• Matins,  Music

    Wednesday Matins 10/20/21

    As we continue to maneuver church life in the pandemic, we at Woodlake Lutheran invite you into a time of Morning Prayer. The following practice may be done individually, or with one or two in your household leading the whole family in a time of prayer.
     
    Begin with centering yourself in a quiet space. Take three slow breaths. After this, speak these words: Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, O God, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. Praise to the blest and holy Trinity, one God, who gives us life, salvation, and resurrection.
    Jeremiah 31:7-9
    7Thus says the Lord:
    Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob,
    and raise shouts for the chief of the nations;
    proclaim, give praise, and say,
    “Save, O Lord, your people,
    the remnant of Israel.”
    8See, I am going to bring them from the land of the north,
    and gather them from the farthest parts of the earth,
    among them the blind and the lame,
    those with child and those in labor, together;
    a great company, they shall return here.
    9With weeping they shall come,
    and with consolations I will lead them back,
    I will let them walk by brooks of water,
    in a straight path in which they shall not stumble;
    for I have become a father to Israel,
    and Ephraim is my firstborn.
     
    Psalm 126
    1When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,
    then were we like those who dream.
    2Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy.
    Then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” 
    3The Lord has done great things for us,
    and we are glad indeed.
    4Restore our fortunes, O Lord,
    like the watercourses of the Negeb.
    5Those who sowed with tears
    will reap with songs of joy.
    6Those who go out weeping, carrying the seed,
    will come again with joy, shouldering their sheaves.
     
    Hebrews 7:23-28
    23The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office; 24but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever. 25Consequently he is able for all time to save those who approach God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.
    26For it was fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, blameless, undefiled, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. 27Unlike the other high priests, he has no need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for those of the people; this he did once for all when he offered himself. 28For the law appoints as high priests those who are subject to weakness, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect forever.
     
    Mark 10:46-52
    46As [Jesus] and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. 47When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 48Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 49Jesus stood still and said, “Call him here.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart; get up, he is calling you.” 50So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. 51Then Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said to him, “My teacher, let me see again.” 52Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way.
     
    Pray
     
    O God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
     
    Bless
     
    Almighty God bless us, and direct our days and our deeds in peace. Amen.
  • Music

    Music Monday for 10/18/2021 – “Glory to God”

    “Glory to God”
    From the visit of Mary to Elizabeth’s house; through the visits of Jesus to Zacchaeus’s house, Mary and Martha’s house, and Levi’s house; to the visit of the risen Christ to Cleopas’s house, Luke’s gospel is a story of God’s hospitality. God is guest and host, and Jesus’ meal fellowship is a proclamation of God’s inner circle of outsiders, a gathering not of the righteous but of those who have received God’s mercy. Glory to God in the highest!

  • Matins,  Music

    Wednesday Matins 10/13/21

    As we take time to observe physical distancing, we at Woodlake Lutheran invite you into a time of Morning Prayer. The following practice may be done individually, or with one or two in your household leading the whole family in a time of prayer.
    Begin with centering yourself in a quiet space. Take three slow breaths. After this, speak these words: Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, O God, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. Praise to the blest and holy Trinity, one God, who gives us life, salvation, and resurrection.
    Isaiah 53:4-12
    4Surely he has borne our infirmities
    and carried our diseases;
    yet we accounted him stricken,
    struck down by God, and afflicted.
    5But he was wounded for our transgressions,
    crushed for our iniquities;
    upon him was the punishment that made us whole,
    and by his bruises we are healed.
    6All we like sheep have gone astray;
    we have all turned to our own way,
    and the Lord has laid on him
    the iniquity of us all.

    7He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
    yet he did not open his mouth;
    like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
    and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
    so he did not open his mouth.
    8By a perversion of justice he was taken away.
    Who could have imagined his future?
    For he was cut off from the land of the living,
    stricken for the transgression of my people.
    9They made his grave with the wicked
    and his tomb with the rich,
    although he had done no violence,
    and there was no deceit in his mouth.

    10Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him with pain.
    When you make his life an offering for sin,
    he shall see his offspring, and shall prolong his days;
    through him the will of the Lord shall prosper.
    11Out of his anguish he shall see light;
    he shall find satisfaction through his knowledge.
    The righteous one, my servant, shall make many righteous,
    and he shall bear their iniquities.
    12Therefore I will allot him a portion with the great,
    and he shall divide the spoil with the strong;
    because he poured out himself to death,
    and was numbered with the transgressors;
    yet he bore the sin of many,
    and made intercession for the transgressors.


    Psalm 91:9-16
    9Because you have made the Lord your refuge,
    and the Most High your habitation,
    10no evil will befall you,
    nor shall affliction come near your dwelling.
    11For God will give the angels charge over you,
    to guard you in all your ways.
    12Upon their hands they will bear you up,
    lest you strike your foot a- gainst a stone. 
    13You will tread upon the lion cub and viper;
    you will trample down the lion and the serpent.
    14I will deliver those who cling to me;
    I will uphold them, because they know my name.
    15They will call me, and I will answer them;
    I will be with them in trouble; I will rescue and honor them.
    16With long life will I satisfy them,
    and show them my salvation. 


    Hebrews 5:1-10
    1Every high priest chosen from among mortals is put in charge of things pertaining to God on their behalf, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. 2He is able to deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is subject to weakness; 3and because of this he must offer sacrifice for his own sins as well as for those of the people. 4And one does not presume to take this honor, but takes it only when called by God, just as Aaron was.
    5So also Christ did not glorify himself in becoming a high priest, but was appointed by the one who said to him,
    “You are my Son,
    today I have begotten you”;
    6as he says also in another place,
    “You are a priest forever,
    according to the order of Melchizedek.”
    7In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. 8Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered; 9and having been made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him, 10having been designated by God a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.


    Mark 10:35-45
    35James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” 36And he said to them, “What is it you want me to do for you?” 37And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.” 38But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” 39They replied, “We are able.” Then Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; 40but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.”
    41When the ten heard this, they began to be angry with James and John. 42So Jesus called them and said to them, “You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. 43But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, 44and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. 45For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”



    Pray

    O God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

    Bless

    Almighty God bless us, and direct our days and our deeds in peace. Amen.
  • Matins,  Music

    Wednesday Matins 10/6/21

    As we take time to observe physical distancing, we at Woodlake Lutheran invite you into a time of Morning Prayer. The following practice may be done individually, or with one or two in your household leading the whole family in a time of prayer.
    Begin with centering yourself in a quiet space. Take three slow breaths. After this, speak these words: Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, O God, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. Praise to the blest and holy Trinity, one God, who gives us life, salvation, and resurrection.
    Amos 5:6-7, 10-15
    6Seek the Lord and live,
    or he will break out against the house of Joseph like fire,
    and it will devour Bethel, with no one to quench it.
     7Ah, you that turn justice to wormwood,
    and bring righteousness to the ground!

     10They hate the one who reproves in the gate,
    and they abhor the one who speaks the truth.
     11Therefore because you trample on the poor
    and take from them levies of grain,
     you have built houses of hewn stone,
    but you shall not live in them;
     you have planted pleasant vineyards,
    but you shall not drink their wine.
     12For I know how many are your transgressions,
    and how great are your sins—
     you who afflict the righteous, who take a bribe,
    and push aside the needy in the gate.
     13Therefore the prudent will keep silent in such a time;
    for it is an evil time.

     14Seek good and not evil,
    that you may live;
     and so the Lord, the God of hosts, will be with you,
    just as you have said.
     15Hate evil and love good,
    and establish justice in the gate;
     it may be that the Lord, the God of hosts,
    will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.

    Psalm 90:12-17
    12So teach us to number our days
    that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.
     13Return, O Lord; how long will you tarry?
    Be gracious to your servants.
     14Satisfy us by your steadfast love in the morning;
    so shall we rejoice and be glad all our days.
     15Make us glad as many days as you afflicted us
    and as many years as we suffered adversity.
     16Show your servants your works,
    and your splendor to their children.
     17May the graciousness of the Lord our God be upon us;
    prosper the work of our hands; prosper our handiwork. 

    Hebrews 4:12-16
    12Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13And before him no creature is hidden, but all are naked and laid bare to the eyes of the one to whom we must render an account.

     14Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. 15For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. 16Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

    Mark 10:17-31
    17As [Jesus] was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. 19You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honor your father and mother.’ ” 20He said to him, “Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.” 21Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” 22When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions.
     23Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” 24And the disciples were perplexed at these words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! 25It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” 26They were greatly astounded and said to one another, “Then who can be saved?” 27Jesus looked at them and said, “For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible.”
     28Peter began to say to him, “Look, we have left everything and followed you.” 29Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields, for my sake and for the sake of the good news, 30who will not receive a hundredfold now in this age—houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and children, and fields, with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life. 31But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.”

    Pray

    O God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

    Bless

    Almighty God bless us, and direct our days and our deeds in peace. Amen.