The Congregation at Prayer

A Guide for Daily Meditation and Prayer

For the Week of the First Sunday in Advent

November 27 through December 3, 2022


Catechism Notes for the Week – We begin our walk through the catechism with the First and Second Commandments. The First Commandment teaches us that there is only one true God: the Holy Trinity – the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We are trust in Him above all other things. We are to love Him and cling to Him. The First Commandment shows us our faithfulness and the sin of unbelief…


The Order of Meditation and Prayer

Pray and confess out loud as much from the order of meditation and prayer as you are able, or as your family size and ages dictate. 


Theme: The Lord Comes in Meekness and Humility to Save us Now



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


Apostles’ Creed


Verse: Deuteronomy 6:4-5 

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.


Psalm 145 or the appointed daily psalms listed below.

Prayer on the Psalm: O Christ, our King, Your righteousness is unsearchable. Though I should be counted among the wicked, You have redeemed me. Proclaim this good news to all the world through me. Amen.


Daily Psalms       Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning 1, 2 5 8, 9 10 14, 15 18 19, 20 22
Evening 3 4, 6 7 11, 12 13 16, 17 21 23, 24


Bible Readings for the Week:

Day Bible Narrative Second Reading
Sunday Advent 1: Matthew 21:1-11  
Monday The Three Men in the Fiery Furnace – Daniel 3:1-30 1 Peter 1:3-12
Tuesday Daniel and the Lions’ Den – Daniel 6:1-24 1 Peter 1:13-21
Wednesday Gabriel Appears to Zachariah – Luke 1:5-25  
Thursday Jesus Prays in the Garden of Gethsemane – Matthew 26:36-46 Isaiah 43:1-3a, 10-13, 25
Friday Peter Denies His Lord – Matthew 26:69-75 Isaiah 12:1-6
Saturday Advent 2: Isaiah 11:1-10 Romans 15:4-13


The Catechism: The Ten Commandments – The First and Second Commandments

What is the First Commandment?

      You shall have no other gods.

What does this mean?

      We should fear love, and trust in God above all things.

What is the Second Commandment?

      You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God.

What does this mean?

      We should fear and love God so that we do not curse, swear, use satanic arts, lie, or deceive by His name, but call upon it in every trouble, pray, praise, and give thanks.


Prayers: Catechism Prayers, In Our Prayers at Zion, and the Collect of the Week

Prayers on the First Commandment

O God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who alone is worthy to be held in reverence, have mercy upon us. We have not feared, loved, and trusted in You as we should have done. We have put greater confidence in others; We have leaned on our own understanding. Forgive us for the sake of our Redeemer. By Your Holy Spirit remove from us every idolatrous affection. Draw us to You, that we may live in Your fear, trust in Your goodness, and love You with all our heart, with all our soul, and with all our mind; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord. Amen.


In Our Prayers this week

Those who are suffering in body, and/or spirit: Jetty (Sarah Schweisthal’s Grandmother), Marlys Jones, Pastor Jones, Haley Nienow (Niece of Carol Radl), Marlys St. George (Pastor Jones’ Great Aunt), Pastor Szedlak, George Taylor, Jim Taylor (Rosa Blake’s nephews), Ruth Meyer (Tim Meyer’s mother), Irma Alpers (Chrystal Lindeman’s grandmother), Lacie Miles (Chrystal’s sister-in-law),  Mark Radl, Jim Walton, Frank Jones (Pastor Jones’ Uncle),  Louis Gettler, Betty (Kathy Mueller’s sister).

Our Supported Missions: Asia (Rev. Daniel Jastram), Concordia Israel (Bishop Torkild Masvie)

Our “Adopted” Seminary Student: Peter Wagner

Homebound Members: Rosa Blake, JoAnn Ehlers, Louis and Mary Gettler, Marlys Jones, Audrey Kallbreier, Phyllis Pangborn, Doris Post, Ethel Vance, Jim Walton.


Collect for the First Sunday in Advent

Stir up Your power, O Lord, and come, that by Your protection we may be rescued from the threatening perils of our sins and saved by Your mighty deliverance; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.


Lord’s Prayer and Morning or Evening Prayer from the Catechism


Hymn of the Month: LSB834 O God, O Lord of Heaven and Earth


Looking forward to the Second Sunday in Advent                                                                   December 4, 2022

Hymns: 347, 344, 354, 337, 370, 389

Isaiah 2:1–5 God promises to create His Church, made of people from all nations, through the Messiah. People will flow to Christ there and learn the Word. By the Word alone the church is recognized, and in the glory of the Word, the reign of Christ is described. The Word draws people, makes them willing and joyful.

Romans 13:8-14 The Law shows us how to love others as we have been loved by God in Christ. We all fall short. The Gospel calls us to rely on God’s mercy in Christ, which then motivates us to love as we have been loved.

Matthew 24:36–44 Jesus prays three times in Gethsemane while His disciples fall asleep, unable to stay awake to pray. “The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (v41b)