Book of Concord Weekly Bulletin Inserts – Devotion of the Week by BJS

In our continued attempt to call attention to various devotional sites from around the web, we’d like to call your attention to Pastor Doug May’s Book of Concord Weekly Readings, condensed from Concordia: A Reader’s Edition of The Lutheran Confessions, CPH 2005,2006. These are intended for devotional use, Bible Studies, or for insertion into your church bulletins. Given the goal of these to improve knowledge of the Book of Concord among the laity, this is especially important to us at BJS. The readings are selected based on the three-year readings from the Lutheran Service Book. Pastor May has been producing these weekly readings since 1995; the more recent ones are archived at

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Below is Pastor May’s Book of Concord Weekly Reading for May 24th:

A Reading from the Book of Concord
May 24, 2009 – Seventh Sunday of Easter

Standard LSB B Readings:
First: Acts 1:12-26
Epistle: 1 John 5:9-15
Gospel: John 17:11b-19
Psalm: Psalm 1:1ff 6

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the LSB Gospel, John 17:11b-19 for the Seventh Sunday of Easter, May 24, 2009.

It is from Large Catechism, Part II, paragraphs 31-32, page 402.

Our Lord, in preparation for His ascension to heaven, prayed for spiritual welfare of His disciples.

The attached reading is formatted for the back of a standard CPH bulletin.

Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico


The little word Lord means simply the same as redeemer. It means the One who has brought us from Satan to God, from death to life, from sin to righteousness, and who preserves us in the same. All the points that follow in this article serve to explain and express this redemption. They explain how and by whom it was accomplished. They explain how much it cost Him and what He spent and risked so that He might win us and bring us under His dominion. It explains that He became man, was conceived and born without sin, from the Holy Spirit and from the virgin Mary, so that He might overcome sin. Further, it explains that He suffered, died, and was buried so that He might make satisfaction for me and pay what I owe, not with silver or gold, but with His own precious blood. And He did all this in order to become my Lord. He did none of these things for Himself, nor did He have any need for redemption. After that He rose again from the dead, swallowed up and devoured death, and finally ascended into heaven and assumed the government at the Father’s right hand. He did these things so that the devil and all powers must be subject to Him and lie at His feet.

To explain all these points belongs to sermons, especially at those times that are appointed for the purpose of treating each article at length-for Christ’s birth, sufferings, resurrection, ascension, and so on. (paragraphs 31-32)

Condensed from CONCORDIA: THE LUTHERAN CONFESSIONS, copyright 2005,2006 by Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission. All rights reserved. To purchase a copy of CONCORDIA, call 800-325-3040.

To view this on the web, letting you subscribe to it, visit Weekly Book of Concord Readings. Please consider getting these to your church for insertion into the church bulletins; a DOC file is available each week pre-formatted for a standard 1/2 size bulletin insert.

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