PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP,
November 18, 2018
Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Trinity
FIRST READING: Exodus
32:1-20 OR Job 14:1-6
The Golden Calf
the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people
gathered themselves together to Aaron and said to him, “Up, make us gods who
shall go before us. As for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land
of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.”
Aaron said to them, “Take off the rings of gold that are in the ears of your
wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me.”
all the people took off the rings of gold that were in their ears and brought
them to Aaron.
he received the gold from their hand and fashioned it with a graving tool and
made a golden
calf. And they said, “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of
the land of Egypt!”
Aaron saw this, he built an altar before it. And Aaron made a proclamation and
said, “Tomorrow shall be a feast to the
they rose up early the next day and offered burnt offerings and brought peace
offerings. And the people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play.
Lord said to Moses, “Go down, for your people, whom you brought up out
of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves.
have turned aside quickly out of the way that I commanded them. They have made
for themselves a golden calf and have worshiped it and sacrificed to it and
said, ‘These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of
Lord said to Moses, “I have seen this people, and behold, it is a
therefore let me alone, that my wrath may burn hot against them and I may
consume them, in order that I may make a great nation of you.”
Moses implored the
Lord his God and said, “O
why does your wrath burn hot against your people, whom you have brought out of
the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand?
should the Egyptians say, ‘With evil intent did he bring them out, to kill them
in the mountains and to consume them from the face of the earth’? Turn from your
burning anger and relent from this disaster against your people.
Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, your servants, to whom you swore by your own self,
and said to them, ‘I will multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven, and
all this land that I have promised I will give to your offspring, and they shall
inherit it forever.’”
Lord relented from the disaster that he had spoken of bringing on his
Moses turned and went down from the mountain with the two tablets of the
testimony in his hand, tablets that were written on both sides; on the front and
on the back they were written.
tablets were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, engraved
on the tablets.
Joshua heard the noise of the people as they shouted, he said to Moses, “There
is a noise of war in the camp.”
he said, “It is not the sound of shouting for victory, or the sound of the cry
of defeat, but the sound of singing that I hear.”
as soon as he came near the camp and saw the calf and the dancing, Moses' anger
burned hot, and he threw the tablets out of his hands and broke them at the foot
of the mountain.
took the calf that they had made and burned it with fire and ground it to powder
and scattered it on the water and made the people of Israel drink it.
PSALMS: 14 and 102:1-13
The Fool Says, There Is No God
choirmaster. Of David.
14 The fool says in his heart, “There is
are corrupt, they do abominable deeds;
is none who does good.
looks down from heaven on the children of man,
see if there are any who understand,[a]
seek after God.
have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt;
is none who does good,
they no knowledge, all the evildoers
eat up my people as they eat bread
do not call upon the
they are in great terror,
God is with the generation of the righteous.
would shame the plans of the poor,
is his refuge.
that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!
restores the fortunes of his people,
Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad.
English Standard Version (ESV)
Do Not Hide Your Face from Me
of one afflicted, when he is faint and pours out his complaint before the
my prayer, O
let my cry come to you!
not hide your face from me
the day of my distress!
Incline your ear to me;
me speedily in the day when I call!
my days pass away like smoke,
my bones burn like a furnace.
heart is struck down like grass and has withered;
forget to eat my bread.
of my loud groaning
bones cling to my flesh.
am like a desert owl of the wilderness,
of the waste places;
am like a lonely sparrow on the housetop.
the day my enemies taunt me;
who deride me use my name for a curse.
I eat ashes like bread
mingle tears with my drink,
of your indignation and anger;
you have taken me up and thrown me down.
days are like an evening shadow;
wither away like grass.
are enthroned forever;
are remembered throughout all generations.
will arise and have pity on Zion;
is the time to favor her;
appointed time has come.
EPISTLE: 1 Thessalonians
The Coming of the Lord
we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that
you may not grieve as others do who have no hope.
since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God
will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.
this we declare to you by a word from the Lord,
that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not
precede those who have fallen asleep.
the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice
of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in
Christ will rise first.
we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the
clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.
encourage one another with these words.
GOSPEL: Matthew 24:15-28
The Abomination of Desolation
when you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by the prophet Daniel,
standing in the holy place (let the reader understand),
let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.
the one who is on the housetop not go down to take what is in his house,
let the one who is in the field not turn back to take his cloak.
alas for women who are pregnant and for those who are nursing infants in those
that your flight may not be in winter or on a Sabbath.
then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of
the world until now, no, and never will be.
if those days had not been cut short, no human being would be saved. But for the
sake of the elect those days will be cut short.
if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There he is!’ do not
false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders,
so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.
I have told you beforehand.
if they say to you, ‘Look, he is in the wilderness,’ do not go out. If they say,
‘Look, he is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it.
as the lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be
the coming of the Son of Man.
the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.
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