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, 3/29 ….………………….. John 8:42-59
Mon, 3/30..……………….…… Genesis 22:1-14
Tue, 3/31…………………….. Hebrews 9:11-15
Wed, 4/1..………………….. Psalm 143
Thu, 4/2…………………….. Philippians 1:1-11
Fri, 4/3….…….……………. Mark 7:31-37
Sat, 4/4.……………………. Psalm 10
Small Catechism of the Week (try to commit to memory):
The First Article
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.
What does this mean?
I believe that God has made me and all creatures; that He has given me my body and soul, eyes, ears, and all my members, my reason and all my senses, and still takes care of them.
He also gives me clothing and shoes, food and drink, house and home, wife and children, land, animals, and all I have. He richly and daily provides me with all that I need to support this body and life.
He defends me against all danger and guards and protects me from all evil. All this He does out of fatherly, divine goodness and mercy, without any merit or worthiness in me. For all this it is my duty to thank and praise, serve and obey Him.
This is most certainly true.
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, by Your great goodness mercifully look upon Your people that we may be governed and preserved ever more in body and soul; 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.
For the Church’s pastors: especially Pastor Bahr; Pastor Theilen.
Sympathy: Gary Clack and family
For the sick and infirm: Sharon Gabriel; Kathy Lockenour; Karl Miller; Marty Michelson; Eunice Aufdenkamp; Barbi Walter; 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.
For all our first responders at this time of COVID-19