November 10, 2019

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Lectionary 32, Year C
We worship on the first day of the week because our Savior was raised on that day. Every Sunday is a little Easter. This Sunday feels more like Easter than many as the appointed texts celebrate the reality of the resurrection. Live it up this Lord’s day. Our God is the God of the living.
Confession and Forgiveness

All may make the sign of the cross, the sign marked at baptism, as the presiding minister begins.
Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God,
healer of our every ill,
source of unending mercy.

Embraced in enduring grace and good hope,
let us turn again to God,
confessing the truth about ourselves.

Silence is kept for reflection.

Merciful God,
we come before you, beloved but broken.
We have not always treated others
as we would want them to treat us.
We have not always called out injustice and abuse.
We have not always been kind to ourselves.
We have not always taken care of the world
we share with other living creatures.
Remind us of who we are,
beloved children bathed in your love.
Renew us by your Spirit to live as your holy people,
bringing healing to the brokenness around us.

At every moment
you are held in existence by the love of God,
renewed by the Spirit within and among you,
and made alive again in Christ.
Receive this assurance in Jesus’ name:
you are ☩ forgiven and freed
to live for the healing of the world.

Prayer of the Day

O God, our eternal redeemer, by the presence of your Spirit you renew and direct our hearts. Keep always in our mind the end of all things and the day of judgment. Inspire us for a holy life here, and bring us to the joy of the resurrection, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia. Jesus Christ is the firstborn | of the dead;* to him be glory and dominion forev- | er and ever. Alleluia. (Rev. 1:5, 6)

Readings and Psalm

Job 19:23-27a
I know that my Redeemer lives and I shall see God
Psalm 17:1-9
Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me under the shadow of your wings. (Ps. 17:8)
2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17
The coming of the Lord Jesus
Luke 20:27-38
Jesus speaks of the resurrection; the God of the living
Semicontinuous First Reading and Psalm
Haggai 1:15b--2:9
The Lord promises to restore Judah to prosperity
Psalm 145:1-5, 17-21
Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised! (Ps. 145:3)
Psalm 98 (alternate)
In righteousness will the Lord judge the world. (Ps. 98:9)
First Reading: Job 19:23-27a

Job suffers the loss of children, wealth, and health. Accused by his companions of wrongdoing, he knows himself to be innocent. Here, in the midst of his suffering, Job clings to the radical hope that his vindicator, his redeemer, lives; and that one day he himself will see God.
 23“O that my words were written down!
  O that they were inscribed in a book!
 24O that with an iron pen and with lead
  they were engraved on a rock forever!
 25For I know that my Redeemer lives,
  and that at the last he will stand upon the earth;
 26and after my skin has been thus destroyed,
  then in my flesh I shall see God,
 27awhom I shall see on my side,
  and my eyes shall behold, and not another.”

Psalm: Psalm 17:1-9

Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me under the shadow of your wings. (Ps. 17:8)
 1Hear a just cause, O Lord; give heed | to my cry;
  listen to my prayer, which does not come from | lying lips.
 2Let my vindication come forth | from your presence;
  let your eyes be | fixed on justice.
 3Examine my heart, visit | me by night,
  melt me down; you will find no impuri- | ty in me.
 4I have not regarded what | others do;
  at the word of your lips I have avoided the ways | of the violent. R
 5My footsteps hold fast to your | well-worn path;
  and my feet | do not slip.
 6I call upon you, O God, for you will | answer me;
  incline your ear to me and | hear my words.
 7Show me your marvelous | lovingkindness,
  O Savior of those who take refuge at your right hand from those who | rise against them.
 8Keep me as the apple | of your eye;
  hide me under the shadow | of your wings,
 9from the wicked | who assault me,
  from my deadly enemies | who surround me. 

Second Reading: 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17

Paul writes to encourage the church at Thessalonica in a time of confusion and opposition. Here, the confusion concerned the return of Christ. Paul writes to those who were allowing their concern over Jesus’ imminent return to divert them from the central teachings of the gospel.
1As to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we beg you, brothers and sisters, 2not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as though from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord is already here. 3Let no one deceive you in any way; for that day will not come unless the rebellion comes first and the lawless one is revealed, the one destined for destruction. 4He opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, declaring himself to be God. 5Do you not remember that I told you these things when I was still with you?

  13But we must always give thanks to God for you, brothers and sisters beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the first fruits for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and through belief in the truth. 14For this purpose he called you through our proclamation of the good news, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by our letter.
  16Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and through grace gave us eternal comfort and good hope, 17comfort your hearts and strengthen them in every good work and word.

Gospel: Luke 20:27-38

The Sadducees, who do not believe in the resurrection of the dead, try to trap Jesus. They formulate the convoluted case of a serial widow who marries a succession of seven brothers. Jesus responds by teaching about God, to whom all are alive and in whom all relationships are fulfilled.
27Some Sadducees, those who say there is no resurrection, came to [Jesus] 28and asked him a question, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies, leaving a wife but no children, the man shall marry the widow and raise up children for his brother. 29Now there were seven brothers; the first married, and died childless; 30then the second 31and the third married her, and so in the same way all seven died childless. 32Finally the woman also died. 33In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife will the woman be? For the seven had married her.”
  34Jesus said to them, “Those who belong to this age marry and are given in marriage; 35but those who are considered worthy of a place in that age and in the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage. 36Indeed they cannot die anymore, because they are like angels and are children of God, being children of the resurrection. 37And the fact that the dead are raised Moses himself showed, in the story about the bush, where he speaks of the Lord as the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. 38Now he is God not of the dead, but of the living; for to him all of them are alive.”
Semicontinuous First Reading: Haggai 1:15b--2:9
Haggai called on the exiles who had returned from Babylon to rebuild the temple. The rebuilt temple, however, pales in comparison with the first temple, built by Solomon. Haggai’s message of encouragement and promise of future splendor gives hope to the people and to their leaders, Zerubbabel and Joshua.
15bIn the second year of King Darius, 2:1in the seventh month, on the twenty-first day of the month, the word of the Lord came by the prophet Haggai, saying: 2Speak now to Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and to the remnant of the people, and say, 3Who is left among you that saw this house in its former glory? How does it look to you now? Is it not in your sight as nothing? 4Yet now take courage, O Zerubbabel, says the Lord; take courage, O Joshua, son of Jehozadak, the high priest; take courage, all you people of the land, says the Lord; work, for I am with you, says the Lord of hosts, 5according to the promise that I made you when you came out of Egypt. My spirit abides among you; do not fear. 6For thus says the Lord of hosts: Once again, in a little while, I will shake the heavens and the earth and the sea and the dry land; 7and I will shake all the nations, so that the treasure of all nations shall come, and I will fill this house with splendor, says the Lord of hosts. 8The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, says the Lord of hosts. 9The latter splendor of this house shall be greater than the former, says the Lord of hosts; and in this place I will give prosperity, says the Lord of hosts.
Semicontinuous Psalm: Psalm 145:1-5, 17-21
Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised! (Ps. 145:3)
 1I will exalt you, my | God and king,
  and bless your name forev- | er and ever.
 2Every day | will I bless you
  and praise your name forev- | er and ever.
 3Great is the Lord and greatly | to be praised!
  There is no end | to your greatness.
 4One generation shall praise your works | to another
  and shall de- | clare your power. R
 5I will speak of the glorious splendor | of your majesty
  and all your | marvelous works.
 17You are righteous in | all your ways
  and loving in | all your works.
 18You are near to all who | call upon you,
  to all who call up- | on you faithfully.
 19You fulfill the desire of | those who fear you;
  you hear their | cry and save them.
 20You watch over all | those who love you,
  but all the wicked you | shall destroy.
 21My mouth shall speak the praise | of the Lord;
  let all flesh bless God’s holy name forev- | er and ever. R
Semicontinuous Psalm (alternate): Psalm 98
In righteousness will the Lord judge the world. (Ps. 98:9)
 1Sing a new song to the Lord, who has done | marvelous things,
  whose right hand and holy arm have | won the victory.
 2O Lord, you have made | known your victory,
  you have revealed your righteousness in the sight | of the nations.
 3You remember your steadfast love and faithfulness to the | house of Israel;
  all the ends of the earth have seen the victory | of our God.
 4Shout with joy to the Lord, | all you lands;
  lift up your voice, re- | joice, and sing. R
 5Sing to the Lord| with the harp,
  with the harp and the | voice of song.
 6With trumpets and the sound | of the horn
  shout with joy before the | king, the Lord.
 7Let the sea roar, and | all that fills it,
  the world and those who | dwell therein.
 8Let the rivers | clap their hands,
  and let the hills ring out with joy before the Lord, who comes to | judge the earth.
 9The Lord will judge the | world with righteousness
  and the peo- | ples with equity. R
Prayers of Intercession
The prayers are prepared locally for each occasion. The following examples may be adapted or used as appropriate.
United with the saints of every time and place, let us pray for the church, those in need, and all of God’s creation.
A brief silence.

Loving Redeemer, by grace you have chosen us to live boldly as resurrection people. Strengthen us to stand firm and proclaim the good news to the world. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

Maker of all, you bless us with the change of seasons. Create safe pathways as plants and animals prepare for winter, and make us good stewards of your bountiful creation. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

Divine judge, your justice and mercy are revealed to us in your steadfast love. Grant rest and peace to our faithful veterans, and give courage to government officials who lead, serve, and protect. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

Listening God, your beloved people call to you and you answer them. Hear the cries of those who are poor and unemployed, those who seek refuge, those who suffer from addiction, and all who are sick (especially). Guard and keep them in your loving care. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

Generous teacher, you look upon your children with a loving heart. Bless the ministries of those who work with, serve, teach, and lead children. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

God of the living, to you all are alive. We give thanks for those who have died in the faith (especially). Give us joy in knowing that our Redeemer lives, and that we will be united with the faithful in a resurrection like his. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

Rejoicing in hope, we lift our prayers to you, most gracious Lord, trusting that you have received them in your care.

Offering Prayer

God our creator,
you give us all we are, all we have,
all we bring, and all we need.
Draw us together around your table with all your saints
on earth and in your eternal home.
Let us eat and drink your promise of new life,
that we might be your promise to the world,
spoken in Jesus’ name.

Invitation to Communion

God keeps adding places to the table.
Come to the banquet that has no end!

Prayer after Communion

We thank you, God our host,
for inviting us here to taste the future
when you will feed all the hungry at your table.
Keep this hope alive in us and in our communities,
so that we might bring hope to a suffering world,
in the name of Jesus Christ our Savior.


Signed and sealed by the Holy Spirit,
you are Christ’s message of love for this troubled world,
written by the same Sender.
May our Lord Jesus Christ and God our Father,
who loved us and through grace gave us
eternal comfort and good hope,
☩ comfort your hearts and strengthen them
in every good work and word.


Go in peace. Set your hope on Christ.
Thanks be to God.