Walking Together in the Word

Devotional guide for the week of June 7-June 12, 2021

Welcome to Walking Together in the Word!

These devotional materials guide you through the Bible readings for the June 13, 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 4:26-34 from your Bible, or

Devotion on the Gospel

Devotion on Mark 4:26-34

Talk about it

The Parable of the Growing Seed is only found in the Gospel of Mark.


  • While the Parable of the Sower talks about the importance of the soil for the growth of the seed, what does this parable emphasize?

  • What encouragement do Jesus’ parables give to us as His followers?

Kid Talk

Read Mark 4:26-34.


Have you planted a seed and watched it grow? It’s amazing! Jesus says that’s how faith grows. Faith is planted when we hear about Jesus. The Spirit makes our love and trust in Him take root and grow. Then He helps us share His love with others so their faith can grow too.



  • Watch the video below, showing how a plant grows from a seed. Talk about how God grows our faith!

Watch: How a Plant Grows

I Could Watch Time Lapses Of Seeds Growing All Day

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 we live by faith, not by sight.

2 Corinthians 5:7

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 Ezekiel 17:22-24 from your Bible, or

Talk about it

  • What is the impact of the Sovereign Lord saying, “I Myself will…”? What does this tell us about God’s character?

  • Who is the one who gives growth, feeds, nourishes, and builds the kingdom?

Listen: "Lord, Thee I Love with All My Heart"

Concordia Seminary choir sings "Lord, Thee I Love with all My Heart"

Kid Talk

Read Ezekiel 17:22-24.


Can you make a tree grow? Can you make a flower open? No, that’s God’s work! We can’t make faith grow either. But we can listen to and share God’s Word. God works through His Word to plant and grow faith.


  • How will you share God’s Word this week?

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 2 Corinthians 5:1-10 from your Bible, or

Devotion on the Epistle

2 Corinthians 5:1-10

Talk about it

  • What is the “earthly tent” we live in?

  • Why does Paul call it a “tent” instead of a “house” or “palace?”

Kid Talk

Read 2 Corinthians 5:1-10.


God has given us awesome bodies that can do lots of things and a wonderful world to live in. But this isn’t our final home or our forever body. One day we’ll live in heaven, where everything is perfect and there is no sickness or sadness.


  • Describe what you think heaven will be like.

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 1 from your Bible, or

Talk about it

  • What does the psalmist say makes a man or woman “blessed?”

  • Why does the Bible here and elsewhere compare people to trees or other plants when speaking of our spiritual growth (or lack thereof)?

Listen: Psalm 1

Psalm 1 (Lyric Video)

Kid Talk

Read Psalm 1.


What happens when we read and listen to God's Word? What happens when we don't?


  • Read Psalm 1 and watch the video below to find out!

Watch: The Bible Boys--Whose Advice Are You Following?

Whose Advice Are You Following? Blessed is the man... Psalm 1

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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Almighty God, Your Word Is Cast -- LSB 577

Almighty God, Your Word is cast

Like seed into the ground;

Now let the dew of heav’n descend

And righteous fruits abound.


Let not the sly satanic foe

This holy seed remove,

But give it root in ev’ry heart

To bring forth fruits of love.


Let not the world’s deceitful cares

The rising plant destroy,

But let it yield a hundredfold

The fruits of peace and joy.


So when the precious seed is sown,

Life-giving grace bestow

That all whose souls the truth receive

Its saving pow’r may know.


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Talk about it

  • When the seed of God’s Word is cast into our hearts, how are we, by God’s grace, to respond?

  • What ought to be our attitude when we have the opportunity to hear God’s Word?

Listen and Sing

577 - Almighty God, Your Word Is Cast - The Congregation sings from The Lutheran Service Book.

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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