"Blessed are they that hear the Word of God, and keep it." (Luke 11:28)
Holy Communion is celebrated the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month and special services as announced.
In keeping with His teaching that whoever takes the body and blood "unworthily" (that is, in unbelief) receives it to his harm rather than to his good, Jesus of Nazareth invites to the Sacrament all who:
PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP, November 19, 2017
Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
Abysmal distress, anguish, ruin, devastation, darkness, and gloom converge on the day of wrath. But those who live in the light of Christ are armored with faith, love, and hope. We are not destined for wrath but for salvation and are called to invest ourselves with others, committed to be bold encouragers, wise stewards, generous givers, faithful servants, and merciful companions—all for the sake of Christ, who died for us that we may awake to new and abundant life.
OLD TESTAMENT: Zephaniah 1:7–16 “The great day of the Lord is near—near and coming quickly.”
The Day of the Lord Is Near
7 Be silent before the Lord
10 “On that day,” declares the
14 The great day of the
Lord is near,
Psalm 90:1–12 “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”
From Everlasting to Everlasting
A Prayer of Moses, the man of God.
90 Lord, you have been our dwelling place
3 You return man to dust
5 You sweep them away as with a flood; they are
like a dream,
7 For we are brought to an end by your anger;
9 For all our days pass away under your wrath;
12 So teach us to number our days
EPISTLE LESSON: 1 Thessalonians 5:1–11 “The day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.”
The Day of the Lord
5 Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need to have anything written to you. 2 For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3 While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. 4 But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief. 5 For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness. 6 So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober. 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, are drunk at night. 8 But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. 9 For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
HOLY GOSPEL: Matthew 25:14–30 The parable of the talents
The Parable of the Talents
14 “For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. 15 To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16 He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. 17 So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. 18 But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master's money. 19 Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more.’ 21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 22 And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here, I have made two talents more.’ 23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 24 He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.’ 26 But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? 27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29 For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
Altar for Easter. April 16, 2017
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