Learn by Heart:

Weekly Bible and Catechism Study for the Whole Family

In the Word ... at Ascension

Learn-By-Heart Memorization Schedule and Devotions 2022-23 

Memorize the Bible Verse of the Week, the Catechism Memory Work by noted grade levels, and the first stanza of the Hymn of the Week

The Hymn of the Week will be sung in Chapel and is encouraged for use in family daily devotions. 

Catechism questions are taken from the 2018 Luther's Small Catechism with Explanations (Concordia Publishing House: St. Louis, 2018)

January 29-February 4, Fourth Week after the Epiphany


Bible Verse of the Week – Mark 14:38 (ESV) 

[Preschool +] "Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak." 



[Preschool +] "And lead us not into temptation." 

 What does this mean? 

[Second Grade +] God tempts no one. We pray in this petition that God would guard and keep us so that the devil, the world, and our sinful nature may not deceive us or mislead us into false belief, despair, and other great shame and vice. Although we are attacked by these things, we pray that we may finally overcome them and win the victory. 


Hymn of the Week – LSB 842, Son of God, Eternal Savior

Son of God, eternal Savior, Source of life and truth and grace, 

     Word made flesh, whose birth among us, Hallows all our human race, 

          You our Head, who, throned in glory, For Your own will ever plead: 

               Fill us with Your love and pity, Heal our wrongs, and help our need. 


Psalm Meditation of the Week – Psalm 15 

O Lord, who shall sojourn in your tent?  Who shall dwell on your holy hill?

He who walks blamelessly and does what is right and speaks truth in his heart;

who does not slander with his tongue and does no evil to his neighbor, nor takes up a reproach against his friend;

in whose eyes a vile person is despised, but who honors those who fear the Lord; who swears to his own hurt and does not change;

who does not put out his money at interest and does not take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be moved.


Bible/Catechism Meditations of the Week – Family/School Devotions 
  • Sunday: The Sermon on the Mount—Matthew 5:1–12 
  • Monday: The Lord's Prayer – Sixth Petition - The Central Thought (p. 269) 
  • Tuesday: 281. What is the focus of this particular petition? (p. 269) 
  • Wednesday: 282. What do we ask God to do for us when we pray this petition? (p. 270) 
  • Thursday: 283. How does God help us to resist those threats? (p. 271) 
  • Friday: 284. Does God ever tempt us? (p. 272) 
  • Saturday: Look Ahead to Sunday – FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY – Matthew 5:13–20

January 22-28, Third Week after the Epiphany


Bible Verse of the Week – 1 Timothy 1:15 (ESV) 

[Preschool +] "The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost." 



[Preschool +] "And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us." 

What does this mean? 

[Second Grade +] We pray in this petition that our Father in heaven would not look at our sins, or deny our prayer because of them. We are neither worthy of the things for which we pray, nor have we deserved them, but we ask that He would give them all to us by grace, for we daily sin much and surely deserve nothing but punishment. So we too will sincerely forgive and gladly do good to those who sin against us. 


Hymn of the Week – LSB 412, The People That in Darkness Sat 

The people that in darkness sat A glorious light have seen; 

     The light has shined on them who long In shades of death have been, 

          In shades of death have been. 


Psalm Meditation of the Week – Psalm 27:1–9 

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

When evildoers assail me to eat up my flesh, my adversaries and foes, it is they who stumble and fall.

Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident.

One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple.

For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock.

And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me, and I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing and make melody to the Lord.

Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud; be gracious to me and answer me! 

You have said, “Seek my face.” My heart says to you, “Your face, Lord, do I seek.”

Hide not your face from me. Turn not your servant away in anger, O you who have been my help. Cast me not off; forsake me not, O God of my salvation!


Bible/Catechism Meditations of the Week – Family/School Devotions 
  • Sunday: Jesus Begins His Ministry—Matthew 4:12–25 
  • Monday: The Lord's Prayer – Fifth Petition - The Central Thought (p. 264) 
  • Tuesday: 276. What do we ask for in this petition? (p. 264) 
  • Wednesday: 277. Why do we need to pray for God's forgiveness? (p. 265) 
  • Thursday: 278. Why is forgiveness important for my own life in Christ? (p. 266) 
  • Friday: 279. Does our forgiveness from God depend upon our ability to forgive ...? (p. 267) 
  • Saturday: Look Ahead to Sunday – FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY – Matthew 5:1–12