22nd Sunday after Pentecost, 10 Nov 2019, Luke 20:27-38 ~ children of the resurrection

Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost

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

Opening Prayer:

God of all the living, in the resurrection of Christ Jesus You have given us the life which even death cannot destroy. Remember Your unshakeable promise and strengthen us to live in this world as Your new creation. 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. Amen.

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“How Great Thou Art” -Songs of Praise – Big Sing (BBC)

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Gospel Reading: Luke 20:27-38(NLT)

Discussion about Resurrection

Then Jesus was approached by some Sadducees—religious leaders who say there is no resurrection from the dead. They posed this question: “Teacher, Moses gave us a law that if a man dies, leaving a wife but no children, his brother should marry the widow and have a child who will carry on the brother’s name. Well, suppose there were seven brothers. The oldest one married and then died without children. So the second brother married the widow, but he also died. Then the third brother married her. This continued with all seven of them, who died without children. Finally, the woman also died. So tell us, whose wife will she be in the resurrection? For all seven were married to her!”

Jesus replied, “Marriage is for people here on earth. But in the age to come, those worthy of being raised from the dead will neither marry nor be given in marriage. And they will never die again. In this respect they will be like angels. They are children of God and children of the resurrection.

“But now, as to whether the dead will be raised—even Moses proved this when he wrote about the burning bush. Long after Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob had died, he referred to the Lord as ‘the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ So he is the God of the living, not the dead, for they are all alive to him.”
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“I Know that My Redeemer Liveth” – Mennonite Choir

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Intercession:

Gracious God of the living: hear the cries of Your children, especially those of us in great distress. Show us Your unfailing love and help us. We pray –

+ For an end to conflict in the Middle East, that Your people may live quiet, peaceful, exemplary lives….

+ For persecuted believers, that they may live courageously and be delivered from cruel, evil people…

+ For imprisoned believers and their families, that they  may trust in Your sovereignty and receive justice…

+ For displaced believers seeking refuge from enemies, that they may receive Your protection and provision….

+ For believers mourning the loss of loved ones, that they may be assured of their resurrection to eternal life….

Gracious God of the living: watch over and protect Your people. Show us Your unfailing love in wonderful ways, through Jesus Christ Your Son, who lives with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

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“Heaven Is Looking Brighter” – ForeverBeSure

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Closing: (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17)

Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal comfort and a wonderful hope, comfort you and strengthen you in every good thing you do and say.

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

22nd Sunday after Pentecost: 05 Nov – Matthew 23:1-12 ~ the greatest among you must be a servant

22nd Sunday after Pentecost

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

Opening Prayer

Sovereign God, we have no father but you, no teacher but Christ. Conform our lives to the faith we profess, preserve us from arrogance and pride, and teach us in Christ the greatness of humility and service. We pray 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.
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“A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” – Parkway Worship Ministry


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Reading: Matthew 23:1-12 (NLT)

Jesus Criticizes the Religious Leaders

Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, “The teachers of religious law and the Pharisees are the official interpreters of the law of Moses. So practice and obey whatever they tell you, but don’t follow their example. For they don’t practice what they teach. They crush people with unbearable religious demands and never lift a finger to ease the burden.

“Everything they do is for show. On their arms they wear extra wide prayer boxes with Scripture verses inside, and they wear robes with extra long tassels. And they love to sit at the head table at banquets and in the seats of honor in the synagogues. They love to receive respectful greetings as they walk in the marketplaces, and to be called ‘Rabbi.’

“Don’t let anyone call you ‘Rabbi,’ for you have only one teacher, and all of you are equal as brothers and sisters. And don’t address anyone here on earth as ‘Father,’ for only God in heaven is your Father. And don’t let anyone call you ‘Teacher,’ for you have only one teacher, the Messiah. The greatest among you must be a servant. But those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.
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Intercessory Prayer

Merciful God God: You restore the crushed spirit of the humble and revive the courage of those with repentant hearts. Hear our prayers as we come before Your throne of grace –

+ For ministers of the Word and Sacraments — that they may practice what they preach….
+ For leaders of church and state — that they may be true servants….
+ For peace in the world — and an end to violence and terror….
+ For all who teach Your word — that they may share their knowledge with humility….
+ For those who mourn the loss of loved ones — that they may be comforted….
+ For those who are sick, in mind or body or spirit — that they may be healed….
+ For those who have died in Christ – that they may receive their just reward in heaven….

God of all goodness, You grant the desires of the humble: hear our prayers and grant them in accordance with Your perfect will, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
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“Humble Thyself” – Acappella


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Blessing – 1 Thessalonians 3:12-13 (NLT)

May the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all,… so that He may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.
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+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!