Sunday, November 22, 2020

Sunday Worship - November 22, 2020, 10:30 a.m.

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OPENING MUSIC                                            All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name

I.                    Roger Petrich

II.                  David Cherwien


Please meditate on the text of the hymn as it is played:


1              All hail the pow’r of Jesus’ name!

                Let angels prostrate fall;

                bring forth the royal diadem

                and crown him Lord of all.


2              Crown him, you martyrs of our God,

                who from his altar call;

                extol the stem of Jesse’s rod

                and crown him Lord of all.


3              O seed of Israel’s chosen race

                now ransomed from the fall,

                hail him who saves you by his grace

                and crown him Lord of all.


4             Hail him, you heirs of David’s line,

                whom David Lord did call--

                the God Incarnate, man divine--

                and crown him Lord of all.


5              Sinners, whose love can ne’er forget

                the wormwood and the gall,

                go spread your trophies at his feet

                and crown him Lord of all.


6              Let ev’ry kindred, ev’ry tribe

                on this terrestrial ball

                to him all majesty ascribe

                and crown him Lord of all.


7              Oh, that with yonder sacred throng

                we at his feet may fall!

                We’ll join the everlasting song

                and crown him Lord of all.


Text: Edward Perronet, 1726-1792, sts. 1-5; J. Rippon, A Selection of Hymns, 1787, sts. 6-7








In the name of the Father, and of the + Son, and of the Holy Spirit.



The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God,

and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

  And also with you.

(2 Corinthians 13:13)


INTROIT                                            Psalm 39:4-5, 7-8, 12a; antiphon: 2 Peter 3:13 NIV


In keeping with God’s promise we are looking forward

to a new heaven and a new earth;

  the home of righteousness.


O Lord, make me to 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 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 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 God’s promise we are looking forward

to a new heaven and a new earth;

  the home of righteousness.



In peace, let us pray to the Lord.                                 Lord, have mercy.

For the peace from above,

and for our salvation, let us pray to the Lord.       Lord, have mercy.

For the peace of the whole world,

for the well-being of the Church of God,

and for the unity of all, let us pray to the Lord.    Lord, have mercy.

For this holy house,

and for all who offer here their worship and praise,

let us pray to the Lord.                                                   Lord, have mercy.

Help, save, comfort and defend us, gracious Lord.                       Amen


HYMN OF PRAISE                                              adapted from the book of Revelation


This is the feast of victory for our God.

  Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. 


Worthy is Christ, the Lamb who was slain,

whose blood set us free to be people of God.

  Power, riches, wisdom, and strength,

  and honor, blessing, and glory are his.


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


For the Lamb who was slain has begun his reign.

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



The Lord be with you.

  And also with you.


Almighty and everlasting God,

whose will it is to restore all things to your beloved Son,

whom you anointed priest forever and king of all creation:


  Grant that all the people of the earth,

  now divided by the power of sin,

  may be united under the glorious and gentle rule

  of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ;


for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever.              Amen

I will be the shepherd of my sheep, says the LORD God:

I will seek the lost, and bring back the strayed.                                Ezekiel 34:15, 16

  Let us hear the Word of the Lord.                    




First READING                                                           Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24


11Thus says the Lord God: I myself will search for my sheep, and will seek them out. 12As shepherds seek out their flocks when they are among their scattered sheep, so I will seek out my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places to which they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness. 13I 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 watercourses, and in all the inhabited parts of the land. 14I will feed them with good pasture, and the mountain heights of Israel shall be their pasture; there they shall lie down in good grazing land, and they shall feed on rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. 15I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I will make them lie down, says the Lord God. 16I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, but the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them with justice.
20Therefore, thus says the Lord God to them: I myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep. 21Because you pushed with flank and shoulder, and butted at all the weak animals with your horns until you scattered them far and wide, 22I will save my flock, and they shall no longer be ravaged; and I will judge between sheep and sheep.
 23I will set up over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he shall feed them: he shall feed them and be their shepherd. 24And I, the Lord, will be their God, and my servant David shall be prince among them; I, the Lord, have spoken.


The Word of the Lord.                                                                                                    

  Thanks be to God.


PSALM HYMN                                                                The King of Love My Shepherd Is

(based on Ps. 23)


After each stanza is read an interlude will be played.


1      The King of love my shepherd is,

        whose goodness faileth never;

          I nothing lack if I am his

          and he is mine forever.


2      Where streams of living water flow,

        my ransomed soul he leadeth

          and, where the verdant pastures grow,

          with food celestial feedeth.


3      Perverse and foolish oft I strayed,

        but yet in love he sought me,

          and on his shoulder gently laid,

          and home, rejoicing, brought me.


4     In death's dark vale I fear no ill,

        with thee, dear Lord, beside me,

          thy rod and staff my comfort still;

          thy cross before to guide me.


5      Thou spreadst a table in my sight;

        thine unction grace bestoweth;

          and, oh, what transport of delight

          from thy pure chalice floweth!


6      And so, through all the length of days,

        thy goodness faileth never.

          Good Shepherd, may I sing thy praise

          within thy house forever.


Text: Henry W. Baker, 1821-1877


SECOND READING                                                           Ephesians 1:15-23


15I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for this reason 16I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. 17I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, 18so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, 19and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power. 20God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come. 22And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, 23which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.


The Word of the Lord.                                                  

  Thanks be to God.




Alleluia. I am the Alpha and the Omega,

  the first and the last, the beginning and the end. Alleluia.

                                                               Revelation 22:13


Gospel                                                                                    Matthew 25:31-46


The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew.

  Glory to you, O Lord.


[Jesus said to the disciples:] 31“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. 32All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, 33and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. 34Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that 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 something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ 37Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? 38And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? 39And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ 40And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family you did it to me.’ 41Then he will say to those at his left hand, ‘You that are accursed, depart from me 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 nothing to drink, 43I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44Then they also will answer, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?’ 45Then he will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just 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.”


The Gospel of the Lord.                                

  Praise to you, O Christ.





HYMN OF THE DAY                The Head That Once Was Crowned With Thorns



Please meditate on the text of the hymn as it is played.


1      The head that once was crowned with thorns

        is crowned with glory now;

        a royal diadem adorns

        the mighty victor's brow.


2      The highest place that heav'n affords

        is his by sov'reign right,

        the King of kings, and Lord of lords,

        and heav'n's eternal light.


3      The joy of all who dwell above,

        the joy of all below

        to whom he manifests his love,

        and grants his name to know;


4     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.


5      They suffer with their Lord below;

        they reign with him above;

        their profit and their joy to know

        the myst'ry of his love.


6      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!


Text: Thomas Kelly, 1769-1855





The pastor and people confess the faith of the Church in the words of the Nicene Creed.


We believe in one God,

                the Father, the Almighty,            

                maker of heaven and earth,

                of all that is, seen and unseen. 


We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,

                the only Son of God,

                eternally begotten of the Father,

                God from God, Light from Light,

                true God from true God,

                begotten, not made,

                of one Being with the Father.

                Through him all things were made.

                For us and for our salvation

                                he came down from heaven;

                                by the power of the Holy Spirit

                                                he became incarnate from the virgin Mary,                                             and was made man.

                For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;

                                he suffered death and was buried.

                On the third day he rose again

                                in accordance with the Scriptures;

                he ascended into heaven

                                and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

                He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,

                                and his kingdom will have no end.


We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,

                who proceeds from the Father and the Son.

                With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.

                He has spoken through the prophets.

                We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.

                We acknowledge one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

                We look for the resurrection of the dead,

                and the life of the world to come. Amen






Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus, and for all people according to their needs.


A brief silence is kept.


For your whole Church; that it would be built up in the spirit of wisdom and revelation: Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


For this congregation; that we may live together under the reign of the shepherd who feeds us and brings us to live in peace and harmony: Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


For our bishop and pastors, that they may proclaim the rule of Christ the King: Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


For the government, the members of the armed forces, for employers, for teachers and parents, and for all who hold authority in the world, that they may know the ruler who is a shepherd and seek to serve him in their callings: Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


For peace in the world, the peace of the coming King who will bring harmony to the nations and lift up the innocent: Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


For those who suffer from pandemic, natural disaster, armed conflict, and oppression, and for those who minister to their needs: Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


For all who are hungry, thirsty, strangers, naked, sick, and in prisons of body, mind, or spirit, that, in the name of the King, their needs may be met and their spirits refreshed:


The People may offer silent or spoken intercessions and thanksgivings.


Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


In thanksgiving for those who have died in the righteousness of Christ, who behold the King in all his splendor, knowing the life that is eternal: Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


Into your hands, merciful Father, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your steadfast love, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen


The peace of the Lord be with you always.

  And also with you.


The people exchange a sign of peace with the simple words, Peace be with you.



The Lord’s Table is prepared.





Blessed be God,

who enthrones us with Christ in the heavenly places.

May we feed upon the bread of God

and drink the royal wine of heaven.

  Blessed be God forever.



The Great Thanksgiving begins with the Preface, leading into the Sanctus:


The Lord be with you.                                   

  And also with you.                     

Lift up your hearts.                                         

  We lift them to the Lord.                        

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.                                  

  It is right to give him thanks and praise.


It is indeed right and salutary that we should at all times and in all places offer thanks and praise to you, O Lord, holy Father, through your Son, Jesus Christ:

  You anointed him with the oil of gladness as priest forever and universal King, so that by offering himself on the altar of the cross as the pure sacrifice who brings us peace, he might accomplish the mystery of our redemption and, having made all things subject to himself, might present before your glory an eternal and universal rule; a rule of truth and life, a rule of holiness and grace, a rule of justice, love and peace.

  And so, with the Church on earth and the hosts of heaven, we praise your name and join their unending hymn:


Holy, holy, holy LORD, God of power and might!

Heaven and earth are full of your glory;

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD!

Hosanna in the highest!                                                    (Isaiah 6:3, Matthew 21:9)

The pastor leads the people in praying the Eucharistic canon:


 Holy God, mighty Lord, gracious Father:

                Endless is your mercy and eternal your reign.

You have filled all creation with light and life;

                heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Through Abraham you promised to bless all nations.

                You rescued Israel, your chosen people.

Through the prophets you renewed your promise;

                and, at this end of all the ages, you sent your Son,

                who in words and deeds proclaimed your kingdom

                and was obedient to your will, even to giving his life.


In the night in which he was betrayed,

                our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks;

                broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying:

                Take and eat; this is my body, given for you.

Do this for the remembrance of me.


Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks,

                and gave it for all to drink, saying:

                This cup is the new covenant in my blood,

shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin.

Do this for the remembrance of me.


For as often as we eat of this bread and drink from this cup

                we proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.

  Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.


Therefore, gracious Father, with this bread and cup

we remember the life our Lord offered for us.

And, believing the witness of his resurrection,

we await his coming in power

                to share with us the great and promised feast.

                  Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.


Send now, we pray, your Holy Spirit,

                the spirit of our Lord and of his resurrection,

                that we who receive the Lord's body and blood

                may live to the praise of your glory

                and receive our inheritance with all your saints in light.

                  Amen. Come, Holy Spirit.

Join our prayers with those of your servants

of every time and every place,

and unite them with the ceaseless petitions of our great high priest until he comes as victorious Lord of all.


Through Him, with Him, in Him,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father,

now and forever. 



In the presence of Christ, we pray to his Father using the words he gave us.


Christ is in our midst.

                By the power of the Spirit,

                we pray to his Father, saying:



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                               (Matthew 6:9-15)



We adore Christ with the words of the Agnus Dei (Lamb of God).


You have set over us one shepherd,

born of the house of your servant David,

and he now feeds us.

  In adoration and praise we come to his table.


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.                                                            (John 1:29, see also Luke 17:13)


Admission to the Sacrament is by invitation of the Lord, presented through the Church to those who are baptized.


They may receive the Lord’s Body and Blood who are baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, who commune in their home churches, and who believe that Jesus Christ, crucified and risen, is truly present in, with, and under the forms of bread and wine for the forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation.


The communicants will be invited forward one family unit at a time. Please do not come forward until the pastor directs you to come forward, do not approach all the way to the table until the pastor has retreated,  and please do not remove your mask until you have reached the table with the elements on it.


 When the pastor says ‘The body of Christ, given for you,’ eat the bread. When the pastor says, ‘The blood of Christ, shed for you,’ drink the wine.  Please take the plate and the glass(es) and place them on the table that is indicated. Please put your mask on before returning to your seat.



Please meditate on the text of the hymn as it is played.


O God of Mercy, God of Light


1              O God of mercy, God of light,

                in love and mercy infinite,

                teach us, as ever in your sight,

                to live our lives in you.


2              You sent your Son to die for all,

                that our lost world might hear your call;

                oh, hear us lest we stray and fall!

                We rest our hope in you.


3              Teach us the lesson Jesus taught:

                to feel for those his blood has bought,

                that ev’ry deed and word and thought

                may work a work for you.


4             For all are kindred, far and wide,

                since Jesus Christ for all has died;

                grant us the will, and grace provide

                to love them all in you.


5              In sickness, sorrow, want, or care,

                each other’s burdens help us share;

                may we, where help is needed, there

                give help as though to you.


6              And may your Holy Spirit move

                all those who live to live in love,

                till you receive in heav’n above

                those who have lived to you.


Text: Godfrey Thring, 1823-1903, alt.


When all have received, the congregation stands at the direction of the pastor.


The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen you and keep you in his grace.      Amen


Lord, now you let your servant go in peace;

your word has been fulfilled.

My own eyes have seen the salvation

which you have prepared in the sight of every people:

A light to reveal you to the nations

and the glory of your people Israel.

Glory 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                                       Song of Simeon (Luke 2:29-32)


Pour out upon us the spirit of your love, O Lord,

and unite the wills of those

whom you have fed with one heavenly food,

through Jesus Christ our Lord.




Almighty God, Father, +Son, and Holy Spirit, bless you now and forever.




Go in peace. Serve the Lord.          

Thanks be to God!


CLOSING MUSIC                                                  Crown Him with Many Crowns