LAST SUNDAY OF THE CHURCH YEAR                   November 22, 2020

ORDER OF SERVICE: LSB DS4 with Holy Communion, p. 203

THE HYMNS: 705, 532, 711, 353

THE SERMON TEXT: Matthew 25:31-46

 

OPENING HYMN: “The Man is Ever Blessed” (LSB 705)

 

The man is ever blessed

Who shuns the sinners’ ways,

Among their counsels never stands,

Nor takes the scorners’ place.

 

But makes the Law of God

His study and delight

Amid the labors of the day

And watches of the night.

 

He like a tree shall thrive,

With waters near the root;

Fresh as the leaf his name shall live,

His works are heav’nly fruit.

 

Not so the wicked race,

They no such blessings find;

Their hopes shall flee like empty chaff

Before the driving wind.

 

How will they bear to stand

Before the judgment seat

Where all the saints at Christ’s right hand

In full assembly meet?

 

He knows and He approves

The way the righteous go;

But sinners and their works shall meet

A dreadful overthrow.

 

[Stand]

 

CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION

 

[The sign of the cross may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism.]

 

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

C: Amen

 

P: Our help is in the name of the Lord

C: who made heaven and earth.

 

P: If You, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand?

C: But with You there is forgiveness; therefore You are feared.

 

P: Since we are gathered to hear God’s Word, call upon Him in prayer and praise, and receive the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ in the fellowship of this altar, let us first consider our unworthiness and confess before God and one another that we have sinned in thought, word, and deed, and that we cannot free ourselves from our sinful condition. Together as His people let us take refuge in the infinite mercy of God, our heavenly Father, seeking His grace for the sake of Christ, and saying: God, be merciful to me, a sinner.

C: Almighty God, have mercy upon us, forgive us our sins, and lead us to everlasting life. Amen.

 

P: Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C: Amen.

 

[Stand]

 

THE INTROIT (all): Psalm 39:4-5, 7-8, 12a; Antiphon: 2 Peter 3:13

 

In keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness. O Lord, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am! Behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths, and my lifetime is as nothing before you. And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in you. Deliver me from all my transgressions. Do not make me the scorn of the fool! Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear to my cry; hold not your peace at my tears! For I am a sojourner with you, a guest, like all my fathers. 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. In keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.

 

KYRIE ~ Lord Have Mercy (Sung) (LSB 204)

 

C: Lord, have mercy; Christ, have mercy; Lord, have mercy.

 

GLORIA IN EXCELSIS (Sung) ~ Glory to God in the Highest (LSB 204)

 

To God on high be glory and peace to all the earth;

Goodwill from God in heaven proclaimed at Jesus’ birth!

We praise and bless You, Father; Your holy name, we sing—

Our thanks for Your great glory, Lord God, our heav’nly King.

 

To You, O sole begotten, The Father’s Son, we pray;

O Lamb of God, our Savior, You take our sins away.

Have mercy on us, Jesus; Receive our heartfelt cry,

Where You in pow’r are seated at God’s right hand on high.

 

For You alone are holy; You only are the Lord,

Forever and forever, be worshiped and adored;

You with the Holy Spirit alone are Lord Most High,

In God the Father’s glory. “Amen!” our glad reply.

 

SALUTATION and COLLECT OF THE DAY

 

P: The Lord be with you.

C: And also with you.

 

P: Let us pray. Eternal God, merciful Father, you have appointed Your Son as judge of the living and the dead. Enable us to wait for the day of His return with our eyes fixed on the kingdom prepared for Your own from the foundation of the world; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C: Amen.

 

[Sit]

 

BOOK OF CONCORD:  Large Catechism, Part IV, Baptism

 

Baptism promises and brings: victory over death and the devil, forgiveness of sin, God's grace, the entire Christ, and the Holy Spirit with His gifts. In short, Baptism is so far beyond us that if timid nature could realize this, it might well doubt whether it could be true. Think about it. Imagine there was a doctor somewhere who understood the art of saving people from death or, even though they died, could restore them quickly to life so that they would afterward live forever. The world would pour in money like snow and rain. No one could find access to him because of the throng of the rich! But here in Baptism there is freely brought to everyone's door such a treasure and medicine that it utterly destroys death and preserves all people alive.

 

We must think this way about Baptism and make it profitable for ourselves. So when our sins and conscience oppress us, we strengthen ourselves and take comfort and say, "Nevertheless, I am baptized. And if I am baptized, it is promised to me that I shall be saved and have eternal life, both in soul and body." For that is the reason why these two things are done in Baptism: the body is sprinkled and the Word is spoken for the soul to grasp. The soul lives through the Word, which it believes, but the body lives because it is united with the soul. By Baptism we are made holy and are saved. No other kind of life, no work on earth, can do this.

 

OLD TESTAMENT READING: Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24

 

11 “For thus says the Lord God: Behold, I, I myself will search for my sheep and will seek them out. 12 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. 13 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. 14 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. 15 I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I myself will make them lie down, declares the Lord God. 16 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…

 

20 “Therefore, thus says the Lord God to them: Behold, I, I myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep. 21 Because you push with side and shoulder, and thrust at all the weak with your horns, till you have scattered them abroad, 22 I will rescue my flock; they shall no longer be a prey. And I will judge between sheep and sheep. 23 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. 24 And I, the Lord, will be their God, and my servant David shall be prince among them. I am the Lord; I have spoken.

 

P: This is the Word of the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God.

 

EPISTLE: 1 Corinthians 15:20-28

 

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

 

 

P: This is the Word of the Lord.

C. Thanks be to God.

 

[Stand]

 

ALLELUIA (Sung)

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

These things are written that you may believe

that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

 

P: The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the 25th chapter

C: Glory to You, O Lord.

 

HOLY GOSPEL: Matthew 25:31-46

 

31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 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. 33 And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. 34 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. 35 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, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 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.’

 

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. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43 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.’ 44 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?’ 45 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.’ 46 And 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.

 

[Sit]

 

HYMN OF THE DAY: “The Head That Once Was Crowned with Thorns” (LSB 532)

 

The Head that once was crowned with thorns

Is crowned with glory now;

A royal diadem adorns

The mighty Victor’s brow.

 

The highest place that heav’n affords

Is His, is His by right,

The King of kings and Lord of lords,

And heav’n’s eternal Light.

 

The Joy of all who dwell above,

The Joy of all below

To whom He manifests His love

And grants His name to know.

 

To them the cross, with all its shame,

With all its grace, is giv’n;

Their name an everlasting name,

Their joy the joy of heav’n.

 

They suffer with their Lord below,

They reign with Him above,

Their profit and their joy to know

The myst’ry of His love.

 

The cross He bore is life and health,

Though shame and death to Him:

His people’s hope, His people’s wealth,

Their everlasting theme.

 

SERMON

 

[Stand]

 

Nicene Creed

 

C: I believe in one God,

            the Father Almighty,

            maker of heaven and earth and of all things visible and invisible.

 

And in one Lord Jesus Christ,

            the only-begotten Son of God,

            begotten of His Father before all worlds,

            God of God, Light of Light,

            very God of very God,

            begotten, not made,

            being of one substance with the Father,

            by whom all things were made;

            who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven

            and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary

            and was made man;

            and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate,

            He suffered and was buried,

            And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures and ascended into heaven

            and sits on the right hand of the Father.

            And He will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead,

            whose kingdom will have no end.

 

And I believe in the Holy Spirit,

            the Lord and giver of life,

            who proceeds from the Father and the Son,

            who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified,

            who spoke by the prophets.

            And I believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church,

            I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins,

            and I look for the resurrection of the dead

            and the life of the world to come. Amen.

 

PRAYER OF THE CHURCH

 

After each petition:

P: Let us pray to the Lord.

C: Lord, have mercy.

 

SERVICE OF THE SACRAMENT

 

PREFACE

 

P: The Lord be with you.

C: And also with you.

 

P: Lift up your hearts.

C: We lift them to the Lord.

 

P: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

C: It is right to give him thanks and praise.

 

P: It is truly good, right, and salutary…evermore praising You and saying:

 

SANCTUS (Sung)

 

Holy, holy, holy Lord God of Sabaoth adored;

Heav’n and earth with full acclaim shout the glory of Your name.

Sing hosanna in the highest, sing hosanna to the Lord;

Truly blest is He who comes in the name of the Lord!

 

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

 

P: Blessed are You, O Lord our God, king of all creation, for You have had mercy on us and given Your only begotten-Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.

 

In Your righteous judgment You condemned the sin of Adam and Eve, who ate the forbidden fruit, and You justly barred them and all their children from the tree of life. Yet, in Your great mercy, You promised salvation by a second Adam, Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, and made His cross a life-giving tree for all who trust in Him.

 

We give You thanks for the redemption You have prepared for us through Jesus Christ. Grant us Your Holy Spirit that we may faithfully eat and drink of the fruits of His cross and receive the blessings of forgiveness, life, and salvation that come to us in His body and blood.

 

Here us as we pray in His name and as He has taught us:

 

LORD’S PRAYER

 

Our Father who art in heaven,

            hallowed by 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.

 

THE WORDS OF OUR LORD

 

P: Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when he was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to the disciples and said: “Take, eat; this is My body, which is given for you. This do in remembrance of Me.”

 

In the same way also He took the cup after supper, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying: “Drink of it, all of you; this cup is the new testament in My blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”

 

PAX DOMINI

 

P: The peace of the Lord be with you always.

C: Amen.

 

AGNUS DEI (Sung)

 

O Jesus Christ, true Lamb of God, You take the sin of the world away;

O Jesus Christ, true Lamb of God, Have mercy on us, Lord, we pray.

 

O Jesus Christ, true Lamb of God, You take the sin of the world away;

Have mercy on us, Jesus Christ, And grant us peace, O Lord, we pray.

 

[Sit]

 

THE DISTRIBUTION

 

DISTRIBUTION HYMN: “Savior, like a Shepherd Lead Us” (LSB 711)

 

Savior, like a shepherd lead us;

Much we need Your tender care.

In Your pleasant pastures feed us,

For our use Your fold prepare.

Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus,

You have bought us; we are Yours.

Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus,

You have bought us; we are Yours.

 

We are Yours; in love befriend us,

Be the guardian of our way;

Keep Your flock from sin defend us,

Seek us when we go astray.

Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus,

Hear us children when we pray.

Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus,

Hear us children when we pray.

 

You have promised to receive us,

Poor and sinful though we be;

You have mercy to relieve us,

Grace to cleanse, and pow’r to free.

Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus,

Early let us turn to You.

Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus,

Early let us turn to You.

 

Early let us seek Your favor,

Early let us do Your will;

Blessed Lord and only Savior,

With Your love our spirits fill,

Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus,

You have loved us, love us still.

Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus,

You have loved us, love us still.

 

[Stand]

 

NUNC DIMITTIS (Sung)

 

O Lord, now let Your servant Depart in heav’nly peace,

For I have seen the glory of Your redeeming grace:

A light to lead the Gentiles unto Your holy hill,

The glory of Your people, Your chosen Israel.

 

All glory to the Father, All glory to the Son,

All glory to the Spirit, forever Three in One;

For as in the beginning, Is now, shall ever be,

God’s triune name resounding Through all eternity.

 

POST-COMMUNION COLLECT

 

P: Let us pray.

We give thanks to You, almighty God, that You have refreshed us through this salutary gift, and we implore You that of Your mercy You would strengthen us through the same in faith toward You and in fervent love toward one another; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C: Amen.

 

BENEDICTION

 

P: Let us bless the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God.

 

P: The Lord bless you and keep you.

 The Lord make His face shine on you

 and be gracious to you.

 The Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace.

C: Amen.

 

CLOSING HYMN: “Jesus Came, the Heavens Adoring” (LSB 353)

 

Jesus came, the heav’ns adoring,

Came with peace from realms on high;

Jesus came to win redemption,

Lowly came on earth to die;

Alleluia! Alleluia!

Came in deep humility.

 

Jesus comes again in mercy

When our hearts are worn with care;

Jesus comes again in answer

To an earnest, heartfelt prayer;

Alleluia! Alleluia!

Comes to save us from despair.

 

Jesus comes to hearts rejoicing,

Bringing news of sins forgiv’n;

Jesus comes with words of gladness,

Leading souls redeemed to heav’n.

Alleluia! Alleluia!

Hope to all the world is giv’n.

 

Jesus comes in joy and sorrow.

Shares alike our hopes and fears;

Jesus comes, what e’er befalls us,

Cheers our hearts and dries our tears;

Alleluia! Alleluia! 

Comforts us in failing years.