Divine Service November 22nd Audio

November 22, 2020 Speaker: The Rev. John Hallock

Scripture: Ezekiel 34:11–34:24, 1 Corinthians 15:20–15:28, Matthew 25:31–25:46

Opening Music

Please stand.

 

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. Eternal God, merciful Father, You have appointed Your Son as judge of the living and the dead. Enable us to wait for the day of HIs return with our eyes fixed on the kingdom prepared for Your own from the foundation of the world; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

 

C: Amen.

 

First Reading…………………………………..…..…Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24

 

11 “For thus says the Lord God: Behold, I, I myself will search for my sheep and will seek them out. 12 As a shepherd seeks out his flock when he is among his sheep that have been scattered, so will I seek out my sheep, and I will rescue them from all places where they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness. 13 And I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land. And I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the ravines, and in all the inhabited places of the country. 14 I will feed them with good pasture, and on the mountain heights of Israel shall be their grazing land. There they shall lie down in good grazing land, and on rich pasture they shall feed on the mountains of Israel. 15 I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I myself will make them lie down, declares the Lord God. 16 I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, and the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them in justice. 20 “Therefore, thus says the Lord God to them: Behold, I, I myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep. 21 Because you push with side and shoulder, and thrust at all the weak with your horns, till you have scattered them abroad, 22 I will rescue[a] my flock; they shall no longer be a prey. And I will judge between sheep and sheep. 23 And I will set up over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he shall feed them: he shall feed them and be their shepherd. 24 And I, the Lord, will be their God, and my servant David shall be prince among them. I am the Lord; I have spoken.

 

P:  This is the Word of the Lord.

C:  Thanks be to God.

 

Second Reading………………………………………1 Corinthians 15:20-28

 

20 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. 23 But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. 24 Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. 25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 27 For “God has put all things in subjection under his feet.” But when it says, “all things are put in subjection,” it is plain that he is excepted who put all things in subjection under him. 28 When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things in subjection under him, that God may be all in all.

 

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 31-46 

C: Glory to You, O Lord

 

31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. 34 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. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ 41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44 Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ 45 Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ 46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

 

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.

 

Closing Music