Pastor's Daily Prayers
Messiah Daily Prayers
January 17 thru January 24
Anno Domini 2021
 
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
 
DAILY PSALMS
January 17                   19                 113
January 18                135                 112
January 19                123                    30
January 20                   15                    48
January 21                   36                    80
January 22                130                    32
January 23                   56                 100
January 24                   67                    46
 
DAILY READINGS
 
Sunday: January 17 / SECOND SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY
I Samuel 3:1-10 – God calls young Samuel to be a prophet 
John 1:43-51 – Andrew, Simon, Philip, and Nathanael answer Jesus’ call.
 
Monday: January 18
I Samuel 9:27—10:8 – Samuel anoints Saul to be the first king
 
Tuesday: January 19
I Samuel 15:10-31 – Samuel the prophet challenges Saul the King
 
Wednesday: January 20
Genesis 16:1-14. Hagar, a servant spurned and rejected by head of the household Sarah, is encountered by God and blessed by God. 
 
Thursday: January 21
Jeremiah 19:1-15.  Anticipating Sunday’s story of Jonah, the reluctant prophet, we have three readings from Jeremiah, the weeping prophet.  
 
Friday: January 22
Jeremiah 20:7-13. Jeremiah’s life was filled with conflict.  At least he had the eloquence to denounce his opposition. In the end, everyone lost as Babylon won.  But with God there was possibility for reclamation and rebuilding. 
 
Saturday: January 23
Jeremiah 20:14-18.  Perhaps one of the saddest sections of the bible, Jeremiah curses the day he was born. Yet he persisted to follow his calling.  
 
Sunday: January 24 / THIRD SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY
Jonah 3:1-5, 10. After going great lengths to avoid the call from God, Jonah finally preaches for Nineveh to repent.  He is not happy when they do. 
Mark 1:14-20. James & John immediately leave behind dad and the family business to follow Jesus. 
 
PRAYERS
 
DAILY PRAYER 
Gracious God, you called Andrew, Simon, Philip, and Nathanael to follow you.  Help us to hear your voice in your Word and Sacraments.  Give us strength to reflect the light of your love to all the people we meet in all the places you take us. Amen. 
 
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
 
INTERCESSIONS FOR THIS WEEK 
Plans for a ZOOM meeting of the congregation 1.31.2021
Plans to resume face to face worship 2.6.2021
Safety and recovery for our national capitol after 1.6.2021
Effective roll out of vaccines for Covid19
All who grieve the death of Wanda Moses (d. 1.3.2021)
All who grieve the death of Jan Koschik (d. 1.9.2021)
 
CLOSING 
God keep us in health and safety, today and every day. Amen



Messiah Daily Prayers
January 10 thru January 17
Anno Domini 2021
 
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
 
DAILY PSALMS
January 10                150                 117
January 11                      5                    29                   
January 12                   42                 133
January 13                   89                       1
January 14                   97                    62
January 15                   51                    65
January 16                104                 111
January 17                   19                    81
 
 
DAILY READINGS
SUNDAY: JANUARY 10 / THE BAPTISM OF OUR LORD 
The lectionary pairs the creation story, Genesis 1:1-5, with the baptism of Jesus, Mark 1:4-11.  The creation story begins with the creation of light and the separation of light from darkness.  (The early church’s word for the newly baptized was the “enlightened.”)  In the creation story we hear the voice of God say, “Let there be.”  In the baptism of Jesus story the voice of God declares, “You are my son, the beloved.”   
 
MONDAY: JANUARY 11 / Genesis 17:1-13
Baptism is mark for New Testament people of God.  Circumcision (male) was the mark for Old Testament people of God.  In both cases, the meaning of the external ceremony must take root in the heart and soul.  

TUESDAY: JANUARY 12 / Exodus 30:22-38. One of the actions in Christian baptism is anointing with oil. “You are marked by the cross of Christ and sealed with the Holy Spirit forever.”  Anointing with oil originates in Old Testament stories.  It’s a means to identify the changing status and vocation of a child of God. 
 
WEDNESDAY: JANUARY 13 / Isaiah 41:14-20.  It is no secret why water is the element used in baptism.  Water signifies the cleansing power of the Word in baptismal water.  Water is basic to planetary and human life.  The water of baptism is basic to spiritual life.  Isaiah assures us God promises life-giving water, literally and symbolically. 
 
THURSDAY: JANUARY 14 / Judges 2:6-15
Sunday’s gospel will feature the story of Jesus calling disciples.  Calling faithful servants goes way back.  The Book of Judges tells story after story of how faithful servants of God restored order to chaotic and dangerous times. 
 
FRIDAY: JANUARY 15 / Acts 13:16-25
Continuing the theme of servant leaders, St. Paul recounts faithful leaders guiding the people thru the wilderness.  Sunday’s gospel will introduce the first servant leaders that Jesus choses to continue his way. 
 
SATURDAY: JANUARY 16 / Matthew 25:1-13
This is Jesus’ familiar parable of the bridesmaids.  Some elected to fulfill their role with wisdom.  Some elected to carelessly attend to their role.  The disciples whom Jesus will call to follow him (tomorrow’s gospel) had issues and failures. But they returned to the Lord. They stayed within the Spirit’s power.  They served the first generation after Jesus’ resurrection.
 
SUNDAY: JANUARY 17 / 2nd SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY
I Samuel 3:1-10 – God calls young Samuel to be God’s servant. 
John 1:43-51 – many names and places are referenced in this story. Pastor’s Sunday homily will walk us thru it. From diverse backgrounds, Jesus gathers those who will be his first, disciplined followers. 
 
RESPONSE AFTER THE READING
Arise, your Light has come. 
 
PRAYERS
 
DAILY PRAYER 
Gracious God, at the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River you proclaimed him your beloved Son and anointed him with the Holy Spirit.  Help all who are baptized to be faithful in our calling as your children.  Thru Jesus Christ our Light we pray, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. 
 
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
 
INTERCESSIONS FOR THIS WEEK 
Messiah council meeting 1.11.2021 
Safety and recovery for our national capitol after 1.6.2021
Effective roll out of vaccines for Covid19
All who grieve the death of Wanda Moses (d. 1.3.2021)
All who grieve the death of Jan Koschik (d. 1.9.2021)
 
CLOSING 
God keep us in health and safety, today and every day. Amen


Messiah Daily Prayers
January 3 thru January 10 
Anno Domini 2021
 
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
 
DAILY PSALMS
January 3                  111                 107
January 4                     20                    93
January 5                     99                    96
January 6                     72                 100
January 7                     16                    62
January 8                  142                    65
January 9                     43                 111
January 10               150                 113
 
DAILY READINGS
 
SUNDAY: JANUARY 3, 2021 / SECOND SUNDAY OF CHRISTMAS 
Jeremiah 31:7-14 is a rare encouraging word in Jeremiah.  Dwell on any of the images about safety and wholeness in this section.  Make those images your own.  Carry them with you into the new year. 
John 1:10-18.  This year the lectionary does not linger on stories surrounding Jesus’ birth. We hear of his birth on the 25th.  On December 27 we hear about his presentation, forty days after birth. On January 1 we hear of his circumcision, eight days after birth. Today is still within the 12-Days of Christmas. Yet today there is no Jesus story. However, John underscores the reality of Jesus as light (shining brightly in dark times). 
Luke 2:15-21 -- Eight days after his birth, the mother and father of Jesus take him to Jerusalem for naming and circumcision.

MONDAY: JANUARY 4 / JAMES 4:11-17
James brings helpful advice any season of the year.  Being non-judgmental is an especially good reminder as we begin a new year.
 
TUESDAY: JANUARY 5 / PROVERBS 22:1-9
I hope some of your Christmas decorations are still up.  Today is the 12th Day of Christmas.  Tonight is a good night to light candles, enjoy any remaining Christmas goodies, and be thankful for the advancing light. The Proverbs reading references humility.  This is something good to take with us into the new year. 
 
WEDNESDAY: JANUARY 6 / THE EPIPHANY OF OUR LORD / MATTHEW 2:1-12
Yesterday concluded the 12-Day Christmas season.  The Sunday’s that follow today are referenced as the Sundays after the Epiphany.  Today’s story from Matthew is about the appearance of the Star that led the magi to Bethlehem. When the magi arrived, they saw in Jesus God’s light for all nations. 
 
THURSDAY: JANUARY 7 / ACTS 9:10-19a
Stories Thursday, Friday & Saturday prepare us for Sunday’s reading on the Baptism of our Lord. Today’s story is the baptism of Saul (Paul the Apostle).
 
FRIDAY: JANUARY 8 / I TIMOTHY 4:11-16
The laying on of hands is a prayerful gesture that confers blessing and calling.  In this case, the reference is to young Timothy who had been called to be an apostle. 
Consider your baptismal calling, to be God’s in your household, among your neighbors, for your church and community. 
 
SATURDAY: JANUARY 9 / LUKE 5:1-11
We cannot separate baptism from discipleship.  We are baptized to learn, to follow. This story tells of the first followers of Jesus who began to understand their baptismal calling.
 
SUNDAY: JANUARY 10 / THE BAPTISM OF OUR LORD 
The lectionary pairs the creation story, Genesis 1:1-5, with the baptism of Jesus, Mark 1:4-11.  The creation story begins with the creation of light and the separation of light from darkness.  (The early church’s word for the newly baptized was the “enlightened.”)  In the creation story we hear the voice of God say, “Let there be.”  In the baptism of Jesus story the voice of God declares, “You are my son, the beloved.”   

RESPONSE AFTER THE READING
Glory to God in the Highest, and peace to God’s people on earth
 
PRAYERS
 
DAILY PRAYER 
Almighty God, you have filled all the earth with the light of Christ, your incarnate word.  By your grace, empower us to reflect your light in all we do. Amen.
 
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
 
INTERCESSIONS FOR THIS WEEK 
Thanksgiving for the light of the 12-Days of Christmas
Messiah Finance Committee meeting
Messiah Property Committee meeting 
The US Congress certifying the election 
First responders, especially hospital workers 
National courage responding to Covid19 surges 
All who grieve the death of Wanda Moses (d. 1.3.2021)
 
CLOSING 
God keep us in health and safety, today and every day. Amen