Walking Together in the Word

Devotional guide for the week of April 19-April 24, 2021

Welcome to Walking Together in the Word!

These devotional materials guide you through the Bible readings for the April 25, 2021 Sunday worship service. We pray they are a blessing to you and your family!


Why study God's Word and pray together?


  • Bible study and prayer strengthens faith and brings you closer to God and to one another.
  • Study of readings and hymns for the weekend prepares you for worship.
  • The way parents express and model their faith helps shape young people’s faith lives.
  • God's Word gives life!---new life now and eternal life with Jesus in heaven. (John 20:31)

About this Devotional Study Guide

  • Five Days of devotional material. Catch up or review on the 6th day, worship on Sunday!
  • Bible Readings are the LCMS 3-year lectionary readings for the upcoming Sunday.
  • Talk about It and Dig Deeper guide discussion and meditation on the Bible passages.
  • Kid Talk has questions and activities especially for kids and families.
  • Prayer starters are given--add your own as well! Scroll to the bottom for the Lord's Prayer and Luther's Morning and Evening Prayers.
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Opening and Prayer

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


Heavenly Father, bless our time together as we study Your Word. Amen.

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Read John 10:11-18 from your Bible, or

Devotion on the Gospel

Devotion on John 10:11-18

Talk about it

  • What did Jesus point to as the first evidence of His being the Good Shepherd?



  • Make a list of Good Shepherd characteristics.

Listen: King of Love

I AM THEY - King Of Love: Song Sessions

Kid Talk

Read John 10:11-18.


Did you know that Jesus called you a sheep? But that’s ok, He also says that He is your Good Shepherd!


Sheep need a shepherd to take care of them, protect them, and rescue them when they are in trouble. That’s what Jesus does for you. He even gave His life for you! He’s the best Shepherd.

Digging Deeper

Meditate on this section of Scripture, using these prompts:


  • What thoughts come to mind as you read this passage?
  • What is confusing or surprising about this passage?
  • What does this passage teach you about God, His love for you, and His will for your life?

Then pray over the passage, talk about it with a friend or spiritual mentor, and explore further by reading the notes in a study Bible.
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The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. Psalm 23:1

Try to memorize all of Psalm 23

Closing and Prayer

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all (2 Corinthians 13:14).


Throughout the week, write prayers of praise, thanksgiving, and requests in a prayer journal or on a sheet of paper. Take turns praying when you gather for devotions.
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Opening and Prayer

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


Heavenly Father, bless our time together as we study Your Word. Amen.

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Read Acts 4:1-12 from your Bible, or

Talk about it

In this text, we find Peter and John before the Sanhedrin, the same ruling council that had put Jesus on trial and sent Him to Pilate. This was not the first time Peter had stood in the presence of the Sanhedrin.



This time Peter boldly preaches about the death and resurrection of Jesus.


  • What has happened to Peter to make such a big change? (see verse 8)

Kid Talk

Read Acts 4:1-12.


Peter and John were brought before the same Jewish rulers who sentenced Jesus to death. But Peter and John were not afraid. Why not? The Holy Spirit filled them with boldness. Without fear, they told the truth: We are saved only by faith in Jesus!

Listen and Sing: I Will Not Be Afraid

I Will Not Be Afraid | Roar VBS | Group Publishing

Digging Deeper

Meditate on this section of Scripture, using these prompts:


  • What thoughts come to mind as you read this passage?
  • What is confusing or surprising about this passage?
  • What does this passage teach you about God, His love for you, and His will for your life?

Then pray over the passage, talk about it with a friend or spiritual mentor, and explore further by reading the notes in a study Bible.

Closing and Prayers

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all (2 Corinthians 13:14).


Pray the Lord's Prayer, Luther's Morning or Evening Prayers, and/or add your own prayers.

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Opening and Prayer

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


Heavenly Father, bless our time together as we study Your Word. Amen.

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Read 1 John 3:16-24 from your Bible, or

Devotion on the Epistle

Devotion on 1John 3:16-24

Talk about it

  • What are the two basic commands John talks about that God gives to those who are His? (see verse 23)


Listen: Love God, Love People

Danny Gokey - Love God Love People (Lyric Video) ft. Michael W. Smith

Kid Talk

Read 1 John 3:16-24.


Jesus showed His love for us by dying for our sins. How do we show love for our brothers and sisters in Christ? We can tell them we love them, but actions speak louder than words.


  • What can you do this week to show your love for Jesus and for others?

Download a coloring page on the Epistle

Digging Deeper

Meditate on this section of Scripture, using these prompts:


  • What thoughts come to mind as you read this passage?
  • What is confusing or surprising about this passage?
  • What does this passage teach you about God, His love for you, and His will for your life?

Then pray over the passage, talk about it with a friend or spiritual mentor, and explore further by reading the notes in a study Bible.

Closing and Prayer

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all (2 Corinthians 13:14).


Pray the Lord's Prayer, Luther's Morning or Evening Prayers, and/or add your own prayers.

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Opening and Prayer

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


Heavenly Father, bless our time together as we study Your Word. Amen.

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Read Psalm 23 from your Bible, or

Talk about it

The Psalm 23 is a profession of joyful trust in the Lord as the Good Shepherd.


  • In what ways does a shepherd provide a good picture of our Lord?

  • According to David, what does our Good Shepherd do for us, His sheep?

Listen to "Psalm 23 (Yahweh Is My Shepherd)"

Psalm 23 (Yahweh Is My Shepherd) - The Psalms Project (Lyrics)

Kid Talk

Read Psalm 23.


What does it mean that "the Lord is my Shepherd"? A shepherd takes care of the sheep. The shepherd protects them, cares for them, and gives them all they need. That's what Jesus does for us! He loves you so much, He even died to pay for your sins!


  • Watch the video below to hear what children say about what it means that the Lord is our Shepherd. Then talk about what it means to you!

Listen: Children talk about what it means that "the Lord is my Shepherd"

Psalm 23, Scripture read and interpreted by young children

Digging Deeper

Meditate on this section of Scripture, using these prompts:


  • What thoughts come to mind as you read this passage?
  • What is confusing or surprising about this passage?
  • What does this passage teach you about God, His love for you, and His will for your life?

Then pray over the passage, talk about it with a friend or spiritual mentor, and explore further by reading the notes in a study Bible.

Closing and Prayer

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all (2 Corinthians 13:14).


Pray the Lord's Prayer, Luther's Morning or Evening Prayers, and/or add your own prayers.

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Opening and Prayer

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


Heavenly Father, bless our time together as we study Your Word. Amen.

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The Lord’s My Shepherd, I’ll Not Want -- LSB 710

The Lord’s my shepherd, I’ll not want;

He makes me down to lie

In pastures green; He leadeth me

The quiet waters by.


My soul He doth restore again

And me to walk doth make

Within the paths of righteousness,

E’en for His own name’s sake.


Yea, though I walk in death’s dark vale,

Yet will I fear no ill;

For Thou art with me, and Thy rod

And staff me comfort still.


My table Thou hast furnishèd

In presence of my foes;

My head Thou dost with oil anoint,

And my cup overflows.


Goodness and mercy all my life

Shall surely follow me;

And in God’s house forevermore

My dwelling place shall be.


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Talk about it

Read Psalm 23, John 10, and Revelation 7:17. Then meditate on this hymn as you sing it, read it, or listen to it.

Listen and Sing!

The Lord's My Shepherd, I'll Not Want

Closing and Prayer

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all (2 Corinthians 13:14).


Pray the Lord's Prayer, Luther's Morning or Evening Prayers, and/or add your own prayers.

PRAYERS

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.

Luther's Morning Prayer

I thank you my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ Your dear Son, that You 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.

Luther's Evening Prayer

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.

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  • Empowered by the cross of Christ
  • People working together
  • Opening the Word to all people
  • Showing the love of Jesus
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