Lenten Devotion - March 25, 2020

WED., MARCH 25, 2020    5th MID-WEEK LENTEN DEVOTION
CHRIST THE KING LUTHERAN CHURCH
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THE INVOCATION
P.     In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C. Amen.

APPROACHING THE WORD
P. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.

C. The word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God.

P. Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.

C. The Lord sent out his word and healed them, and delivered them from destruction.

P. “The word that goes forth from my mouth shall not return to me empty,” says the Lord.

C. “It shall accomplish that which I purpose, and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”

OPENING PRAYER
P. Heavenly Father, human life is precious to you. You sent your Son into the world so that by his death and resurrection we might have life, both now and for all eternity. Help  us, too, to hold life sacred and to do what we can to protect and save other. Watch over the many emergency workers and first responders who risk their own lives so that other lives might be saved. Hear our prayer in the name of Jesus, upper Son, who gave his life for us.

C. Amen.

THE PSALM FOR THE DAY:  From Psalm 42
P. As a deer longs for a stream of cool water, so I long for you, O God.
 
C. I thirst for you, the living God.

P. When can I go and worship in your presence?

C. Day and night I cry, and tears are my only food.

P. My heart breaks when I remember the past, when I went with the crowds to the house of God and led them as they walked along, a happy crowd, singing and shouting praise to God.

C. Why am I so sad? Why am I so troubled? I will put my hope in God, and once again I will praise him, my savior and my God.

P. May the Lord show his constant love during the day, so that I may have a song at night, a prayer to the God of my life.
 
C. To God, my defender, I say, “Why have you forgotten me? Why must I go on suffering from the cruelty of my enemies?”

P. I am crushed by their insults, as they keep on asking me, “Where is your God?”

C. Why am I so sad? Why am I so troubled? I will put my hope in God, and once again I will praise him, my savior and my God.


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TONIGHT’S STUDY: MURDER

I.  Read Exodus 20:13

What is this commandment instructing us not to do?

B. What insights does Luther shed on this commandment in his meaning?
We should fear and love God so that we do not hurt or harm our neighbor in his body, but help and support him in every physical need.


II.     What do we learn from Genesis 9:5-6?

III. What safeguard is found in Numbers 35:30-31?

IV.   Read Leviticus 19:16-18

A. How does this passage speak about attitude?

B.  How does this help us keep the fifth commandment?

V.    Read Matthew 5:21-22 and 1 John 3:15

Who is guilty of murder?

B.     What point is Jesus making here?

VI.  Read John 8:42-44

A.     How does Jesus describe the people he is talking to?

B.     How would they be guilty of murder?

VII. Things To Ponder

A. Is there ever cause to take another persons life?

B. How does the issue of murder speak to the issues of abortion and euthanasia?

C. How are we to treat one another?

 a. Matthew 5:5-9

 b. Ephesians 4:32


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CLOSING PRAYER
Heavenly Father, through Jesus death and resurrection we have been set free from sin and death. By the power of your Spirit, help us to put aside all bitterness, malice, and anger that we might have towards others. Rather, fill our hearts with love and compassion, that all our doings might be pleasing in your sight. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

THE BENEDICTION
P. The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord lead you as you take up your cross to follow him. The Lord grant you salvation and guide your feet in the way of peace.

C. Amen.

 
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