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 1/24
.CARING CONVERSATION: Discuss in your household or small group:
• Have you given up something to follow Jesus? Share your story. • What did Simon, Andrew, James and John give up to follow Jesus? How do you think they felt? • What does it mean to be a “fisher of people”?
DEVOTIONS: In your home devotional times this week, pray for people who do not know Jesus. Make a list of names (perhaps in the shape of a fish!) and pray for each of the people in turn. Reproduce the list for each household member to carry with them during the week.
SERVICE: St. Francis of Assisi is credited as having said, “Preach the gospel always; if necessary, use words.” Our acts of loving service to others are part of what it means to “fish for people.” Is there a non-Christian in your circle of relationships that you could serve in some way this week? Discuss together and plan an act of service (e.g. invite them into your home for a meal; offer to help with childcare; surprise them with a gift of baked goods).
RITUALS AND TRADITIONS: For many centuries the fish has been an important Christian symbol. In times of the early church, it was dangerous to be known as a Christian in some parts of the Roman Empire; so believers developed a code language to reveal their faith to others who were Christian. A Christian would draw on the ground the upper half of a fish symbol. If the other person were a Christian, they would recognize this and add a second curved line to complete the drawing of a fish. • Place the fish symbol in different parts of your home to symbolize your faith in Jesus. • Go on a “chalk walk” in your local community. Use chalk to draw the fish symbol on footpaths in your neighborhood. When you do so, pray for the people who work or live nearby, that they may live with faith in Jesus. • Come up with your own household code language to symbolize your faith in Jesus.
SCRIPTURE VERSE FOR THIS WEEK:
Jesus said to them, “Come with me! I will teach you how to bring in people instead of fish.” Mark 1:17 (CEV)
A Prayer for the Week: Lord Jesus, we want to follow you. Make us fishers of people. Amen.
Mealtime Prayer: Come, Spirit of God, and make this food sweet. Give strength to our hands and guide our feet. Amen.
A Blessing to Give: May God be your King and help you to follow his Son. Amen.
© 2011 Vibrant Faith Ministries. All rights reserved. Written by Pr. Greg Priebbenow and edited by Vibrant Faith Ministries