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)

September 25-October 1, Sixteenth Week after Pentecost

St. Michael and All Angels 


Bible Verse of the Week – Genesis 1:1 (ESV) 

[Preschool +] "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth." 



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.  


Hymn of the Week – LSB 798 The God of Abraham Praise

The God of Abr'ham praise, Who reigns enthroned above; 

    Ancient of everlasting days And God of love.  Jehovah, great I AM! 

               By earth and heav'n confessed; I bow and bless the sacred name Forever blest. 


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 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—

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/Catechism Meditations of the Week – Family/School Devotions 
  • Sunday: The Return of the Seventy-Two—Luke 10:17–20 
  • Monday: The First Article (Part 1) - The Central Thought (p. 133) 
  • Tuesday: 113. Why is the First Person of the Trinity called God the Father? (p. 134) 
  • Wednesday: 114. Why does the Creed confess God as the Maker of heaven and earth? (p. 134) 
  • Thursday: 118. What does it mean to confess that God made me "and all creatures"? (p. 136) 
  • Friday: 120. What is the significance of having a body and soul for my personal identity and relationships? (p. 137) 
  • Saturday: Look Ahead to Sunday – Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost – Luke 17:1–10

September 18-24, Fifteenth Week after Pentecost


Bible Verse of the Week – James 2:10 (ESV) 

[Preschool +] For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it. 


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 594 God's Own Child, I Gladly Say It

God's own child, I gladly say it: I am baptized into Christ! 

     He, because I could not pay it, Gave my full redemption price. 

          Do I need earth's treasures many? 

               I have one worth more than any that brought me salvation free 

                    Lasting to eternity. 


Psalm Meditation of the Week – Psalm 113 

Praise the Lord!
    Praise, O servants of the Lord,
    praise the name of the Lord!

Blessed be the name of the Lord
     from this time forth and forevermore!

From the rising of the sun to its setting,
     the name of the Lord is to be praised!

The Lord is high above all nations,
     and his glory above the heavens!

Who is like the Lord our God,
     who is seated on high,

who looks far down
     on the heavens and the earth?

He raises the poor from the dust
     and lifts the needy from the ash heap,

to make them sit with princes,
     with the princes of his people.

He gives the barren woman a home,
    making her the joyous mother of children.
    Praise the Lord!


Bible/Catechism Meditations of the Week – Family/School Devotions 
  • Sunday: The Parable of the Dishonest Manager—Luke 16:1–15
  • Monday: The Close of the Commandments - The Central Thought (p. 120)
  • Tuesday: 95. What is our proper response to God's warnings and promises? (p. 122)
  • Wednesday: 100. How carefully does God want us to keep His commandments? (p. 126)
  • Thursday: 101. Can anyone, then, be saved by keeping God's commandments? (p. 126)
  • Friday: 102. Where alone can we sinners find rescue from the condemnation of God? (p. 126)
  • Saturday: Look Ahead to Sunday – ST. MICHAEL AND ALL ANGELS – Luke 10:17–20

September 11-17, Fourteenth Week after Pentecost

Baptismal Remembrance – September


Bible Verse of the Week – Luke 12:15 (ESV)

[Preschool +]  And he said to them, "Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions."


Catechism Memory Work – TEN COMMANDMENTS

What is the Ninth Commandment?  

[Preschool +] You shall not covet your neighbor’s house.

What does this mean? 

[Second Grade +] We should fear and love God so that we do not scheme to get our neighbor’s inheritance or house, or get it in a way which only appears right, but help and be of service to him in keeping it.

What is the Tenth Commandment? 

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

What does this mean?

[Second Grade +] We should fear and love God so that we do not entice or force away our neighbor’s wife, workers, or animals, or turn them against him, but urge them to stay and do their duty.


Hymn of the Week – LSB 818  In Thee Is Gladness      

In Thee is gladness   Amid all sadness,   Jesus, sunshine of my heart.   

     By Thee are given   The gifts of heaven,   Thou the true Redeemer art.

              Our souls Thou wakest,   Our bonds Thou breakest;

                        Who trusts Thee surely   Has built securely;   He stands forever: Alleluia!

                                Our hearts are pining  To see Thy shining,   

                                         Dying or living   To Thee are cleaving;   Naught can us sever: Alleluia!


Psalm Meditation of the Week – Psalm 119:169–176

169 Let my cry come before you, O Lord; give me understanding according to your word!

170 Let my plea come before you; deliver me according to your word.

171 My lips will pour forth praise, for you teach me your statutes.

172 My tongue will sing of your word, for all your commandments are right.

173 Let your hand be ready to help me, for I have chosen your precepts.

174 I long for your salvation, O Lord, and your law is my delight.

175 Let my soul live and praise you, and let your rules help me.

176 I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek your servant, for I do not forget your commandments.


Bible/Catechism Meditations of the Week – Family/School Devotions
  • Sunday: The Parables of the Lost Sheep and the Lost Coin—Luke 15:1–10
  • Monday: The Ninth and Tenth Commandments - The Central Thought (p. 115)
  • Tuesday: 88. What is coveting? (p. 116)
  • Wednesday: 89. How do we fear and love God in keeping the Ninth and Tenth Commandments? (p. 116)
  • Thursday: 91. Is all wanting, desiring, and ambition sinful? (p. 117)
  • Friday: 92. What is particularly important about these last two commandments? (p. 118)
  • Saturday: Look Ahead to Sunday – 15th Sunday after Pentecost – Luke 16:1–15

September 3-10, Thirteenth Week after Pentecost


Bible Verse of the Week – Psalm 37:21 (ESV) 

[Preschool +] The wicked borrows but does not pay back, but the righteous is generous and gives. 


Catechism Memory Work – TEN COMMANDMENTS

What is the Seventh Commandment? 

[Preschool +] You shall not steal. 

What does this mean?

[First Grade +] We should fear and love God so that we do not take our neighbor’s money or possessions, or get them in any dishonest way, but help him to improve and protect his possessions and income.  

What is the Eighth Commandment? 

[Preschool +] You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.  

What does this mean? 

[Second Grade +] We should fear and love God so that we do not tell lies about our neighbor, betray him, slander him, or hurt his reputation, but defend him, speak well of him, and explain everything in the kindest way. 


Hymn of the Week – LSB 812 Come, Let Us Join Our Cheerful Songs 

Come, let us join our cheerful songs 

     With angels round the throne; 

          Ten thousand thousand are their tongues 

               But all their joys are one. 


Psalm Meditation of the Week – Psalm 1 
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
   nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law[b] of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.
He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season,
    and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.
The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
for the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.


Bible/Catechism Meditations of the Week – Family/School Devotions 
  • Sunday: The Cost of Discipleship—Luke 14:25–35
  • Monday: The Seventh Commandment - The Central Thought (p. 105)
  • Tuesday: 78. Why are earthly goods such as money and possessions important? (p. 105)
  • Wednesday: 79. How do we fear and love God in keeping the Seventh Commandment? (p. 106)
  • Thursday: The Eighth Commandment - The Central Thought (p. 110)
  • Friday: 84. How do we fear and love God in keeping the Eighth Commandment? (p. 110)
  • Saturday: Look Ahead to Sunday – Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost – Luke 15:1–10