Prince of Peace in Prayer

Reformation Day [Observed]

October 29—November 4, 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

Deuteronomy 31:1–29 Joshua Commissioned to lead Israel

Matthew 19:16–30 The rich young man    

Psalm 110 (morning)

Psalm 66; 23 (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

Deuteronomy 31:30—32:27 The Song of Moses

Matthew 20:1–16 Laborers in the vineyard

Psalm 62 (morning)

Psalm 73; 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

Deuteronomy 32:28–52 Moses’ death foretold

Matthew 20:17–34 The request of James and John     

Psalm 13 (morning)

Psalm 36; 5 (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

Deuteronomy 34:1–12 The death of Moses

Matthew 21:1–22 The triumphal entry of Jesus  

Psalm 96 (morning)

Psalm 132; 134 (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

Jeremiah 1:1–19 The call of Jeremiah  

Matthew 21:23–46 Parables against the religious leaders     

Psalm 116 (morning)

Psalm 26; 130 (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

Jeremiah 3:6—4:2 Israel called to repentance 

Matthew 22:1–22 The Parable of the Wedding Feast   

Psalm 85 (morning)

Psalm 25; 40 (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

Jeremiah 5:1–19 Judgment upon Israel

Matthew 22:23–46 Teaching about resurrection

Psalm 61 (morning)

Psalm 138; 98 (evening)

Luther Sermon Excerpt

Therefore let grace or forgiveness be pitted not only against sin, but also against good works, and let all human righteousness and holiness be excluded. Thus there are in man two conflicting powers: Externally in this life he is to be pious, do good works, and the like, But if he aims beyond this life and wishes to deal with God, he must know that here neither his sin nor his piety avails anything. And though he may feel his sins which disturb his conscience, and although the law demands good works, he will not listen nor give heed to them, but will boldly reply; If I have sin, Christ has forgiveness; yea, I am seated on a throne to which sin cannot attain. (Church Postils, Trinity 19)

 

Preparing for Sunday, November 5, All Saints Day [Observed]

 

Readings

Revelation 7:9–17 A great multitude from every nation

1John 3:1–3 We are children of God

Matthew 5:1–12 The Beatitudes

Hymns

660 Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus

677 For All the Saints

733 O God, Our Help in Ages Past

895 Now Thank We All Our God

670 Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones

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.