Series A Lectionary and Music   2016-2017

TWENTY FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST November 19th
  
Collect Prayer of the Day...Merciful God and Father, Your Son was lifted high on the cross to bear our sins and fulfill Your promise.  We are thankful that You continue, each day, to declare Your love and mercy to us in so many ways - never let us grow tired of Your presence in our life. This we pray in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with You, Father, and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  AMEN


Psalm 90:1-6, 12  Lord, You have been our refuge in every generation.  Before the mountains were born, before You gave birth to the earth and the world, from eternity to eternity, You are God. You return mankind to the dust, saying, "Return, descendants of Adam." For in Your sight a thousand years are like yesterday that passes by, like a few hours of the night.  You end their lives; they sleep. They are like grass that grows in the morning - in the morning it sprouts and grows; by evening it withers and dries up. Teach us to number our days carefully so that we may develop wisdom in our hearts.

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11  About the times and the seasons:  Brothers, you do not need anything to be written to you. For you yourselves know very well that the Day of the Lord will come just like a thief  in the night. When they say, "Peace and security," then sudden destruction comes on them, like labor pains come on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you, brothers, are not in the dark, for this day to overtake you like a thief.  For you are all sons of light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or the darkness.  So then, we must not sleep, like the rest, but we must stay awake and be serious. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, we must be serious  and put the armor  of faith and love on our chests, and put on a helmet  of the hope of salvation. For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep,  we will live together with Him.  Therefore encourage one another and build each other up as you are already doing. 
 

“It never cost a disciple anything to follow Jesus; to talk about cost when you are in love with anyone is an insult.”  Oswald Chambers       

Matthew 25:14-30...For it is just like a man going on a journey.  He called his own slaves and turned over his possessions to them. To one he gave five talents;  to another, two; and to another, one - to each according to his own ability. Then he went on a journey.  Immediately the man who had received five talents went, put them to work, and earned five more. In the same way the man with two earned two more. But the man who had received one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground, and hid his master's money."


Classic Hymnal Service (8:15am):    Lutheran Service Book   Opening:  #797, "Praise the Almighty,"  Sermon:  #538, "Praise be to Christ," Communion:  #922 "Go, My Children, with My Blessing"

Liturgical Contemporary Service (10:45am):  Call to Worship: Thank You (Tomlin),  Praise Set: You Never Let Go (Redman), Jesus Loves Me (Fieldes), Message: Be Unto Your Name,  Offering: Create in Me ,  Closing: That's Why We Praise Him



SUNDAY OF THE FULFILLMENT (CHRIST THE KING SUNDAY) November 26th
  
Collect Prayer of the Day...Eternal God, merciful Father, You have appointed Your Son as the One who will gather us from the ends of the earth - care for us, protect us, heal us and keep us.  Enable us to be patient and faithful - that we may await His return and until that day comes reach those around us with His hope and promise. This we pray in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with You, Father, and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  AMEN




Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24  For this is what the Lord God says: "See, I Myself will search for My flock and look for them. As a shepherd looks for his sheep on the day he is among his scattered flock, so I will look for My flock. I will rescue them from all the places where they have been scattered on a cloudy and dark day. I will bring them out from the peoples, gather them from the countries, and bring them into their own land. I will shepherd them on the mountains of Israel, in the ravines, and in all the inhabited places of the land. I will tend them with good pasture, and their grazing place will be on Israel's lofty mountains. There they will lie down in a good grazing place; they will feed in rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. I will tend My flock and let them lie down."  This is the declaration of the Lord God. "I will seek the lost, bring back the strays, bandage the injured, and strengthen the weak, but I will destroy the fat and the strong. I will shepherd them with justice." Therefore, this is what the Lord God says to them: "See, I Myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep. Since you have pushed with flank and shoulder and butted all the weak ones with your horns until you scattered them all over, I will save My flock, and they will no longer be prey for you. I will judge between one sheep and another. I will appoint over them a single shepherd, My servant David, and he will shepherd them. He will tend them himself and will be their shepherd.  I, Yahweh, will be their God, and My servant David will be a prince among them. I, Yahweh, have spoken."

1 Corinthians 15:20-26  But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man,  the resurrection of the dead also comes through a man.  For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive.  But each in his own order:  Christ, the firstfruits; afterward, at His coming, those who belong to Christ. Then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to God the Father, when He abolishes all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign until He puts all His enemies under His feet.  The last enemy to be abolished is death
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"Jesus' call to commitment is clear: He wants all or nothing.  Our greatest fear as individuals and as a church should not be of failure but of succeeding at things that don't really matter." Francis Chan       

Matthew 25:31-40  "When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory.  All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, just as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.  He will put the sheep on His right and the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right, 'Come, you who are blessed by My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you took care of Me; I was in prison and you visited Me.'   Then the righteous will answer Him, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You something to drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or without clothes and clothe You? When did we see You sick, or in prison, and visit You?'  And the King will answer them, 'I assure you: Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me.'"


Classic Hymnal Service (8:15am):   Lutheran Service Book   Opening:  #809, "Great Is Thy Faithfulness,"  Sermon:  #728, "How Firm A Foundation," Closing:  #812 "Come, Let us join Our Cheerful Songs""

Liturgical Contemporary Service (10:45am):  Call to Worship: Build My LIfe,  Praise Set:Thank You God (Tomlin), One Thing Remains, Message: When The Stars Burn Down,  Offering: He Shall Reign Forevermore,  Communion: I Am Not Alone (Jobe),  Closing: Where I Belong


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