December 4-10, 2017
Pray and confess out loud as much from this order as you are able, or as your family size and ages dictate.
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
study The Catechism – The lord's prayer
For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever.* Amen.
What does this mean? This means that I should be certain that these petitions are pleasing to our Father in heaven, and are heard by Him; for He Himself has commanded us to pray in this way and has promised to hear us. Amen, amen means “yes, yes, it shall be so.”
*These words were not in Luther’s Small Catechism.
Monday, December 4 - Genesis 1 - 2:25
Tuesday, December 5 - Genesis 3
Wednesday, December 6 - Genesis 4 - 6:8
Thursday, December 7 - Genesis 6:9 - 10:32
Friday, December 8 - Genesis 11 - 12:9
Everlasting Father, prepare our hearts for the coming of Your Son that, as we joyfully await His glorious reappearing, we may find in Him our righteousness and salvation; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
You are gracious and merciful and show boundless love towards Your people. Visit, comfort, guide, bless, and relieve all Your servants who stand in need of prayer:
- St. Matthew's Lutheran Church
- The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod
- Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison and family
- The New Jersey District
- NJ District President Rev. Dr. Anthony Steinbronn and family
- Our Circuit Visitor Rev. Robert Holsten and family
For those in our community of faith
For pastors and their families
- Rev. Tom Pranschke
- Rev. Deric Taylor
- Rev. Matthew Peeples
- Rev. John Schroeder
- Vicar Matthew Haas
- Rev. Scroggins
- Rev. Dan Chambers - battling health issues
- Rev. Ronald Stephens
- Rev. Aaron Mol
- Rev. Matt Lytikainen
For friends of our parish in their various needs
- Mary Ellen
For those needing God's strength and direction
For God's Blessings to Our Friends
- Theresa in her work at Lighthouse PRC and her studies
- Rebecca in her work at Family Promise of Morris County
- Jacey and Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County
- Jim and Habitat for Humanity of Westchester County, NY
- Debbie and the Lighthouse Pregnancy Resource Center
- Kate and Family Promise of Bergen County
- Steve and New Concepts for Living
Bless them all with Your mercy and grace, embolden them with trusting faith, shower them with Your eternal love, and support them throughout their earthly journey; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.
Luther’s Morning or Evening Prayer
[Morning] 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.
[Evening] 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.