Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost
+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
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