Congregation at Prayer Schedule for 2016-2017Pr. Christopher Gillespie
The Congregation at Prayer is our weekly devotional and catechetical guide for use in the home and in the congregation. The Congregation at Prayer unites Grace around the same sections of the Word of God and catechism, and gives us a common language for prayer and meditation upon the Scriptures. It is distributed in the weekend service folder or may be downloaded here: The Congregation at Prayer.
We live together in the themes established on each Sunday of the church year and look forward to the coming Sunday. It is meant to help families and individual Christians in prayer, reading the Scriptures, and learning the catechism at home. It teaches us all to use the Bible, catechism, and hymnal as our daily devotional companions for the Christian faith and life.
“Learn by Heart” goals for the week, from the Learn-by-Heart Edition of the Small Catechism, are printed to the right of the text of the catechism and indicate the age at which that portion of the catechism should begin to be memorized. For example, “1st +” indicates that that section of the catechism is intended as a “Learn by Heart” goal for children (and adults) beginning in the first grade and up.
The family that uses The Congregation at Prayer should not feel burdened to use all of the material; rather, they are to pray and confess out loud as much from the order of meditation and prayer as they are able, or as their family size and ages dictate. Special emphasis should be placed on learning by heart the verse, catechism, and hymn of the week.
If you haven’t been using this resource, I encourage you to start!
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