25th Sunday After Pentecost, November 14, 2021
Holy Communion at 8:30 and 11am
Prayer of the Day
Almighty God, your sovereign purpose brings salvation to birth. Give us faith to be steadfast amid the tumults of this world, trusting that your kingdom comes and your will is done through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
Hebrews 10:11-14 [15-18] 19-25
“Promised Peace Amid the Rubble”
Things are falling apart. So it has always been. The symptoms change but the story is the same. Today, we grapple with social injustice and a global pandemic, with breaking supply chains and rising inflation. We yearn for the past in which things seemed so solid, stable. We look to the future and fear things are fraying. In the midst of the fears and oppression of their time, Jesus’ disciples are tempted to seek refuge in the Jerusalem temple. Not only is it an imposing structure, it is where God drew near to humanity. Jesus knows it won’t last. Jesus also knows that this is good news. That the old must give way to the new, a temple that is no longer stone trying to stay atop stone but is Christ himself, cast down but resurrected. We cannot reclaim the past or preserve the present. But from Jesus we receive the gift of the future, and in that promise we find peace.
All My Hope on God Is Founded, WOV 782
Lord Christ, When First You Came to Earth, LBW 421
Jerusalem, My Happy Home, LBW 331
Jesus, Still Lead On, LBW 341
O God Beyond All Praising, WOV 797
WOV, With One Voice
LBW, Lutheran Book of Worship
In our prayers we remember New Moms.