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HOLY TRINITY & ST. JAMES LUTHERAN CHURCHES

Welcome to our devotions page for family/personal use.  Currently, there are two resources available: 1) a daily devotional setting for the Season of Lent, and 2) a year-round devotional setting.  You are welcome and encouraged to make use of these.  Blessings in Christ! 

† LENTEN FAMILY/PERSONAL DEVOTIONAL SETTING 

INVOCATION (CALLING UPON GOD’S HOLY NAME)
The sign of the cross may be made in remembrance of Holy Baptism.
Leader: In the Name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit.
All: Amen.

VERSICLES (RESPONSIVE SENTENCES FROM SCRIPTURE)
Return to the Lord, your God, for He is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and He relents from sending calamity. (Joel 2:13)

Jesus said: “If any man would come after Me,
let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me.” (Matthew 16:24)

Christ was pierced for our transgressions.  He was crushed for our iniquities.
Upon Him was the punishment that brought us peace.  By His wounds we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5)   

HYMN (ASH WED. THROUGH LENT 1 BELOW; LENT 2, BOTTOM OF PAGE/WEEKS 3-6, BACK PAGE) 
Lord to Thee I make confession; I have sinned and gone astray. I have multiplied transgression, chosen for myself my way.  Led by Thee to see my errors, Lord, I tremble at Thy terrors.

For Thy Son did suffer for me, gave Himself to rescue me.  Died to heal me and restore me, reconciled me unto Thee.  ‘Tis alone His cross can vanquish these dark fears and sooth my anguish.  Amen.  (TLH 326:1, 3)

PRAYER OF THE WEEK (ASH WED. THROUGH 1ST WEEK IN LENT BELOW/WEEKS 2-6 BELOW)
O Lord God, You led Your ancient people through the wilderness and brought them to the Promised Land.  Guide the people of Your Church that, following our Savior, we may walk through the wilderness of this world toward the glory of the world to come; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

READING FROM HOLY SCRIPTURE (SEE BACK PAGE)

LENTEN DEVOTIONAL: Please visit higherthings.org/reflections

APOSTLE’S CREED (CONFESSION OF FAITH)

CANTICLE (SONG OF FAITH): BENEDICTUS
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; He has come to His people and redeemed them.  He has raised up for us a mighty Savior, born of the house of His servant David.  Through His holy prophets He promised of old that He would save us from our enemies, from the hands of all who hate us.  He promised to show mercy to our fathers and to remember His holy covenant.  This was the oath that He swore to our Father Abraham: to set us free from the hands of our enemies, free to worship Him without fear, holy and righteous in His sight, all the days of our life.  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. (Luke 1:68-75)

ADDITIONAL PRAYER(S)/LORD’S PRAYER

BLESSING
The almighty and merciful Lord, the Father, the † Son, and the Holy Spirit, bless us and keep us.  
Amen.

HYMN FOR WEEK 2
This Lamb is Christ, the soul’s great Friend, the Lamb of God, our Savior; Him God the Father chose to send to gain for us His favor.  “Go forth, My Son,” the Father saith, “And free men from the fear of death, from guilt and condemnation.  The wrath and stripes are hard to bear, but by Thy Passion men shall share the fruit of Thy salvation.”  Amen. (TLH 142.2) 

HYMN FOR WEEK 3
Lamb of God, pure and holy, Who on the cross didst suffer, ever patient and lowly, Thyself to scorn didst offer.  All sins Thou borest for us, else had despair reigned o’er us: Have mercy on us, O Jesus!  O Jesus!  Amen. (TLH 146:1)

HYMN FOR WEEK 4
Glory be to Jesus, Who in bitter pains poured for me His lifeblood from His sacred veins!  Abel’s blood for vengeance pleaded to the skies; but the blood of Jesus for our pardon cries.  Amen. (TLH 158:1, 4)

HYMN FOR WEEK 5
On my heart imprint Thine image, blessed Jesus, King of Grace, that life’s riches, cares and pleasures have no pow’r Thee to efface.  Let Thine own inscription be: Jesus, crucified for me, is my Life, my hope’s Foundation, and my Glory and Salvation.  Amen. (TLH 179)

HYMN FOR HOLY WEEK
Lord Jesus, we give thanks to Thee that Thou hast died to set us free; made righteous thro’ Thy precious blood, we now are reconciled to God.  Amen. (TLH 173:1)

PRAYER FOR THE SECOND WEEK IN LENT
O God, You see that of ourselves we have no strength.  By Your mighty power defend us from all adversities that may happen to the body and for all evil thoughts that may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

PRAYER FOR THE THIRD WEEK IN LENT
O God, Whose glory it is always to have mercy, be gracious to all who have gone astray from Your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of Your Word; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

PRAYER FOR THE FOURTH WEEK IN LENT
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.  Amen.

PRAYER FOR THE FIFTH WEEK IN LENT
Almighty God, by Your great goodness mercifully look upon Your people, that we may be governed and preserved evermore 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.  Amen.

PRAYER FOR HOLY WEEK
Almighty and everlasting God, You sent Your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, to take upon Himself our flesh and to suffer death upon the cross.  Mercifully grant that we may follow the example of His great humility and patience and be make partakers of His Resurrection; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

SCRIPTURE READINGS
ASH WEDNESDAY: Joel 2:12-19
TH: Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 – F: 2 Corinthians 5:20-6:2 – S: Isaiah 59:12-20

1ST SUNDAY IN LENT: Luke 4:1-13
M: Genesis 3:1-21 – T: Romans 10:8b-13
W: Deuteronomy 26:5-10 – TH: Hebrews 4:14-16
F: 2 Corinthians 6:1-10 – S: Romans 5:12-19

2ND SUNDAY IN LENT: Luke 13:31-35
M: Jeremiah 26:8-15 – T: Philippians 3:17-4:1
W: Matthew 15:21-28 – TH: Genesis 32:22-32
F: Romans 5:1-5 – S: Psalm 4

3RD SUNDAY IN LENT: Luke 13:1-9
M: 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 – T: Exodus 3:1-15
W: Luke 11:14-28 – TH: Jeremiah 26:1-6
F: Ephesians 5:1-9 – S: Exodus 8:16-24

4TH SUNDAY IN LENT: Luke 15:1-3; 11-32
M: Isaiah 12:1-6 – T: 1 Corinthians 1:18-31
W: John 6:1-15 – TH: Exodus 16:2-21 
F: Acts 2:41-47 – S: Isaiah 55:1-7

5TH SUNDAY IN LENT: Luke 20:9-19
M: Isaiah 43:16-21 – T: Philippians 3:8-14
W: Luke 22:1-6 – TH: Luke 22:7-23 
F: Luke 22:24-38 – S: Luke 22:39-46

HOLY WEEK: Luke 22:47-53
M: Luke 22:54-71 – T: Luke 23:1-12
W: Luke 23:13-25 – TH: Luke 23:26-43
F: Luke 23:44-49 – S: Luke 23:50-56

DAILY PERSONAL/FAMILY DEVOTIONS

Who is this for?  You and your family.
What is it?  A daily devotional setting, or short service (Psalm, Bible reading, Creed, Lord’s Prayer, prayers, etc.), along with daily devotional options.
When?  For daily use/multiple times a day
Where?  Wherever you are – at home or on-the-go.
Why?  Daily devotions in the devotional setting provided are a great way to receive the Word of God in-between the weekly Sunday Divine Service.

DEVOTION OPTIONS

1.) "Crumbs," Lutheran missionary pastor C.M. Zorn: www.crumbs365.com or Crumbs from scholia.net (Daily devotions) 
2.) Higher Things:
www.higherthings.org/reflections (Daily devotions)  
3.) Around the Word: Theology for the Curious Christian:
www.whatdoesthismean.org/devotions (Daily   

     devotional setting/devotions) 
4.) Portals of Prayer (Daily devotions) - pick up at Church

5.) Five Minutes a Day with Luther: www.lcmssermons.com/5mins.php (1 Bible verse a day devotion) 

6.) Weekly Book of Concord Reading: www.lcmssermons.com/listBOC1.php?filter=All

Also included below the devotional setting are daily prayers that can be prayed within the devotional setting throughout the day, and also independent of it.   Blessings.

(Another excellent daily personal and/or family devotional book is called "Treasury of Daily Prayer," and is published by our Synod's publishing house, Concordia Publishing House.  It contains a brief Psalm, a reading from the Old and the New Testament, a hymn verse, a prayer of the day, and a brief devotional reading for each day of the year.  If you or someone you know would like a copy, let us know at the Church office, and we would be happy to order a copy for you.  Or you may order a copy online.)    

† THE ORDER OF FAMILY/PERSONAL PRAYER †
(MORNING/EVENING)

OPENING
Leader: O Lord, open my lips. 
All: And my mouth will declare Your praise.

L: Make haste, O God, to deliver me.
A: Make haste to help me, O Lord.  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.  Praise to You, O Christ.  Alleluiah.

PROPERS OF THE DAY
PSALM: AROUND THE WORLD: THEOLOGY FOR THE CURIOUS CHRISTIAN <OR> DAILY PSALM <OR> PORTALS OF PRAYER DAILY PSALM

SCRIPTURE READINGS: DAILY OLD TESTAMENT/NEW TESTAMENT READINGS <OR> AROUND THE WORLD: THEOLOGY FOR THE CURIOUS CHRISTIAN <OR> PORTALS OF PRAYER DAILY BIBLE READING 

DEVOTIONS: "CRUMBS" DAILY DEVOTIONS BY THE REV. CARL M. ZORN <AND/OR> HIGHER THINGS "REFLECTIONS" <AND/OR> AROUND THE WORLD: THEOLOGY FOR THE CURIOUS CHRISTIAN <AND/OR> FIVE MINUTES A DAY WITH LUTHER <AND/OR> PORTALS OF PRAYER

APOSTLES’ CREED

CLOSING PRAYERS
SUFFRAGES (PRAYER PETITIONS): L: I cry to You, O Lord;
A: my prayer comes before You.

L: My mouth is filled with Your praise,
A: and with Your honor all day long.

L: O Lord, hide Your face from my sins,
A: and blot out all my iniquities.

L: Blessed are You, O Lord God of our fathers,
A: and greatly to be praised and glorified forever.

L: Blessed be the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
A: We praise and magnify Him forever.

L: Blessed are You, O Lord, in the firmament of heaven
A: and greatly to be praised and glorified and highly exalted forever.

L: The almighty and merciful Lord bless and preserve us.
A: Amen.

L: Be pleased, O Lord, this day
A: to keep us without sin.

L: O Lord, have mercy upon us.
A: Have mercy upon us.

L: O Lord, let Your mercy be upon us.
A: As our trust is in you.

L: Hear my prayer, O Lord.
A: And let my cry come unto you.

LORD’S PRAYER

MORNING PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, Who, as the truly patient Lamb of God, did suffer for me the most shameful death upon the cross and with Your precious blood did redeem me from all my sins, from death and from the power of the devil, give me the assurance of this redemption through Your Holy Word, govern my heart with Your Holy Spirit, preserve me with Your divine love, and hide me this day, both in soul and body, in Your holy wounds.  Wash me clean from all my sins, teach me to live a life of good works, and finally lead me from this world of sorrows to Your eternal joy and glory, O most faithful Savior, Jesus Christ, my only Comfort, Hope and Life.  Amen.

LUTHER’S MORNING 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; 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

EVENING PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, O patient Lamb of God, O holy Sacrificial Offering for all my sins, and not only for my sins, but for the sins of the whole world, I heartily thank You for graciously keeping my body and soul under Your protecting care this day.  And I ask that You would graciously pardon and forgive all the sins which I have committed this day, both through the weakness of my sinful nature and the temptations of the evil one, all of which sorely oppress my heart and conscience.  Cover me this night with the wings of Your grace and grant that my body may sleep in safety while my soul watches for Your glorious coming in Judgment, ready to enter Your blessed Kingdom of Glory.  Grant this, O Lord, for the sake of Your suffering and death.  Amen.  

LUTHER’S EVENING PRAYER: 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.

OTHER PRAYERS (OPTIONAL - SEE BELOW)

L: Let us bless the Lord.
A: Thanks be to God.

L: The Lord bless us, defend us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life.
A: Amen.

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DAILY PRAYERS AND CONFESSION OF FAITH

We should pray for everything we need which is to the glory of God, and for both our own and our neighbor’s welfare, temporal (life-long needs pertaining to the body) and spiritual (our eternal welfare in the faith).  When we pray we distinguish between temporal and spiritual benefits.  For the former we always ask, “If You will, O Lord,” while for the latter we ask without condition, trusting that God will always grant us His eternal salvation.  We also pray in order to praise God for His greatness and to thank Him for His many blessings.” (What Do Lutherans Believe?  W. Snyder, 42)

CREED AND MORNING PRAYERS (To be prayed after awaking or at the breakfast table – before the busyness of the day)

(The sign of the cross + may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism)

In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

Apostles’ Creed

Lord’s Prayer

Luther’s Morning 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; 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.

Almighty God, merciful Father, Who created and completed all things, on this day when the work of our calling begins anew, we implore You to create its beginning, direct its continuance, and bless its end, that our doings may be preserved from sin, our life sanctified, and our work this day be well-pleasing to You; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Come, very Son of truth and love, come in Thy radiance from above, and shed the Holy Spirit’s ray on all we think and do today. Amen. (TLH 550, vs. 2)

Faithful God, Whose mercies are new to us every morning, we humbly pray that You would look upon us in mercy and renew us by Your Holy Spirit.  Keep safe our going out and our coming in, and let Your blessing remain with us throughout this day.  Preserve us in Your righteousness, and grant us a portion in that eternal life which is in Christ Jesus, our Lord, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.  

NOONTIME AND EVENING PRAYERS (To be prayed prior to lunch or during a midday break; following supper or prior to retiring to bed for the evening)

At Midday

Blessed Lord Jesus Christ, at this hour You hung upon the cross, stretching out Your loving arms to embrace the world in Your death. Grant that all people of the earth may look to You and see their salvation; for Your mercy’s sake we pray.  Amen.

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 form all error, and to lead us into all truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Table Prayers

Come, Lord Jesus, be our guest, and let Thy gifts to us be blessed.  O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good: for His mercy endures forever.  Amen.

Lord God, heavenly Father, bless us and these Your gifts which we receive from Your bountiful goodness, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen.

Heavenly Father, bless this food, to Thy glory and our good.  Amen.

Our hands we fold our heads we bow, for food and drink we thank You now.  Amen.

At Bedtime

Luther’s Evening Prayer: 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.

Jesus, tender Shepherd, hear me; bless Thy little lamb tonight: Through the darkness be Thou near me, keep me safe till morning light.  All this day Thy hand hast led me, and I thank Thee for Thy care; Thou hast clothed me, warmed and fed me; listen to my evening prayer.  May my sins be all forgiven; bless the friends I love so well; take us all at last to heaven, happy there with Thee to dwell.  Amen. (Jesus, Tender Shepherd, Hear Me)

Be near me, Lord Jesus; I ask Thee to stay close by me forever and love me, I pray.  Bless all the dear children in Thy tender care, and take us to heaven to live with Thee there.  Amen. (Away in a Manger, v. 3)

Lord Jesus, Who does love me, now spread Thy wings above me and shield me from alarm.  Though Satan would devour me, let angel guards sing o’er me: “This child of God shall meet no harm.”  Amen.  (Now Rest Beneath Night's Shadow, v. 5)

Now the light has gone away; Father listen while I pray, asking Thee to watch and keep and to send me quiet sleep.  Jesus Savior wash away all that has been wrong today; help me every day to be good and gentle, more like Thee.  Let my near and dear ones be always near and dear to Thee; O bring me and all I love to Thy happy home above.  Now my evening praise I give; Thou didst die that I might live.  All my blessings come from Thee; Oh, how good Thou art to me!  Thou my best and kindest Friend, Thou wilt love me to the end.  Let me love Thee more and more, always better than before.  Amen. (Now the Light Has Gone Away, vs. 1-5)

Gracious Lord, we give You thanks for the day, especially for the good we were permitted to give and to receive. The day is now past, and we commit it to You. We entrust to You the night and rest in Your peace, for You are our help, and You neither slumber nor sleep.  Drive from us, we pray, all the snares of the enemy.  Be our light in the darkness, and in Your great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night.  Let Your holy angels dwell with us to preserve us in peace; and let Your blessing be on us always. Hear us for the sake of Your Name.  Amen.

All praise to Thee, my God, this night for all the blessings of the light.  Keep me, oh, keep me, King of kings, beneath Thine own almighty wings.  Forgive me, Lord, for Thy dear Son, the ill that I this day have done; that with the world, myself, and Thee, I, ere I sleep, at peace may be.  Teach me to live that I may dread the grave as little as my bed.  Teach me to die that so I may rise glorious at the awesome day.  Oh, may my soul in Thee repose, and may sweet sleep mine eyelids close, sleep that shall me more vigorous make to serve my God when I awake!  Praise God, from Whom al blessings flow, praise Him, all creatures here below; praise Him above, ye heavenly host; praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.  Amen. (All Praise to Thee, My God, This Night, vs. 1-4, 6)

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