33rd Ordinary Sunday, 13 November: Malachi 4:1-3; Psalm 98:5-9; 2 Thessalonians 3:7-12; Luke 21:5-19 ~ stand firm and sing

Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

The people of God will have nothing to fear at the Day of Judgement.

Opening Prayer:

Lord God of all the ages, the One who is, who was, and who is to come, stir up within us a longing for your kingdom, steady our hearts in time of trial, and grant us patient endurance until the sun of justice dawns. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever.

“Only King Forever” – Elevation Worship


A Reading from the Old Testament: Malachi 4:1-3 (NLT)
[Those who uphold God’s name need have nothing to fear when the world ends.]

The Lord of Heaven’s Armies says, “The day of judgment is coming, burning like a furnace. On that day the arrogant and the wicked will be burned up like straw. They will be consumed—roots, branches, and all.

“Unto You That Fear My Name Shall the Sun of Righteousness Arise with Healing in His Wings”
Thomas Moran (1837-1926)

“But for you who fear my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in his wings. And you will go free, leaping with joy like calves let out to pasture. On the day when I act, you will tread upon the wicked as if they were dust under your feet,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.

A Reading from the Psalms: Psalm 98:5-9 (NLT)

Sing your praise to the Lord with the harp, with the harp and melodious song, with trumpets and the sound of the ram’s horn. Make a joyful symphony before the Lord, the King!

Let the sea and everything in it shout his praise! Let the earth and all living things join in. Let the rivers clap their hands in glee! Let the hills sing out their songs of joy before the Lord, for he is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world with justice, and the nations with fairness.

“Psalm 98 (Sing Unto the Lord)” – Shane & Shane


A Reading from the Letters: 2 Thessalonians 3:7-12 (NLT)
[A condemnation of laziness.]


For you know that you ought to imitate us. We were not idle when we were with you. We never accepted food from anyone without paying for it. We worked hard day and night so we would not be a burden to any of you. We certainly had the right to ask you to feed us, but we wanted to give you an example to follow. Even while we were with you, we gave you this command: “Those unwilling to work will not get to eat.”

Yet we hear that some of you are living idle lives, refusing to work and meddling in other people’s business. We command such people and urge them in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and work to earn their own living.

A Reading from the Gospels: Luke 21:5-19 (NLT)
[St Luke writes about the end of the world and the second coming of Christ, with words of reassurance for disciples of the Lord.]

Some of his disciples began talking about the majestic stonework of the Temple and the memorial decorations on the walls. But Jesus said, “The time is coming when all these things will be completely demolished. Not one stone will be left on top of another!”

“Teacher,” they asked, “when will all this happen? What sign will show us that these things are about to take place?”

The Triumph Of Christianity Over Paganism Gustave Doré (c 1868) Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ontario.
The Triumph Of Christianity Over Paganism
Gustave Doré (c 1868)
Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ontario.

He replied, “Don’t let anyone mislead you, for many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and saying, ‘The time has come!’ But don’t believe them. And when you hear of wars and insurrections, don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place first, but the end won’t follow immediately.” Then he added, “Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, and there will be famines and plagues in many lands, and there will be terrifying things and great miraculous signs from heaven.

“But before all this occurs, there will be a time of great persecution. You will be dragged into synagogues and prisons, and you will stand trial before kings and governors because you are my followers. But this will be your opportunity to tell them about me. So don’t worry in advance about how to answer the charges against you, for I will give you the right words and such wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to reply or refute you! Even those closest to you—your parents, brothers, relatives, and friends—will betray you. They will even kill some of you. And everyone will hate you because you are my followers. But not a hair of your head will perish! By standing firm, you will win your souls.

“The King Is Coming” – Newsboys

Empty hearts are filling up | Wicked ways are coming undone | Every eye is looking out for You | City lights are burning out | Freedom’s song is ringing loud | Dead men waking up to the sound of You | And all our hearts can sing | All our hearts can sing is

Make a way for | Make a way for | Make a way for the King | The King is coming

Split the sky with your glory | Bring to life an awakening | Burn away everything that’s not for You | Hear our voices crying out | We won’t stop ‘til heaven’s come down | We won’t stop ‘til every knee bows to You | And all our hearts will sing is

Open up the doors | Open up the doors | Lift your eyes to see | Our King is coming

Intercessory Prayer:

Sovereign God, You rule heaven and earth with truth and grace.  And one day, Jesus will come again as the righteous judge of the living and the dead. Hear our prayers as we await that glorious day.

+ For people who live in fear, that they may be filled with Your perfect love and do what’s right…. Lord, hear us.
+ For those who feel hopeless, that You may open new ways for them to experience Your mercy and grace…. Lord, hear us.
+ For a peaceful transition within our government, after the presidential election, that we may come together “as one nation under God”…. Lord, hear us.
+ For perpetrators of violence and chaos in our streets, that You may restrain them and deliver us from evil…. Lord, hear us.
+ For victims of crime and violence, that they may see Your justice done on earth as in heaven…. Lord, hear us.
+ For our loved ones who have died in Christ, that they may be raised to life on the last day…. Lord, hear us.

Lord our God, You rule the world with justice: help us in all our needs, we pray, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

“Days of Elijah” Robin Mark



Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it. – 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24

+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen