Online Worship – Nov 22nd, 2020


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Welcome and Invocation

L O Lord, You have been our refuge throughout every generation.
C Before the mountains were born, before You gave birth to the earth and the world, You were God.
L You are God from everlasting to everlasting.
C You turn mortals back into dust and say, “Return, descendants of Adam.”
L Indeed, in Your sight a thousand years are like a single day,
C like yesterday—already past— like an hour in the night.
L Teach us to number each of our days so that we may grow in wisdom.
C Return, Lord! How long . . . ?
L Have pity on us, Your servants.
C Satisfy us every morning with Your mercy
L so that we may sing joyfully and rejoice all our days.
C Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Opening Song: All Creatures of Our God and King

SJ Kids Sunday School Hour

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Scripture Readings: 1 Corinthians 15:20-28, Matthew 25:31-46

Gospel Reading: Matthew 25:31-46
P The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the twenty-fifth chapter.
C Glory to You, O Lord.

31[Jesus said:] “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. 34Then 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. 35For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40And 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. 42For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43I 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.’ 44Then 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?’ 45Then 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.’ 46And 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.

Epistle Reading 1 Corinthians 15:20-28
20But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. 22For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. 23But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. 24Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. 25For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 27For “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. 28When 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.

A This is the Word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.

Prayer of the Day

L Almighty and everlasting God, You have anointed Your Son King of all creation—
C a creation torn asunder—
L and Priest of Your people—
C a people scattered under sin’s tyranny.
L Heal Your broken world, O God …
C “Your kingdom come.”
L Gather Your scattered people …
C “Your will be done.”
L Make us worthy subjects, O King.
C And lead us, at last, to inherit the Kingdom prepared for us from the foundation of the world.
L Through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord. He lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now,
C and forever. Amen.

Song of the Day: Crown Him With Many Crowns

Sermon – Write “Open” Over Every Closed Door

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.

Prayer of the Church


L Merciful God,
C we offer with joy and thanksgiving what You have first given us – ourselves, our time, and our possessions, signs of Your gracious love. Receive them for the sake of Him who offered Himself for us,
Jesus Christ, our Risen Lord. Amen.

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Confession and Absolution

P God of all mercy and consolation, come to the aid of Your people, turning us from our selfish desires to live for You alone. Give us the power of Your Holy Spirit, that, attentive to Your Word, we may confess our trespasses, receive Your forgiveness, and then grow into the fullness of Your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
C Amen.
P Let us confess our sin in the presence of God and of one another.
Silence for reflection on God’s Word and for self-examination
P Gracious Father, have mercy on us.
C In Your compassion, forgive us our sins,
known and unknown, bad things done and good left undone.
Fill us again with Your Spirit so that we may serve You
in newness of life, to the honor and glory of Your holy Name. Amen.

P Almighty God has been merciful, dealing with your sins Himself by giving His only Son to be the atoning sacrifice for them. He grants full forgiveness to all who turn to Him with confession. Therefore, as a called servant of Christ and by His authority, I declare to you the entire forgiveness of all your sins in the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C Amen.

Closing Hymn: O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing

Benediction and Announcements

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