Prince of Peace in Prayer

Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity

October 15–21, 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 13:1–18 Warning against idolatry

Matthew 13:1–23 Parables of Jesus    

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

Deuteronomy 14:1–2, 22–23; 14:28—15:15 Clean and unclean food

Matthew 13:24–43 Parables of Jesus

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

Deuteronomy 15:19—16:22 Festivals of the Lord

Matthew 13:44–58 Jesus is rejected in Nazareth   

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

Deuteronomy 17:1–20 Forbidden forms of worship

Matthew 14:1–21 The death of John the Baptist

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

Deuteronomy 18:1–22 Provisions for priests and Levites

Matthew 14:22–36 Jesus walks on water     

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

Deuteronomy 19:1–20 Cities of refuge 

Matthew 15:1–20 What defiles a person  

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

Deuteronomy 20:1–20 Laws concerning warfare

Matthew 15:21–39 The faith of a Canaanite woman

Psalm 56 (morning)

Psalm 100; 62 (evening)

Luther Sermon Excerpt

True love to God does not act in this way, but in the heart it thinks and with the lips says: Lord God, I am thy creature; do with me as thou wilt; it matters not to me. I am ever thine, that I know; and if thou desirest, I will die this very hour or suffer any great misfortune; I will cheerfully do so from my heart.  (Church Postils, Trinity 18)

 

 

Preparing for Sunday, October 22, Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity

 

Readings

Genesis 28:10–17 Jacob’s dream

Ephesians 4:22–28 New life in Christ

Matthew 9:1–8 Jesus heals a paralytic

Hymns

611 Chief of Sinners Though I Be

708 Lord, Thee I Love with All My Heart

748 I’m But a Stranger Here

553 O Christ, Our Hope, Our Hearts’ Desire

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.