Walking Together in the Word

Devotional guide for the week of April 26-May 1, 2021

Welcome to Walking Together in the Word!

These devotional materials guide you through the Bible readings for the May 2, 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 15:1-8 from your Bible, or

Devotion on the Gospel

Devotion on John 15:1-8

Talk about it


  • Jesus says that a person must “remain” in Him in order to be fruitful. What does He mean?

Listen and Sing: You are the Vine; We are the Branches

You Are The Vine; We Are The Branches

Kid Talk

Read John 15:1-8.


What happens to flowers in a vase after several days? They wilt and die. Flowers need to be connected to living stems to stay alive. Jesus tells us that He is the vine, and we are the branches. We need to stay connected to Him to stay alive in faith and to do the fruit of good works.



  • How do we stay connected to Him?

Watch this video to learn more about the Vine and the Branches

The Vine and the Branches | Q10L13

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 love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 1 John 4:10

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 8:26-40 from your Bible, or

Talk about it

The Acts of the Apostles is sometimes referred to as “The Acts of the Holy Spirit.”


  • How was the Holy Spirit instrumental in this entire text?


  • Is Philip unique? Or does the Holy Spirit similarly empower the witness of all His people (including you)?

Listen and Sing: For the Cause

Keith & Kristyn Getty - For The Cause (Official Lyric Video)

Kid Talk

Read Acts 8:26-40.


Philip taught the Ethiopian about Jesus. Who teaches you about Jesus? God gives us His Word so we can learn about Him. He gives us people to help us understand His Word.


What do you know about Jesus? You can share what you know with others so that they can know the Good News too!

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 4:1-11 from your Bible, or

Devotion on the Epistle

Devotion on 1 John 4:1-11

Talk about it

  • How does John define love? (see verse 10)

  • Why is it vital that we understand that the source of love is not “that we have loved God” but rather “that He loved us…”?

Kid Talk

Read 1 John 4:1-11.


We say we love a lot of things: ice cream, baseball, our family. But what is true love? God showed us real love when He sent His Son to die on the cross to save us.


  • How can we show God's love to others?

Kids Talk about Loving Others

Kids Talk about Loving 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 150 from your Bible, or

Talk about it

The final psalm is a call to praise our God. How does Psalm 150 answer the following questions:


  • Where should God be praised? (verse 1)

  • Why should God be praised? (verse 2)

  • How should God be praised? (verses 3-5)

  • Who should praise God? (verse 6)

Listen to "Psalm 150 (Praise the Lord)"

Psalm 150 (Praise the Lord) LIVE - Matt Boswell, Matt Papa

Kid Talk

Read Psalm 150.


Psalm 150 is the very last psalm in the Book of Psalms. This psalm encourages everything that has breath to praise the Lord!


  • This psalm names many ways to praise God. How will you praise Him today?

Listen and Sing: "Praise Him! (Psalm 150)"

Praise Him! (Psalm 150) (Lyric Video) | Kidz Under Construction

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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At the Lamb's High Feast We Sing -- LSB 633

At the Lamb’s high feast we sing

Praise to our victorious King,

Who has washed us in the tide

Flowing from His piercèd side.

Alleluia!


Praise we Him, whose love divine

Gives His sacred blood for wine,

Gives His body for the feast—

Christ the victim, Christ the priest.

Alleluia!


Where the paschal blood is poured,

Death’s dread angel sheathes the sword;

Israel’s hosts triumphant go

Through the wave that drowns the foe.

Alleluia!


Praise we Christ, whose blood was shed,

Paschal victim, paschal bread;

With sincerity and love

Eat we manna from above.

Alleluia!


Mighty Victim from the sky,

Hell’s fierce pow’rs beneath You lie;

You have conquered in the fight,

You have brought us life and light.

Alleluia!


Now no more can death appall,

Now no more the grave enthrall;

You have opened paradise,

And Your saints in You shall rise.

Alleluia!


Easter triumph, Easter joy!

This alone can sin destroy;

From sin’s pow’r, Lord, set us free,

Newborn souls in You to be.

Alleluia!


Father, who the crown shall give,

Savior, by whose death we live,

Spirit, guide through all our days:

Three in One, Your name we praise.

Alleluia!


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Talk about it

  • How does this hymn capture the celebration of Easter as well as the celebration of the glorious victorious feast we will receive one day in heaven?

Listen and Sing!

"At the Lamb's High Feast We Sing" Lutheran Service Book LSB #633

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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