Daily Prayers & Readings
Messiah Daily Readings and Prayers - 2021
May 2 thru May 9
 
OPENING  
This is the feast of victory for our God, Alleluia! 
  
PSALM SCHEDULE

Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Psalm 80
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, Psalm 98
  
DAILY READINGS MAY 2 THRU MAY 9  

SUNDAY MAY 2 / 5th SUNDAY OF EASTER 
Jesus says, “I am the true vine.”  We, the branches, are nourished by the life that flows thru him. 
 
MONDAY MAY 3
Isaiah 5:1-7 the unproductive vineyard
Galatians 5:16-26 fruits of the Holy Spirit 
 
TUESDAY MAY 4 
Isaiah 32:16-20 a productive field 
James 3:7-18 the fruits of wisdom 
 
WEDNESDAY MAY 5 
Isaiah 65:17-25 the people of God are like a tree
John 14:18-31 keeping God’s Word, abiding in God 
 
THURSDAY MAY 6 
Isaiah 49:5-6 light is promised for the nations 
Acts 10:1-34 Peter brings the gospel to Gentile Cornelius 
 
FRIDAY MAY 7 
Isaiah 42:5-9 God promises new things, new ways of being 
Acts 10:34-43 God is not partial 
 
SATURDAY MAY 8 
Deuteronomy 32:44-47 God’s commands belong in our hearts (and hands)
Mark 10:42-45 Jesus summarizes his ministry as that of serving 
 
SUNDAY MAY 9 / 6th SUNDAY OF EASTER 
John 15:9-17 Jesus’ basic commandment – love one another 
 
PRAYERS
 
PRAYER FOR THE MORNING HOURS 
O Lord, almighty and everlasting God, you have brought us in safety to this new day. Preserve us with your mighty power that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome in adversity, and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; thru Jesus Christ our Lord. 
 
PRAYER FOR AFTERNOON AND EVENING 
O God, from whom come all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works: Give to us, your servants, that peace which the world cannot give, that our hearts may be set to obey your commandments; and also that we, being defended from the fear of our enemies, may live in peace and quietness; thru the merit of Jesus Christ our Savior, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, God forever Amen
 
PRAYER TO THE HOLY SPIRIT (WH Year of Mark p.115)
Come to us, Holy Spirit, and be the source of life restored.  Send your rain upon our dusty lives.  Wash away our sin and folly.  Heal our worn and wounded spirits.  Ignite the fire of your love within our hearts.  Burn away the apathetic hold of our ancient enemy.  Loosen what is rigid within us.  Guide us in safety to our final home. Amen 
 
PRAY FOR MOTHER’S DAY MAY 9, 2021 (WH Year of Mark p.116)
Loving God, as a mother gives nourishment to her children, so you care for your faithful people.  We ask you to bless our mother that she may be strengthened by your love.  Let the witness of her faith be a light for all who look to her for encouragement.  May she be surrounded by our love and honored by our reverence for her life.  Grant this thru Christ our Lord. Amen
 
CLOSING 
God keep us in health and safety, today and every day. Amen



Messiah Daily Readings and Prayers - 2021
April 25 thru May 2 
 
OPENING  
God, come to my assistance.
Lord, make haste to help me
Glory to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; 
As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen
 
PSALM SCHEDULE

Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Psalm 57
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, Psalm 22:25-31
 
DAILY READINGS APRIL 25 thru May 2 
 
SUNDAY APRIL 25 / THE 4TH SUNDAY OF EASTER 
John 10:11-18.  Jesus says, “I am the good shepherd.” 
 
MONDAY APRIL 26
Isaiah 52:7-10 begins with one of those phrases we depict in art or put on posters.  
“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news.”  That is true.  We love getting the phone call from the doctor’s office that the tests came back negative.  We love the phone call from the banker that the loan went thru. We love hearing from a child that they will be home for Christmas.  The good news for Isaiah’s community was restoration of a broken city. What good news may we herald this good day?
Second Timothy 4:6-11, 18 is advice from seasoned Pastor Paul to fledgling Pastor Timothy.  Paul anticipates the end of this life.  He writes vividly, “I am being poured out.”  What a good place to be in at the end of life.  It is a blessing if we have poured ourselves out for others, vocations, community, and God. We are designed to expend ourselves.
 
TUESDAY APRIL 27
First Chronicles 11:1-9 details Israel covenanting with David to be her king.  This occurs in Hebron, a city 20 miles south of Jerusalem.  David will sojourn northward to Jerusalem to establish his throne there.  Jerusalem was to ancient Israel what Washington DC was to the founding fathers and mothers of the USA.  Washington DC was a place in the middle; it would unite the disperate 13 Colonies. Jerusalem was figuratively in the middle between northern tribes and southern tribes.  Because it belonged to none, it would unite them all.  Finding middle ground is the art of good government. David was pretty smart that way. 
Revelation 7:13-17 depicts Christ, the victorious lamb, as center of life and light. There is no hunger or thirst around that center.  Revelation depicts God’s gift of the future.  We may begin to realize this gift by our choices here and now. 
 
WEDNESDAY APRIL 28
Micah 7:8-20.  The context for Micah was some rough years.  Assyria vanquished Damascus in 731 BC.  Then, in 721, they did the same to Samaria. Micah sees those events (unnecessary, they were not inevitable) as bearing the indignation of the Lord. Micah longs for God to shepherd the people back to safety.
Mark 14:26-31 is from Mark’s story of the passion. Jesus anticipates disciples will flee when he is arrested.  He understands when the shepherd is struck down, the sheep flee. We’ve all experienced that. A leader or family member dies or leaves, we flounder a bit afterward.  Resurrected Christ is living shepherd, now, in our midst.  Disorientation never has to last too long. Sometimes a bit of confusion is good for us. But getting back on track is the goal. 
 
THURSDAY APRIL 29
Amos 8:1-7.  Amos was among the first of the literary prophets.  He wrote as well as he spoke. This section contains the refrain of God asking Amos, “What do you see?” The basket of rotting, stinking fruit Amos sees is an image of an economy and culture that tramples on the needy and poor.  Amos warns them (and us) that culture ultimately gets thrown out. 
Acts 8:1-8 introduces the story of Philip. He was part of the diaspora, the scattering of Christians from Jerusalem, because of persecutions from Saul.  Having to flee from danger is not a good thing. But in this story, something good happened in spite of a bad situation.  That holds true even today. 
 
FRIDAY APRIL 30 
Amos 8:11-13 depicts the famine that will result because of the people’s exploitive behavior. 
Acts 8:9-25 tells the story of the gospel of the resurrected Christ making it into Samaria (confer yesterday’s first reading). Laying on of hands was an important prayer gesture for that early church.  We continue that today in baptism, confirmation, ordination, and healing. 
 
SATURDAY MAY 1 
John 14:8-14 introduces us to Philip, whom we heard more about in Thursday’s reading.  He’s from Bethsaida, a racially mixed city.  That in part would explain his willingness to go to racially mixed Samaria.   In this text Philip’s question prompts Jesus’ response, “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.”
Second Corinthians 4:1-6 brings a great phrase from St. Paul, helpful in any day, 
“So we do not lose heart.”  It’s a result clause. God has done something, so something else is the result of what God has first done.  God has entrusted us with calling and vocation.  Because God so entrusts us, we need not get mired down in prolonged discouragement. We are, at the end of the day, heart-full.  Thanks be to God. 

SUNDAY MAY 2 / FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER 
Last Sunday Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd.” Today Jesus says, “I am the true vine.”  We, the branches, are nourished by the life that flows thru him. 
 
PRAYERS
 
PRAYER FOR THE MORNING HOURS 
O Lord, almighty and everlasting God, you have brought us in safety to this new day. Preserve us with your mighty power that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome in adversity, and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; thru Jesus Christ our Lord. 
 
PRAYER FOR AFTERNOON AND EVENING 
O God, from whom come all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works: Give to us, your servants, that peace which the world cannot give, that our hearts may be set to obey your commandments; and also that we, being defended from the fear of our enemies, may live in peace and quietness; thru the merit of Jesus Christ our Savior, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, God forever Amen
 
OTHER PETITIONS AND INTERCESSIONS
 
CLOSING 
God keep us in health and safety, today and every day. Amen

 

Messiah Daily Readings and Prayers - 2021
April 18 thru April 25
 
OPENING 
God, come to my assistance.
Lord, make haste to help me
Glory to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; 
As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen
 
PSALM SCHEDULE
Mon, Tue, Wed, Psalm 150
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, Psalm 23
 
DAILY READINGS APRIL 11 thru APRIL 18
 
SUNDAY / 3rd SUNDAY OF EASTER / APRIL 18, 2021
Luke 24:26b-48 is Luke’s version of the resurrected Christ appearing to disciples.  Especially memorable is Jesus meets them over a piece of fish. 
 
MONDAY APRIL 19
Jeremiah 30:1-11a.  God speaks to us thru commands and promises.  There is a promise here that God will save the people. 
First John 3:10-16.  Whoever does not abide in love dwells in death. A loveless life is a death-full life. Christ leads us out of death into life.
 
TUESDAY APRIL 20
Hosea 5:15—6:6. The sad context for the book of Hosea is the Assyrians sacking the northern Jewish city of Samaria in 722 BC.  In this passage Hosea pleads for the “torn” people to turn to God for healing. 
Second John 1-6. The “love another” theme established in First John continues here in Second John. 
 
WEDNESDAY APRIL 21 
Proverbs 9:1-6.  Lady Wisdom has built her a house and invites us in.  In the Hebrew language “wisdom” is a feminine noun.  (Perhaps the ancient Hebrews realized way back then that men do not stop to ask for directions.) Enter wisdom’s house today, and every day.
Mark 16:9-18 is Mark’s story of the resurrected Christ appearing to his disciples. This is the last time in the lectionary this year that we hear a story of Jesus interacting with disciples after his resurrection. 
 
THURSDAY APRIL 22 
Genesis 30:25-43. On Sunday we’ll hear Jesus refer to himself as the Good Shepherd.  Today we read a story of Jacob the shepherd. 
Acts 3:17-26.  Peter is preaching in Jerusalem.  Jerusalem had been the place where the crucifixion of Jesus was orchestrated.  Now Jerusalem becomes the first place where Christ’s resurrection is proclaimed. 
 
FRIDAY APRIL 23 
Genesis 46:28—47:6 is another Old Testament shepherd story anticipating Christ the Good Shepherd. 
Acts 4:1-4.  Life was not easy for those first followers of Jesus after the resurrection.  Yes, the disciples saw many “signs and wonders,” but they were also persecuted brutally for their faith. 
 
SATURDAY APRIL 24 
Genesis 48:8-19 is the third shepherd story we hear from Genesis. 
Mark 6:30-34. Jesus feels compassion for the people who live in confusion, as sheep without a shepherd.   Often, shepherding is simply guiding a project to completion or a person to a better place. 
 
SUNDAY APRIL 25 / THE 4th SUNDAY OF EASTER 
John 10:11-18.  Jesus says, “I am the good shepherd.” 
 
PRAYERS
 
PRAYER FOR THE MORNING HOURS 
O Lord, almighty and everlasting God, you have brought us in safety to this new day. Preserve us with your mighty power that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome in adversity, and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; thru Jesus Christ our Lord. 
 
PRAYER FOR AFTERNOON AND EVENING 
O God, from whom come all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works: Give to us, your servants, that peace which the world cannot give, that our hearts may be set to obey your commandments; and also that we, being defended from the fear of our enemies, may live in peace and quietness; thru the merit of Jesus Christ our Savior, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, God forever Amen
 
DAILY
Good Shepherd, help me start, even now, to recognize and join with other sheep who listen to your voice. Amen (p.28 Christ in our Home)
 
OTHER PETITIONS AND INTERCESSIONS
 
CLOSING 
God keep us in health and safety, today and every day. Amen