Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; Praise him, all creatures here below; Praise him above, you heavenly hosts. Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.
LUTHER’S MORNING PRAYER
I thank you, heavenly Father, through your dear Son, Jesus Christ, that you have protected me through the night from all harm and danger, I ask you to keep me this day, too, from all sin and evil, so that in all my thoughts, words and deeds I may please you. In your hands I place my body and soul and all that is mine. Let your holy angel be with me, so that the evil one may have no power over me. Amen.
LUTHER’S EVENING PRAYER
I thank you, heavenly Father, through your dear Son, Jesus Christ, that you have graciously protected me today. I ask you to forgive all my sins and the wrong which I have done. And graciously keep me this night. In your hands I place my body and soul and all that is mine. Let your holy angel be with me, so that the evil one may have no power over me. Amen.
TAKING FAITH HOME 10/25
SCRIPTURE VERSE FOR THIS WEEK:
Whoever is the greatest should be the servant of the others. If you put yourself above others, you will be put down. But if you humble yourself, you will be honored. Matthew 23:11-12 (CEV)
A Prayer for the Week: Lord, send out your light and your truth. Let them lead us today. Amen.
Mealtime Prayer: Lord, by your grace we eat and drink, by your grace we live. May we say thanks to you this day by how we serve and give. Amen.
A Blessing to Give: Jesus has chosen you to be part of his kingdom. May his love be at work in you, so that your life pleases him. Amen.
CARING CONVERSATION: Discuss in your household or small group:
Change is often terrifying, but in the past it was much easier to glorify. While we praise the changes that took place during the Reformation from a safe 500-year distance, we may fail to appreciate how challenging and even horrifying it would be to experience the same kind of change today. Discuss When have things changed? What had to be let go of? What was scary about it? And what grew in its place?
DEVOTIONS: October 31 is Reformation Day. The central message of the sixteenth century reformers like Martin Luther was that we are saved through faith in Jesus, not by our own works or efforts. In your household devotional times this week, light a red candle (red is the church color for Reformation) and say together these words: “God’s grace has saved you because of your faith in Christ. Your salvation doesn’t come from anything you do. It is God’s gift.” (Ephesians 2:8). If possible, read a short story of the life of Martin Luther or another Reformation figure, or watch the movie Luther.
SERVICE: Jesus said, “Whoever is your servant is the greatest among you.” Let your
home chores become acts of service to one another this week. Have each household member choose one daily chore they will commit to this week to serve other household members in Jesus’ name.
RITUALS AND TRADITIONS: The psalmist writes with confidence that God is our refuge and help even in the midst of powerful and destructive natural disasters. The earth is a bounteous planet, but it can also be a dangerous place to live. The earth quakes and wars rage. In a time when climate change is causing more frequent, severe storms and warming global temperatures, we know that more extreme weather events are on the way. Yet if we can be still and pay close attention, we will be able to discern the presence of God at work for the good of people and the planet. On this Sunday when we celebrate the importance of reform in our church, we can be encouraged by the psalmist’s faith in a God who calls us to be a part of the change that God envisions for the world. Take a fall walk to enjoy and observe the changes of the season.
© 2010 Vibrant Faith Ministries. All rights reserved. Written by Pr. Greg Priebbenow and edited by Vibrant Faith Ministries