Devotional Reflection

Monday, June 29, 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 103:1-12 (responsive reading) Bless the Lord, O My Soul

103 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! 2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits,

3 who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, 4 who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,

5 who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's. 6 The Lord works righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed.

7 He made known his ways to Moses, his acts to the people of Israel. 8 The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

9 He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever. 10 He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities.

11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; 12 as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Luther’s 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 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.

Acts 9:23-43

 Saul Escapes from Damascus

23 When many days had passed, the Jews plotted to kill him, 24 but their plot became known to Saul. They were watching the gates day and night in order to kill him, 25 but his disciples took him by night and let him down through an opening in the wall, lowering him in a basket.

Saul in Jerusalem

26 And when he had come to Jerusalem, he attempted to join the disciples. And they were all afraid of him, for they did not believe that he was a disciple. 27 But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles and declared to them how on the road he had seen the Lord, who spoke to him, and how at Damascus he had preached boldly in the name of Jesus. 28 So he went in and out among them at Jerusalem, preaching boldly in the name of the Lord. 29 And he spoke and disputed against the Hellenists. But they were seeking to kill him. 30 And when the brothers learned this, they brought him down to Caesarea and sent him off to Tarsus.

31 So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace and was being built up. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it multiplied.

The Healing of Aeneas

32¬†Now as Peter went here and there among them all, he came down also to the saints who lived at Lydda. 33¬†There he found a man named Aeneas, bedridden for eight years, who was paralyzed. 34¬†And Peter said to him, ‚ÄúAeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; rise and make your bed.‚ÄĚ And immediately he rose. 35¬†And all the residents of Lydda and Sharon saw him, and they turned to the Lord.

Dorcas Restored to Life

36¬†Now there was in Joppa a disciple named Tabitha, which, translated, means Dorcas. She was full of good works and acts of charity. 37¬†In those days she became ill and died, and when they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room. 38¬†Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, hearing that Peter was there, sent two men to him, urging him, ‚ÄúPlease come to us without delay.‚ÄĚ 39¬†So Peter rose and went with them. And when he arrived, they took him to the upper room. All the widows stood beside him weeping and showing tunics¬†and other garments that Dorcas made while she was with them. 40¬†But Peter put them all outside, and knelt down and prayed; and turning to the body he said, ‚ÄúTabitha, arise.‚ÄĚ And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. 41¬†And he gave her his hand and raised her up. Then, calling the saints and widows, he presented her alive. 42¬†And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed in the Lord. 43¬†And he stayed in Joppa for many days with one Simon, a tanner.

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Meditation for today: Meditation from Martin Chemnitz (1522-1586) 

Chemnitz was an eminent second-generation German, Evangelical Lutheran, Christian theologian, Protestant Reformer, churchman, and confessor. He is known as Alter Martinus, the "Second Martin": Si Martinus non fuisset, Martinus vix stetisset "If Martin [Chemnitz] had not come along, Luther (his teaching) would hardly have survived" goes a common saying concerning him.

Prayers

Merciful and eternal God, your holy apostles Peter and Paul received grace and strength to lay down their lives for the sake of your Son. Strengthen us by your Holy Spirit that we may confess your truth and at all times be ready to lay down our lives for him who laid down his life for us, even Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.. Amen.

By All Your Saints in Warfare LSB 518:19

We praise you for Saint Peter; we praise you for Saint Paul; they taught both Jew and Gentile that Christ is all in all. The cross and sword they yielded and saw your kingdom come; O God, these two apostles reached life through martyrdom.

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

Thanks be to God.