Sunday, November 8, 2020

23rd Sunday after Pentecost

Welcome & Announcements

Confession and Forgiveness

All may make the sign of the cross, the sign marked at baptism.

Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God, in whose image we are made, who claims us and calls us beloved.

Silence is kept for reflection.

Holy One,
we confess that we are not awake for you. We are not faithful in using your gifts. We forget the least of our siblings. We do not see your beautiful image in one another. We are infected by sin that divides your beloved community. Open our hearts to your coming, open our eyes to see you in our neighbor, open our hands to serve your creation. Amen.

Beloved, we are God’s children, and Jesus, our Beloved, opens the door to us. Through ☩ Jesus you are forgiven, by Jesus you are welcome, in Jesus you are called to rejoice! Let us live in the promises prepared for us from the foundation of the world.

Opening Hymn: In Thee Is Gladness

In thee is gladness amid all sadness,
 Jesus, sunshine of my heart.
 By thee are given the gifts of heaven,
 thou the true redeemer art.
 Our souls thou wakest; our bonds thou breakest.
 Who trusts thee surely has built securely
 and stands forever: Alleluia!
 Our hearts are pining to see thy shining,
 dying or living, to thee are cleaving;
 naught can us sever: Alleluia!

Jesus is ours! We fear no powers,
 not of earth or sin or death.
 He sees and blesses in worst distresses;
 he can change them with a breath.
 Wherefore the story tell of his glory
 with heart and voices; all heav'n rejoices
 in him forever: Alleluia!
 We shout for gladness, triumph o'er sadness,
 love him and praise him and still shall raise him
 glad hymns forever: Alleluia! 

Prayer of the Day

Prayer of the Day

O God of justice and love, you illumine our way through life with the words of your Son. Give us the light we need, and awaken us to the needs of others, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Children’s Sermon

Scripture Lessons

First Reading: Amos 5:18-24 Let justice roll down like waters.

Reader: Janice Burwash

18Alas for you who desire the day of the Lord!
   Why do you want the day of the Lord?
  It is darkness, not light;
   19as if someone fled from a lion,
   and was met by a bear;
  or went into the house and rested a hand against the wall,
   and was bitten by a snake.
  20Is not the day of the Lord darkness, not light,
   and gloom with no brightness in it?
21I hate, I despise your festivals,
   and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies.
  22Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings,
   I will not accept them;
  and the offerings of well-being of your fatted animals
   I will not look upon.
  23Take away from me the noise of your songs;
   I will not listen to the melody of your harps.
  24But let justice roll down like waters,
   and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 The promise of the resurrection.

Reader: Janice Burwash

13We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who have died, so that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 14For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have died. 15For this we declare to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will by no means precede those who have died. 16For the Lord himself, with a cry of command, with the archangel’s call and with the sound of God’s trumpet, will descend from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up in the clouds together with them to meet the Lord in the air; and so we will be with the Lord forever. 18Therefore encourage one another with these words.

The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

Gospel: Matthew 25:1-13 The story of the wise and foolish bridesmaids.

Reader: Kristi Lambing

[Jesus said to the disciples:] 1“Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; 4but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. 5As the bridegroom was delayed, all of them became drowsy and slept. 6But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Look! Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ 7Then all those bridesmaids got up and trimmed their lamps. 8The foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 9But the wise replied, ‘No! there will not be enough for you and for us; you had better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.’ 10And while they went to buy it, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went with him into the wedding banquet; and the door was shut. 11Later the other bridesmaids came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ 12But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I do not know you.’ 13Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”

The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ.

Sermon: Kristi Lambing

Hymn of the Day: Wait For the Lord

Wait for the Lord, whose day is near.
Wait for the Lord: be strong, take heart!

The Prayers of the People

Longing for Christ’s reign to come among us, we pray for the outpouring of God’s power on the church, the world, and all in need.

A brief silence.

Holy God, rouse us to deep praise as we gather for worship. Enliven our worship with sincere and heartfelt song. Sustain the work of all church musicians and artists who lead us in praise and prayer. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

Holy Creator, surprise and delight us with the beauty of the world you have made. Bless the work of landscapers, architects, and artists whose work invites us into harmonious living with your creation. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

Holy Judge, let justice roll down like waters over this world. Reign over the courtrooms of every land, in the hearts of those who guard the law and those who stand accused of crimes. Be present in cases where we long for both justice and mercy to prevail. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

Holy Companion, console those who feel lonely or abandoned. Share the hours of those who live and eat alone. Comfort those who have few friends or who struggle with their identity and place in this world. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

Holy Protector, be with all observing Veterans Day. Guard the lives of active duty and retired military personnel. Comfort all who mourn those who have died in the line of duty. Heal the wounds, both physical and mental, experienced by service members. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Holy and Immortal One, we pray in thanksgiving for the lives of all who have died. Remind us of the frailty and shortness of our own lives and inspire us to use them for the building up of your kingdom. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

Receive our prayers in the name of Jesus Christ our Savior, until that day when you gather all creation around your throne where you will reign forever and ever.



Closing Song: Let Justice Roll

 Living in madness
 Living so fast, never slowing down
 Looking for love, with my eyes on the ground
 Looking for you, Lord
 Trying to explain why I feel so alone
 Although I’m surrounded wherever I go
 Help me realize
 Help me live in righteousness and truth
 So I can change the world for you

 Let justice roll like a river and
 Let justice roll like an ever-flowing stream
 From the mountains, down to the sea
 Over you and me

 Living in sadness
 People dying, breaking my heart
 Seems like the world is falling apart
 Wars all around us
 Children hungry living in the street
 While we buy lies to try to make us complete

 Help us realize
 Help us live in righteousness and truth
 So we can change the world for you

 Let justice roll like a river and
 Let justice roll like an ever-flowing stream
 From the mountains, down to the sea
 Over you and me

God be with you til we meet again.

We plan to gather in person next Sunday, November 15, at 10am on the north side of the Burlington Lutheran Church building.

Remember that you can still send in offerings and tithes. Either through our on-line giving account or through general mail.

Burlington Lutheran Church; 134 East Victoria Avenue; Burlington WA 98233


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