this new life. The life we now live in not to ourselves. It is lived in and for Christ.
Tuesday, 29 October 2019—Psalm 119:145-152—This psalm is based on the Hebrew Letter “Qoph”. In this Psalm David is crying with the whole heart. The Lord hears David’s cry and answers him according to the Lord’s perfect will. Likewise, the believer cries out to the Lord night and day. Do not give up in your requests to God. He knows your need and will answer your prayers according to His perfect will for your life.
Wednesday, 30 October 2019—Exodus 34:5-9— Salvation is made possible through a forgiving God. God forgives sin but visits the iniquity of the guilty upon late generations. This lesson must be considered in light of the context. While Moses was on Mt. Sinai for 40 days getting the Ten Commandments, the people turned to idolatry by worshiping a golden calf. In his anger, Moses broke the tablets on which were written the law. Now, Moses is instructed to get new tablets and to return to the mountain top to get a second edition. God explains why He is giving the people a second chance – He is a God of mercy.
Thursday, 31 October 2019—2 Thessalonians 1:1-5,11-12—Those who are saved endure suffering for the faith. The Thessalonians are commended for their faithfulness in suffering.
Collect for Reformation: ( 31 October) Almighty God, gracious Lord, pour out Your Holy Spirit on Your faithful people. Keep them steadfast in Your grace and truth, protect and comfort them in all temptations, defend them against all enemies of Your Word, and bestow on the church Your saving peace; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One god, now and forever.
A popular word today is “cope.” People are concerned about coping with inflation, poverty, old age, marital problems. Can Christians cope with persecution, suffering, and hardship? In our Epistles for next Sunday Paul tells of a congregation which learned to cope with hard times. His message to you, You can cope in the face of adversity.
Friday, 1 November 2019—Luke 19:1-10—Sunday’s Gospel gives us the simple steps from a life of sin to a Christian life in Christ. The steps are illustrated in Zacchaeus’ conversion…Climb – he wanted to see and know Jesus because he needed him. Confront – Jesus saw Zacchaeus and ordered him to come down and together they went to Zacchaeus’ house. Change – Christ’s acceptance of Zacchaeus made him change his life.
Collect for All Saints: (1 November) O Almighty God, by whom we are graciously knit together as one communion and fellowship in the mystical body of Jesus Christ, our Lord, grant us so to follow Your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living that we may come to those unspeakable joys which You have prepared for those who unfeignedly love You; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, now and forever.
Saturday, 2 November 2019—2 Corinthians 12:9 - Sunday’s hymn of the day is How Firm a Foundation, (LSB #728) The Christian faith is based not on our own ideas, agendas and plans. It rests securely in God’s firm and sure word. Trust that word. It is a sure foundation. It will withstand the storms of life.
Collect for the Commemoration of the Faithful Departed: (2 November) Almighty God, in whose glorious presence live all who depart in the Lord and before whom all the souls of the faithful who are delivered of the burden of the flesh are in joy and felicity, we give you hearty thanks for Your loving-kindness to all Your servants who have finished their course in faith and now rest form their labors and we humbly implore Your mercy that we, together with all who have departed in the saving faith, may have our perfect consummation and bliss, in both body and soul, in Your eternal and everlasting glory; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.
Morning Prayer Readings for this coming week
October 28 Monday Job –Part 1 Selected verses
October 29 Tuesday Job – Part 2 Selected verses
October 30 Wednesday Chapel
October 31 Thursday Job - Part 3 Selected verses
November 1 Friday Samuel 1 Samuel 1-3
Catechism Review: 2nd Article of the Apostles’ Creed
Lectionary summary from the LCMS Commission on Worship
Prayers from Lutheran Service Book © 2006 Concordia Publishing House
Artwork by Ed Riojas, copyright © Higher Things.