A Guide for Daily Prayer and Meditation: January 28–February 4, 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 January:  LSB 384 Of the Father’s Love Begotten

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

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

Verse of the Week: Mark 1:22

They were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority.

Daily Lectionary

  Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Old Testament

Zechariah

6:1-7:14

Zechariah

8:1-23

Zechariah

9:1-17

Zechariah

10:1-11:3

Zechariah

11:4-17

Zechariah

12:1-13:9

Zechariah

14:1-21

Job

1:1-22

Psalms 

12

133

107 33

135:1-7, 13-14

68

28

48

75

104

47

135

127

128

New Testament

Romans

16:17-27

2 Timothy

1:1-18

2 Timothy

2:1-26

2 Timothy

3:1-17

2 Timothy

4:1-18

Titus

1:1-2:6

Titus

2:7-3:15

John 

1:1-18

Confession 

What is Confession?

Confession has two parts. First, that we confess our sins, and second, that we receive absolution, that is, forgiveness, from the pastor as from God Himself, not doubting, but firmly believing that by it (the absolution) our sins are forgiven before God in heaven.

(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: Mary Jo (Lyn Brace’s friend), Lyn Brace, Ben, Lois Eichinger, Joann Fox, Mark (Joann Fox’s son), Louis Gettler, Arlene Hakes, Elijah Jones, Joanna Jones, Marlys Jones, Pastor Jones, Ruth Meyer (Tim Meyer’s mother), Kathy Michels, Lacie Miles (Chrystal’s sister-in-law),  Joyce Nazer (Mary Gettler’s sister in law), Haley Nienow (Carol Radl’s niece), Marlene Paulson (Dianne Schroeder’s sister), Arlene Potts, Nancy, 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, Ben Thomas, Lynn Utech (Barb Calkins’ sister), Jim Walton

Collect for the Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

Almighty God, You know we live in the midst of so many dangers that in our frailty we cannot stand upright. Grant strength and protection to support usin all dangers and carry us through all temptations; 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 Confession

Lord Jesus Christ, I give You thanks that my sins are forgiven before Your Father in heaven. By the Holy Spirit, give me grace to trust in Your promises and so live in the freedom and peace that You have won for me in Your death and resurrection. 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 Confession

  • We urge you…to confess and express your needs, not for the purpose of performing a work but to hear what God wishes to say to you. The word absolution, I say, is what you should concentrate on, magnifying and cherishing it as a great and wonderful treasure to be accepted with all praise and gratitude (Tappert 459:22).
  • If all this were clearly explained, and meanwhile if the needs which ought to move and induce us to confession were clearly indicated, there would be no need of coercion or force. A man’s own conscience would impel him and make him so anxious that he would rejoice and act like a poor, miserable beggar who hears that a rich gift, of money or clothes, is to be given out at a certain place; he would need no bailiff to drive and beat him but would run there as fast as he could so as not to miss the gift (Tappert 459-460:23)
  • Thus we teach what a wonderful, precious, and comforting thing confession is, and we urge that such a precious blessing should not be despised, especially when we consider our great need…. However, if you despise it and proudly stay away from confession, then we must come to the conclusion that you are no Christian and that you ought not receive the sacrament. For you despise what no Christian ought to despise, and you show thereby that you can have no forgiveness of sin. And this is a sure sign that you also despise the Gospel (Tappert 460: 28-29)
  • If you are a Christian, you should be glad to run more than a hundred miles for confession, not under compulsion but rather coming and compelling us to offer it. For here the compulsion must be inverted; we must come under the command and you must come under freedom. We compel no man, but allow ourselves to be compelled, just as we are compelled to preach and administer the sacrament (Tappert 460:30).
  • Therefore, when I urge you to go to confession, I am simply urging you to be a Christian (Tappert 460:32).

Bible Verses for Meditation on Confession

  • Psalm 51:1-2; Psalm 51:17; Psalm 130:3-5; Psalm 103:1-3; Isaiah 1:18; Jeremiah 31:34 

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