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Thursday, November 1, 2012, Devotion

“You call me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am.”  (John 13:13)

Master and teacher. Jesus is the One to follow. He knows. We do well to turn to the One who knows, but the most important thing is to listen and heed what He says, because He is both Lord and Master. Here, once again, Jesus reminds His disciples that He is “I Am,” One of Trinity. The Lord God, Creator of the Universe, has come to rescue those who will follow Him.

Lord, help me to ponder and understand who You are and what You have come to do. You are Lord and Master; there is no other. With simplicity, grant that I would not just call You by this name, but would live life knowing that You are my Lord and Master and there is no one or nothing else ahead of You. Turn my heart to You that I may know life.

Thank You Jesus, Lord and Master, for leading the way. Help me today to see that You alone are able to lead me into this life that You have created. Grant that I would apply Your Word to my life and serve others as You have served me. Guide my footsteps this day to serve the will of the Father and do all to His glory. Amen.



Wednesday, October 31, 2012, Devotion

So when he had washed their feet, and taken his garments and reclined at the table again, he said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you?”  (John 13:12)

Do any of us really know what Jesus has done?  The Lord has done what needs to be done, for the disciples and for us. Listening to this verse, a good place to start is meditating on all of the things Jesus has done. He has washed our feet to prepare for the journey ahead. The sin from where we have been is gone and now we can walk with Jesus, leaving behind the dust and dirt.

Lord, I do not often think about what You have done for those who believe in the salvation You have made possible. I go through life and do not act upon the fact that You have cleansed me and continue to cleanse me through the grace You purchased at the cross. You have served me, and it is I who should serve You. Help me grow into the person You intend for me to become, following Your footsteps.

Thank You, Lord, for serving me. Thank You, Lord, for serving others. Help me today to walk into the world knowing that it is You alone who makes it possible for people to be clean from sin. Grant that I would serve others today as You have served me. May I become more like You, with a willing attitude and heart that does whatever needs to be done. Amen. 

Help with Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief

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Please keep our families in prayer as we assess needs and prepare to respond to this devastating disaster. A Hurricane Sandy Disaster Fund has been established for Lutheran CORE congregations and families impacted.  Online donations may be made here or mailed to NALC/LSS Disaster Services, 2299 Palmer Drive Suite 220, New Brighton  MN  55112-2202.  If you are able to volunteer, please contact the Disaster Coordinator, Mary Woodward, at 740-509-1132.  Updates will be provided as we receive them.
Donations can also be made to the ELCA’s Lutheran Disaster Response here.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012, Devotion

For he knew the one who was betraying him; for this reason he said, “Not all of you are clean.”  (John 13:11)

Jesus knows. Then as well as now, Jesus knows those who are His own. You and I have neither the wisdom, nor the foresight to know who it is that He will save. That is why we proclaim to all the message of salvation through Christ alone. We know the Father desires that all be saved, but we also know that only those who hear the Master’s voice will be. Our part is to trust, by faith, the One true Lord and Master of all.

Lord, I spend way too much time trying to figure things out, rather than trusting in You who laid the plan out before the foundation of the world. Grant that I would increase in my trust of You, whose work alone endures forever, that I may grow in heavenly wisdom. You alone are judge. Constantly remind me that my task is to let Your light shine through me that others may see what I do and bring the Father glory.

Thank You, Jesus, for the reminder that You are Lord. Grant today that I would be a shining light of Your presence for all to see. Shut my mouth from speaking out of turn and instead, give me words of praise for Your mighty acts, which You have accomplished through all who believe. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to You. Amen.

Monday, October 29, 2012, Devotion

Jesus said to him, “He who has bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you.”  (John 13:10)

We know that the betrayal of Judas was beyond salvation, for he would not repent and come under the Lord’s headship. Although Peter would continue to fumble, he would repent and come to the place where he would say “Yes,” to the Lord. Jesus cleans us up from the inside out to prepare us to be a part of the eternal kingdom.

Lord, help me submit and accept the cleansing You have in store for me. Grant that I would be repentant and willing to be subject to You, my Lord and Master. Although I sin along the way, continue to empower me through the Holy Spirit to be under You in all things. May I see the work You are doing in me that I may boast of Your mighty work of salvation.

Lord, thank You for coming and completing the job none of us can do. Help me live today knowing that You alone are able to save. Grant that I would bear witness not of my own progress, but of the work that You are doing through all who are in Your salvation. May You receive honor and glory this day through the witness of Your salvation at work in me. Amen.

PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH, All Saints Sunday (November 4, 2012)

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PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH, All Saints Sunday (November 4, 2012)

A ministry of the Lutheran Coalition for Renewal

 (Click here to download November prayers in RTF format.)

A      Rejoicing in the hope of eternal life in Christ, let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus, and for all people according to their needs.

A brief silence

 A      Gracious Father, build up your church throughout the world in confidence that because Jesus lives, we shall live also. Strengthen your people with true faith in the victory our Lord won over sin, death, and the devil, and empower us to live as citizens of heaven now and eternally. Lord, in your mercy:

C      hear our prayer.

A      [In the United States] As we prepare to cast our ballots, we give you thanks for our freedom and the many blessings we enjoy as citizens. Give us wisdom, and guide us to make the choices that will be good not just for us but for the entire world and for future generations. Lord, in your mercy:

C      hear our prayer.

A      We pray for the persecuted church, and entreat you for open doors to the Gospel wherever your people suffer oppression and opposition. In North America and Europe, turn your people from the seductions of materialism, secularism, and false gods to genuine faith in your Son, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Lord, in your mercy:

C      hear our prayer.

A      Be with all in need this day: the unemployed, the underemployed, the hungry, and victims of violence, hatred, and tyranny. Direct all people throughout the world who work for peace, especially those who serve in military forces and as first responders. Hear especially our prayers for those whose needs are known to us: [pause for silent or spoken requests]. Lord, in your mercy:

C      hear our prayer.

A      We ask your blessings on all schools and institutions of learning, on all teachers and students, and on all who seek to advance knowledge. Lord, in your mercy:

C      hear our prayer.

A      [If not done at another place in the liturgy] Once again we have been reminded that we have here no abiding city, and that we await a city whose builder and maker is God. We thank you for the lives of those who have been called into your nearer presence during this past year: [list names of the faithful departed].

A      [as separate petition or conclusion to the above] Keep us in fellowship with all your saints, and when our last hour comes, graciously forgive our sins and receive us into your arms of mercy and into our eternal rest in Christ.

C      Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

 P       Into your hands, Father, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy; for the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Prayers composed by Pr. Steve Shipman.

 These are not copyrighted, and we encourage you to adapt them to your situation and customs. Comments and suggestions are welcome.

 If you want to help with this project, please contact Pr. Steve Shipman at There is no compensation except appreciation and a retirement plan that is out of this world.

 Some suggestions: it may be helpful in certain congregations to give worshippers the opportunity to voice requests. It is also good to provide a time of silence for their specific concerns.

 It is good to include in the remembrance of the faithful departed any memorialized by altar flowers, etc.


You may want to include a petition recognizing any milestones during the week (birth, baptismal, wedding anniversaries, etc.). This would include those honored by altar flowers or in a similar manner.

Sunday, October 28, 2012, Devotion

Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, then wash not only my feet, but also my hands and my head.”  (John 13:9)

When caught in the act of self-righteousness, sinners tend to overreact and go in the opposite direction. The result is no different than if we had said “no” to the Lord. Obeying is simply obeying with no additions. If a little is good, then more must be better. No, the Lord has reasons for everything, and we need to learn to obey in every circumstance. The simple thing is to do what the Lord asks.

Lord, help me see that I often overreact to Your message. Help me remain balanced and moderate in all things. As Luther put it, the drunk crawls up one side of the horse, only to fall off on the other. Help me keep a heavenly balance that I would not waver in obeying Your commands. Help me learn to simply have my “Yes,” be a “Yes” and my “No,” to be a “No.”

Thank You, Lord Jesus, for doing all that is necessary for salvation. Grant today that I would neither add to, nor take away from ,what You have done and what You are doing. Grant that I would be faithful in obeying all of Your commandments, knowing that it is You who are bringing all things together to place them in subjection at the Father’s feet. Amen.

Saturday, October 27, 2012, Devotion

Peter said to him, “Never shall you wash my feet!” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.”  (John 13:8)

Obey Jesus. Even if you think it is something that shouldn’t be done. This was the problem Judas had. This is the problem many who meet Jesus have. He tells you to do something and your answer is to be yes or no, not dancing around in pious self-righteousness. “Yes, Lord,” is the thing we need to learn. Jesus wants us to be part of Him, but it must be on His terms.

Lord, help me understand that when You ask me to do something, it is not a suggestion. Move my heart away from rebellion and instead place in me a willingness to do Your will. Grant that I would submit to Your authority in all things, public and private, knowing that You have come to save me – all of me. May my mind, mouth and actions be shaped by the direction You have come to give me.

Lord, I do need help. Like Peter, there are things that do not make sense to me, and I want to do them differently. Help me see that You have a reason for everything You are doing, for You are Lord and Master. Help me today to be Your willing and obedient servant, knowing that You alone are able to guide and direct me in every step of this day. Amen.

Friday, October 26, 2012, Devotion

Jesus answered and said to him, “What I do you do not realize now, but you will understand hereafter.”  (John 13:7)

There are many things Jesus has said that we do not yet understand. There are things He will do for us that we will not recognize at first. There are directions He will give that do not make sense to us. In all things, remember that He is leading us to obedience that we will trust Him in all things. Our faith is not built upon knowing all things, but upon trusting the One who does as He leads us to understand more and more each day.

Guide my thinking Lord, that I may grow in understanding. Remove from me the false arrogance that says I already know all I need to know, that I may live in the truth of Your revelation. Grow in my a mind that is curious for what You are teaching me, knowing that You continue to reveal the Father’s will day by day.

Come Holy Spirit and kindle in me a holy curiosity to know the things You would have me know. Grant today a true humility that if asked something I do not know, I will say that I do not know, but point to You as the source of all comfort and knowledge. May others see that I am humble as Jesus is humble, that they may have a witness of the Lord and Savior. Amen.

November 2012 Prayers

Click on the date links below to download the Prayers of the Church in RTF format  for the appropriate date.

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