Daily Prayers & Readings

Messiah Daily Readings and Prayers - 2021
June 13 thru June 20
 
OPENING  
Holy Trinity, watch over me 

PSALM SCHEDULE

Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Psalm 52 
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, Psalm 107

DAILY BIBLE READINGS JUNE 13 thru June 20

SUNDAY JUNE 13 / LECTIONARY WEEK 11
Ezekiel 17:22-24 Sign of the Cedar 
Mark 4:26-34 Mustard Seed 
 
MONDAY JUNE 14
Galatians 6:11-18 new creation 
 
TUESDAY JUNE 15
Jeremiah 21:11-14 image of a forest fire 
 
WEDNESDAY JUNE 16
Luke 6:43-45 the tree and its fruit 
 
THURSDAY JUNE 17
Acts 20:1-16 Paul travels
 
FRIDAY JUNE 18
Acts 21:1-16 Paul and persecution
 
SATURDAY JUNE 19
Luke 21:25-28 the sea and waves
 
SUNDAY JUNE 20 / LECTIONARY WEEK 12
Mark 4:35-41 Jesus stills the sea 

PRAYERS

PRAYER FOR THE MORNING HOURS (ELW)
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 (ELW)
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 PRAYER 
O God, you are tree of life and you offer shelter to all peoples.  Graft us unto yourself, that we may bear your truth and love to all we meet. Amen
 
CLOSING 
God keep us in health and safety, today and every day. Amen


Messiah Daily Readings and Prayers - 2021
June 6 thru June 13

OPENING  
Holy Trinity, watch over me

PSALM SCHEDULE

Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Psalm 74 – God will save us from the enemy
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, Psalm 92:1-4, 12-15 – We are like mighty cedars

DAILY JUNE 6 thru JUNE 13

SUNDAY JUNE 6 / LECTIONARY WEEK 10
Genesis 3:8-15.  “Adam, where are you?”  Sin is absence.  
Second Corinthians 4:13—5:1 God renews substantially, from the inside out. 
Mark 3:20-35. Verse 27 – Jesus does a home invasion; he enters Satan’s house and retrieves what Satan had dared to take from God. 

MONDAY JUNE 7 
I Samuel 16:14-23 David calms Saul
Revelation 20:1-16 Devil / Dragon / Satan is banished 

TUESDAY JUNE 8
I Kings 18:17-40 Elijah defeats evil prophets 
Revelation 20:7-15 Banishing Satan, cont. 

WEDNESDAY JUNE 9
Isaiah 26:16—27:1 God destroys the enemy
Luke 11:14-28 – Jesus and Beelzebul

THURSDAY JUNE 10
Genesis 3:14-24 Tree of Life 
Hebrews 2:5-9 Christ endures death 

FRIDAY JUNE 11
I Kings 10:26—11:18 cedars proliferate 
Hebrews 11:4-7 The gift of  faith and relationship with God
SATURDAY JUNE 12

II Kings 14:1-14 a cedar and a thornbush
Mark 4:1-20 Parable of the Sower 

SUNDAY JUNE 13 / LECTIONARY WEEK 11
Ezekiel 17:22-24 Sign of the Cedar 
Mark 4:26-34 Mustard Seed 

PRAYERS

PRAYER FOR THE MORNING HOURS (ELW)

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 (ELW)

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 PRAYER 

God of Wisdom, send your Spirit to guide our actions in your way of peace. 

Amen.

CLOSING 

God keep us in health and safety, today and every day. Amen
 

Messiah Daily Readings and Prayers - 2021
May 30 thru June 6 
 
OPENING  
Holy Trinity, watch over me 
 
PSALM SCHEDULE

Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Psalm 113
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, Psalm 130
 
DAILY READINGS - MAY 30 thru JUNE 6
 
SUNDAY MAY 30 / FESTIVAL OF THE HOLY TRINITY 
Isaiah is overcome by a vision of God’s holiness (6:1-8)
Paul encourages us the Spirit has adopted us so we may cry out to God with the term of endearment, “Abba!” (Romans 8:12-17)
Nicodemus emerges from the darkness to learn about rebirth in the light and life of God (John 3:1-17).
 
MONDAY MAY 31 
Memorial day today. There is a daily prayer for this national holiday in the prayer section. For culture this is the beginning of summer, the church calendar anticipates Christmas.  May 31 observes the Festival of the Visitation.  Mary, newly pregnant with Jesus, visits Elizabeth, pregnant with John (the Baptizer). John, in utero, jumps for joy at the presence of Jesus, in utero. (Luke 1:29-45)
 
TUESDAY JUNE 1 
First Corinthians 2:1-10.  Paul relied on the message of the cross of Christ, not Paul’s own rhetoric. Paul was not afraid to be vulnerable.  The congregation at Corinth was perhaps the most troubled of all the places Paul served.  Yet his ministry remained consistent and authentic. 
 
WEDNESDAY JUNE 2 
Mark 4:21-25. God fills us with light.  Keep shining.  (Also, truth does have a way of coming to light.  And, invest in life and so live life fully.)
 
THURSDAY JUNE 3 
I Peter 4:7-19.  It is said that Peter had migrated from Palestine to Rome and wrote this letter in AD 64, during Nero’s persecution of Christians. The letter is set in adverse circumstances.  Peter’s counsel is to “maintain constant love”, especially during adversity.  That is difficult to do.  In adversity we are frayed and frightened and often at our worst.  But God breathes thru us, especially during those unwelcome times. So there is possibility we will be at our best when times are at their worst.
 
FRIDAY JUNE 4  
Deuteronomy 1:34-40. Moses learns that Joshua, not Moses, will lead the people in the final push into the Promised Land.  Interestingly, unlike today’s media/celebrity culture, the emotional reactions of Moses to this disappointing news are not registered or recounted.  Time and time again Moses goes to God, praying on behalf of the wandering people. It’s a fine balance of adult maturity.  On the one hand, it is important to authentically express disappointment or hurt.  On the other hand, ultimately “it’s not about ME.” 
 
SATURDAY JUNE 5
Luke 8:4-15.  God’s seed finds a way.  Luther would say God finds none of us to be particularly rich and welcoming soil.  So, God makes us become what is productive and good. 
 
SUNDAY JUNE 6 / LECTIONARY WEEK 10
Genesis 3:8-15.  “Adam, where are you?”  Sin is absence.  
Second Corinthians 4:13—5:1 God renews substantially, from the inside out. 
Mark 3:20-35. Verse 27 – Jesus does a home invasion; he enters Satan’s house and retrieves what Satan had dared to take from God.  
 
PRAYERS
 
PRAYER FOR THE MORNING HOURS (ELW)
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 (ELW)
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 FOR NATIONAL HOLIDAY – MEMORIAL DAY (ELWp.63)
Lord of all the worlds, guide this nation by your Spirit to go forward in justice and freedom.  Give to all our people the blessings of well-being and harmony, but above all things give us faith in you, that our nation may bring glory to your name and blessings to all peoples, thru Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord. 
 
PRAYER FOR END OF YEAR ACTIVITIES IN OUR SCHOOLS (MJM)
Loving God, you watch over students preparing for graduation or grade change; You care for the teachers who nurture them. Help those who are closing down another school year to make wise choices for celebrating.  Help them express gratitude for all they have gained and learned together. Amen
 
CLOSING 
God keep us in health and safety, today and every day. Amen



Messiah Daily Readings and Prayers - 2021
May 23 thru May 30
 
OPENING  
Come, Holy Spirit, Alleluia! 
 
PSALM SCHEDULE
Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Psalm 104:24-34
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, Psalm 29
 
DAILY READINGS MAY 23 THRU MAY 30
 
SUNDAY MAY 23 / FIFTIETH DAY OF EASTER / FESTIVAL OF PENTECOST 
John 15:26-27 & 16:4b-15. Jesus promises the Holy Spirit, here referred to as The Advocate. Jesus departs for cross and resurrection. He does not abandon disciples. He sends them (and us) Holy Spirit. 
 
MONDAY MAY 24
First Corinthians 12:4-11. We celebrated Pentecost yesterday.  There is one Holy Spirit, but the one Holy Spirit engenders a variety of gifts.  We ask what specific set of our gifts does creation and neighbor need us to exercise today?  What gifts does another bring to the table that we especially appreciate?
 
TUESDAY MAY 25
First Corinthians 12:12-27 extends yesterday’s thought about one spirit generating many spiritual gifts. The “many” implies diversity.  There is always a tremendous range of personalities in any community to which we belong. Sometimes we need to mature and be more accepting.  Sometimes we need to gently guide the disruptive personalities so they do not harm the community. We keep in mind the diversity of gifts that make different personalities are gift from Holy Spirit. 
 
WEDNESDAY MAY 26
John 20:19-23. This reading takes us back to Easter Sunday afternoon.  Jesus literally breathed peace on disciples as they were locked up in fear.  From the cross (John 19) Jesus “gave up his spirit”.  After the resurrection Jesus breathes on disciples and said, “receive the Holy Spirit.” The Spirit that accompanied Jesus thru cross and resurrection now creates His church as a community of forgiveness and healing. 
 
THURSDAY MAY 27
Romans 8:1-8. We note the references to the Trinity.  God (the Father, Creator) sends the Son whose Spirit of life sets us free.  Paul gives us that helpful dichotomy: do not live as persons of the flesh (lonely, avoiding God, following impulses); do live as persons of the Spirit (connected, exercising gifts, listening for the voice of God, following the way of Christ). 
 
FRIDAY MAY 28
Romans 8:9-11. St. Paul had never been to Rome nor had he met the Romans when he wrote this around the year AD 58. Yet he is confident they “not in the flesh” (see yesterday on “flesh”) and the Spirit who raised Jesus is in them. How could he be so confident? Because they had been baptized. The gift of baptism means Christ is in them (and us). The rest of our Christian life is responding to that gift of baptism, joining us to the Trinity. 
 
SATURDAY MAY 29
Isaiah 5:15-24. There is a nice phrase from Isaiah.  It is “dragging iniquity along with the cords of falsehood.” One vice generates many other vices.  (Conversely, one virtue generates many virtues.) They became so vice-full because they “rejected the instruction of the Lord of hosts.” 
 
SUNDAY MAY 30 / FESTIVAL OF THE HOLY TRINITY 
Isaiah is overcome by a vision of God’s holiness (6:1-8)
Paul encourages us the Spirit has adopted us so we may cry out to God with the term of endearment, “Abba!” (Romans 8:12-17)
Nicodemus emerges from the darkness to learn about rebirth in the light and life of God (John 3:1-17).
 
PRAYERS
 
PRAYER FOR THE MORNING HOURS (ELW)
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 (ELW)
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 
 
PRAYER FOR BLESSING THE SOIL (MJM)
Gracious God, you give us seasons for planning and harvest.  We thank you for our plants and yards and gardens and farms. Help us to be loving care takers of all that grows, that we may enjoy their beauty and abundance.  Amen
 
PRAYER FOR END OF YEAR ACTIVITIES IN OUR SCHOOLS (MJM)
Loving God, you watch over students preparing for graduation or grade change; You care for the teachers who nurture them. Help those who are closing down another school year to make wise choices for celebrating.  Help them express gratitude for all they have gained and learned together. Amen
 
CLOSING 
God keep us in health and safety, today and every day. Amen



Messiah Daily Readings and Prayers - 2021
May 16 thru May 23
 
OPENING  
This is the feast of victory for our God, Alleluia! 
 
PSALM SCHEDULE
Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Psalm 115
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, Psalm 33:12-22
 
 
DAILY READINGS MAY 16 thru MAY 23
 
SUNDAY MAY 16 / THE 7th SUNDAY OF EASTER
John 17:6-19 brings a portion of the so-called High Priestly Prayer that Jesus prayed for disciples.  It’s quite stirring, set immediately before his betrayal, arrest, torture, and crucifixion.  Some of our best prayers are prayed the moments we understand we have a cross to bear. 
 
MONDAY MAY 17
Exodus 28:29-38. In yesterday’s gospel, Jesus prayed for disciples.  In this reading, Aaron (priest and brother of Moses) prays for the people. 
Philippians 1:3-11 – Paul prays for the new congregation at Philippi. 
 
TUESDAY MAY 18
Numbers 8:5-22 describe how the Tribe of Levi was selected to render priestly service on behalf of the people. 
Titus 1:1-9 recalls Paul entrusting younger Titus with the ministry. 
 
WEDNESDAY MAY 19

Ezra 9:5-15 – Ezra prays for the people of his day, rebuilding Jerusalem and the temple. 
John 16:16-24. Jesus addresses the disciples about his immanent departure.  But Jesus’ departure opens up the path way for the presence of the Holy Spirit. 
 
THURSDAY MAY 20
Genesis 2:4b-7. God breathes the breath of life into humankind. God the Holy Spirit sill breathes life into us. 
First Corinthians 15:42b-49. St. Paul reflects on that Genesis story of humans as God-spirited creatures. 
 
FRIDAY MAY 21
Job 37:1-13 is a poetic description of the powerful breath/spirit of God. 
First Corinthians 15:50-57. Resurrection is among God’s greatest gifts to us. 
 
SATURDAY MAY 22 

Exodus 15:6-11 describes the breath of God (“blast from your nostrils”) as having parted the Red Sea, granting the Israelites safe passage. 
John 7:37-39. Jesus’ image of the Holy Spirit is living water.
 
SUNDAY MAY 23 / FIFTIETH DAY OF EASTER / FESTIVAL OF PENTECOST 
John 15:26-27 & 16:4b-15. Jesus promises the Holy Spirit, here referred to as The Advocate. Jesus departs for cross and resurrection. He does not abandon disciples. He sends them (and us) Holy Spirit. 
 
PRAYERS
 
PRAYER FOR THE MORNING HOURS (ELW)
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 (ELW)
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 
 
PRAYER FOR BLESSING THE SOIL (MJM)
Gracious God, you give us seasons for planning and harvest.  We thank you for our plants and yards and gardens and farms. Help us to be loving care takers of all that grows, that we may enjoy their beauty and abundance.  Amen
 
PRAYER FOR END OF YEAR ACTIVITIES IN OUR SCHOOLS (MJM)
Loving God, you watch over students preparing for graduation or grade change; You care for the teachers who nurture them. Help those who are closing down another school year to make wise choices for celebrating.  Help them express gratitude for all they have gained and learned together. Amen
 
CLOSING 
God keep us in health and safety, today and every day. Amen