Lectionary (Year A): Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25 or Amos 5:18-24; Psalm 78:1-7, or Psalm 70; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Matthew 25:1-13
Message: “Great Expectations”
Quote(s): “Jesus save me from your followers” (Bumper sticker seen on the back of a car on Central Avenue in Phoenix, Arizona)
“We are not to make men converts of our opinions. But we are to make them disciples of Jesus.” Oswald Chambers
“If we all become more Christlike, we shall not need any other bait.” Frank Crossley
“I once heard a sermon that I’ll never forget. It was entitled: ‘If I should Wake Before I die:’ a twist on the familiar childhood prayer.”
Remember the boy scout motto: “Be Prepared”
“Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”
“Break Thou, The Bread of Life”
“Make Me A Blessing”
“We come, as followers of Christ, remembering his promise that those who seek will find, so we come to seek cleansing, we come to seek strength, we come to seek a clearer purpose, we come to seek direction, we come to see your face.”
Prayer of Confession:
We come before you as those whose faith needs to be strengthened, whose sins need to be forgiven, whose love needs to be warmed, whose motives need to be purified, whose hands and hearts need to be opened; so we await in humility your mercy and your grace.
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Responsive Prayer for the People of God
Leader: Hear our prayer, O Lord!
People: Spare us good Lord
From all sin, from all error, from all evil;
From the cunning assaults of the devil;
From unprepared and untimely death; from war, bloodshed, and violence; from corrupt and unjust governments;
Leader: Good Lord deliver us.
Spare us, good Lord, from epidemic, drought, and famine; from fire and flood, earthquake, lightning and storm. In all time of our tribulation; in all time of our prosperity; in the hours of living and the hours of dying; preserve our souls against the day of judgment.
Leader: Hear us, good Lord.
People: To send faithful workers into your harvest; to accompany your Word with your Spirit and power; to raise up those who fall and to strengthen those who stand; to comfort and help the fainthearted and the distressed.
Leader: Help us, dear Lord.
People: O Christ, hear us:
In all things, may we be
The people of God. Amen.
Adapted from Sing Joyfully, Jack Schrader, Ed.,Tabernacle Publishing Company, Carol Stream, Illinois
May God strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.