The Household Altar:
Daily Devotion to the Word and Prayer
In the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Readings (Family members may take turns reading the Scripture):
Sun, 3/22 ….………………….. John 6:1-15
Mon, 3/23..……………….…… Exodus 16:2-21
Tue, 3/24…………………….. Galatians 4:21-31
Wed, 3/25..………………….. Psalm 132:8-18
Thu, 3/26…………………….. Isaiah 49:8-13
Fri, 3/27….…….……………. Acts 2:41-47
Sat, 3/28.……………………. Psalm 9
Small Catechism of the Week (try to commit to memory):
The Close of the Commandments
What does God say about all these commandments?
He says: “I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate Me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love Me and keep My commandments.” Exodus 20:5-6
What does this mean?
God threatens to punish all who break these commandments. Therefore, we should fear His wrath and not do anything against them. But He promises grace and every blessing to all who keep these commandments. Therefore, we should also love and trust in Him and gladly do what He commands.
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. On 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.
The Lord’s Prayer
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.
Collect (Prayer) of the Week:
Almighty God, our heavenly Father, Your mercies are new every morning; and though we deserve only punishment, You receive us as Your children and provide for all our needs of body and soul. Grant that we may heartily acknowledge Your merciful goodness, give thanks for all Your benefits, and serve You in willing obedience; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
In Our Prayers
For the Church’s pastors: especially Pastor Bahr; Pastor Theilen.
For the sick and infirm: Sharon Gabriel; Kathy Lockenour; Karl Miller; Marty Michelson; Eunice Aufdenkamp; Barbi Walter; Steve Dittmer; Patricia Warner; Melanie Ferricks Capps; Leslie Symons; Elijah Peterman; Steve Bails; Theresa Gaziano; Bill Shutt; Ellen VanMeter; Cherie Scroggins; Kylee Parker; Jay Adams; Brian Wheatley; Mark Heitzman
And those recovering: Anna May Fawns; Elly Brandt
For the Homebound: Esther Cox; Ruth Estes; Pat Sparks; Jack & Marian Roderick; Betty Biggart.
For our Synodical leaders: Matthew Harrison, Synod President; Mark Miller, District President.
For the Church’s missionaries and mercy workers: Rev. Steven Mahlburg and family (Sri Lanka); The Hilberts (Botswana); Pastor Schuermann (University of Illinois)
For seminarians: Vicar Ian Kinney; Sem. Austin Meier.
For crisis pregnancy centers: especially First Step Women’s Center.
For all women with child: Chelsey Williams; Amy Michelson
For the Armed Forces: Brandon Goldhammer; Mark Schultz; Jared Williams; Jordan Saner; Brandon Brockhouse; Luke Bohm.
For our police and firefighters: Scott Butterfield; Grant Barnes; Joshua Stuenkel; Jake Perkins.