TWENTY-THIRD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST 

17 November 2019

 

Season:                                Time of the Church / Pentecost

Color:                                    Green

Divine Service:                       Setting II

Introit:                                    Psalm 121: 1 – 2,5, 7 – 8  antiphon: Luke 21: 33

Old Testament:                       Malachi 4: 1 – 6

Psalm                                     Psalm 98 antiphon: verse 6b

Epistle:                                   2 Thessalonians 3: (1 – 5) 6 – 13

Gradual:                                  Revelation 7: 14a; Psalm 84: 5

Verse:                                      Luke 21: 28b

Gospel:                                    Luke 21: 5 – 28 (29 – 36)

Proper Preface:                        Common

 

God’s Plan of Redemption Trumps Earthly Destruction and Violence

     There are signs of the Lord’s coming all around: the cross that marks His Church, the violence and death of the sinful world, and the shaking of the natural order. “There will be great distress upon the earth” (Luke 21:23), but the faithful know that “the kingdom of God is near” (Luke 21:31). Therefore, “straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near” (Luke 21:28). Be awake and alert, and heed the words of Christ, which “will not pass away” (Luke 21:33). For you, “the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings” (Mal. 4:2). He sends His preachers of repentance in the spirit and power of Elijah “before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes” (Mal. 4:5), in order to “direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ” (2 Thess. 3:5). Although you are often faithless, “the Lord is faithful,” and by the preaching of His Word “he will establish you and guard you against the evil one” (2 Thess. 3:3). Therefore, “do not grow weary in doing good” (2 Thess. 3:13). In the midst of calamity, believe upon the Lord, Jesus Christ

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Opening Hymn:             516 / Wake, Awake For Night Is Flying
Sermon Hymn:              508 / The Day Is Surely Drawing Near
Distribution Hymns:       542 / When I Behold Jesus Christ
809 / Great Is Thy Faithfulness
596 / All Christians Who Have Been Baptized
                             733 / O God, Our Help In Ages Past
AGPS 157 / Let My Prayer Rise Before You

Closing Hymn:          691 / Fruitful Trees, The Spirit’s Sowing

TWENTY-SECOND SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

10 November 2019

 

Season:                                    Pentecost
Color:                                        Green
Divine Service:                          Service Setting II     
Introit:                                        Psalm 115: 2 – 4, 8, 17 – 18  antiphon: verse11
Old Testament:                          Exodus 3: 1 – 15
Psalm                                        Psalm 148 antiphon: verse 13
Epistle:                                       2 Thessalonians 2: 1 – 8, 13 – 17
Gradual:                                     Revelation 7: 14b; Psalm 84: 5
Verse:                                         Luke 20: 38
Gospel:                                       Luke 20: 27 – 40

Proper Preface:                  Common

 

The Triune God Curbs Evil and Overcomes Death with Resurrection

     Christians live as “sons of God, being sons of the resurrection” (Luke 20:36), for the Lord our God “is not God of the dead, but of the living” (Luke 20:38). “Those who deny that there is a resurrection” (Luke 20:27) neither know the Scriptures nor the power of God, but the baptized faithful know “that the dead are raised” (Luke 20:37). For the Lord, who was, and is and is to come, knows Israel’s sufferings and has “come down to deliver them” (Ex. 3:8). Moses reveals the name of Yahweh to God’s chosen people, by which He is “remembered throughout all generations” (Ex. 3:15). In contrast to that sacred remembrance of His name, St. Paul warns against the antichrist, who “takes his seat in the temple of God” (2 Thess. 2:4). That lawless man preaches and practices the activity of Satan. Christians, however, are comforted by the coming of the Lord Jesus, who slays the antichrist and refutes his false doctrine “with the breath of his mouth” (2 Thess. 2:8). By His preaching, “stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught” (2 Thess. 2:15). Hear, receive and believe God’s promise of love, comfort and good hope.
 

 

 
 
 
Opening Hymn:              917 / Savior, Again To Thy Dear Name We Raise
Sermon Hymn:               713 / From God Can Nothing Move Me
Distribution Hymns:        523 / Word Of God Incarnate
 AGPS 218 / Soon And Very Soon
752 / Be Still My Soul
712 / Seek Ye First
660 / Stand Up, Stand Up For Jesus

Closing Hymn:         461 / I Know That My Redeemer Lives

 All Saints’ Day

3 November 2019

 

Season:                                           Season of the Church: Pentecost

Color:                                              White

Divine Service:                                 Setting II

Lectionary Propers:                           Feasts, Festivals, and Occasions

Introit:                                               Psalm 31: 1, 3, 5 antiphon: Revelation 7: 14b

First Reading:                                    Revelation 7: 9 – 17

Psalm:                                               Psalm 149  antiphon: verse 4

Epistle:                                              1 John 3: 1 – 3

Gradual:                                             Revelation 7: 14b; Psalm 84: 5

Verse:                                                Hebrews 12: 1a, 2a

Gospel:                                              Matthew 5: 1 – 12

Proper Preface:                                  All Saints’ Day

 

Saints Are Blessed in the Eternal Presence of Christ

     “A great multitude from all tribes and peoples and languages,” cry out “salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne” (Rev. 7:9–17). Faith-filled saints from every place and time with unified voices eternally magnify the Lamb of God. As His beloved children, we too, “shall see him as he is” (1 John 3:1–3). Joined with the throng of angels and a myriad of saints, we shall “serve him day and night in his temple” (Rev. 7:9–17). In our earthly tension vacillating between saint and sinner, faith and doubt, sacred and profane, we earnestly seek Jesus to calm our fears, comfort our spirits, and forgive our sins. The Holy Spirit, through faith in Christ propels us forward, fortifying us in Word and Sacrament, to our eternal home. In the midst of our constant struggle as believers, we need to be blessed. And so we are. The poor in spirit, the meek, the hungry, the thirsty, the merciful, the pure, and the persecuted are all blessed and we will most certainly inherit the kingdom of heaven (Matt. 5:1–12).

 

No Sermon Pulpit Notes for this Sunday.

 
Opening Hymn:                      517 / By All All Your Saints In Warfare (stanzas 1, 4, & 3)
Sermon Hymn:                        667 / For All The Saints
Distribution Hymns:                 673 / Jerusalem, My Happy Home
700 / Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
802 / Immortal, Invisible God Only Wise
672 / Jerusalem The Golden

Closing Hymn:                 671 / Sing With All The Saints In Glory