11/12/2015 7:55:41 AM
November 15, 2015 Saints Triumphant
Posted under: End Times
Worship at 8:00am & 10:30am, Spiritual Growth Hour at 9:15am
Welcome to all worshipers of Jesus! As we approach the end of all things and the great day of judgment, we want to make sure that our understanding of the relationship between Christ's work and our work is clear and according to the Word of God. The readings for this Sunday beautifully display that relationship: justification is already perfect and complete, based alone on the grace of God, the merit of Christ, and the promise God has attached to both. Our sanctification is the result of our justification, never and in no way justification's cause. That sanctification, our Christian life in response to the gospel, is progressive and awaits the judgment for its completion.
Order of Service: Divine Service 1, page 15 in front of the blue supplement
Opening Hymn- Jerusalem, My Happy Home, #215
Prayer of the Day: Almighty God and Savior, you have set the final day and hour when we shall be delivered from this world of sin and death. Keep us ever watchful for the coming of your Son that we may sit with him and all your holy ones at the marriage feast in heaven; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
First Lesson- Daniel 12:1-3
The God who protected his elect in this life will certainly not abandon them in death and in the day of judgment. Those who lived in such lowliness, following in the footsteps of their Savior in his humiliation, will rise in triumph and live with him forever in glory. The fate of the damned, who do not know or who still despise his gracious Word, impels us to labor with all our might to bring them to the righteousness of the gospel. What a glorious special reward of grace awaits all those who thus labor! What a blessed added incentive to all, especially to pastors, to share the saving Word!
Psalm of the Day- Psalm 118, page 57 in front of the blue supplement
Second Lesson- Hebrews 10:11-18
Already finished is the work of our salvation through that one great sacrifice of our great High Priest. Therefore, clinging to his Word and animated by it, we are confident of the verdict on that great day. At the same time, likewise clinging to the Word and animated by it, we are being made holy in life; living on his forgiveness, we strive to become in life the saints that we already are by grace.
Gospel Lesson- John 5:25-29
The basis of the judgment was already set in the last verse of last Sunday's Gospel lesson (in verse 24). Our joyful certainty of the outcome of that judgment is coupled this Sunday with the encouragement to live that confidence by good works which reflect our saint status.
Hymn of the Day- The Day Is Surely Drawing Near, #207
Sermon- Daniel 12:1-3—See Your Triumph Now
Hymn- Great God, What Do I See and Hear, #208
Closing Hymn- God's Word Is Our Great Heritage, #293