For the past two years, the catechism section of our family worship liturgies has looked at three questions from the Catechism for Young Children every two weeks. If your family has benefitted from the diligent exploration of sound doctrine through the catechism, thanks be to God!
In 2018, we are switching gears a little bit. In that section of the liturgy, we're going to walk together through the Ten Commandments, the Lord's Prayer, and the Apostles' Creed.
The Ten Commandments (also known as the Decalogue) shows us God's perfect standard of righteousness, which of ourselves we could never meet and which Jesus Christ fulfilled perfectly. (It also shows us how we may pursue a walk of holiness with Christ our Lord.) The Lord's Prayer teaches us how to draw near to our Father in Heaven through Jesus Christ. The Apostles' Creed is a concise and historic summary of key elements of our faith. And all three of these help us grow in our relationship with God through Christ.
Each week, the portion in focus will be published in the Family Worship Guide. However, sometimes people want to get the lay of the land and see where we are in the big scheme of things. To that end, here's a breakdown of what we're doing each week throughout 2018:
Weeks 1-2 - Exodus 20:1-3 (December 31, 2017-January 13, 2018)
And God spoke all these words, saying, I am the LORD your God, Who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You shall have no other gods before Me.
Weeks 3-4 - Exodus 20:4-6 (January 14-27, 2018)
You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate Me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love Me and keep My commandments.
Weeks 5-6 - Exodus 20:7 (January 28-February 10, 2018)
You shall not take the Name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes His Name in vain.
Weeks 7-8 - Exodus 20:8-10 (February 11-24, 2018)
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates.
Weeks 9-10 - Exodus 20:11 (February 25-March 10, 2018)
For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
Weeks 11-12 - Exodus 20:12 (March 11-24, 2018)
Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.
Weeks 31-14 - Exodus 20:13 (March 25-April 7, 2018)
You shall not murder.
Weeks 15-16 - Exodus 20:14 (April 8-21, 2018)
You shall not commit adultery.
Weeks 17-18 - Exodus 20:15 (April 22-May 5, 2018)
You shall not steal.
Weeks 19-20 - Exodus 20:16 (May 6-19, 2018)
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
Weeks 21-22 - Exodus 20:17 (May 20-June 2, 2018)
You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.
Weeks 23-24 - Matthew 6:9 (June 3-16, 2018)
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name.
Weeks 25-26 - Matthew 6:10 (June 17-30, 2018)
Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Weeks 27-28 - Matthew 6:11 (July 1-14, 2018)
Give us this day our daily bread,
Weeks 29-30 - Matthew 6:12 (July 15-28, 2018)
and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
Weeks 31-32 - Matthew 6:13a (July 29-August 11, 2018)
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
Weeks 33-34 - Matthew 6:13b (August 12-25, 2018)
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.
Weeks 35-36 (August 26-September 8, 2018)
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, the Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:
Weeks 37-38 (September 9-22, 2018)
Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried;
Weeks 39-40 (September 23-October 6, 2018)
The third day He rose again from the dead;
Weeks 41-42 (October 7-20, 2018)
He ascended into heaven, and sits on the Right Hand of God the Father Almighty;
Weeks 43-44 (October 21-November 3, 2018)
from there He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
Weeks 45-46 (November 4-17, 2018)
I believe in the Holy Ghost;
the holy catholic Church;
the communion of saints;
Weeks 47-48 (November 18-December 1, 2018)
the forgiveness of sins;
the resurrection of the body;
and the life everlasting.
Week 49 (December 2-8, 2018)
Review the Ten Commandments
Week 50 (December 9-15, 2018)
Review the Lord’s Prayer
Week 51 (December 16-22, 2018)
Review the Apostles’ Creed
Week 52 (December 23-29, 2018)