Devotions for the week of Easter VII

Invocation

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

Introit
Hear my cry, | O God,*
listen | to my prayer;

for you have been my | refuge,*
a strong tower against the | enemy.

For you, O God, have | heard my vows;*
you have given me the heritage of those who | fear your name.

Prolong the life | of the king;*
may his years endure to all gener- | ations!

May he be enthroned forever be- | fore God;*
appoint steadfast love and faithfulness to watch | over him!

So will I ever sing praises | to your name,*
as I perform my vows day | after day.

Glory be to the Father and | to the Son*
and to the Holy | Spirit;
as it was in the be- | ginning,*
is now, and will be forever. | Amen.

Hear my cry, | O God,*
listen | to my prayer;

Collect
O King of glory, Lord of hosts, uplifted in triumph far above all heavens, leave us not without consolation but send us the Spirit of truth whom You promised from the Father; for You live and reign with Him and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Easter VII Readings
Psalm 133:1-3; Acts 1:12-26; Revelation 22:1-20; John 17:20-26

Daily Readings

Readings for Next Sunday – Pentecost
Psalm 143:1-12; Genesis 11:1-9; Acts 2:1-21; John 14:23-31

The Apostle’s Creed may be confessed.

Lord’s Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed by 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.

Prayers for others and ourselves:

  • Monday: For faith to live in faith in the promises of Baptism; for one’s vocation and daily work; for the unemployed; for the salvation of our neighbors; for schools, colleges, and seminaries; for good government and peace.
  • Tuesday: For protection against temptation and evil; for those suffering from addiction and those who are despairing; the tortured and oppressed; for those who battle thoughts of self-harm or suicide; for our struggles with sin.
  • Wednesday: For marriage and family; for the raising of children in knowledge of the Word of God; for parents who raise children alone; for our communities and neighborhoods.
  • Thursday: For the Church and her pastors; for teachers, deaconesses, and other church workers; for missionaries and for all who serve the Church; for LCMS President Rev. Matthew Harrison; for LCMS FL-GA District President Rev. Greg Walton; for proper and fruitful use of the Sacrament of Christ’s body and blood.
  • Friday: For the preaching of the cross of Jesus; for the spread of His knowledge throughout the world; for the persecuted Church and the oppressed; for the sick and dying.
  • Saturday: For faithfulness to the end of life; for the renewal of those struggling in faith or have fallen away; for receptive hearts and minds to God’s Word on the Lord’s Day; for pastors, musicians and all those who prepare to administer and receive Christ’s Word and Sacraments.

LUTHER’S MORNING PRAYER

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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.

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LUTHER’S EVENING PRAYER

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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.

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