TLH = The Lutheran Hymnal, 1941; WS = Worship Supplement 2000; SC = Martin Luther’s Small Catechism; [ ] = Minor Festivals or commemorations in the Christian Church Year
May 1 John 6:1-14 PS 61
[St. Philip and St. James, Apostles]
Jesus strengthens Philip’s faith in His redeeming work using five loaves, two fish, and twelve baskets in the feeding of the five thousand.
May 2 Luke 18:1-8 SC Lord’s Prayer Address
Does God forsake His children? No, He hears each and every prayer of the faithful.
May 4 1 John 4:1-11 TLH 346
The great theological test question is “What do you
think of Jesus?”
May 5 John 15:1-8 PS 30
The Father prunes away at our harmful and unproductive behaviors so that we can bear fruit in Jesus.
May 6 Genesis 18:16-33 TLH 459
Let Abraham’s intercession remind you of the way Jesus went to the Father on our behalf too—even laying down His life.
May 7 John 11:11-45 WS 759
Martha is often remembered for being too busy with her cooking, but here we see that her heart was with Jesus all the way.
May 8 Ephesians 2:19-22 TLH 465
You are not alone. You are part of a great household of people looking to Christ, the Cornerstone.
May 9 Job 42:10-17 TLH 532
[Commemoration of Job] After Job’s troubles, God granted him great blessings—not the least of which were friends who comforted him.
May 11 Acts 10:34-48 PS 98
God does not play favorites as people tend to do. Everyone who believes in Jesus receives forgiveness of sins.
May 12 1 John 5:1-8 PS 9
Does this life ever depress and sadden you? Scripture promises that the children of God truly overcome the world.
May 13 1 John 4:12-21 SC Commandment I
God lives in us and in this world we are like Him. Thus when you see love, you are assured that God is at work.
May 14 Ephesians 4:7-16 WS 765
[The Ascension of Our Lord]
After ascending into heaven, Jesus provides for His Church by giving gifts that lead us to grow stronger in the faith.
May 15 Luke 24:50-53 TLH 218:5-6
Yes, you can worship Jesus anywhere, but in their joy the disciples raced to church and stayed there a good long while!
May 16 Ephesians 1:15-23 PS 47
The power that brought you to faith is as great as the power that raised Jesus from the dead and seated Him in heaven.
May 18 Acts 1:12-26 WS 796
Although the Lord is gone from our sight, He continues carrying out His kingdom-work in our midst.
May 19 Isaiah 55 TLH 49
The Gospel word of our ascended Savior goes out into the world and accomplishes what He desires.
May 20 John 17:11-26 PS 1
Listen in while the Son of God Himself prays for you!
May 21 2 Corinthians 5:1-10 TLH 619:1-4
It’s all right to long for your heavenly dwelling. God has guaranteed it to you.
May 22 John 8:12-20 TLH 433
Jesus’ Gospel testimony (v. 12) is verified by two witnesses: the Son and His Father.
May 23 1 John 5:9-15 TLH 215
You have the Son and you have life, so don’t be afraid to bring your requests to God.
May 25 Acts 2:1-21 TLH 8:3
The Holy Spirit enabled them—and enables us—to spread the word about Christ.
May 26 Ezekiel 37:1-14 TLH 231
If the dry bones in the valley could live by the breath of the Lord, the spiritually dead can also be brought to life.
May 27 2 Corinthians 2:6-16 WS 740
Only forgiveness in Christ can soothe sin’s hurt, so don’t hesitate when it’s time to forgive.
May 28 John 6:60-71 TLH 233:6
Here the Gospel (not the Law) is rejected as “hard teaching.” So Peter’s obvious trust in the Good News was Spirit-worked.
May 29 John 16:4-15 SC Apostles’ Creed III
The Holy Spirit guides us into all truth.
May 30 Ezekiel 36:22-28 SC Baptism I-II
God’s method for heart surgery: First an antiseptic cleanse, and then a transplant.