Divine Service

November 15, 2020 Speaker: The Rev. John Hallock

Scripture: Zephaniah 1:7–1:16, 1 Thessalonians 5:1–5:11, Matthew 25:14–25:30

Confession and Absolution (1 John 1:8-9, John 20:22-23)  

P: As we prepare for this great gift, let us confess our sins and hear the promise of forgiveness. Most merciful God,

C: we confess that we are in bondage to sin and cannot free ourselves. We have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the glory of your holy name. Amen.

P: Almighty God, in his mercy, has given his Son to die for us and, for his sake, forgives us all our sins. As a called and ordained minister of the Church of Christ, and by his authority, I therefore declare to you the entire forgiveness of all your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C: Amen.

Please be seated.

P: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

C: And also with you.

Prayer of the Day (2 Timothy 4:22)

P: Let us pray. Almighty and ever-living God, You have given exceedingly great and precious promises to those who trust in You. Dispel from us the works of darkness and grant us to live in the light of Your Son, Jesus Christ, that our faith may never be found wanting; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C: Amen.

First Reading…………………………………..…..…Zephaniah 1:7-16

7 Be silent before the Lord God! For the day of the Lord is near; the Lord has prepared a sacrifice and consecrated his guests. 8 And on the day of the Lord's sacrifice—“I will punish the officials and the king's sons and all who array themselves in foreign attire. 9 On that day I will punish everyone who leaps over the threshold, and those who fill their master's house with violence and fraud. 10 “On that day,” declares the Lord, “a cry will be heard from the Fish Gate, a wail from the Second Quarter, a loud crash from the hills. 11 Wail, O inhabitants of the 

Mortar! For all the traders are no more; all who weigh out silver are cut off. 12  At that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps, and I will punish the men who are complacent, those who say in their hearts, ‘The Lord will not do good, nor will he do ill.’ 13 Their goods shall be plundered, and their houses laid waste. Though they build houses, they shall not inhabit them; though they plant vineyards, they shall not drink wine from them.” 14 The great day of the Lord is near, near and hastening fast; the sound of the day of the Lord is bitter; the mighty man cries aloud there. 15 A day of wrath is that day, a day of distress and anguish, a day of ruin and devastation, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness, 16 a day of trumpet blast and battle cry against the fortified cities and against the lofty battlements.

P:  This is the Word of the Lord.

C:  Thanks be to God.

Second Reading………………………………………1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

1 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.

P:  This is the Word of the Lord.

C:  Thanks be to God.

Please stand.

Holy Gospel       

P:The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the twenty-fifth chapter, verses 14-30 

C:Glory to You, O Lord

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.’

P:  This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C:  Praise to You, O Christ.

Please be seated.

Sermon

Please stand.

The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth. 

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, 

Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, 

suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. 

He descended into hell. 

The third day He rose again from the dead. 

He ascended into heaven 

and sits at the right hand of God the Father almighty. 

From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead. 

I believe in the Holy Spirit, 

the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, 

the forgiveness of sins, 

the resurrection of the body, 

and the life everlasting. Amen.

Please be seated.

The Prayers of the Church (1 Timothy 2:1-4)

P: Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus, and for all people according to their needs.

After each petition:

      P: Lord, in Your mercy,      or       P: let us pray to the Lord

      C: hear our prayer                      C: Lord have mercy.

Please stand.

Service of the Sacrament (2 Timothy 4:22)

P: The peace of the Lord be with you always.

C: And also with you.

P: In the night in which he was betrayed,

our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks;

broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying:

Take and eat; this is my body, given for you.

Do this for the remembrance of me.

Again, after supper, he took the cup.

gave thanks, and gave it for all to drink, saying:

This cup is the new covenant in my blood,

shed for you and for all people

for the forgiveness of sin.

Do this for the remembrance of me.

C: Amen.

Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13)

C. Our Father who art in heaven, 

hallowed be Thy name, 

Thy kingdom come, 

Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

  Give us this day our daily bread; 

and forgive us our trespasses 

as we forgive those who trespass against us; 

and lead us not into temptation, 

but deliver us from evil. 

For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the 

  glory forever and ever. Amen. 

Please be seated.

Distribution

(The usher will direct family groups up for communion. Please stand behind the line of tape marked on the floor until Pastor motions for you to come up for communion.)

P: The body of Christ, given for you.

The blood of Christ, shed for you.

Closing Prayer

P: Let us pray. Almighty God, you provide the true bread from heaven, your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Grant that we who have received the Sacrament of His body and blood may abide in Him and He in us, that we may be filled with the power of His endless life, now and forever.

C: Amen.

The Benediction (Numbers 6:22-27)  

P: The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious

    to you.The Lord look upon you with favor and give you

    peace.

C: Amen.