Devotional Reflection

Friday, March 27, 2020

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!

Holy God, holy and most gracious Father,

Have mercy and hear us.

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.                       (Mt. 6:9-13)

For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.

The Apostles’ Creed

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. 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.

Psalm 77:11-15 (responsive reading)

I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your wonders of old.

I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds.

Your way, O God, is holy. What god is great like our God?

You are the God who works wonders; you have made known your might among the peoples.

You with your arm redeemed your people, the children of Jacob and Joseph.

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Morning Prayer from the Small Catechism

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 from sin and every evil, that all my doings and life may please you. For into your hands I commend myself, my bod and soul, and all things. Let your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen.

Mark 13:24-37

The Coming of the Son of Man

 

24 “But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, 25 and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. 26 And then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. 27 And then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.

The Lesson of the Fig Tree

 

28 “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. 29 So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. 30 Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. 31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

No One Knows That Day or Hour

32 “But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come. 34 It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to stay awake. 35 Therefore stay awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning— 36 lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. 37 And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake.”

The Gospel of our Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.

Meditation for today: God’s Majestic Promises (A reading from the Large Catechism I 35-40)

Prayers

Lord Jesus Christ, our great High Priest, cleanse us by the power of your redeeming blood that in purity and peace we may worship and adore your holy name; for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Oh, How Great Is Your Compassion LSB # 559:1-4

Oh, how great is your compassion, Faithful Father, God of grace, that with all our fallen race in our depth of degradation, You had mercy so that we might be saved eternally!

Your great love for this has striven, That we may, from sin made free, Live with you eternally. Your dear Son himself has given, and extends his gracious call, To his supper leads us all.

Firmly to our soul’s salvation, Witnesses your Spirit, Lord, In your Sacraments and Word. There he sends true consolation, giving us the gift of faith, That we fear not hell nor death.

Lord, your mercy will not leave me; Ever will your truth abide. Then in you I will confide. Since your Word cannot deceive me, My salvation is to me, Safe and sure eternally.

Let us bless the Lord.                                                                             (Psalm 103:1)

Thanks be to God.