Christian Life

The purpose of the Christian Life Committee is to encourage women to keep the Word of God as a focal point in all LWML activities. The committee can help with ideas and Christ-centered resources for all events, by pointing to the many resources available through LWML.

Beth Nagy, VP Christian Life
Brenda Sima, Christian Resources Editor
Caroline Powell
Cindy Stahly

Resources

The VP of Christian Life maintains a collection of resources, including Bible studies and devotions. You can receive a copy of the complete list upon request. (See my contact information below.) Lists for the topics of Christian Life and Mite Box can be found at the links below. The committee is able to lend DVD/Workbook Bible studies by Donna Pyle: Peter: From Fisherman to Fisher of Men (a study on the life of Peter), Your Strong Suit Bible Study on God’s Armor (Ephesians 6:10–18), and Overflowing Abundance: A Bible Study on Jesus Feeding the Five Thousand (Matthew 14:13–21).

Mustard Seed Devotions

Devotional booklets are available through the LWML website and will be available through our District LWML Store. These small devotional booklets, sized for your purse, are collections of 21–22 favorite Mustard Seed Devotions to go with the theme:
• God’s Grace and Goodness #LWML40224
• Trust and Talents #LWML40226
• Praise and Patience #LWML40225

Writers of Christian Resources Needed

Has God given you the gift to write? Are you willing to use that gift in service to the Lord through LWML? Do you know gifted writers among your LWML acquaintances who would be willing to use that gift in service to the Lord?

In this 2017–2019 biennium, the LWML Christian Resources Editors Committee is interested in receiving Bible studies, devotions, sketches (preferably four participants or less), litanies, readings, retreats/workshops, and icebreakers/mixers that will enable today’s women to grow in the Lord and impact their world for Christ, as well as add meaning and interest to their meetings and gatherings.

Resources are used in the 2017–2019 Planner or as separate Program Helps available through the LWML website or the LWML Catalog. Submissions go through an extensive review (including The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod doctrinal review) before being used by LWML.

The LWML Program Helps has current printable program resources and Bible studies. Refer also to the LWML Writer’s Guidelines.

Please send your writing to our district Christian Resources Editor, along with your name, address, and phone number.

Love One Another

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you,...

Got Joy

An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them,...

Remember Me

In the first act of Hamlet, the Shakespearian prince encounters his ghost of a father. Before the...

Light in the Darkness

I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the...

Always the Cross

My children, when young, were the typical squirmy kids who found it difficult to sit...

Fountains of Blessings

For you make him most blessed forever; you make him glad with the joy of your...

Heavenly Banquet

Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb! (Revelation...

Always Learning

Let the wise hear and increase in learning (Proverbs 1:5a). Do you remember being...

What’s in a Name?

Driving through the Flathead Valley in western Montana, I noticed that the road signs...

The Perfect Lamb

Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. (John 1:29) I collect...

Christian Resources

Advent

Advent, a Time for Preparing (Advent wreath) (Hymn: Angels We Have Heard on High or Angels from the Realms of Glory) 

Advent Biblical Treasure Hunt (bag for each participant containing gold ribbon bow, reproduced small map, candy kiss, a piece of “Treasures” candy, Life Saver candy, tissue, peppermint, Dove “Promises” candy, and gold coins (these may be candy), and a candy cane. 

Advent – Coming in Glory for Us (This study works best in groups of 6-8. Allow at least an hour from start to finish. Have drawing paper, felt pens, and writing paper available.) 

Advent Devotion (for use with Advent wreath) (Hymn: Hark the Glad Sound! The Savior Comes) 

Advent Devotion (Psalm 103) 

Advent—He Is Coming (Hymn: Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus) 

Advent Joy-A-Tude (Jeremiah 23:5-6 and Psalm 16:11) 

Advent Meditation: Putting Up the Nativity Set (Hymns: O Little Town of Bethlehem, Angels We Have Heard on High, Angles from the Realms of Glory, While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks, and The King Shall Come.) 

Advent Wreath (Hymns: From Heaven Above to Earth I Come, O Come All Ye Faithful, While Shepherds Watch Their Flocks by Night, Joy to the World, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, and Silent Night) 

Angels: Advent Devotion (Hymns: Angels We Have Heard on High and Angels From the Realms of Glory) 

Becoming Life Children: Advent Fellowship (7 readers, acolyte, children’s choir, guitarist to accompany choir, large Advent wreath and taper) (Hymns: Savior of the Nations come, What Child Is This?, Silent Night, O Little Town of Bethlehem, Hark, the Herald Angles Sing, Away in a Manager, Comfort, Comfort Ye My People, and Joy to the World) 

Christ Is Coming: An Advent Program (6 participants comment on 7 hymns: Oh Come, Oh Come, Emmanuel, Watchman, Tell Us of the Night, Behold a Branch is Growing, And the Glory of the Lord from Handel’s Messiah or Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates, Savior of the Nations Come, Hark the Glad Sound) 

The Importance of Preparation (Bible study using passages with the word “prepare” or “prepared”) 

Jesus, the Light of the World (Advent candles or wreath Hymns: Oh Lord, How Shall I Meet You, O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, We Praise You, Jesus at Your Birth, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Oh Come, All Ye Faithful, Renew Me, O Eternal Light, Silent Night) 

Magnificat: Responsive Reading (also featuring other Biblical women—Anna, Priscilla, Ruth, Widow, Mary) 

On Our Way to Bethlehem (Scripture: Micah 5:2, Isaiah 7:14, Luke 1, Matthew 1:20-25, and Luke 2 Hymns: O Little Town of Bethlehem, My Now Magnifies the Lord, Hark the Glad Sound! The Savior Comes, While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Away in the Manager, and Joy to the World) 

Prepare to Meet the Lord: Advent Devotion (Hymn: Oh Lord, How Shall I Meet Thee) 

Preparing Our Hearts: An Advent Devotion (Hymns: Lift Up Your Heads, You Mighty Gates, Away in the Manger, Silent Night, Holy Night, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, O Little Town of Bethlehem, Joy to the World, O Come, all Ye Faithful, As with Gladness Men of Old, Go Tell It on the Mountain, Beautiful Savior, and Let Us All with Gladsome Voice) 

Prepare Your Heart (Come into my heart) 

Stirred Up for Advent (Bake an Advent cake using God’s Cookbook, the Bible) 

Timely Advent Devotion (Hymn: Of the Father’s Love Begotten) 

Christmas

A-Cross-Tic Christmas – Props: 9 wrapped Christmas boxes of various sizes. Each box has one of the letters of the word CHRISTMAS. 

As We Trim the Christmas Tree – Props: 3 to 4 foot Christmas tree with lights, small plastic fruit, angels, candy canes, star for top of the tree, round different colored ornaments, small ornament bells, small trumpet or horn ornament, little doves or birds, little sheep, white balls with red ribbons, wrapped gifts for under the tree; 2 narrators and 1 person to decorate or use more people if you wish; Scripture: passages from Genesis 2 and 3, Luke 1 and 2, Matthew 2 and more 

The Blessings of Christmas Today – Uses a narrator and 2 readers; Props: figures from crèche scene or a living crèche with costumed people; Mite Box; Scripture: Luke 2, Philippians 2:9-11, Matthew 2; Hymns: “As Each Happy Christmas,” “Oh, Come, Oh Come Emmanuel,” “Hark the Glad Sound! The Savior Comes,” “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” “Silent Night! Holy Night!” “Jesus! Name of Wondrous Love,” “As with Gladness Men of Old,” and “Joy to the World.” 

Candles Tell the Story – Need: Bible, hymnals, 7 candles with various holders to go with the devotion; Scripture: Luke 2, Matthew 1, 2; Hymns: “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” Angels We Have Heard on High,” “The First Noel,” “We Three Kings,” “Lo, How a Rose e’er Blooming,” “Away in a Manger,” “Silent Night.” 

Candy Cane Christmas – Narrator, 2 readers, 2 decorators, 1 person dressed as a candy cane, volunteers from audience; Props: Person dressed in white clothing, sheet, or table cloth; sticky tape; red ribbon in two weights; green ribbon; and two large yard size candy canes. Scripture: 1 Corinthians 10:13; Hebrews 4:15; 1 John 1:9; Psalm 40:2; Psalm 95:1 and more; Hymns: “Rock of Ages Cleft for Me,” “Amazing Grace,” “Glory Be to God on High,” “I Am Jesus’ Little Lamb,” “Crown Him with Many Crown,” “How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds,” “God Loves Me Dearly,” and “ Joy to the World.” 

A Celebration of the Church Year: a Family Worship Service Honoring the Birth of Jesus Hymns: “Of the Father’s Love Begotten,” “Holy, Holy,” “Go Tell It on the Mountain,” and “Away in a Manager” Scripture readings on Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Ascension, Pentecost, Trinity 

A Christian Reading on the Twelve Days of Christmas – Christian version of the “The Twelve Days of Christmas” 3 readers 

The Christmas Alphabet – C is for Chosen; H is for History; R is for Rich; I is for Inside; S is for Star; T is for Tree; M is for Music; and A if for Advent; Scripture: Ephesians 3:4-6; Luke 2:6-7; 1 Corinthians 8:9; Revelation 3:20-21; 1 Peter 2; Revelation 2:7; Psalm 66:1-2 

A Christmas Candlelight Devotion and Song Service – Each person is given a candle as she enters to be seated. Candelabra in front should be lit before the devotion begins. Hymns: “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” “Behold, a Branch Is Growing,” “Hark the Glad Sound,” “Joy to the World,” “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” “From Heaven above to Earth I Come,” “The First Noel,” “God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen,” “Praise God the Lord, Ye Sons of Men,” and “Now Sing We Now Rejoice.” 

Christmas Customs Related to Scripture – A small tree could be decorated by the children during the presentation. Three young girls might be included in the cast to hold up the letters J-O-Y, after which a chorus of children could sing “Away in a Manger.” 2 narrators, 6 speakers, 3 children; Hymns: “Oh, Come, All Ye Faithful,” “Go Tell It on the Mountain,” “Angels We Have Hear on High,” “As with Gladness Men of Old,” “Silent Night, Holy Night,” “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” “Away in a Manger,” and “Joy to the World.” Customs: gift giving, sending Christmas cards, new clothing, baking, cutting down Christmas tree, decorating tree (angels, candy canes, star, bells, lamb, lights), singing Christmas hymns; Scripture: Luke 2:1-20 

Christmas Glow: a Candlelight Devotion – Cast: 1 leader and 4 readers; Props: candles with drip holder for each participant; the letters GLOW; Scripture: Micah 5:2, John 3:16, Luke 1:38, Proverbs 12:25, Luke 2, James 4:2, Romans 13:8, 1 Peter 1:2, ; Hymns: “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” “From Heaven above to Earth I Come,” “Lift up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates,” “O, Come All Ye Faithful,” “What Child Is This.” 

Christmas in Our Live: God’s Love Reaching to Us and Through Us – Scripture: Exodus 34:6-7, Nehemiah 9:17, Psalm 36:5, 7, Lamentations 3:22, Matthew 1:21b-23, Galatians 4:4-5, Romans 5:8, 1 John 3:1, 1 John 4:9-10, Romans 8:32, Matthew 25:35-36, 40, John 13:34-35, Galatians 5:6b, 13b, Galatians 6:10, Ephesians 2:10, Hebrews 13: 1-3, 16, 1 Peter 4:8-10, 1 John 3:11, 18; Hymns: “O Little Town of Bethlehem” 

Christmas Is Joy – Three people representing Christmas Today are seated at a table near a Christmas tree on one side of the Nativity scene, which is center stage. Four people representing Christmas Tomorrow are seated at a table on the other side of the Nativity scene. A spotlight can be used to focus on the scene being presented. Reader of the Christmas story may be seated behind the Nativity scene. Scripture: Luke 2, Matthew 2:1-11; Hymns: “Come, Your Hearts and Voices Raising,” “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” “Away in a Manger,” “Joy in the World,” “The First Noel,” “As with Gladness Men of Old,” “O, Come, All Ye Faithful,” “From Heaven Above to Earth I Come” 

Christmas Light – Skit for 3 readers; Props: small table with three chairs and three coffee cups; two complaining about the cost of Christmas and one pointing out the true meaning of Christmas 

The Christmas Story with Carols – Combines the story of Jesus birth with carols. Scripture: Isaiah 7:14, Micah 5:2, Luke 2, Mark 16:15; Hymns: “O Come, all ye Faithful,” Oh, Come, Oh, Come Emmanuel,” “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” “Away in the Manger,” “Joy to the World,”  “Hark, the herald Angels Sing,” “Angels from the Realms of Glory,” “Silent Night,” and “Go Tell It on the Mountain” 

Christmas Wrappings – Skit for a narrator and five readers who are wrapped up in Christmas preparations; Props: ribbon, bows, tape, cookie sheets, spatulas, mixer, feather duster, mop, dust cloth, bandanna, sling, address book, stamps, and cards, pile of packages 

The Church Year in a Chrismon Service – Props: various Chrismon ornaments; Hymns: “Oh, Come, All Ye Faithful,” “God Loves Me Dearly,” “Oh, Christmas Tree,” “As with Gladness Men of Old,” “Star of the East,” “We Three Kings of Orient Are,” “Behold a Branch Is Growing,” “Crown Him with many Crowns,” “In the Cross of Christ I Glory,” “Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates,” “Glory Be to God the Father,” “Come, Thou Precious Ransom Come,” “Away in the Manger” 

Color…Light…And Song: A Christmas Devotion – Props: chart with words Christmas, Color, and Song, Christmas tree to be decorated as the devotion is read, song sheets, colored ornaments (green, white, gold, blue and red), string of lights in various colors; devotion discusses the Christian meaning of each color; Hymns: “Silent Night,” Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “Away in the Manger,” “Let Us All with Gladsome Voice,” “Joy to the World,” or “Go Tell It on the Mountain” 

Come, Worship the King! A Christmas Devotion – Hymns: “Oh, Come All Ye Faithful,” “The Magnificat,” “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing,” “O, Holy Night,” “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” “Star of the East,” “As with Gladness Men of Old,” “We Three Kings of Orient Are,” “In the Cross of Christ I Glory,” “Silent Night, Holy Night” 

Epiphany Bible Study – Scripture: Matthew 2:1-12; addresses some common misconceptions about the story 

From Everlasting to Everlasting – Outline: I Why We Need Christmas II Advent: Christ’s First Coming III Christ’s Redemptive Work IV Advent: Christ’s Coming into our Lives V Advent: Christ’s Second Coming; candles are distributed to each person before the service; 6 readers; Hymns: “Comfort, Comfort, Ye My People,” “My Soul Now Magnifies the Lord,” “While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night,” “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!” “Hosanna, Loud Hosanna,” “A Lamb Goes Uncomplaining Forth,” “He Is Arisen! Glorious Word!” “A Hymn of Glory Let Us Sing,” “Silent Night, Holy Night” 

A Gift of Love: A Christmas Candlelight Devotion – 2 readers; Scripture: Micah 5:2, Isaiah 7:14, 9:6, Matthew 5:14, 16; Hymns: “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” “Oh, Come, O, Come, Emmanuel” or “A Great and Mighty Wonder,” “What Child Is This?” “As with Gladness Men of Old” 

Gifts: A Christmas Devotion – Based on fruit of the Spirit from Galatians 5: 22, 23; Props: gift boxes labeled Love, Joy, Peace, Longsuffering (Patience), Gentleness (Kindness), Goodness, Faithfulness, Meekness (Gentleness), Temperance (Self-control) 

Gift of the Magi (Bible study) – Scripture: Matthew 2:1-12; Numbers 24:17: Genesis 45:5-8, 50:20, James 5:11, Exodus 23:19, Psalm 47:1, Psalm 69:34, Hebrews 12:28, 1 Peter 2:5, Deuteronomy 8:6, 2 Samuel 22:31, Psalm 25:4, 5, Psalm 37:5, Isaiah 30:21, John 11:25-26, John 14:6, Romans 6:4, 2 Corinthians 5:17 

God’s Christmas Trees – We are God’s shining Christmas trees 

Got Joy? – Do you love the Christmas season or hate it? Scripture: Luke 2:9-11 

I Am a Christmas Tree – Props: undecorated lighted Christmas tree, make decorations from construction paper (patterns included); the tree is the narrator; ornaments are placed as indicated in the script. Words on the ornament are read by the person placing the ornament. The tree finishes the script. 

Litany of Joy: A Responsive Reading – 2 or more readers; Scripture: John 15:11 and many other verses about joy: Joy in Jesus, Joy to the World, Joy to You, Joy to the Worshipper, Joy for All Time, Joy to the Delivered, Joy to the Redeemed, Joy in Grace, Joy to the Called, Joy to the Humble, etc. 

Mary’s Treasure Box – Every mother has a treasure box of bonnets, blanket, trinkets and toys, if not hidden in a closet or an attic, then tucked away in a corner of her heart. Mary’s treasure box is like no other. It was filled one special night in a Bethlehem stable. Now, forty years later, she opens her treasure box and shares her most precious memories. 

Message of the Christmas Tree – Props: 10 pieces of fruit labeled with the fruits of the Spirit, two labeled with patience; Christmas lights; headband with a star and angel to go on “tree’s” head; three gifts attached to long ribbons that will be placed around the neck of the “tree” person; bucket with pieces of tinsel and/or confetti inside; 3 readers, person dressed in green 4Raising,” “O Christmas Tree,” “While Shepherds Watched,” “As with Gladness Men of Old,” Oh, Come, Oh, Come Emmanuel,” “Oh, How Joyfully,” “God Loves Me Dearly,” and “Go Tell It on the Mountain” 

My Spirit Rejoices… A Christmas Devotion on the Magnificat – Parts: Narrator, Mary, and Hannah; includes The Magnificat in Pantomime 

Pilgrimage of Adoration – Parts: narrator, nurse, teacher, child, court official, singer, motel operator; Hymns: “O, Come, All Ye Faithful,” “We Three Kings of Orient Are,” “Away in a Manager,” “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” “Angels We Have Heard on High,” “O Holy Night,” “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” and “Silent Night” 

Please Bring a Gift – This is a dramatic Christmas presentation with hymns, Bible readings, and visual aids, suitable for LWML groups or worship services. Parts: Mary, Joseph, two moderators, twelve readers; Props: living nativity scene with a doll in the manager; a decorated lighted Christmas tree with space beneath to place 12 gifts; Hymns: “Oh, Come, All Ye Faithful” and “Now Sing We, Now Rejoice;” Scripture: includes Luke 2 and Matthew 25 

The Real Hope of Christmas: A Litany – Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication; Parts: choir, leader, 2 groups, 2 readers; Hymns: “Lo, How a Rose Is Growing,” “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” “Angels from the Realms of Glory,” “We Are One in the Spirit,” “Silent Night” 

Sing unto the Lord a New Song: A Christmas Devotion – Hymns: “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” “Rejoice the Lord Is King,” “Go Tell It on the Mountain,” “Silent Night;” Scripture: Exodus 15:1, Psalm 30:4, Psalm 95:1, Psalm 100, Isaiah 12:5, Ephesians 5:19, Revelation 15:3, Psalm 98 and 149 

The Symbols of Christmas through Christian Eyes – The Christmas Tree, The Colors of Christmas (red, green, white, gold), Candles, Bells, Angels, Stars, Plants of Christmas, The Creche, The Church, and Gifts; Hymns: “O Christmas Tree,” “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” “I heard the Bells on Christmas Day,” “Hark the Herald Angles Sing,” “Deck the Halls,” “Away in a Manger,” “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “Joy to the World,” and “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentleman” 

The True Gift – Parts: interviewer, Mary, Mrs. Santa Claus, sing holder; Props: TV station sign, applause sign, microphone, 3 chairs, table; Subject: putting Christ back into Christmas 

The Twelve Days of Circle: A Singing Sketch – Parts: 13 women and a pianist; to the tune of “The Twelve Days of Christmas;” Subject: LWML Circle activities: God gave us a mission, Remember your mite box, Which office can you serve? Here’s your new Quarterly, Let’s tie a quilt, We’re hosting the zone rally, It’s time for convention, Could you bring a salad? Let’s work on a school kit, We’re going to the nursing home, We will pray for you, Welcome to our circle 

What Do You Want for Christmas? A devotion for a Christmas meeting – Props: 4 candles or an Advent wreath; Gifts of love, peace, joy, and friendship 

What We Call Christmas: A Christmas Skit – Subject: Christmas Frustrations; Christmas Contentment; Parts: 4 readers, Lynn the hostess, Carol tired from a busy day shopping, Debbie frustrated by preparing for the holidays, narrator; Props: table, chair, coffee pot, mugs, packages and wrapping, Advent wreath, Bible 

The Wondrous Night: A Christmas Candle Lighting Devotion – Stand in a circle with candles, taking turns with Bible readings; Scripture: Luke 2; Hymns: “Joy to the World,” “Brightest and Best of the Sons of the Morning,” “As with Gladness Men of Old,” “Away in a Manger,” and “Silent Night” 

Christian Life

Abortion: The Christian Woman Looks at Abortion 

Actions Speak Louder Than Words – Sometimes: A Bible Study based on James 1, 3, and 4

Anyone for Tea? 

Are You Lonesome Tonight? 

Back to School 

Beginnings 

Beware of the Roaring Lion! A Skit Based on 1Peter 5:6-11 

Blow the Trumpet: A Sketch Based on Joel 2:1 

Building Materials: A Devotion for Christian Life 

The Butterfly and the Cocoon 

Cast All Your Care 

The Challenged Family 

The Changing Seasons 

Chosen (featuring Hannah and Sarah) 

A Christian Daughter’s Style Show 

A Circle of Light 

The Colors of Worship (through the church year) 

A Conversation with God on Patience 

A Designer Original 

Disciple Stew 

Do You Wear a Mask? 

An Echo Pantomime of the Good Samaritan 

Exercising to His Word 

Finding God in the Grocery Store 

Fingers for God: A Devotion on the Church, the Body of Christ 

Flight 423 

Focus My Heart: A Devotion for Christian Life 

Four Vignettes: Bible Mothers 

F.R.O.G. – Fully Rely on God 

From Him All My Labor (Colossians 1:9-12) 

God Raises Me Up (Psalm 40:1-5) 

The Good Samaritan Parable (monologue) 

Graduating into Parenthood with Purpose 

Guides My Feet

Hear Him Today! (Narrator, Jesus, Bartimaeus and three other beggars) 

His Care Helps Us Care 

I Can Do It Myself! A Devotion for Christian Life 

I Have Called You Friends (A dialogue about friendship with each other and with God) 

I’m Sorry Lord, but I’m So Rushed……. 

Ima Servant 

In His Hands (people with special needs) 

In Step With Our Lord 

Lessons from the Flowers 

Life Is a Puzzle 

The Life of Spice 

Lifetime Guarantee! 

A Light for My Path 

A Litany on Creation 

Love in Action 

Molded by the Lord 

Musings of a Christian Mother 

My Light with a Purpose: Devotion for Christian Life 

My Trials and Triumphs (single woman, young mother, middle-aged woman, and senior) 

On God’s Team 

A Patchwork of Wisdom (nursing home resident, woman in 60s, young mother, and woman in mid-life) 

The Parable of the Lost Sheep 

Parables of the Trees (traditional folktale retold from the book by Angela Elwell Hunt) 

Pat’s Hats for God 

Pearls of Praise: A Reflective Devotion for Mother’s Day or Mother/Daughter Banquet 

A Personal Visit with Mary, Mother of Jesus 

Praisers of Old and Today (Mary, Simeon, Anna, King Solomon, Paul, baby, three church members, modern mother-to-be, grandfather, grandmother, pastor, woman letter writer) 

Reconciled to Serve (featuring women of the Bible) 

Search the Scriptures for Direction 

Seeking the Truth 

A Shopper’s Conscience 

Sow the Seed 

A Sower Went Out to Sow 

Stand Firm in the Faith (featuring Abraham, David, Shadrach, Daniel, Job, Mary, and Anna) 

The Story of Jonah (echo story with actions) 

The Story Our Shoes Tell Us 

Stumbling Blocks to Stepping Stones 

The Three Stones: A Reader’s Theater 

Through the Night 

Time…God’s Gift to Us 

A Time Such as This—AM 

Treat Friends and Kids the Same (based on a skit written by Erma Bombeck) 

A Tree-Mendous Discovery 

Unique Fashion Show 

Utensils for a Christian Life 

We Are His Workmanship What Can We Do? 

We Gather Together 

Weaving Our Life with the Word of Life or As We Weave, So Shall We Grow 

What Gives a Woman Strength and Joy? 

Who is My Neighbor? (a skit based on Luke 10:25-37) 

Will You Be a Witness? 

You Have Done It Unto Me 

Lent and Easter

All Eyes on the Cross: A Lenten Devotion based on the Seven Last Word of Christ from the Cross. Hymns: (verses from) Come to Calvary’s Holy Mountain, Alas! And did my Savior Bleed, Amazing Grace, O Sacred Head, Now Wounded, When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, Jesus, In Your Dying Woes, and Crown Him with Many Crowns. 

Come to Calvary – A devotion, using eight readers, with audience participation. Characters include: Peter, Judas, Caiaphas, Pilate, Herod, and Testas. Hymn: Come to Calvary’s Holy Mountain 

The Cross: Love’s Eternal Design – Uses drawings of various types of crosses: Tau, Maltese, Anchor, Jerusalem, Roman, Celtic, Russian Orthodox, and Cross and Orb. Hymns: When I Survey the Wondrous Cross and In the Cross of Christ I Glory 

The Cross: What Does It Mean to You? A Candlelight Devotion. Props: Tall candles lit behind a crude cross made of branches and ties together with twine.  Scripture: Isaiah 53:4, 5; Romans 6:9; 1 Corinthians 10:13; Psalm 46:1, 2, 10, 11; Psalm 119:105; Luke 1:78, 79; John 3:16; Matthew 22:37-39 Hymns: (verses from) Stricken, Smitten, and Afflicted, Jesus Christ is Ris’n Today, Be Still, My Soul, If Thou But Suffer God to Guide Thee, Christ Whose Glory Fills the Skies, and When I Survey the Wondrous Cross 

The Cross: What Does It Mean to You? Revised Scripture: See above. Hymns: (verses from) In the Cross of Christ I Glory, Stricken, Smitten, and Afflicted, Jesus Christ is Ris’n Today, Be Still, My Soul, If Thou But Suffer God to Guide Thee, Christ Whose Glory Fills the Skies, When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, and Lift High the Cross 

Easter Devotion – Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:57; Redeemed heart, ears, eyes, tongue, hands; Hymn: “Take My Life and Let it Be” 

Easter Is – Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:17, 20; Mark 16:1-4; John 20:19-20, 26; Luke 24:30, 31; Matthew 28:5a, 7-8; Hymn: “Jesus Christ is Risen Today” 

Foot Washers – Scripture: John 13:14 Hymns: Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love or My Song is Love Unknown 

Forgiveness for Lent: A Candlelight Devotion Props: On table or altar, have one cross and one large burning candle. Scripture: Isaiah 53:4-5; Ephesians 1:4, 14; Luke 17:3-4; Matthew 18:21-2; Matthew 6:14-15;  2 Corinthians 2:11; 1 john 2:1-2: John 3:16; Micah 7:18; Luke 24:46-47; Acts 5:31-32; Colossians 3:12-14, 17. Hymns: (one of following) Love in Christ is Strong and Living, Come Follow Me, May We they Precepts Lord Fulfill 

The Gethsemane Prayer: A Bible Study. Scripture: Mark 14:32-43; Matthew 26:34-46; Luke 22: 39-46 

Holy Week: A Devotion Outline. Focused on the person of Jesus—his feet, hands, head, and side—to be used on the six days of Holy Week. Scripture from the four gospels. Hymns: Glory Be to Jesus, When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, Behold the Savior of Mankind, Crown Him with Many Crowns, O Sacred head Now Wounded, Jesus, Refuge of the Weary, There is a Fountain Filled with Blood, and Come to Calvary’s Holy Mountain 

Holy Week Living. A 17-minute sketch for four actors, one narrator, and one voice (hidden, preferably male). Props: seven slides of Bible events of Holy Week – Triumphal Entry, Washing the Disciples Feet, The Last Supper, Gethsemane, Peter’s Denial, Crucifixion of Jesus, Easter 

I Am He…You Are Right. Scripture: John 18:1-8 and Luke 22:70-23:1. Hymn: Christ the Life of All the Living 

I Know That My Redeemer Lives! – Bible Study 

I Know That My Redeemer Lives – Easter Devotion 

A Lenten Prayer. Scripture: Deuteronomy 7:9, Psalm 36:5, 2 Thessalonians 3:3, Psalm 89:1, Hebrews 10:23, Psalm 31:23, Revelation 2:10

The Lenten Story in Verse 

Let’s Get to Work! – Now that Jesus has died, resurrected, and ascended, who will carry on the work? Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:9-11 

Living on the Right Side of Easter (An Easter Devotion for 5 Women) – Hymns: “Morning Breaks” and “Jesus Christ, My Sure Defense” Scripture: Mark 16:1-4; 1 Corinthians 1:18; 1Timothy 3:16; II Corinthians 4:18 

The Marks of the Cross: A Devotion-Bible Reading. Scripture: Romans 5:6-11 

The Meal in the upper Room: A Celebration of the Passover. Suggestions for food purchases and arrangement of the food. Scripture: Luke 14:12-16, Luke 9:46, John 13:4-10, Luke 22, John 16 and 17, Matthew 5. Includes: Directions for Advance Preparation, The Opening Service, and The Supper 

My Sin: God’s Grace! – Hymn: Just As I Am Without One Plea; Scripture: Psalm 89:8, Luke 6:36, Romans 3:23 and 6:24, Psalm 32:5, 1 John 1:9, Psalm 51:10-12 and more 

The Passover Meal and Communion. Includes: Background information, Notes for food preparers, and Menu. Scripture: Matthew 26, Exodus 12, Luke 12, John 13 

Seven Words of the Cross Meditation. 2 readers. Scripture: Luke 23, John 19, Matthew 27. Hymns: Jesus I Will Ponder Now, Our Blessed Savior Seven Times Spoke, Glory Be to Jesus 

Walking on Air (Easter Devotion) – “At sunset the disciples were fearful and discouraged, but at sunrise they were walking on air.” Hymns: “Awake, My Heart, with Gladness” and “The Day of Resurrection” 

Were You There? – Hymns: “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?” “O Dearest Jesus, What Law Hast Thou Broken?” “Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus,” “Rock of Ages,” “Beautiful Savior,” ”Jesus Lover of My Soul,” “Jesus Loves Me” 

Characters: Narrator, Peter, Pilate, Claudia, Barabbas, Simon, Mary, Child 

What the Cross Means to MeProps: Place on a table a rough cross, perhaps made of two branches tied together with twine and two candles. Scripture: 2 Corinthians 8:9, John 3:16, Ephesians 5:2, 2 Corinthians 5:15. Hymns: When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, Take My Life 

Who Are You, Jesus? Based on Gospel accounts of people asking who Jesus really was. Narrator and 2 readers. Hymns: Jesus, I Will Ponder Now; Beautiful Savior; Stricken, Smitten, and Afflicted; O Dearest Jesus, What Law Hast Thou Broken? O Jesus, King of Glory; O Jesus, King Most Wonderful; and We All Belive in One True God. 

Women with Jesus at the Cross and the Tomb: A Bible Study for Lent – Women: Mary, the mother of Jesus; His mother’s sister (tradition holds this is Salome); Mary, the wife of Clopas, Mary Magdalene, and more. Hymns: “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross,” “My Song Is Love Unknown,” or “Were You There.” Scripture: John 19, Matthew 27 and 28, Mark 15 and 16, Luke 23 and 24, John 20 

LWML

The ABC’s of Service – May be used as a sketch or devotion. Needed: 1 leader and 3 readers; each letter of the alphabet printed on a card. Scripture: Ephesians 5:15, 16; John 13:15; Ephesians 2:10; A = Actions; B = Blessings; C = Caring; Y-O-U are the salt of the earth 

Camp Woe-Be-Gone – Props: 6 backpacks; 5 tin cans labeled ANXIETY, IMPATIENCE, ANGER, REBELLION, AND PRIDE; Bible verses on 8 x 10 cardstock, clipboard and pencil, headset and Walkman radio, cellphone, briefcase or folder with papers, Bible; Scripture: Psalm 119: 105; Philippians 4:6, Colossians 1:11, Ephesians 6:1-4, Philippians 2:3, Isaiah 40:31 

Create in Me a Clean Heart, O Lord – 3 LWMLers meet at church for a routine cleaning day. Each with a bucket of cleaning products. The same people are showing up for cleaning day and for LWML meetings. Sketch to re-evaluate what you do at your meetings. 

Dedicated Servants – Devotion on the LWML Scripture: Ephesians 1:7-8; Luke 10:2; Hymns: Lutheran Women, One and All; Beautiful Savior 

Fellowship Plus Fun – Spice up the lunch hours at your rally, retreat, workshop, or whatever. Ideas for some fun activities and ice-breakers. 

Gaining, Training, Maintaining LWML Members – Ideas on how to apply the LWML mission statement to your society. 

God’s Gift of a Secret Pal (Sister) – Two parts: worried LWML member and Mary, a friend in need 

Hands: a Meditation on Hands – What we do with our hands and how we can use them to serve others 

In Fervent Gratitude based on the LWML Pledge 

The Invitation – Inviting a new woman to an LWML meeting 

Labor with Much Love (a chancel drama) – Props: characters walk through a large open Bible; 

Women of the Bible—Leah, Widow, Mary, and Lydia—labor with much love and serve the Lord with gladness. 

Laying Up Treasures: A Skit to Promote Quilting 

Leadership and Our Role in It – Part I: Individuals in the Bible placed in leadership roles – Moses; Part II: Gideon, Jeremiah, Jonah; Part III: Noah and Abraham; Part IV: Jesus and church leaders; Part V: King Saul and Eli; Part VI: Not everyone is called to be a leader 

Lights for LWML (A Special Occasion Devotion) – Can be used as an anniversary service for the LWML, acquainting new members with the LWML, adapt for use for various occasions, zone and district events, etc. 

A Little E.S.P. Goes a Long Way – Effective Society Planning: make your LWML events intentional and purposeful 

Little Sue Servanthood (Little Red Riding Hood, Wolf, and Grandma) – Each one should use whatever gift she has received to serve others. Scripture: 1 Peter 4:10 and Matthew 25:40 

The Lord’s Employment Agency – The Boss needs a new zone president or whatever office He’s looking for. 

LWML- A Litany – Hymn: Lutheran Women, One and All and Serve the Lord with Gladness; L is for Love; W is for Word; M is for Mites; L is for Labor – Labor happily for the Lord 

LWML Hands – Love With More Labor or Labor With More Love? 

The LWML Song – Litany on Lutheran Women One and All 

LWML – We Are God’s Tapestry – We are one in the body of Christ working together to do His will. Scripture: 1 Peter 4:1, 10; Philippians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:17; 2 Corinthians 3:17-18 and more 

L-W-M-L What Does That Mean? – Characters: 3 older cheerleaders and 1 very young cheerleader with an attitude; Does LWML really stand for Lucky Winners of Million Lollipops or Lovely Women Meeting on Lazy Afternoons or Ladies Wailing for Martin Luther? 

Motivation – Why do people behave as they do? What unsatisfied needs provide the inner drive that cause an individual to act? Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs as it applies to participation in LWML. 

Motivation: How to Light a Fire under People without burning them up! – Motivators and Positive Action on the Part of a Leader 

One in Christ (Based on Psalm 133) 

Physical Fitness and LWML – Props: 7 cards with the words ARMS, LUNGS, LEGS, COORDINATION, EARS, EYES, SOUL; Characters: announcer and physical fitness director 

Reaching Out – selflessness, hands, beautiful feet, gentleness and love, mouths that are quiet and ears that hear, faces that shine; provide us with all that we need from opportunities to share your love and choosing me for the special mission on reaching out. 

A Responsive Reading on the LWML Mission Statement 

A Sandwich of Great Value – Preparation: Hand out individual Bible verses well in advance. Each person will also bring a food item in a brown paper bag with the Bible verse attached. Props: bread, spreadable butter, slices of meat, slices of cheese, six sliced, boiled eggs, shaker of salt, four sliced tomatoes, lettuce, vegetable, sliced olives, sprouts. Optional items: pickles, mayo, mustard, green onions, fruit wedges. Two women make sandwiches as Bible verses are read. 

Serve the Lord with Gladness – devotion on the LWML verse 

The Story of the LWML Song 

What L-W-M-L Means to Me – L means LIFE; W is WILL; M represents our MITES; L is LOVE. Hymns: Take My Life, and Let It Be and Thy Way, Not Mine, O Lord 

We Dedicate: A Devotion on the League Pledge 

We’re All Part of God’s Team – 1 Corinthians 12:14-27 As the team assembles in front of the room, the Coach (Society President) bustles into the room with and armful of basketball jerseys. 

A Willing Heart – Women from the Nominating Committee, with the chairman carrying a clipboard, need to find a whole bunch of candidates for the next election. 

The Women’s Mission League…An Unusual Family Welcome – humorous sketch with an Adams Family theme about LWML ladies 

Mission Service

Are You Dressed and Ready? – A skit that explores our own personal readiness. Characters working through their own dilemmas. Scripture: Luke 12:35 

Hand Holders – Scripture: Jeremiah 18:1-6 and Isaiah 41:10; Hymns: Lord, Take My Hand and Lead Me and On Eagles’ Wings 

Hands to…Reach Out with Christ: a Chalk Talk – Scripture: Psalm 63:4, Luke 5:12-13, Matthew 19:13, John 2:1-10, Mark 5:35-42, Mark 12:30, 1 Corinthians 14:3, Ecclesiastes 11:6, 1 Timothy 2:1, Luke 12:12; Reach Out with Christ: Love, Care, God’s Word, Help, Prayer 

Hunger Pangs – Skit for 3 people: Sylvia a recent widow, Eunice a younger mother with children at home, the voice of the Holy Spirit offstage; Scripture: Matthew 7:7, 1 Corinthians 3:16 

In the Service of Our Lord – Scripture: 1 Timothy 1:12, Philippians 4:13 

An Instrument for Noble Purposes – Props: child’s toy trumpet or cardboard tube, basket of toy instruments, wrapped gifts containing cards with listed Bible verses, LWML Catalog; Scripture: 2 Timothy 2:21, 1 Corinthians 9:8, Ephesians 2:10 

Joy! Like a Diamond – To spread the joy of our salvation; to live in the joy of servanthood; to share the joy of mentoring; to show our joy; to grow in joy; to reach out in joy; in the joy of thanksgiving; Scripture: John 15:9-11 and Matthew 25:34-40; Hymn: Joyful, Joyful. We Adore Thee 

Invasion of Love – Characters: Voice of the Lord, offstage or at back of room and Woman; based on Matthew 25:31-46 

The Least of These My Brethren – A devotion for the assembly of Health Kids for Lutheran World Relief or local distribution. Hymns: We Give Thee But Thine Own and Take My Life and Let It Be; Scripture: Matthew 25:37-38, Deuteronomy 15:7-11, Psalm 41:1-3, Proverbs 14:20-21, Proverbs 14:31, Proverbs 19:17, Proverbs 21:25-26, Proverbs 22, Luke 14:12-14, 2 Corinthians 9:6-8 

Lutheran Women Serve…By God’s Design – Motivated to Serve, Encouraged to Serve, Serve…Let’s Do It!, Rejoicing in Service! 

The Mission – Setting: meeting room with 2 tables and at least 4 chairs; Cast: characters represent stereotypes of poor leadership; Props: large cardboard box, large cross, poster 

Mission Chicken on Retreat 

The Mission Road – Props: Signs on display as follows: Stop Sign, Detour, Curve, Handicapped, Speed Bump, Roadblock, Yield Right of Way, Green Light, Exit; Mission Impossible theme music. God tells us that our mission, should you choose to accept it, if to take the LWML down the Mission Road. 

Mission Service Commercials – Designed to present the message that only being in God’s Word, studying His truths, and allowing the Holy Spirit to work through those truths can any of us see how the Lord can use us—in spite of our circumstances. 

The Missionary Bag 

Missions: The New Frontier – The chairman of the Gospel Outreach Committee and three women of contrasting personalities discuss missions, when an angel appears to give them direction. 

My Many Hats – Props: phone, table, 3 chairs, 3 Bibles, paper hats with labels: Husband, Wife, Mom, Receptionist, Listener, Comforter, Donna, Fran, Leader, Teacher, Friend, Cook, My Need, Caring Christian, Chauffeur, Ambassador, Holding Up the Prophet’s Hands, Child of God 

Reach Out to Your Neighbor – Characters: a harried homemaker and mother of twins, neighbor, another neighbor, teenage son, third neighbor 

Satisfaction in Serving – Characters: Carol Burnett type, very tired cleaning woman; only child, school teacher, never has married; full-time mother of two and homemaker with wonderful and supportive husband; well-to-do matron socialite who always organizes fund raisers; narrator. How much do you give in service? Are your lives a witness to Christ at home and at work? Do you go the “extra” mile, giving more than expected? Is your work a service for the Lord? or just to receive a paycheck? 

‘Tis More Blessed to Give than to Receive – conversation between Giver and Receiver 

Who is My Our Neighbor? A Litany of Outreach – This litany can be adapted to your community and the agencies you can support. One suggestion is to use this litany for your planning meeting, before you choose the mission projects for the coming year. 

You Have Done It Unto Me – Scripture: Matthew 25:31; six women sitting on the left and six women sitting on the right, with narrator 

Mite Box

The Adventures of Mildred and Myrtle Mite Box – A Springtime Conversation 

Beginning of a New Season (opening devotion for first meeting in the fall and mite box dedicaton) 

A Candlelight Mite Box Devotion 

Coins Tell the Story: A Mite Box Skit 

The Daily Mites 

Finding New Homes for Mite Boxes 

Gold, Frankincense and Me! (Also a Christmas devotion) 

Litany for the Giving of Mites 

The Mighty Mites Are Marching (Based on Ephesians 6:10-18a) 

Mite Box (includes song “Spirit of the Living God”) 

Mite Box Dedication (based on Romans 12:1 and 2Cor 8:5b) 

Mite Box Dedication (based on Deut. 16:17, Acts 20:35, and 2Cor 9:7) 

Mite Box Dedication (based on Matthew 26) 

A Mite Box Dedication (hymn “The Church’s One Foundation”) 

A Mite Box Dedication (hymn “I Gave My Life for Thee”) (based on 1Chronicles 29:6-14, Matthew 25:34-40, and 2Corinthians 9:7,8) 

Mite Box Dedication: The Joy of the Lord (including hymn “Just as I Am, Without One Plea”) 

Mite Box Dedication (based on the Lord’s Prayer) 

Mite Box Devotion of Thanks and Praise (hymn “O That I Had a Thousand Voices”) 

The Mite Box Meeting 

Mite, Who? ? ? ? ? ? 

Mighty Mission Mites 

No Deposit, No Return: a Mite Box Devotion 

Our Mite Box 

Out of Sight, Out of Mind: A Mite Box Devotion 

Overflowing Love 

A Revealing Conversation 

Saving Coupons: a Mite Box Dedication) 

The Yellow Brick Road 

Resources with multiple Mite Box devotions, etc. 

Gracious Gift: Mite Box Devotions by Martha Hartwig 

God’s Gracious Gifts 

Gospel Bracelet 

Love Notes from God 

The Mighty Penny 

Paper Magic 

River Rocks 

What’s My Number 

Where in the World Is… 

Overflowing Love: A Mite Box Devotional Resource – includes poems and song, devotions, and skits 

Other Holidays

4th of July 

Free To Live! 

God’s Fireworks 

Walking in His Light: A Devotion on Patriotism 

Mother’s Day 

Four Vignettes: Bible Mothers – Ruth, Hannah, Mary, and Dorcas 

Graduating into Parenthood with Purpose 

Learning from Bible Mothers – Eve, Sarah, Rebekah, Naomi, Hannah. Eunice, Mary, Mary & Martha 

A Mother’s Everyday Bouquet – God’s Word is the center of the bouquet. Features words such as, God’s Word, Forgiveness, Prayer, Concern, Kindness, Understanding, Patience, Joy, Teachers, Leaders; includes pattern; Scripture: Deuteronomy 10:19 and 11:18-19 

Musings of a Christian Mother 

Pearls of Praise: A Reflective Devotion for Mother’s Day or Mother/Daughter Banquet 

A Personal Visit with Mary, Mother of Jesus – Mary narrates the life of Jesus through her eyes. 

New Year 

A Litany for the New Year 

Reformation 

I Knew the Man Luther – A newspaper report goes back in time to visit with people that new Luther. 

Martin and Katharine Luther: A Portrait of Their Marriage 

A Mighty Fortress is Our God 

My Doctor: Katy Luther Speaks of Her Life and Times 

Praise and Thanksgiving

ALPHABET SOUP: A “Quickie” Topic or An Exercise in Thanksgiving – Scripture: Psalm 113; Hymns: “Let All Things Now Living” or “From All That Dwell Below” and Doxology; Small group activity 

An Attitude of Gratitude (Thanksgiving Devotion) – Scripture: 2 Corinthians 11; Hymns: “Now Thank We All Our God” or “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty” 

Blessed to Be a Blessing – Leader and 4 readers; Props: horn-of-plenty, small load of bread, apple, potato, glass of water; Hymn: “Take My Life and Let It Be” 

Blessed to Be a Blessing: A Bible Study

Blessing Mix – Bugles, Pretzels, Candy Corn, Fruit, Peanut and various Thanksgiving symbols; Scripture: Psalm 107:1 

A Bouquet of Blessing – Props: 10 fresh flower; the flowers are given out to individuals who have shown deeds of love, such as sending greeting cards, visiting someone, etc. 

From Him Comes All My Rest (Thanksgiving) – Scripture: Matthew 11: 28, 29b; Hymn: “I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say” 

God Is So Good (Thanksgiving Devotion) – Scripture: Philippians 4:19, James 1:17-18, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; Hymn: “God Is So God” 

A Joy-Full Litany – Scripture: Psalm 100, Psalm 16:7-9, Psalm 28:6,7, Psalm 81:1, Luke 2:13, Psalm 118:14,15,24: Psalm 105:1-4 

A Litany of Praise – Hymn: “From All That Dwell Below the Skies;” Scripture: Psalm 47:6, Psalm 102:25, Psalm 104:24, Genesis 1:27b-28a, Matthew 6:11, Psalm 103:19, Philippians 4:6, Psalm 119:105, 1 John 4:19 

Litany of Praise for Our Creator – 5 readers; Scripture: Psalm 8:3,4, Psalm 9:1,2, Psalm 104:2,3, Psalm 103:19, Psalm 104:32, Psalm 139:13,14, Psalm 139, Psalm 103:17, Psalm 145:5, Psalm 146:2, Psalm 147:1; Hymn: “How Great Thou Art” 

One in Christ – Scripture: Psalm 133:1 

Polly Pilgrim on Refugees – Polly Pilgrim is carrying a pumpkin and is in a Pilgrim hat, setting a Thanksgiving table when Friend enters. Additional props: headband and feather 

Portraits of the Reformation with a Feminine Touch – The life of Katherine Luther; Hymn: “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” 

Praise and Thanksgiving – Hymn: “Now Thank We All Our God;” Scripture: responsive readings from Psalms 107, 33, and 106 

Praise Makes You Different – Sketch featuring 3 women and two readers; Scripture: Psalm 105:1-3, 1Thessalonians 5:18, Colossians 2:16, 1Corinthians 6:20 

Priscilla Pilgrim and Penny Progress Talk Turkey – Priscilla Pilgrim travels in time to modern day America. Scripture: Philippine s 4:6-8; Hymns: “Praise and Thanksgiving, Father, We Offer” or “Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart” 

Return to Give Thanks (The Ten Lepers) – 10 readers 

Thank You, God: A Thanksgiving Devotion, with little children – Scripture: Matthew 18, 

Psalm 136 

A Thanksgiving Litany for Christian Homes 

A Time to Give Thanks – Give God Glory and Praise – Responsive reading; Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 3:12 

Twelve Days to Thanksgiving – suggested activities for each of the 12 days before Thanksgiving 

Uplifted for the Lord: A Litany of Praise – Props: Helium filled balloons in purple, yellow and green with Bible verses; Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:11 

Prayer

23 Inexpensive Prayer Favors

Agape for God – Props: two balloons; Scripture: Philippians 4:6; John 14:14. A – Awe; G – Gratitude; A – Avowal; P – Praise; E – Entreaties

And When You Pray – Scripture: Ephesians 6:10-20 Responsive reading

Coffee Time – Praying to get through the day. Scripture: Luke11:1, Philippians 4:6, and 1 Peter 5:7. Hymns: With the Lord Begin Thy Task, What a Friend We Have in Jesus, and Take My Life and Let It Be

Devotion on the Lord’s Prayer – Readings on each stanza of Our Father, Who from Heaven Above LSB #766

The Five “P’s” of Prayer – Scripture: James 4:2b, Matthew 7:7, Matthew 6:8b, Mark 11:24, Psalm 106:1; PERSONAL, PERSISTENT, NO PHONY, POWERFUL, PRAISE-FILLED

The Gethsemane Prayer (a Bible study) – I The Agony of Jesus; II The Loneliness of Jesus; III The Trust of Jesus; IV The Courage of Jesus; Scripture: Mark 14:32-43, Matthew 26:36-46, Luke 22:39-46

Give Thanks to the Lord – Hymns: Come, Ye thankful People, Come; Praise to God, Immortal Praise; Now thank We All Our God; responsive reading on Psalm 136:1-3, 26; litany on 1 Chronicles 16:8-10, 23, 24; other scripture readings: O Give Thanks

God’s People Pray – Hymns: Come, My Soul, with Every Care and What a Friend We Have in Jesus; Scripture: Psalm 5:3; Psalm 55:17; Luke 6:12; Genesis 18:24, 26, 32; Genesis 32:26; Deuteronomy 9:18-19; Matthew 15:22, 26-28; John 4:47, 50; James 5:16-18; Luke 18:13; Ephesians 3:16-19; Romans 1:8; Luther’s Morning Prayer

He Who Sings Prays Twice – Hymns: Oh, That I Had a Thousand Voices, In the Garden, Sweet Hour of Prayer, and What a Friend We Have in Jesus; responsive reading on Psalm 103; Psalm 139; Six Steps in Prayer; a litany on the Lord’s Prayer

Hear My Prayer, O Lord – a litany on the Lord’s Prayer

If God Should Speak – A woman praying the Lord’s Prayer is answered by God and has a conversation about each petition.

The Lord’s Prayer and Me

LWMLers Prayer – Thoughts on each petition of the Lord’s Prayer

Make Me a Two-Way Street, O Lord – 1970 LWML Prayer Service; Hymns: Lord of My Life, Whose Tender Care (TLH #24), Take My Life and Let It Be, My God, My Father, Make Me Strong (adapted), and My Faith Looks Up to Thee; Three parts: The Needs Are So Great, I Am So Small, and There Is a Source of Power

Open Your Life to God: A Pray Service – ACT in P: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Petition

Our Father Who Art in Heaven – a litany

Power to Witness through Prayer: a Candlelight Devotion – Hymns: The Old Rugged Cross and All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name; Scripture: Luke 24:45-53; Mark 16:15-20; Matthew 28:16-20; Acts 1:6-9; Acts 2:17-24; responsive reading on the Lord’s Prayer

PRAYER: How, When, and Why? – Meditation – Bible Study – Practice – Hymns: Prayer Is the Soul’s Sincere Desire; numerous Bible verses on prayer

A Spiritual Exercise: A Self-examination Prayer – Hymns: Let Us Ever Walk with Jesus and May We Thy Precepts, Lord Fulfill

Valentine (Love)

February Devotion – Dialogue between two angels about Valentine’s Day and love 

God’s Valentine to Us (Bible study) – The Bible is a love letter from God; Scripture: Jeremiah 31:3, John 3:16, Ephesians 5:2, also Naomi and Ruth’s story 

How’s Your Heart? – Scripture: Psalm 51:10, 1 Samuel 16:7, Matthew 15:19, Ezekiel 36:26 and more; heart favor made with 2 candy canes, candy kiss, ribbon, tape, and sticker 

I Have Loved You with an Everlasting Love – Scripture: Jeremiah 31:3 

Let Me Introduce You to a Friend: A Valentine’s Day Fellowship – Getting to know one another; Sharing with a New Friend, Continuing Your New Friendship 

Love One Another – Scripture: John 13:34-35 

Love the Unlovable – Scripture: Romans 5:8, 1 John 4:19, John 3:16; Song: Jesus Loves Me 

Loves Me Forever and Ever – Scripture: Jeremiah 31:3 

My Heart – Props: easel and 4 charts with heart visuals; Scripture: Proverbs 4:23, Revelation 3:20, 1 John 3:20 

Open Up Your Heart – Props: 6 big cardboard hearts with the letters H – E – A – R – T on one side and C – H – R – I- S – T on the other; adaption of song sung to the tune of “Let the Sunshine In” 

The Warmth of God’s Love (Winter devotion) – Scripture: Romans 5:12, 1 Timothy 1:15, Galatians 5:22-23 

With All Your Heart – History of Valentine’s Day; Scripture: Deuteronomy 6:5, Psalm 119:2, Proverbs 3:5, Jeremiah 29:13 

Bible Studies

Actions Speak Louder Than Words—Sometimes – James 1, 3, and 4 

All Things through Christ 

Are You an Encourager? 

Behold, What Manner of Love 

Bible Study in Bs (be, become, beautiful, bold, brazen, brotherly, blackness, befall, beyond, etc) 

Bountiful Abundance – 2 Corinthians 9:8 

Celebrate! A Study on the Three Great Feasts of God’s People – Passover, Pentecost, and Feast of the Tabernacles 

Celebrate! You Are a Promise 

Change, a Biblical Perspective 

Christ Tells Us “Fear Not” 

The Church and You: A Bible Study – I. The Kingdom of Grace, II. God Works through People, III. God at Work in Our Public Relations, IV. God at Work in Our Personal Lives 

Color Me (Moods) 

Come to the Living Water 

Decisions, Decisions 

Discipleship: Living in the Son 

Discovering Yourself 

Divine Muscle 

Expressions of Faith (Galatians 5:5-6) – long enough for a retreat 

Faith, a Bible discussion on Hebrews 11 

Follow Me (Romans 7:14-8:4) 

Forgiveness Is Like a Wheel 

Freedom in Christ! 

Full Surrender to Jesus – I. The Heart Belongs to Jesus, II. The Will Belongs to Jesus, III. Our Mind Belongs to God, IV. Our Speech Belongs to Jesus, V. Our Works Must Honor God, VI. Our Whole Life Belongs to Jesus, VII. How Have We Done? 

Gift from the Heart (Help Lord! It hurts so much! My HEART is so heavy I don’t know if I can stand it anymore. 

The Gift of Time – Time as a Gift to Be Received, Time as a Commodity to Be Spent, Time as a Stewardship to Be Managed 

Go Ahead, Jump! Putting Life’s Risks into Perspective 

God Created Woman 

God Speaks to Women Freed to Do His Will 

God’s Plan of Salvation 

God’s Treasures: A Biblical Treasure Hunt 

The Gospel Growing in Me (Relational bible Study, Colossians 1:1-2:15) 

The Greatest of These Is Love 

Hark, the Voice of Jesus Calling…You 

James Chapter 1, Basic Questions 

Jesus Is the Reason for All Seasons – Cycle of life in the four seasons 

Joy in Knowing Jesus (Philippians) 

Let Freedom Ring! – A Devotional Bible Study 

Let the Little Children Come to Me 

Let There Be Joy 

Lord, Have Mercy (The dignity of life is being threatened by ever increasing practices of abortion, infanticide and mercy killing.) 

Love Leaves No Choice – Christianity without discipleship is always Christianity without Christ 

Lovest Thou Me? – 1. Anchor, 2. Attitude, 3. Availability, 4. Attributes, 5. Ability, 6. Action 

Managing Your Time: A Mini Bible Study 

Meditation Alone with God – Through prayerful study of God’s Word we as believers might see and radiate the beauty of Jesus Christ to our families, our friends, our church, and our world. 

Missions in Acts: A Study of Acts 

Mountaintop Adventures (The Transfiguration of Jesus) 

Mountaintop Experiences (The Transfiguration of Jesus) 

Much Ado about Angels 

My Grace Is Sufficient for You – 2 Corinthians 12:9, 10 

My Time 

Nine Notable Women of the Bible (Eve, Miriam, Hannah, the Shunammite, Esther, the Syro-Phoenician, Elizabeth, the Samaritan, and Lydia) 

Our Daily Bread 

Pass/Fail – How does our Holy God judge us? 

Peace Is Like a River 

Pieces of God’s Quilt 

Please Come Over—I Need You: A Skit and Bible Study – Characters: Hurting Sister in Christ and Understanding Friend 

A Private Line (to the Greatest Listener of all times) 

Proclaim the Redeemer! (Retreat Bible Study) – I. Prepare for Repenting, II. Pray for Resolve, III. Pray for Resources, IV. Powered by Remembering, V. Polish the Reflection, VI. Prepare a Reply 

Resolutions: A New year Devotion/Bible Study 

Rest in the Lord (Psalm 37:7) 

Resurrection (1 Corinthians 13) 

Satan and the Occult – 1 Peter 5:8, 9 

Seasons of Our Lives – How the Aging Process Started, What Aging Is, Understanding the Problems That Go with Aging, Problems in the Aging Process That Scripture Presents, Basic Problems Common to All Seasons of Life, Make a List of Problems in the Seasons of Life, What the Christian Can Do in the Aging Process, Look at the Aging Miracle, Life Span Living 

Seek to Celebrate Him! – Psalm 145:7 

Sent by the Cross 

Sow Seeds of Self-Control 

Stewards of God’s Creation 

Stress – How Can I Cope? 

Thanksgiving Bible Study 

To Know Jesus, Jesus the Way 

Train Up a Child  – The Lutheran Church has been promoting Christian education ever since Martin Luther first wrote the Small Catechism in 1529. 

The Twelve Disciples 

What Kind of Pillar Are You? (Revelation 3:12) 

Which Voice Is Yours? (Luke 10:25-37) 

Who Am I? – explore and re-define my identity as a Christian, based on the study of selected Scripture 

With Gladness We Serve the Lord – I. Slave to the World or Servant to God, II. The Model of Servanthood, III. The Vocation of Servanthood, IV. Servanthood as a Way of Life 

Women with Jesus at the Cross and the Tomb: A Bible Study for Lent 

You Are the Salt of the Earth 

Retreats and Workshops

The Age Old Question: Why? A study on Christian Suffering 

All Along Life’s Way – Is there a “prime time” for serving the Lord? 

Always Changing Always the Same: A Complete Retreat for Any Season 

Body, Mind, Spirit: Whole Health for the Christian Woman 

Building Each Other Up 1 Thessalonians 5:11 Christian Body Building Exercises 

Celebrating Oneness Diverse Yet One in the Lord 

Climb Every Mountain 

The Committed Christian Woman 

Communication with Our Lord…through Scripture…and Prayer 

Count Your Blessings 

A Faithful Shepherd Is My Lord 

Fulfilling Fruit, No Calories Galatians 5 

The Greatest of These Is Love 

Here I Am, Lord Now I’m a Leader and I Need Help! A Workshop for Christian Leaders 

Hooked by Jesus: One Day Retreat 

Let Go…and Let God! 

Mission: Compassion 

Raindrops to Rainbows “I have set my rainbow in the clouds… Genesis 9:13 

A Time for…”There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1 

You Are Special: a Study Guide on the book by Alma Kern 

Why Do You Exist?