23rd Sunday after Pentecost, 17 Nov 2019, Luke 21:5-19 ~ expect a time of great persecution

Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost

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

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 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. Amen.

“God Of Our Fathers Whose Almighty Hand” -Men’s Choir with Brass band


Gospel Reading: Luke 21:5-19(NLT)

Jesus Speaks about the Future

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?”

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.

“Stand Firm” – Grace Stewart and Crystal Harris.



Faithful God, Ruler of heaven and earth, hear the cries of Your people living under great distress and persecution. We pray especially –

+ For the poor people of the world – that those of us who are rich may never forget them….

+ For the victims of human trafficking – that they may receive justice and their dignity be respected….

+ For homeless families and children of the world – that they may receive Your protection and provision….

+ For those who live in fear of the end of the world – that they may know You and receive comfort….

+ For those in need in our own community – that we may show them Your compassion, kindness and love….

+ For those who are sick in body, mind, and spirit – that they may receive the healing offered through Your Son….

Faithful God, You rule the world with grace and truth: show us Your mercy and help us we pray, through Christ our Lord. Amen.


“But For You Who Fear My Name” – The Welcome Wagon


Closing: (Malachi 4:2-3)

On the Day of Judgement: 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.

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

23rd Sunday after Pentecost: 12 Nov – Matthew 25:1-13 ~ keep watch

23rd Sunday after Pentecost

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

Opening Prayer

Brighten your Church, O God, with the promise of your kingdom and waken our hearts to its light. Bid us hasten with faith undimmed to greet the bridegroom’s return and to enter the wedding feast. 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.

“You’re The One” – Praise and Worship


Reading: Matthew 25:1-13 (NLT)

Parable of the Ten Bridesmaids

“Then the Kingdom of Heaven will be like ten bridesmaids who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. The five who were foolish didn’t take enough olive oil for their lamps, but the other five were wise enough to take along extra oil. When the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep.

“At midnight they were roused by the shout, ‘Look, the bridegroom is coming! Come out and meet him!’

“All the bridesmaids got up and prepared their lamps. Then the five foolish ones asked the others, ‘Please give us some of your oil because our lamps are going out.’

“But the others replied, ‘We don’t have enough for all of us. Go to a shop and buy some for yourselves.’

“But while they were gone to buy oil, the bridegroom came. Then those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was locked. Later, when the other five bridesmaids returned, they stood outside, calling, ‘Lord! Lord! Open the door for us!’

“But he called back, ‘Believe me, I don’t know you!’

“So you, too, must keep watch! For you do not know the day or hour of my return.

Intercessory Prayer

Gracious God: Your loving-kindness is better than life itself. Hear our prayers –

  • For all believers – that they may receive the gift of wisdom and live accordingly….
  • For believers preparing for marriage – that they may grow in love, kindness, and grace….
  • For believers imprisoned for their faith – that they may be sustained by Your Spirit….
  • For believers suffering persecution and oppression – that they may be protected by the Heavenly Host….
  • For believers who grieve the loss of a loved ones – that they may experience Your comfort….
  • For all our loved ones who have died in Christ – that their hope in God may be rewarded in eternity….

God of endless love, in the shadow of Your wings we find refuge: hear our prayers through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

“Psalm 62” – Aaron Keyes


Blessing – Revelation 22:20-21 (NLT)

He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.

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