Learn by Heart:

Weekly Bible and Catechism Study for the Whole Family


October 17-23 Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost

 
Bible Verse of the Week – Psalm 139:13-14a (ESV) [Preschool +] 

"For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made." Psalm 139:13-14a 

 

Catechism Memory Work – The Apostles’ Creed, The First Article – Part 2 

I Believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth. [Preschool +] 

What does this mean? [First Grade +] 

I believe that God has made me and all creatures; that He has given me my body and soul, eyes, ears, and all my members, my reason and all my senses, and still takes care of them. He also gives me clothing and shoes, food and drink, house and home, wife and children, land, animals, and all I have. He richly and daily provides me with all that I need to support this body and life. 

He defends me against all danger and guards and protects me from all evil. 

All this He does only out of fatherly, divine goodness and mercy, without any merit or worthiness in me. For all this it is my duty to thank and praise, serve and obey Him. This is most certainly true. 

 

Hymn of the Week – LSB 690 Hope of the World 

Hope of the world Thou Christ of great compassion; 

     Speak to our fearful hearts by conflict rent. 

          Save us Thy people, from consuming passion. 

               Who by our own false hopes and aims are spent. 

 

Psalm Meditation of the Week – Psalm 119:9-16 

  9 How can a young person stay on the path of purity?
     By living according to your word.

10 I seek you with all my heart;
     do not let me stray from your commands.

11 I have hidden your word in my heart
     that I might not sin against you.

12 Praise be to you, Lord;
     teach me your decrees.

13 With my lips I recount
     all the laws that come from your mouth.

14 I rejoice in following your statutes
     as one rejoices in great riches.

15 I meditate on your precepts
     and consider your ways.

16 I delight in your decrees;
     I will not neglect your word.

 

Bible Story Meditations of the Week – Family/School Devotions*
  • Sunday: Mark 10:23-31
  • Monday: Elisha Raises the Shunammite’s Son- 2 Kings 4:8-37
  • Tuesday: Elisha Feeds His People – 2 Kings 4:38-44
  • Wednesday: Elisha Escapes the Arameans – 2 Kings 6:8-23
  • Thursday: Famine in Besieged Samaria – 2 Kings 6:24-7:20
  • Friday: Jehu, the Avenger of Blood – 2 Kings 9:1-37

* Adopted from Bible Stories for Daily Prayer, Copyright © 2006 Concordia Catechetical Academy, Sussex, Wisconsin. 

Saturday: Look Ahead to Sunday – 22nd Sunday after Pentecost – Mark 10:46-52


October 10-16 Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost 

 
Bible Verse of the Week – 1 John 4-9 [Preschool +]

"In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him." 1 John 4:9

 

Catechism Memory Work – The Apostles’ Creed, The First Article – Part 1 [Preschool +]  

"I Believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth." 

What does this mean? [First Grade +] 

I believe that God has made me and all creatures; that He has given me my body and soul, eyes, ears, and all my members, my reason and all my senses, and still takes care of them. He also gives me clothing and shoes, food and drink, house and home, wife and children, land, animals, and all I have. He richly and daily provides me with all that I need to support this body and life. 

 

Hymn of the Week – LSB 753, All for Christ I Have Forsaken 

All for Christ I have forsaken 

     And have taken up my cross 

           Worldly joy, its fame and fortune 

                Now I count as worthless dross. 

 

Psalm Meditation of the Week – Psalm 90: 12-17 (ESV)

12 So teach us to number our days 
      that we may get a heart of wisdom.

13 Return, O Lord! How long?
      Have pity on your servants!

14 Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love,
      that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.

15 Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us,
      and for as many years as we have seen evil.

16 Let your work be shown to your servants,
      and your glorious power to their children.

17 Let the favor[d] of the Lord our God be upon us,
      and establish the work of our hands upon us;
      yes, establish the work of our hands!

 
Bible Story Meditations of the Week – Family/School Devotions* 
  • Sunday: Mark 10:17-22
  • Monday: Naboth’s Vineyard – 1 Kings 21:1-16
  • Tuesday: The Lord Condemns Ahab – 1 Kings 21:17-29
  • Wednesday: Elijah Ascends to Heaven – 2 Kings 2:1-15
  • Thursday: Elisha Performs Miracles – 2 Kings 2:19-35
  • Friday: Elisha and the Widow’s Oil – 2 Kings 4:1-7

* Adopted from Bible Stories for Daily Prayer, Copyright © 2006 Concordia Catechetical Academy, Sussex, Wisconsin. 

Saturday: Look Ahead to Sunday – Twenty First Sunday after Pentecost – Mark 10:23-31


October 3-9 Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost 

 
Bible Verse of the Week – Romans 3:20 (ESV) [Preschool +] 

"For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin." (Romans 3:20)

 

Catechism Memory Work – Ten Commandments 

What does God say about all these commandments? [First Grade +] 

He says: 

“I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate Me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love Me and keep My commandments.” (Exodus 20:5-6

What does this mean? [Second Grade +] 

God threatens to punish all who break these commandments. Therefore, we should fear His wrath and not do anything against them. But He promises grace and every blessing to all who keep these commandments. Therefore, we should also love and trust in Him and gladly do what He commands. 

 

Hymn of the Week – LSB 863 Our Father, by Whose Name 

Our Father, by whose name All fatherhood is known, 

     Who dost in love proclaim Each family Thine own 

          Bless Thou all parents, guarding well, With constant love as sentinel, 

               The homes in which Thy people dwell.. 

 

Psalm Meditation of the Week – Psalm 128 

Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord,
    who walks in his ways!

You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands;
    you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you.

Your wife will be like a fruitful vine
    within your house;
your children will be like olive shoots
    around your table.

Behold, thus shall the man be blessed
    who fears the Lord.

The Lord bless you from Zion!
    May you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
    all the days of your life!

May you see your children's children!
    Peace be upon Israel!

 

Bible Story Meditations of the Week – Family/School Devotions*
  • Sunday: Mark 10:2-16
  • Monday: The Prophet Elijah Goes to the Widow of Zarephath – 1 Kings 17:8-24
  • Tuesday: Elijah’s Message to Ahab – 1 Kings 18:1-19
  • Wednesday: The Lord’s Victory on Mount Carmel – 1 Kings 18:20-40
  • Thursday: The Drought Ends and Elijah Escapes Jezebel – 1 Kings 18:41-19:9a
  • Friday: The Lord’s Revelation to Elijah – 1 Kings 19:9b-21

* Adopted from Bible Stories for Daily Prayer, Copyright © 2006 Concordia Catechetical Academy, Sussex, Wisconsin. 

Saturday: Look Ahead to Sunday – 20th Sunday after Pentecost – Mark 10:17-22


September 26 - October 2 Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost; 

                                                  St. Michael and All Angels

 
Bible Verse of the Week – Review Romans 5:19, Romans 5:8, Mark 6:25 

"For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous." (Romans 5:19)  

"But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8) 

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?" Mark 6:25 

 
Catechism Memory Work – Review Commandments 4-10 

What is the Fourth Commandment? 

Honor your father and your mother. 

What is the Fifth Commandment? 

You shall not murder. 

What is the Sixth Commandment? 

You shall not commit adultery. 

What is the Seventh Commandment? 

You shall not steal. 

What is the Eighth Commandment? 

You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. 

What is the Ninth Commandment? 

You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. 

What is the Tenth Commandment? 

You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.  

 
Hymn of the Week – LSB 522 Lord God, to Thee We Give Praise 

Lord God, to Thee we give all praise, 

     With grateful hearts our voices raise, 

          That angel hosts Thou didst create 

               Around Thy glorious throne to wait. 

 

Psalm Meditation of the Week – Psalm 91 

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say[a] to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”

For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
    and from the deadly pestilence.

He will cover you with his pinions,
    and under his wings you will find refuge;
    his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.

You will not fear the terror of the night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day,

nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
    nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.

A thousand may fall at your side,
    ten thousand at your right hand,
    but it will not come near you.

You will only look with your eyes
    and see the recompense of the wicked.

Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place—
    the Most High, who is my refuge[b]—

10 no evil shall be allowed to befall you,
    no plague come near your tent.

11 For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways.

12 On their hands they will bear you up,
    lest you strike your foot against a stone.

13 You will tread on the lion and the adder;
    the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.

14 “Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him;
    I will protect him, because he knows my name.

15 When he calls to me, I will answer him;
    I will be with him in trouble;
    I will rescue him and honor him.

16 With long life I will satisfy him
    and show him my salvation.”

 

Bible Story Meditations of the Week – Family/School Devotions 
  • Sunday: Matthew 18:1-11
  • Monday: Jeroboam and the Golden Calves – 1 Kings 12:20-33
  • Tuesday: The Man of God Comes to Bethel – 1 Kings 13:1-34
  • Wednesday: The House of Jeroboam and the Northern Kingdom – 1 Kings 14:1-20
  • Thursday: The House of Rehoboam and the Southern Kingdom – 1 Kings 14:21-31
  • Friday: King Ahab and the Drought – 1 Kings 16:29-17:7

* Adopted from Bible Stories for Daily Prayer, Copyright © 2006 Concordia Catechetical Academy, Sussex, Wisconsin. 

Saturday: Look Ahead to Sunday – Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost – Mark 10:2-16


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