November 18, 2018 Saints Triumphant

ORDER OF SERVICE

Divine Service I (also found on page 15 in the front part of the blue worship supplement).


 

OPENING HYMN

Hymn 394, Blessed Are the Saints of God

 

PRAYER OF THE DAY

C: 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 (printed on back of worship folder)

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 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 (also found on page 108 of the hymnal)

 

SECOND LESSON

Hebrews 10:11-18 (printed on back of worship folder)

Notice especially the Greek participles in verse 14: justification is expressed with a perfect passive, and sanctification with a present passive. That says it all! 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

John 5:25-29 (printed on back of worship folder)

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 status.

 

HYMN OF THE DAY

Hymn 207, The Day is Surely Drawing Near

 

SERMON

1 Corinthians 12:3-7
Everyone Has a Part to Play in the Body of Christ

 

HYMN

Hymn 392, Not Unto Us

 

CLOSING HYMN

Hymn 728, Jerusalem the Golden