Christ in Our Home devotions Apr 25 - May 1, 2016


Christ In Our Home Devotions

6th Sunday of Easter
Love for Christ shows itself in obedience


1. Make the sign of the cross over yourself and say:
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.


2. Pray Luther’s Morning or Evening 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. Keep me this day also from sin and every evil, that all my doings and life may please you. Into your hands I commend my body and soul and all things. Let your holy angel be with me, that the wicked foe may have no power over me. Amen.

I thank you, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, your dear Son, that you have graciously kept me this day. Forgive me all my sins, and graciously keep me this night. Into your hands I commend my body and soul and all things. Let your holy angel be with me, that the wicked foe may have no power over me. Amen.


3. Pray the Lord’s Prayer:
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever. Amen.


4. Pray the Prayer of the Week
Father of lights, every good and perfect gift comes from you.  Inspire us to think those things that are true and long for those things that are good, that we may always make our petitions according to your gracious will; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

5. Say the Apostles’ Creed:
     I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.
     I believe 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 is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From there 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.


6. Pray the Psalm of the Week: Psalm 65
Refrain: The earth is full of the goodness of God, the goodness of our God.

Praise awaits you, O God,*
you call forth songs of joy.
You care for the land and water it;*
you soften it with showers and bless its crops.
The streams of God are filled with water*
to provide the people with grain.

Refrain

You crown the year with your bounty,*
and your carts overflow with abundance.
The grasslands of the desert overflow;*
the hills are clothed with gladness.
The meadows are covered with flocks
and the valleys are mantled with grain;*
they shout for joy and sing.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son*
and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning,*
is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Refrain


7. Say the Verse of the Week:
Alleluia.  Alleluia.  Christ is risen!  He is risen indeed!  Alleluia.  If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.  Alleluia.  (John 14:23)


8. Read a Devotion or the Following Suggested Scriptures
M: 2 Samuel 13-14, Luke 20:1-26
T: 2 Samuel 15-16, Luke 20:27-47
W: 2 Samuel 17-18, Luke 21:1-19
T: 2 Samuel 19-20, Luke 21:20-38
F: 2 Samuel 21-22, Luke 22:1-30
S: 2 Samuel 23-24, Luke 22:31-53
S: 1 Kings 1-2, Luke 22:54-71 & Worship in the House of the Lord


9. Prayer of JOY: Jesus; Others; and Yourself


10. Sing or Say the Hymn of the Week: 
377  Dear Christians, One and All, Rejoice
1  Dear Christians, one and all, rejoice, With exultation springing,
And, with united heart and voice And holy rapture singing,
Proclaim the wonders God has done, How his right arm the vict’ry won.
How dearly it has cost him!

Text: Martin Luther, 1483–1546; tr. Richard Massie, 1800–87, alt.


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