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November 26, 2023 ~ 9:30am Service Holy Communion~ 26th Sunday after Pentecost



Opening Hymn                  Come, We That Love the Lord, WOV 742

Apostolic Greeting           (2 Corinthians 13:14)

Dialog of Praise:

Praise the Lord, all you people.
Praise him, all you heavenly hosts.
Praise him for his mighty acts.
Praise him for his greatness.
God calls us to be his people,
A royal priesthood and a holy nation,
To proclaim aloud the Lord’s name,
To tell all the world the wonders of God’s works.
For he satisfies the thirsty,
And fills the hungry with good things.
He has pity on the lowly and the poor.
He redeems the lives of those who call upon his name.
Whom shall the Lord send to them, and who will go for us?
“Here am I, Lord! Send me!”

Hymn of Praise                  Give to Our God Immortal Praise, LBW 520

Prayer of the Day

Almighty and everlasting God, you have crowned your Son as King and, by him, will renew your whole creation. May the families of the earth now torn apart and yoked by sin find liberty in him and be subjected to his gentle rule. Grant this, we pray, through the same Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Children’s Sermon

1st Scripture Lesson    Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24

11“For thus says the Lord God: Behold, I, I myself will search for my sheep and will seek them out. 12As a shepherd seeks out his flock when he is among his sheep that have been scattered, so will I seek out my sheep, and I will rescue them from all places where they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness. 13And I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land. And I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the ravines, and in all the inhabited places of the country. 14I will feed them with good pasture, and on the mountain heights of Israel shall be their grazing land. There they shall lie down in good grazing land, and on rich pasture they shall feed on the mountains of Israel. 15I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I myself will make them lie down, declares the Lord God. 16I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, and the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them in justice.

20“Therefore, thus says the Lord God to them: Behold, I, I myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep. 21Because you push with side and shoulder, and thrust at all the weak with your horns, till you have scattered them abroad, 22I will rescue my flock; they shall no longer be a prey. And I will judge between sheep and sheep. 23And I will set up over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he shall feed them: he shall feed them and be their shepherd. 24And I, the Lord, will be their God, and my servant David shall be prince among them. I am the Lord; I have spoken.”


The Word of the Lord.
C: Thanks be to God.

2nd Scripture Lesson   1 Corinthians 15:20-28

20But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. 22For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. 23But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. 24Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. 25For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 27For “God has put all things in subjection under his feet.” But when it says, “all things are put in subjection,” it is plain that he is excepted who put all things in subjection under him. 28When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things in subjection under him, that God may be all in all.

The Word of the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God.

Gospel Acclamation        God’s Word is Our Great Heritage, LBW 239

Gospel                                  Matthew 25:31-46

The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the 25th Chapter.
C: Glory to you, O Lord.

31{Jesus said to the disciples,} “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. 34Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ 41“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ 45Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ 46And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

The Gospel of the Lord.
C:  Praise to you, O Christ.


Hymn of Day                      Crown Him with Many Crowns, LBW 170

Nicene Creed

Prayers of the People


Offertory                             The Doxology  (564)

Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, Ye heav’nly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost

Offertory Prayer

The Great Thanksgiving                                p. 88 LBW

Proper Preface

Sanctus  (to the Tune of Holy, Holy, Holy)

Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty
Heaven and the earth are filled with all Thy glory!
Blesséd in the highest, there is none beside Thee,
And blest is he who cometh in Thy name.

Christ’s Words of Institution 

The Lord’s Prayer & Invitation                     p. 91 LBW

Agnus Dei (Lamb of God)                              p. 92 LBW

Distribution of Communion

Post Communion Blessing & Prayer          p. 92 LBW

Benediction                                                        p. 95 LBW

Closing Hymn                                                     Let All Things Now Living, LBW 557

Dismissal                                                             p. 95 LBW


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