Prince of Peace in Prayer

First Sunday Christmas

December 31–January 6, 2017

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

Isaiah 60:1–22 The future glory of Israel

Luke 1:39–56 The Magnificat

Psalm 98 (morning)

Psalm 45; 96 (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

Isaiah 61:1–11 The year of the Lord’s favor

Luke 1:57–80 The birth of John the Baptist

Psalm 97 (morning)

Psalm 99; 8 (evening)

 

 

Tuesday

Prayers

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

Readings

Isaiah 62:1–12 Zion’s coming salvation

Luke 2:1–20 The birth of Jesus

Psalm 48 (morning)

Psalm 45; 29 (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

Isaiah 63:1–14 The Lord’s mercy remembered

Luke 2:21–40 The presentation of Jesus at the temple

Psalm 111 (morning)

Psalm 107; 15 (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

Isaiah 63:15—65:2 Prayer for mercy

Luke 2:41–52 The boy Jesus in the temple

Psalm 103 (morning)

Psalm 93; 97 (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

Isaiah 65:8–25 New heavens and a new earth

Luke 3:1–20 John the Baptist prepares the way

Psalm 99 (morning)

Psalm 96; 110 (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

Isaiah 66:1–20 Rejoice with Jerusalem 

Luke 3:21–38 The genealogy of Jesus

Psalm 72 (morning)

Psalm 100; 67 (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 7, First Sunday after Epiphany

Readings

1Kings 8:6–13 The Ark brought into the temple

Romans 12:1–5 A living sacrifice

Luke 2:41–52 The boy Jesus in the temple

 

Hymns

395 O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright

410 Within the Father's House

409 Hail, O Source of Every Blessing

 

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.