Thursday after Pentecost 24
November 12, 2015
The Lord be with you.
This coming Sunday is the Twenty fifth Sunday after Pentecost. It is the second to last Sunday in this Church Year. It also will be the last Sunday I will stand in the pulpit as the called and ordained pastor of Lamb of God Lutheran in Spartanburg. Next week Kitty and I will depart Spartanburg for Our Redeemer Lutheran in Newark, DE. So this will be a farewell sermon. However, as our daughter and her family live here, we expect we will visit in the future.
We will share the Lord’s Supper this Sunday and use the first setting of the Divine Service for our liturgy (page 151). Our opening hymn will be “At the Name of Jesus” (LSB 512). The sermon hymn will be “Built on the Rock” (LSB 645). The closing hymn will be “Thine the Amen, Thine the Praise” (LSB 680). Our distribution hymns will be “I Come, O Savior, to Thy Table” (LSB 618) and “Thy Body, Given for Me, O Savior” (LSB 619). In former hymnals our two distribution hymns were actually one long hymn. It was often used during distribution of the Lord’s Supper, but seldom (if ever) used for an opening or closing hymn. By breaking it into two hymns, it became available for use as something other than a distribution hymn. However, as we will be using it during distribution, we will simply sing it as originally designed.
The appointed Scripture lessons for the day are Daniel 12:1-3, Hebrews 10:11-25, and Mark 13:1-13. As it traditional for the three last Sunday’s of the Church Year, the accent falls on “end times” ;things. The sermon is titled “A Lasting Work” and the text is Mark 13:2.
Below is a video of our sermon hymn, “Built on the Rock.” Again I’m using one of the videos posted by the Lutheran Warbler.
During our prayers we will remember the India Evangelical Lutheran Church (IELC), Good Shepherd Lutheran, Charleston and Lamb of God.
Our adult Bible class continues with the study, Word: God Speaks to Us. Though you may have missed the class up to this point, you are still encouraged to attend. What you learn will be a blessing. The Bible study hour begins at 9:00 am. Fill free to bring children. Class is provided for them as well.
What follows is a synopsis of Sunday’s lessons, provided by the synod, then the lessons. Following that are some important notes.
The Crucified and Risen Body of Christ Jesus Is the True Temple of God
Despite its “wonderful stones” and “great buildings,” the Jerusalem temple would be torn down, with not one stone left upon another, just as this present world and its kingdoms will come to an end (Mark 13:1–8). But that temple pointed beyond itself to Christ, to His sacrifice upon the cross and to the resurrection of His body as the true Temple of God. In the midst of sin and death, by the proclamation of the Gospel, He now gathers disciples into His body, wherein “the one who endures to the end will be saved” (Mark 13:10–13). For He is “a great priest over the house of God,” who “will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.” By the pure water of His Baptism, they “draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith,” and by His flesh and blood, they enter the Holy of Holies (Heb. 10:17–22). Thus are His people delivered, “everyone whose name shall be found written in the book.” For by the wisdom of His Gospel, He turns “many to righteousness,” so that “many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake” to everlasting life (Dan. 12:1–3).
12:1 “At that time shall arise Michael, the great prince who has charge of your people. And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time. But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone whose name shall be found written in the book. 2And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. 3And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.
11 And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, 13waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. 14For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.
15 And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us; for after saying,
16 “This is the covenant that I will make with them
after those days, declares the Lord:
I will put my laws on their hearts,
and write them on their minds,”
17 then he adds,
“I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.”
18 Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.
19 Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, 20by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, 21and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. 24And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
13:1 And as he came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher, what wonderful stones and what wonderful buildings!” 2And Jesus said to him, “Do you see these great buildings? There will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.”
3 And as he sat on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately, 4“Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign when all these things are about to be accomplished?” 5And Jesus began to say to them, “See that no one leads you astray. 6Many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he!’ and they will lead many astray. 7And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. This must take place, but the end is not yet. 8For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. These are but the beginning of the birth pains.
9 “But be on your guard. For they will deliver you over to councils, and you will be beaten in synagogues, and you will stand before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them. 10And the gospel must first be proclaimed to all nations. 11And when they bring you to trial and deliver you over, do not be anxious beforehand what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit. 12And brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death. 13And you will be hated by all for my name's sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.
Some Additional Notes
- There is a congregational meeting planned for Saturday, November 21, 9:00 am with Rev. Bill Seaman, the SED’s Area Mission and Ministry Coordinator. This is the first step in the LOG self-examination as congregation plans for the future. The meeting will take all day. All who care for the future of Lamb of God should make every effort to attend.
- Keep Praying for your Neighbors and Walking your Neighborhoods.
- Our vice president, Cyril Kendrick, has agreed to take over the blog. We’re still trying to get him access. Once we do, it will be his. Please encourage him by providing information concerning up-coming activities and information about what your group has done.
- We need everyone involved in the coming months to insure Lamb of God is a blessing to Spartanburg, and beyond.
Blessings in Christ,