Monday of Invocabit (Lent 1)

Our Savior Lutheran at Prayer

February 27, AD 2023

Mark 3: 1-6

Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there with a withered hand. 2 And they watched Jesus, to see whether he would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse him. 3 And he said to the man with the withered hand, “Come here.” 4 And he said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to kill?” But they were silent. 5 And he looked around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, and said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. 6 The Pharisees went out and immediately held counsel with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him.

In the name of the Father and the +Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen. The Incarnate Word of God comes to the places where the Inscripturated Word is proclaimed. It was Jesus custom to go to synagogue. He knows why the Sabbath was given. God gives rest for the souls of his people there. He heals and makes alive. He does it by the proclamation of his holy Word. Jesus is the One that gives rest for souls. His burden is light. The proclamation of the Word always accomplishes what it has been sent to do. Jesus enters the synagogue and immediately he is confronted with the Pharisees. “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy—We should fear and love God so that we do not despise preaching and his Word, but hold it sacred and gladly hear and learn it.” The very purpose of the Sabbath is to do good. When the Lord God stopped creating all the things he created, he wanted his people to stop, too. He wanted them to stop so that they would receive his good Word and rest for their souls. But we turn the Lord’s day into a burden and we set up all kinds of obstacles for ourselves. Jesus comes into the midst of them and proclaims. He sets his Sacrament before us and just as he provides for our needs of this body and life, he also provides for our souls. He uses that very Word of God to call you to the Gospel. He enlightens you with his gifts and keeps you in the true faith. He puts his Holy Word into your ear and makes you holy. Thanks be to God that this Word proclaimed is the Word that endures forever. In the name of +Jesus. Amen.

Pastor Steven Cholak, School Chaplain and Assistant Pastor, Our Savior Lutheran Church and School

You may utilize the Order of Daily Prayer for Individuals and Families (pages 295-298) in Lutheran Service Book for your family prayers.

The Collect of the Week:

O Lord, mercifully hear our prayer and stretch forth the right hand of Your majesty to defend us from those who rise up against us; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Prayer for others:

For the pre-born, the weak, the sick, those in hospital, and those who cannot care for themselves;

For the shut-in and those recovering from surgery at home;

For those struggling with sin and those who are sick;

For those attacked by false teaching;

For our pastors (Pastor White, Pastor Krieg, and Pastor Cholak);

For pastors and congregations throughout the world as they begin the Lenten season;

For those who mourn;

For the Christian training of the young, especially at Our Savior Lutheran School.