Prince of Peace in Prayer

Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity

September 17–23, 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

2Chronicles 36:1–23 Judah’s decline  

Colossians 4:1–18 Closing greetings  

Psalm 19 (morning)

Psalm 81; 113 (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

Nehemiah 1:1—2:10 Nehemiah sent to Judah

1Timothy 1:1–20 Warning against false teachers

Psalm 136 (morning)

Psalm 97; 112 (evening)

 

Tuesday

Prayers

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

Readings

Nehemiah 2:11–20; 4:1–6 Nehemiah inspects the wall

1Timothy 2:1–15 Praying for all people

Psalm 123 (morning)

Psalm 30; 86 (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

Nehemiah 4:7–23 Opposition to rebuilding the wall

1Timothy 3:1–16 Qualifications for pastors and deacons

Psalm 15 (morning)

Psalm 48; 4 (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

Nehemiah 5:1–16; 6:1–9, 6:15–16 Conspiracy against Nehemiah

1Timothy 4:1–16 Being a faithful servant of Christ    

Psalm 36 (morning)

Psalm 80; 27 (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

Nehemiah 7:1–4; 8:1–18 Ezra reads the Book of the Law

1Timothy 5:1–16 Instructions to Timothy for overseeing  

Psalm 130 (morning)

Psalm 32; 139 (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

Nehemiah 9:1–21 God’s people confess their sins  

1Timothy 5:17—6:2 Fighting the good fight of faith

Psalm 56 (morning)

Psalm 100; 62 (evening)

Luther Sermon Excerpt

In the first place it is a characteristic of faith to presume to trust God’s grace, and it forms a bright vision and refuge in God, doubting nothing it thinks God will have regard for his faith, and not forsake it. For where there is no such vision and confidence, there is no true faith, and there is also no true prayer nor any seeking after God. But where it exists it makes man bold and anxious freely to bring his troubles unto God, and earnestly to pray for help. (Church Postils, Trinity 14)

 

Preparing for Sunday, September 24, Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity

 

Readings

1Kings 17:8–16 The widow of Zarephath

Galatians 5:25—6:10 Bear one another’s burdens

Matthew 6:24–34 Do not be anxious

Hymns

527 O Savior, Precious Savior

760 What God Ordains Is Always Good

725 Children of the Heavenly Father

708 Lord, Thee I Love with All My Heart                 

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.