Walking Together in the Word

Devotional guide for the week of May 3-May 8, 2021

Welcome to Walking Together in the Word!

These devotional materials guide you through the Bible readings for the May 9, 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 15:9-17 from your Bible, or

Devotion on the Gospel

Devotion on John 15:9-17

Talk about it

  • What does “abide in My love” mean for our daily lives?

  • What, according to Jesus, is the highest expression of love?

Kid Talk

Read John 15:9-17.


Who are your friends? How do you know that they are your friends? By the things they say and do, right? Jesus is your best friend. Do you know why? He loves you so much, He died for your sins on the cross. He is making a place for you in heaven so that you can be with Him forever! What a friend we have in Jesus!

Listen and Sing: I Have a Friend in Jesus

I Have a Friend in Jesus | Cross Culture Peru Music Videos | 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.
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This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. 1 John 5:2–3

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).


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 10:34-48 from your Bible, or

Talk about it

  • What was at the center of Peter’s message to this gathering of people at Cornelius’ house?

  • What is significant about these new Christians asking Peter to stay with them, and Peter choosing to stay, for a few days?

Listen: For God So Loved (in many languages)

We The Kingdom - God So Loved (World Version)

Kid Talk

Read Acts 10:34-48.


Who does God love? Who does He want to be saved? Everyone! That’s what Peter learned in this reading from Acts. The Holy Spirit showed him that God loves all people, not just people who look or speak a certain way.


  • Who can you tell this week that Jesus loves them?

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 5:1-8 from your Bible, or

Devotion on the Epistle

Devotion on 1 John 5:1-8

Talk about it


  • What is the essential characteristic of one who is born of God? How then does this rebirth show itself in a person’s life?

  • How does one who is born of God overcome the world?

Kid Talk

Read 1 John 5:1-8.


How do you show love for God? By obeying His commands and by loving others. That’s hard to do all the time. But God promises to help us! His love for us helps us love others.

Listen and Sing: 1 John 5:3-5

1 John 5:3-5 (Lyric Video)

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 98 from your Bible, or

Talk about it

  • How does the psalmist describe the saving acts of God on behalf of His people? (verses 1–3)

  • What is our (and all of creation’s!) response to God’s saving acts? (verses 4–9)

Listen to "Psalm 150 (Praise the Lord)"

Stored In My Heart | Make A Joyful Noise (Psalm 98) [LYRIC VIDEO]

Kid Talk

Read Psalm 98.


This psalm tells us to "Sing to the Lord, for He has done marvelous things."


  • Name some of the marvelous things that God has done.

The "rivers clap their hands" and the "mountains sing together for joy" as they praise God for the awesome things He has done.


  • How will you praise God today?

Kids Talk about Praising God

Psalms Lesson 1 - Psalm 34: Praise God Everyday

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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Love Divine, All Loves Excelling -- LSB 700

Love divine, all loves excelling,

Joy of heav’n, to earth come down!

Fix in us Thy humble dwelling,

All Thy faithful mercies crown.

Jesus, Thou art all compassion,

Pure, unbounded love Thou art;

Visit us with Thy salvation,

Enter ev’ry trembling heart.


Breathe, O breathe Thy loving Spirit

Into ev’ry troubled breast;

Let us all in Thee inherit;

Let us find Thy promised rest.

Take away the love of sinning;

Alpha and Omega be;

End of faith, as its beginning,

Set our hearts at liberty.


Come, Almighty, to deliver;

Let us all Thy life receive;

Suddenly return, and never,

Nevermore Thy temples leave.

Thee we would be always blessing,

Serve Thee as Thy hosts above,

Pray and praise Thee without ceasing,

Glory in Thy perfect love.


Finish then Thy new creation,

Pure and spotless let us be;

Let us see Thy great salvation

Perfectly restored in Thee,

Changed from glory into glory,

Till in heav’n we take our place,

Till we cast our crowns before Thee,

Lost in wonder, love, and praise!


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Talk about it

  • How does this hymn reflect the thoughts of the Gospel and Epistle readings for this week?

Listen and Sing!

Hymn 233 - Love Divine, all loves excelling

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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