Walking Together in the Word

Devotional guide for the week of Oct 25, 2021–Oct 30, 2021

Welcome to Walking Together in the Word!

These devotional materials guide you through the Bible readings for the October 31, 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 8:31-36 from your Bible, or

Devotion on the Gospel

Devotion on John 8:31-36

Talk about it

  • What kind of freedom was Jesus promising here? (see also Romans 6:15-18)


  • What is the point of Jesus’ comparison of a slave and a son?

Kid Talk

Read John 8:31-36.


We all love freedom, don’t we? We love to be free to do what we want, when we want to. But Jesus says that everyone who sins is a slave—a slave to sin. Our sinful self makes us want to do what is wrong. Who can save us from our sinful selves? Jesus! Jesus has set us free to love Him and follow His teachings.

Listen and Sing: A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

Hymn 656 A Mighty Fortress is Our God

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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For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.

Romans 3:24-25

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 Revelation 14:6-7 from your Bible, or

Talk about it

  • Why is this reading that tells of angel messengers sharing the eternal Gospel an appropriate reading for Reformation Day?


  • How may we all see ourselves as an “angel” with the Gospel with Good News for all?

Listen: Is He Worthy?

Chris Tomlin - Is He Worthy? (Lyric Video)

Kid Talk

Read Revelation 14:6-7.


The Gospel is the Good News of Jesus. It tells how Jesus died and rose to forgive our sins. Who is the Gospel message for? Everyone! Every nation, tribe, language, and people! Share the Good News!

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 Romans 3:19-28 from your Bible, or

Talk about it

  • How do the words righteousness, redemption, and atonement define what Christ did for us?


Martin Luther added the word alone after the word faith in his reading of Romans 3:28 and sola fide (“by faith alone”) became a chief principle of the Reformation.


  • Why is this principle so very important to us as Christians?

Devotion on the Epistle

Devotion on Romans 3:19-28

Kid Talk

Read Romans 3:19-28.


We might think we’re pretty good. We might even think we’re better than others. But the Bible tells us that all have sinned. We all need the forgiveness that Jesus has won for us on the cross!

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 46 from your Bible, or

Talk about it

  • God breaks through the chaos and turmoil of this world: “Be still, and know that I am God.” (verse 10). How does this declaration comfort and strengthen you?


  • Martin Luther’s hymn, A Mighty Fortress Is Our God, is based on this psalm. Take time to read or sing and mediate on this hymn this week (LSB 656).

Listen: Psalm 46

Psalm 46 - Lord of Hosts - by Shane & Shane (Lyric Video) | Christian Worship Music

Kid Talk

Read Psalm 46.


Who do you go to when you need help? Your parents, family, teachers, pastor--they can help when you are in trouble. There is someone else you can go to--your heavenly Father. The psalmist says, "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble." God is always with you. He is always ready to help. He is powerful and loving. Call out to Him in prayer--He will hear you!


  • Listen to Psalm 46 again. Which verses tell about what God has done for us? Which verses give you comfort and strength?

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.

Catechism Connection

Apostles' Creed, Second Article (3)

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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Built on the Rock -- LSB 645

Built on the Rock the Church shall stand

Even when steeples are falling.

Crumbled have spires in ev’ry land;

Bells still are chiming and calling,

Calling the young and old to rest,

But above all the souls distressed,

Longing for rest everlasting.


Surely in temples made with hands

God, the Most High, is not dwelling;

High above earth His temple stands,

All earthly temples excelling.

Yet He who dwells in heav’n above

Chooses to live with us in love,

Making our bodies His temple.


We are God’s house of living stones,

Built for His own habitation.

He through baptismal grace us owns

Heirs of His wondrous salvation.

Were we but two His name to tell,

Yet He would deign with us to dwell

With all His grace and His favor.


Here stands the font before our eyes,

Telling how God has received us.

The_altar recalls Christ’s sacrifice

And what His Supper here gives us.

Here sound the Scriptures that proclaim

Christ yesterday, today, the same,

And evermore, our Redeemer.


Grant, then, O God, Your will be done,

That, when the church bells are ringing,

Many in saving faith may come

Where Christ His message is bringing:

“I know My own; My own know Me.

You, not the world, My face shall see.

My peace I leave with you. Amen.”


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Talk about it

  • In the Bible, the word “rock” often conveys strength and security. Read Psalm 18:2; 31:3; and 95:1. To whom does the rock refer? Why do you think the psalmists and the hymn writer use this image?

Listen and Sing

"Built on the Rock the Church Doth Stand" by the Lutheran Quartet

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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