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November 21/22, 2020
Last Sunday of the Church Year




Opening Hynm . . . . . . . . . .The Day is Surely Drawing Near
(verses 1-2)

1    The day is surely drawing near
    When Jesus, God’s anointed,
In all His power shall appear
    As judge whom God appointed.
Then fright shall banish idle mirth,
And flames on flames shall ravage earth
    As Scripture long has warned us.

2    The final trumpet then shall sound
    And all the earth be shaken,
And all who rest beneath the ground
    Shall from their sleep awaken.
But all who live will in that hour,
By God’s almighty, boundless pow’r,
    Be changed at His commanding.



PASTOR:          In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.


P:          If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
C:          But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.


P:          Let us then confess our sins to God our Father.
C:          Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We justly deserve Your present and eternal punishment. For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name. Amen.



P:       Upon this your confession, I, by virtue of my office, as a called and ordained servant of the Word, announce the grace of God unto all of you, and in the stead and by the command of my Lord Jesus Christ I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C:        Amen.

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HYMN OF PRAISE  . . . . . . . . . .  THIS IS THE FEAST

P:      This is the feast of victory for our God.  Alleluia.

C:       Worthy is Christ, the Lamb who was slain,

whose blood set us free to be people of God.

Power and riches and wisdom and strength

and honor and blessing and glory are His.

          This is the feast of victory for our God.  Alleluia.

           Sing with all the people of God

and join in the hymn of all creation:

           Blessing and honor and glory and might

be to God and the Lamb forever.  Amen.

          This is the feast of victory for our God,
for the Lamb who was slain has begun His reign.

          Alleluia, Alleluia.


FIRST READING  . . . . . . . . .  Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24

“For thus says the Lord God: Behold, I, I myself will search for my sheep and will seek them out. As a shepherd seeks out his flock when he is among his sheep that have been scattered, so will I seek out my sheep, and I will rescue them from all places where they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness. And I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land. And I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the ravines, and in all the inhabited places of the country. I will feed them with good pasture, and on the mountain heights of Israel shall be their grazing land. There they shall lie down in good grazing land, and on rich pasture they shall feed on the mountains of Israel. I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I myself will make them lie down, declares the Lord God. I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, and the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them in justice.” “Therefore, thus says the Lord God to them: Behold, I, I myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep. Because you push with side and shoulder, and thrust at all the weak with your horns, till you have scattered them abroad, I will rescue my flock; they shall no longer be a prey. And I will judge between sheep and sheep. And I will set up over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he shall feed them: he shall feed them and be their shepherd. And I, the Lord, will be their God, and my servant David shall be prince among them. I am the Lord; I have spoken.

          READER:     This is the Word of the Lord.
          PEOPLE:     Thanks be to God.

EPISTLE  . . . . . . . . . . 1 Corinthians 15:20-28

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

           READER:     This is the Word of the Lord.
           PEOPLE:      Thanks be to God.

SPOKEN:    “Glory to you O Lord” 

GOSPEL  . . . . . . . . . .  MATTHEW 25:31-48

[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. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Then 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. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And 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.’ “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. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I 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.’ Then 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?’ Then 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.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

SPOKEN:   “Praise to You O Christ”

Hymn of the Day  . . . . . . .

3    The books are opened then to all,
    A record truly telling
What each has done, both great and small,
    When he on earth was dwelling,
And ev’ry heart be clearly seen,
And all be known as they have been
    In thoughts and words and actions.

4    Then woe to those who scorned the Lord
    And sought but carnal pleasures,
Who here despised His precious Word
    And loved their earthly treasures!    
With shame and trembling they will stand
And at the judge’s stern command
    To Satan be delivered.

5    My Savior paid the debt I owe
    And for my sin was smitten;
Within the Book of Life I know
    My name has now been written.
I will not doubt, for I am free,
And Satan cannot threaten me;
    There is no condemnation!



  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.




Our Father who art in heaven,
     hallowed be Thy name,
     Thy kingdom come,
     Thy will be done on earth
          as it is in heaven;
     give us this day our daily bread;
     and forgive us our trespasses
          as we forgive those
          who trespass against us;
     and lead us not into temptation,
     but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the kingdom
     and the power and the glory
     forever and ever. Amen.


Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world;
have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world;
have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world;
grant us peace,
grant us  peace.







CLOSING HYMN. . . . . . . . . . .  

1    Stand up, stand up for Jesus,
    Ye soldiers of the cross.
Lift high His royal banner;
    It must not suffer loss.
From vict’ry unto vict’ry
    His army He shall lead
Till ev’ry foe is vanquished,
    And Christ is Lord indeed.

2    Stand up, stand up for Jesus;
    The trumpet call obey;
Stand forth in mighty conflict
    In this His glorious day.
Let all His faithful serve Him
    Against unnumbered foes;
Let courage rise with danger
    And strength to strength oppose.

3    Stand up, stand up for Jesus;
    Stand in His strength alone.
The arm of flesh will fail you,
    Ye dare not trust your own.
Put on the Gospel armor;
    Each piece put on with prayer.
Where duty calls or danger,
    Be never wanting there.

4    Stand up, stand up for Jesus;
    The strife will not be long;
This day the din of battle,
    The next the victor’s song.
The soldiers, overcoming,
    Their crown of life shall see
And with the King of Glory
    Shall reign eternally.

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