Christ in Our Home devotions July 11 - July 17, 2016
Christ In Our Home Devotions
9th Sunday after Pentecost
The one thing needful
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
Grant us, Lord, the spirit to think and do what is right that we, who cannot do anything that is good without you, may by your help be enabled to live according to your will; through Jesus Christ, your Son, 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 119a
Refrain: Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.
Blessed are they whose ways are blameless,*
who walk according to the law of the LORD.
Blessed are they who keep his statutes*
and seek him with all their heart.
You have laid down precepts*
that are to be fully obeyed.
Oh, that my ways were steadfast*
in obeying your decrees!
Then I would not be put to shame*
when I consider all your commands.
I will praise you with an upright heart*
as I learn your righteous laws.
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.
7. Say the Verse of the Week:
Alleluia. My Word will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. Alleluia. (Isaiah 55:11b)
8. Read a Devotion or the Following Suggested Scriptures
M: Psalms 4-6; Acts 16:16-40
T: Psalms 7-9, Acts 17:1-15
W: Psalms 10-12, Acts 17:16-34
T: Psalms 17-18, Acts 18
F: Psalms 19-21, Acts 19:1-20
S: Psalms 19-21, Acts 19:21-41
S: Psalms 22-24 Acts 20:1-16 & Worship in the House of the Lord
9. Prayer of JOY: Jesus; Others; and Yourself
10. Sing or Say the Hymn of the Week:
290 One Thing’s Needful
1 One thing’s needful; Lord, this treasure Teach me highly to regard.
All else, though it first give pleasure, Is a yoke that presses hard.
Beneath it the heart is still fretting and striving,
No true, lasting happiness ever deriving.
This one thing is needful; all others are vain—
I count all but loss that I Christ may obtain.
2 How were Mary’s thoughts devoted Her eternal joy to find
As intent each word she noted, At her Savior’s feet reclined.
How kindled her heart, how devout was its feeling,
While hearing the lessons that Christ was revealing;
All earthly concerns she forgot for her Lord
And found her contentment in hearing his Word.
Text: Johann H. Schröder, 1667–99, abr., adapt.; tr. Frances E. Cox, 1812–97, alt.