Walking Together in the Word

Devotional guide for the week of August 16-August 21, 2021

Welcome to Walking Together in the Word!

These devotional materials guide you through the Bible readings for the August 22, 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 Mark 7:1-13 from your Bible, or

Devotion on the Gospel

Devotion on Mark 7:1-13

Talk about it

  • Why did the Pharisees and teachers of the law come out from Jerusalem to see Jesus?


  • Jesus quotes Isaiah, condemning those whose “hearts are far from me.” The opposite is to keep our hearts close to Him. How can we go about doing this?

Listen: Love Theory

Love Theory-Kirk Franklin(lyrics)

Kid Talk

Read Mark 7:1-13.


Have you ever played a game where someone made up rules that everyone had to follow? They didn’t really care about the game. They just want everyone to follow their rules! That’s what the Pharisees were doing. They didn’t really care about following God or loving others. Jesus tells us what is most important: loving God and others with our whole heart.

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 this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. Ephesians 5:31

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 Isaiah 29:11-19 from your Bible, or

Talk about it

  • Compare verses 11–12 with verses 18–19. What reversals will take place? What would account for such drastic changes? (see verse 14)


Kid Talk

Read Isaiah 29:11-19.


Some people say, “If you follow this rule and do this thing, you will go to heaven.” But that’s not what God says. Doing good things doesn’t give us eternal life. Forgiveness and eternal life are a gift from God. Jesus earned it for us!

Listen and Sing: You Forgive Me

You Forgive Me | Maker Fun Factory Music Video | 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 Ephesians 5:22-33 from your Bible, or

Devotion on the Epistle

Devotion on Ephesians 5:22-33

Talk about it

  • What is it that motivates Christians to submit to one another? (See Ephesians 5:21)


  • Christ loved and gave Himself up for the Church. What does Christ’s love motivate husbands to do for their wives? What does Christ’s love motivate wives to do for their husbands?

Kid Talk

Read Ephesians 5:22-33.


How should we love one another? God gives us a picture: He tells us to look at how Jesus loves the Church, believers in Him. Jesus gave up His life for us. He cares for us. How can you show love to 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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Talk about it


  • How does the psalmist describe “the fool” and “evildoers?”


  • Read Romans 3:9–12. How does Paul use and interpret the words of Psalm 14?

Listen: Psalm 14

🎤 Psalm 14 Song - Fools

Kid Talk

Read Psalm 14.


How do we know that God is real? Look outside. Who created this beautiful world? Look in the mirror. Who created you? Look at your family. Who gave you the love you have for one another? Look in God's Word. Who loves you so much He gave His only Son to die for your sins so that you can live with Him forever in heaven one day? The evidence for God is all around us!


  • Thank God for all that He has done for you. Ask Him to keep you strong in faith and love for Him.

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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Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word -- LSB 655

Lord, keep us steadfast in Your Word;

Curb those who by deceit or sword

Would wrest the kingdom from Your Son

And bring to naught all He has done.


Lord Jesus Christ, Your pow’r make known,

For You are Lord of lords alone;

Defend Your holy Church that we

May sing Your praise eternally.


O Comforter of priceless worth,

Send peace and unity on earth;

Support us in our final strife

And lead us out of death to life.


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Talk about it

This hymn of Martin Luther is not so much about escape from troubles. It is rather a cry for faithful endurance in the midst of troubles.


  • What difference does this make for us in living as Christians? Where, then, does our hope lie in the midst of troubles?

Listen and Sing

"Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word" Lutheran Service Book LSB #655

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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