This is the first week that I will post the daily readings according to the Revised Common Lectionary (as found in Evangelical Lutheran Worship) and the Prayer of the Day and commemorations from Evangelical Lutheran Worship. Usually each day’s readings are based on the Sunday texts, begining on Thursday and thematically leading into Sunday, and thematically flowing from Sunday to Wednesday. The Prayer of the Day for Sunday is used each day of this Thursday-through-Wednesday cycle . I use these readings and prayers as part of my daily prayer discipline.
This week is a little tricky, however. The lectionary assigns texts to fixed dates around The Epiphany of our Lord through January 9. Yet there are also readings that surround the Baptism of our Lord (this year falling on January 7), creating some overlap. I have used the dated, Epiphany-oriented readings and the Prayer of the Day for Epiphany through Saturday, January 6. The readings and Prayer of the Day for Baptism of our Lord are used Sunday through Wednesday. If I am mistaken, please forgive me and let me know!
January 4 – 10, 2007
Prayer of the Day, Epiphany – Almighty and ever-living God, you revealed the incarnation of your Son by the brilliant shining of a star. Shine the light of your justice always in our hearts and over all lands, and accept our lives as the treasure we offer in your praise and for your service, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
John 1:[1-9] 10-18
Sa – Epiphany of Our Lord
Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14
Su – Baptism of our Lord
Prayer of the Day – Almighty God, you anointed Jesus at his baptism with the Holy Spirit and revealed him as your beloved Son. Keep all who are born of water and the Spirit faithful in your service, that we may rejoice to be called children of God, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Luke 3:15–17, 21–22
1 John 5:13-21
Adrian of Canterbury, teacher, died around 710 (TFF)
African by birth, Adrian (or Hadrian) worked with Theodore, archbishop of Canterbury, in developing the church in England. He was director of a school at which church leaders were trained.
Reading citations, Prayer of the Day, and commemoration details all taken from Evangelical Lutheran Worship (c) 2005 Augsburg Fortress Publishers (click here learn about and purchase this hymnal). Any typos or mistakes in dates/readings are all the fault of The Lutheran Zephyr, not the dear people at Augsburg Fortress. These resources republished here for your personal devotional use without explicit permission from the publisher.