Here are suggested devotions for the week beginning on Sunday April 19. The suggestions are from the Ministers Prayer book edited by John W. Doberstein. The theme for the first week after the Week of Easter is "NEW BIRTH".
Many talk about being "born again" and here the Scriptures address that matter in the "New Birth emphasis". Dr. Luther emphasized that a Christian should remember his (or her Baptism) every single day and thus be "born again". It is not a once in a lifetime event but a daily event for people who believe in the Resurrection of Jesus. Feel free to share your thoughts on the various texts and themes for each week as they are posted in our Forum.
Here are the suggested items for reflection from the Doberstein reprint of the earlier German language Prayer book.
From 1 Peter 1:3 - "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy we have been born anew to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead."A suggested Hymn for reading or singing for the week is "Come Ye faithful, raise the strain"Psalm readings for the week are Psalm 81 or Psalm 116The Lectionary Lessons for Sunday are:O.T - Genesis 32:22-32Epistle: 1 John 5:4-12Gospel: John 20:19-31Lessons for reading and reflection for the weekM. 2 Tim. 1:6-10 and Ezekiel 36:22-27T. 2 Tim. 2:1-5 and Col. 2:9-15W. 1 Peter 1:22-25 and John 5:1-14T. 1 Tim. 1:12-17 and 2 Kings 5:1-19F. 1 Peter 1:3-9 and Rom. 6:3-11S. Jonah 2:1-11 and 1 John 2:12-17Prayer for the Week"Almighty and everlasting God, who througyh the death and resurrection of thy Son hast proclaimed to us the gospeo of peace; grant that by the power of his resurrection we may be born anew to a living hope, and so overcome the world; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.