As the Church Year is approaching its close, we turn our focus to the last things. The very last thing that we confess in the Apostles’ Creed is that we believe in the life everlasting. In Revelation, John describes the heavenly city of God and tells us that the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb. Brilliant brightness has always been associated with the seeing of God, from the time when Moses had to veil his face because it reflected the dazzling presence of the almighty Lord. As we come into His presence for worship, we have a partial sense of that glory as we await that time beyond time, when we shall experience it fully in the life everlasting in His heavenly kingdom.


Children Activity Bags We value children in our worship services. If needed, there is a family room available for families with children. The family room has a diaper changing table, a closed-circuit TV to watch the worship service, toys and books for children. The family room is located across from the kitchen in the long hallway, the first door on the right, just past the bathrooms. There are “King’s Kids” bags with activities for children to help them worship. They are near the usher’s station on a small rack. Please return the bag to the rack after the service.


Holy Communion The Scripture teaches the Lord’s Supper is a precious gift of God in which Christ gives us His true body and blood (in a miraculous way), together with the bread and wine, for the forgiveness of our sins and the strengthening of our faith. Because the Bible teaches that this Sacrament may also be spiritually harmful if misused, and that participation in the Lord’s Supper is an act of confession of faith, we ordinarily commune those who have been instructed in the teachings of our church and who have confessed their faith in these teachings. If you have a question, please speak to Pastor Ralph before the service. For those who prefer a non-alcoholic alternative, there is grape juice at the center of each tray. Those not receiving the Sacrament, including children, are invited to come to the altar, cross their arms over their chest, and receive a special blessing.

The Rejection of the Gospel Grieves the Christian “This is the sword that cuts into the heart, that is, the heart is made sick by the fact that this miserable weed of a world can make itself look so good and yet practices all manner of wickedness and evil against God and His saints. This fact is one of the afflictions of the Christians; it is the heartache that exceeds all other aches and causes sincere sighing of saddened hearts.” What Luther Says # 1733

Twenty-sixth Sunday after Pentecost

November 18, 2018


Welcome and Hand of Friendship


Opening Hymn                 The Day is Surely Drawing Near    LSB 508 (tune 555) vs 1,3,5


Invocation, Confession and Assurance of Forgiveness   


P:   We gather in the name and at the invitation of our great and gracious triune God,

C:   In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


P:   Worthy are You, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power,

C:   for You created all things, and by Your will they existed and were created.


P:   Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify Your name?

C:   For You alone are holy.


P:   All nations will come and worship You,

C:   for Your righteous acts have been revealed. Alleluia!


P:   Merciful Father,

C:   with heartfelt repentance we confess our sin. Our actions have been unkind and often   have resulted in evil. Our words have been hurtful, and we have not always honored Your name in our speaking. We have left undone many things that could have brought glory and praise to You. We do not remain focused on looking with eager expectation to Your return in glory and have become taken in by the fleeting pleasures of this world. O Lord, grant us Your grace and the blessing of forgiveness.

(Silence for Meditation)

P: Because of the great sacrifice of His Son, Jesus, on the cross of Calvary, God promises full and free forgiveness. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, I forgive you all of your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. As you believe, so may it be.

C: Amen. By the renewing work of the Holy Spirit, lead us in ways of life everlasting and growing in the grace that is ours in Jesus. Amen.


Hymn of Praise             The Day is Surely Drawing Near          LSB 508 (tune 555) vs 6-7


Prayer of the Day

All: Lord Jesus, You have promised that at the end of time You will appear in glory to gather Your people to You. Keep us firm and steadfast even in the face of hardships, challenges, and disappointments in this world. May we never lose the hope that You will sustain us until You return as judge on the Last Day; In Your holy name Jesus, who with the Father and the Holy Spirit are worshiped and glorified, now and eternally. Amen.



NT Lesson                       (“I will remember your sins no more”)             Hebrews 10:16–25

16“This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.” 17 Then he adds: “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.”18 And where these have been forgiven, there is no longer any sacrifice for sin.  19 Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. 25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Gospel Lesson       (The one who stands firm to the end will be saved)       Mark 13:1–13


As he was leaving the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher! What massive stones! What magnificent buildings!” 2 “Do you see all these great buildings?” replied Jesus. “Not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.” 3 As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John and Andrew asked him privately, 4 “Tell us, when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are all about to be fulfilled?” 5 Jesus said to them: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 6 Many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and will deceive many. 7 When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 8 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains. 9 “You must be on your guard. You will be handed over to the local councils and flogged in the synagogues. On account of me you will stand before governors and kings as witnesses to them. 10 And the gospel must first be preached to all nations. 11 Whenever you are arrested and brought to trial, do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit. 12 “Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child. Children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death. 13 All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.


Message Hymn                      Hear the Call of the Kingdom                            Getty-Townend


Hear the call of the kingdom, lift your eyes to the King;

Let His song rise within you as a fragrant offering

Of how God, rich in mercy, came in Christ to redeem

All who trust in His unfailing grace.


Hear the call of the kingdom to be children of light

With the mercy of heaven, the humility of Christ;

Walking justly before Him, loving all that is right,

That the life of Christ may shine through us.


Chorus:          King of heaven, we will answer the call,

We will follow, bringing hope to the world,

Filled with passion, filled with power to proclaim

Salvation through Jesus’ name.


Hear the call of the kingdom to reach out to the lost

With the Father’s compassion in the wonder of the cross,

Bringing peace and forgiveness, and a hope yet to come:

                                           Let the nations put their trust in Him. Chorus                                   


Message                                                    Shining Like Stars


OT Lesson      (Those who are named in the Book of Life will be delivered.)       Daniel 12:1–3

“At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people—everyone whose name is found written in the book—will be delivered. 2 Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt. 3 Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.

In Order to shine brightly…

  1. Let us _____________________________________
  2. Let us _____________________________________
  3. Let us _____________________________________
  4. Let us _____________________________________
  5. Let us _____________________________________


Creed            Explanation to The Second Article


C:   And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,


P:   What does this mean?


C:   I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the Father from eternity, and also true man, born of the virgin Mary, is my Lord, who has redeemed me, a lost and condemned person, purchased and won me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil; not with gold or silver, but with His holy, precious blood and with His innocent suffering and death, that I may be His own and live under Him in His kingdom and serve Him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, just as He is risen from the dead, lives and reigns to all eternity. This is most certainly true.




Offertory                                     Make Me A Channel of Your Peace (Choir)     8:00 am

                                                      Vincentine Williams       10:30 am


      Prayers of the Church  

After each petition:

P:  Lord, in your mercy,

C:  hear our prayer.

Lord’s Prayer


Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven; give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.




Preface                                                                       page 194 in the hymnal


P:  The Lord be with you.

C:  ♪ And with thy spirit.

P:  Lift up your hearts.

C:  ♪ We lift them up unto the Lord.

P:  Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

C:  ♪ It is meet and right so to do.

P:  It is truly good, right, and salutary …. And with the host of heaven we sing:

Sanctus — Holy, Holy, Holy                                         page 195 in the hymnal


C:  ♪ Ho -ly, ho-ly, ho-ly Lord God of Sa – ba – oth. Heaven and earth are full of Thy   

       glory. Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest. Blessed is He,  blessed is He,

       blessed is He who cometh in the name of the Lord.  Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna

       in the highest.


The Words of Institution


Pax DominiThe Peace of the Lord                   page 197 in the hymnal


P:  The peace of the Lord be with you always.

C:  ♪ Amen.


Agnus Dei – Lamb of God                                                                 page 198 in the hymnal                                      

C:  ♪ O Christ, Thou Lamb of God, that takest away the sin of the world;

        have mercy upon us.

        O Christ, Thou Lamb of God, that takest away the sin of the world;

        have mercy upon us.

        O Christ, Thou Lamb of God, that takest away the sin of the world;

        grant us Thy peace.  A – men.

Distribution of Communion

Distribution Hymn                     Jesus Thy Blood and Righteousness                    LSB 563

                                                        On Eagle’s Wings (Choir)                                        8:00 am


 Nunc Dimittis                                                                                      page 199 in the hymnal        


C: ♪ Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace according to Thy Word, for   

       mine eyes have seen Thy salvation, which Thou hast prepared before the face of

       all people, a light to lighten the Gentiles and the glory of Thy people Israel. Glory

       be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning,

       is now, and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen.


Post Communion Collect


All: Almighty God, our heavenly Father, You have given us a foretaste of the feast to come at Your gracious Table. Strengthen us through this blessed gift as we prepare for and await the final coming of Jesus, our Lord, the Bridegroom of the Church. Keep us steadfast throughout our sojourn on earth. Bring us at last to the glory of Your kingdom, where perfect joy abounds eternally. This we ask through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.




P:   God the almighty Father bless you and keep you. God the Son, our Lord Jesus

      Christ, fill your hearts and lives with His glory. God the Holy Spirit be with you that

      you ever walk in the way of peace.


C:   Amen. Hallelujah, Amen!


Closing Hymn                                   At the Name of Jesus                             LSB 512 vs 1-3, 5






P:   Go in peace, serve the Lord.

C:   Thanks be to God.