Prince of Peace in Prayer

First Sunday after the Epiphany

January 7–13, 2018

This week please pray for:

§  those celebrating birthdays:

§  those celebrating anniversaries:

Sunday

Prayers

For the joy of the resurrection among us; for the fruit of faith nourished by the Word and the Sacraments.

Readings

Ezekiel 1:1–14, 22–28 (Habakkuk 1:1—3:19) The glory of the Lord

Romans 1:1–17 The righteous will live by faith

Psalm 103 (morning)

Psalm 117; 139 (evening)

Monday

Prayers

For faith to live in the promises of Holy Baptism; for one’s calling and daily work; for the unemployed; for the salvation and well–being of our neighbors; for schools, colleges, and seminaries; for good government and for peace.

Readings

Ezekiel 2:1—3:11 Ezekiel’s call

Romans 1:18–32 God’s wrath against unrighteousness

Psalm 5 (morning)

Psalm 84; 29 (evening)

 

Tuesday

Prayers

For deliverance against temptation and evil; for the addicted and despairing, the tortured and oppressed; for those struggling with sin.

Readings

Ezekiel 3:12–27 (4:1—11:25) A watchman for Israel

Romans 2:1–16 God’s judgment is righteous

Psalm 42 (morning)

Psalm 102; 133 (evening)

Wednesday

Prayers

For marriage and family, that husbands and wives, parents and children live in ordered harmony according to the Word of God; for parents who must raise children alone; for our communities and neighborhoods.

Readings

Ezekiel 18:1–4, 19–32 (19:1—24:27) The soul who sins

Romans 2:17–29 The law and judgment

Psalm 89:1–18 (morning)

Psalm 1; 33 (evening)

Thursday

Prayers

For the Church and her pastors; for teachers, deaconesses, and other church workers; for missionaries and for all who serve the Church; for fruitful and salutary use of the blessed Sacrament of Christ’s body and blood.

Readings

Ezekiel 33:1–20 Ezekiel is to be the watchman for Israel

Romans 3:1–18 No one is righteous

Psalm 97 (morning)

Psalm 16; 62 (evening)

Friday

Prayers

For the preaching of the holy cross of our Lord Jesus Christ and for the spread of His knowledge throughout the whole world; for the persecuted and oppressed; for the sick and dying.

Readings

Ezekiel 34:1–24 The Shepherd for God’s people

Romans 3:19–31 The righteousness of God through faith

Psalm 51 (morning)

Psalm 142; 65 (evening)

Saturday

Prayers

For faithfulness to the end; for the renewal of those who are withering in the faith or have fallen away; for receptive hearts and minds to God’s Word on the Lord’s Day; for pastors and people as they prepare to administer and receive Christ’s holy gifts.

Readings

Ezekiel 36:13–28 The Spirit of God 

Romans 4:1–25 God’s promise realized through faith

Psalm 104 (morning)

Psalm 118; 111 (evening)

 

Prayer for Divine Guidance

Direct us, O Lord, in all our doings with Your most gracious favor, and further us with Your continual help, that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in You we may glorify Your holy name and finally, by Your mercy, obtain eternal salvation; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

 

 

Preparing for Sunday, January 14, Second Sunday after the Epiphany

Readings

Exodus 33:12–23 Moses’ intercession

Romans 12:6–16 Marks of the Christian life

John 2:1–11 The wedding at Cana

 

Hymns

412 The People That in Darkness Sat

402 The Only Son from Heaven

794 The Lord, My God, Be Praised

394 Songs of Thankfulness and Praise

 

Luther’s Morning Prayer

I thank you, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You 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.

Luther’s Evening Prayer

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.