A Guide for Daily Prayer and Meditation

                        For the Week of the Circumcision and Name of Jesus – January 1 through 8, 2023

The Lord bless you as you pray these out loud with your family. 

As you spend time in these texts, please write down questions and feedback for Pastor Thomas. 

Excerpts from the Large Catechism on the Seventh Commandment

After the commandment about you personally and your spouse, next comes the commandment about temporal property. God always wants property protected. He has commanded that no one shall take away from, or diminish, his neighbor’s possessions…. Briefly, this includes all kinds of advantage in all sorts of trade to the disadvantage of our neighbor…. To “steal” means not only emptying our neighbor’s money box and pockets. It also means grasping property in the market, in all stores, booths, wine and beer cellars, workshops, and, in short, wherever there is trading or taking and giving of money for merchandise or labor. (384:223-224)

Consider a manservant or maidservant who does not serve faithfully in the house, does damage, or allows damage to be done when it could be prevented. He ruins and neglects the goods entrusted to him, by laziness, idleness, or hate, to the spite and the sorrow of master and mistress. In whatever way this can be done purposely (I’m not talking about what happens by mistake and against one’s will), you can in a year steal thirty or forty florins. If another servant had taken that much money secretly or carried it away, he would be hanged with the rope. But here (while conscious of such a great theft) may even express defiance and become rude, and no one dare call you a thief. (384-385:225)

Therefore, let everyone know his duty, at the risk of God’s displeasure: he must do no harm to his neighbor nor deprive him of profit nor commit any act of unfaithfulness or hatred in any bargain or trade. But he must also faithfully preserve his property for him, secure and promote his advantage. This is especially true when one accepts money, wages, and one’s livelihood for such service. (385:233)


The Order of Daily Prayer and Meditation

(Alternative short orders for Daily Prayer are on pp. 295-298 in our hymnal, Lutheran Service Book)

Pray and confess out loud as much from the order of meditation and prayer as you are able or based on your family size and ages. 

The sign of the cross + may be made by all in remembrance of their baptism.

In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Morning Close of the Day

In the morning, O Lord, You hear my voice;

In the morning I prepare a sacrifice for You and watch

The Lord Almighty grant us a quiet night and peace at the last.


My mouth is filled with Your praise,

And with Your glory all the day.

It is good to give thanks to the Lord,

To sing praise to Your name, O Most High;

O Lord, open my lips,

And my mouth will declare Your praise.

To herald Your love in the morning;

Your truth at the close of the day.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Hymn of the Month: LSB 413 O Wondrous Type!

One or more verses from the hymn of the month are sung, or another hymn may be chosen.

Verse: Matthew 1:21

She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.

Daily Lectionary

  Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday - Epiphany Saturday Sunday
Old Testament Isaiah 26 Isaiah 27 Isaiah 28:1-13 Isaiah 28:14-29 Isaiah 29:1-10 Isaiah 60:1-6 Isaiah 29:11-24 Isaiah 30:1-7
Psalm 1 2 3 4 5 72 6 7
New Testament John 1:29-42 John 1:43-51 John 2:1-22 John 2:23-3:15 John 3:16-36

Matt 2:1-12

Eph 3:1-12

John 4:1-15 John 4:16-45

The Catechism: The Ten Commandments – The Seventh Commandment

What is the Seventh Commandment?

      You shall not steal.

What does this mean?

      We should fear and love God so that we do not take our neighbor’s money or possessions, or get them in any dishonest way, but help him to improve and protect his possessions and income.

The Apostles’ Creed is confessed

Lord’s Prayer

Prayers for Others and Ourselves

Collect for the Circumcision and Name of Jesus

Lord God, You made Your beloved Son, our Savior, subject to the Law and caused Him to shed His blood on our behalf. Grant us the true circumcision of the Spirit that our hearts may be made pure from all sins; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Prayer based on the Seventh Commandment

Here You teach me not to take my neighbor’s property, nor to hold it secretly or openly against his will. I must not be unfaithful in serving and in working, nor deceitful in business and dishonestly make my money. But I shall support myself by the sweat of my brow and eat my own bread with honest people. I shall also help my neighbor so that his property, like my own, shall not be taken away by fraud. I also learn that out of fatherly care and with great zeal, You secure and protect my possessions in this commandment, since you forbid any man to steal from me. When this command is not kept, You have provided a penalty and have ordered authorities to punish the disobedient... Amen. (Martin Luther)

Morning Close of the Day

Almighty God, merciful Father, who created and completed all things, on this day when the work of our calling begins anew, we implore You to create its beginning, direct its continuance, and bless its end, that our doings may be preserved from sin, our life sanctified, and our work be well pleasing to you; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen.

I thank you my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that have kept me this night from all harm and danger; and I pray that You would keep me this day also from sin and every evil, that all my doings and life may please You. For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen

Visit our dwellings, O Lord, and in Your great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for the love of Your only Son, our Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen.

I thank You, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have graciously kept me this day; and I pray that You would forgive me all my sins where I have done wrong, and graciously keep me this night. For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord.

Thanks be to God.