This Week’s Meditation

Home Devotions for the Week of January 12-18 

Trinity Lutheran Church (LCC)—Niagara-on-the-Lake

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

Morning:                                                                                                                          

In the morning, O Lord, You hear my voice;                                                               

in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for You and watch.                               My mouth is filled with Your praise,                                                                                    and with Your glory all the day.                                                                                    O Lord, open my lips,                                                                                                              and my mouth will declare Your praise.                                                         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.  

or Noon:                                                                                                                            Listen to my prayer, O God, do not ignore my plea;                                                     hear me and answer me.                                                                                 Evening, morning, and noon                                                                                                    I cry out in distress, and He hears my voice.                                                   Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you;                                                    He will never let the righteous fall.                                                                   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.  

or Close of Day:                                                                                                                   The Lord Almighty grant us a quiet night and peace at the last.                           Amen.                                                                                                                                  It is good to give thanks to the Lord,                                                                                    to sing praise to Your name, O Most High;                                                          To hear Your love in the morning,                                                                                    Your truth at the close of the day.                                                                     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.  

This Week’s Hymn: “Baptized into Your Name Most Holy” (LSB #590)

Baptized into Your name most holy, / O Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,                             I claim a place, though weak and lowly, / Among Your saints, Your chosen host. Buried with Christ and dead to sin, / Your Spirit now shall live within.

My loving Father, here You take me / To be henceforth Your child and heir.               My faithful Saviour, here You make me / The fruit of all Your sorrows share.               O Holy Spirit, comfort me / When threat’ning clouds around I see.

My faithful God, You fail me never; / Your promise surely will endure.                          O cast me not away forever / If words and deeds become impure.                              Have mercy when I come defiled; / Forgive, lift up, restore Your child.

All that I am and love most dearly— /  Receive it all, O Lord, from me.                         Let me confess my faith sincerely; / Help me Your faithful child to be!                        Let nothing that I am or own / Serve any will but Yours alone.

This Week’s Psalm: Psalm 85

Lord, you were favorable to your land; you restored the fortunes of Jacob. You forgave the iniquity of your people; you covered all their sin. You withdrew all your wrath; you turned from your hot anger. Restore us again, O God of our salvation, and put away your indignation toward us! Will you be angry with us forever? Will you prolong your anger to all generations? Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you? Show us your steadfast love, O Lord, and grant us your salvation. Let me hear what God the Lord will speak,  for he will speak peace to his people, to his saints; but let them not turn back to folly. Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him, that glory may dwell in our land. 10  Steadfast love and faithfulness meet; righteousness and peace kiss each other. 11 Faithfulness springs up from the ground, and righteousness looks down from the sky. 12  Yes, the Lord will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase. 13 Righteousness will go before him and make his footsteps a way. 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.

This Week’s Appointed Scripture Readings

Sunday, January 12: Isaiah 32:1-20; Psalm 11; John 6:22-40                                Monday, January 13: Isaiah 33:1-24; Psalm 12; John 6:41-59                              Tuesday, January 14: Isaiah 34:1-17; Psalm 13; John 6:60-71                         Wednesday, January 15: Isaiah 35:1-10; Psalm 14; John 7:1-24                          Thursday, January 16: Isaiah 36:1-22; Psalm 15; John 7:25-36                                Friday, January 17: Isaiah 37:1-13; Psalm 16; John 7:37-52                                   Saturday, January 18: Isaiah 37:14-29; Psalm 17; John 8:1-11

This Week’s Selection from Luther’s Small Catechism

Let us confess the Sacrament of Holy Baptism and its meaning:                             What benefits does Baptism give?                                                                                        It works forgiveness of sins, rescues from death and the devil, and gives eternal salvation to all who believe this, as the words and promises of God declare. 

Which are these words and promises of God?                                                             Christ our Lord says in the last chapter of Mark: “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16).

How can water do such great things?                                                                    Certainly not just water, but the word of God in and with the water does these things, along with the faith which trusts this word of God in the water. For without God’s word the water is plain water and no Baptism. But with the word of God it is a Baptism, that is, a life-giving water, rich in grace, and a washing of the new birth in the Holy Spirit, as St. Paul says in Titus, chapter three: “He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying” (Titus 3:5-8).

The Apostles’ Creed

Today’s Devotional Reading (from Portals of Prayer or other resources)

O Lord,                                                                                                                                     have mercy upon us.                                                                                                        O Christ,                                                                                                                                   have mercy upon us.                                                                                                          O Lord,                                                                                                                                      have mercy upon us.

The Lord’s Prayer

This Week’s Collect                                                                                               Father in heaven, at the Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River You proclaimed Him Your beloved Son and anointed Him with the Holy Spirit.  Make all who are baptized in His name faithful in their calling as Your children and inheritors with Him of everlasting life; through the same Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Prayer for Others and Ourselves

Concluding Prayers

Morning:  

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.

or Noon:  

Heavenly Father, send Your Holy Spirit into our hearts to direct and rule us according to Your will, to comfort us in all our afflictions, to defend us from all error, and to lead us into all truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

or Close of Day:  

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.

Let us bless the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Rights and Acknowledgments

  • LSB 590: “Baptized into Your Name Most Holy ©CPH Used by permission. LSBHymnLicense.net #100014101.
  • Liturgy from Lutheran Service Book ©CPH  Used by permission. License #000014101.