A Guide for Daily Prayer and Meditation: February 25 – March 3, 2024

Pray and confess out loud as much as you are able or based on your family size and ages. (Alternative orders in LSB pp295-8)

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The sign of the cross + may be made by all in remembrance of their baptism.

In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Morning Close of the Day

In the morning, O Lord, You hear my voice;

In the morning I prepare a sacrifice for You and watch

The Lord Almighty grant us a quiet night and peace at the last.

Amen.

My mouth is filled with Your praise,

And with Your glory all the day.

It is good to give thanks to the Lord,

To sing praise to Your name, O Most High;

O Lord, open my lips,

And my mouth will declare Your praise.

To herald Your love in the morning;

Your truth at the close of the day.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Hymn of the Month for February:  LSB 655 Lord, Keep Us Steadfast In Your Word

Hymn of the Month for March:  LSB 450 O Sacred Head, Now Wounded

One or more verses from the hymn of the month are sung, or another hymn may be chosen.

Verse of the Week: Mark 8:34 If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.

Daily Lectionary

  Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Old Testament

Job

20:1-23, 29

Job

21:1-21

Job

30:16-31

Job

31:1-12,33-40

Job

32:1-22

Job

33:1-18

Job 

33:19-34:9

Job

34:10-33

Psalms 

112

119:57-64

3

119:73-80

146:5-10

119:89-96

66:8-12,

16-20;

119:169-176

23

120

82

140

116:1-9

119:49-56

116:12-19

138

New Testament

John 

8:21-38

John

8:39-59

John

9:1-23

John 

9:24-41

John

10:1-21

John

10:22-42

John

11:1-16

John 

11:17-37

Confession:  Sacrament of the Altar--What is the Benefit of this Eating and Drinking?

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.

How can bodily eating and drinking do such great things?

Certainly not just eating and drinking do these things, but the words written here: Given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins.  These words, along with the bodily eating and drinking, are the main thing in the Sacrament.  Whoever believes these words has exactly what they say:  forgiveness of sins.

(Go to bottom of next page for related Bible verses and/or excerpts from Large Catechism.)

The Apostles’ Creed is confessed † Lord’s Prayer † Prayers for Others and Ourselves (see LSB 305-318 for prayers)

Prayers requested for: Lyn Brace, Ben, Lois Eichinger, Joann Fox, Mark (Joann Fox’s son), Louis Gettler, Arlene Hakes, Elijah Jones, Marlys Jones, Pastor Jones, Ruth Meyer (Tim Meyer’s mother), Kathy Michels, Lacie Miles (Chrystal’s sister-in-law), Haley Nienow (Carol Radl’s niece), Marlene Paulson (Dianne Schroeder’s sister), Arlene Potts, Nancy, Alexis Radle, Amy Schick (Kathy Peterson’s daughter-in-law), Sarah Schweisthal, Kara Simmons (Pastor and Susan Thomas’ goddaughter), Marlys St. George (Pastor Jones’ great aunt), Pastor Szedlak, Richard Taylor, Ben Thomas

 


 

 

Collect for the Second Sunday in Lent

O God, You see that of ourselves we have no strength. By Your mighty power defend us from all adversities that may happen to the body and from all evil thoughts that may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Prayer based on The Sacrament of the Altar—What is the Benefit of this Eating and Drinking?

Lord Jesus Christ, You suffered in Your holy body and shed Your precious blood to redeem Your fallen creatures. Grant us to come often to Your Supper, trusting in Your promise, and so to receive to our everlasting benefit the gifts You give in Your body and blood: the forgiveness of our sins, life with You, and eternal salvation; for You live and reign with the Father and Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Morning Close of the Day

Almighty God, merciful Father, who created and completed all things, on this day when the work of our calling begins anew, we implore You to create its beginning, direct its continuance, and bless its end, that our doings may be preserved from sin, our life sanctified, and our work be well pleasing to you; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen.

I thank you my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that have kept me this night from all harm and danger; and I pray that You would keep me this day also from sin and every evil, that all my doings and life may please You. For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen

Visit our dwellings, O Lord, and in Your great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for the love of Your only Son, our Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen.

I thank You, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have graciously kept me this day; and I pray that You would forgive me all my sins where I have done wrong, and graciously keep me this night. For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 

Excerpts from the Large Catechism on the Sacrament of the Altar                                                                        

-It is indeed called a food of souls, which nourishes and strengthens the new man. For by Baptism we are first born anew. But, as we said before, there still remains the old vicious nature of flesh and blood in mankind. There are so many hindrances and temptations of the devil and of the world that we often become weary and faint, and sometimes we also stumble. Therefore, the sacrament is given as a daily pasture and sustenance, that faith may refresh and strengthen itself so that it will not fall back in such a battle, but become even stronger and stronger…. Now to this purpose the comfort of the Sacrament is given when the heart feels that the burden is becoming too heavy, so that it may gain here new power and refreshment. (434-435:23-24, 27)

- Those who want to be Christians may prepare to receive this praiseworthy Sacrament often. (436:39)

- It must be known that people who deprive themselves of and withdraw from the Sacrament for such a long time are not to be considered Christians. (436:42)

- This is certainly true, as I have found in my own experience, and as everyone will find in his own case: if a person withdraws like this from the Sacrament, he will daily become more and more callous and cold, and will at last disregard the Sacrament completely. To avoid this, we must examine our heart and conscience, and we must act like people who desire to be right with God. The more this is done, the more the heart will be warmed and enkindled, so it may not become entirely cold. (437:53-54)

- But if you say, “How can I come if I feel that I am not prepared?” (437:55)

- Such people must learn that it is the highest art to know that the Sacrament does not depend upon our worthiness. We are not baptized because we are worthy and holy. Nor do we go to Confession because we are pure and without sin. On the contrary, we go because we are poor, miserable people. We go exactly because we are unworthy. This is true unless we are talking about someone who desires no grace and Absolution nor intends to change. (438:61)

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