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In peace, let us pray to the Lord:
Lord, have mercy.
and creation lovingly served; and
that her life and witness would ever
testify to the grace of the Lord Jesus
For an increased appreciation of the Christ, the love of God the Father
communion of saints to which
and the communion of the Holy
Use your prayer notes. Christ has called us; for strength in Spirit; let us pray to the Lord: Lord,
Use a verse from the our daily life of faith, that we may have mercy.
ever live with the sure and certain
bible to reflect on.
hope of everlasting life; and for a
For the merciful, that by His grace
Give thanks for the
blessed end, that we may join those they may manifest the mercy of
who have gone before us in the
Christ, whose tender mercy
faith, rejoicing with them in the
prevailed even when He was cruelly
salvation Christ has won and given mocked; for the peacemakers, that
to His holy people; let us pray to the they may make known the peace of
Lord: Lord, have mercy.
Christ in word and deed in matters
both temporal and eternal; for those
For the holy Christian Church
who are persecuted for their
throughout the world, that she be
confession of Christ, that they may
preserved from false teaching,
gracefully endure their afflictions,
deceptive doctrines and every
faithfully testify to the Lord who
temptation that would destroy body bore the cross for us all and
or soul; that she be upheld and
trustingly remain in Christ Jesus; let
strengthened in every good deed, so us pray to the Lord: Lord, have
that Christ‘s name would be
reverently honored and His people
For the sick, the homebound,
those who mourn and all for
whom our prayers are desired,
Use your prayer notes. that they may be supported in
Use a verse from the their suffering, loneliness and
grief with the strength of Christ
bible to reflect on.
Give thanks for the who endured the cross and the
grave; for the comfort of all the
afflicted, that through the
compassion of Christ, He
would gird them in the true
faith until He gives them final
deliverance, health and peace;
and for us all, that neither
sickness nor health, prosperity
nor loss, life nor death may tear
us from confidence in Christ,
our Savior; let us pray to the
Lord: Lord, have mercy.
All these things and whatever
else You know that we need,
heavenly Father, grant us for
the sake of Your Son, our
Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave
Himself into death for our
trespasses and rose again for
our justification that we might
live together with all Your
saints in Him, who with You
and the Holy Spirit lives and
reigns one God, now and
1 For all the saints who from their labors
who thee by faith before the world
thy name, O Jesus, be forever blest.
steals on the ear the distant triumph song,
and hearts are brave again, and arms are
5 From earth's wide bounds, from ocean's
2 Thou wast their rock, their fortress, and farthest coast,
through gates of pearl streams in the
thou, Lord, their captain in the well-fought countless host,
singing to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
thou, in the darkness drear, their one true
3 O blest communion, fellowship divine!
We feebly struggle; they in glory shine;
yet all are one in thee, for all are thine.
4 And when the strife is fierce, the warfare
Saints Are Blessed in the
Eternal Presence of Christ
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2 Then I saw another angel ascending from the rising
of the sun, with the seal of the living God, and he
called with a loud voice to the four angels who had
been given power to harm earth and sea, 3 saying,
―Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees, until we
have sealed the servants[a] of our God on their
foreheads.‖ 4 And I heard the number of the sealed,
144,000, sealed from every tribe of the sons of Israel:
5 12,000 from the tribe of Judah were sealed,
12,000 from the tribe of Reuben,
12,000 from the tribe of Gad,
6 12,000 from the tribe of Asher,
12,000 from the tribe of Naphtali,
12,000 from the tribe of Manasseh,
7 12,000 from the tribe of Simeon,
12,000 from the tribe of Levi,
12,000 from the tribe of Issachar,
8 12,000 from the tribe of Zebulun,
12,000 from the tribe of Joseph,
12,000 from the tribe of Benjamin were sealed.
A Great Multitude from Every Nation
9 After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude
that no one could number, from every nation, from all
tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the
throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes,
with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out
with a loud voice, ―Salvation belongs to our God who
sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!‖ 11 And all the
angels were standing around the throne and around
the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell
on their faces before the throne and worshiped God,
12 saying, ―Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom
and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be
to our God forever and ever! Amen.‖
13 Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, ―Who
are these, clothed in white robes, and from where have
they come?‖14 I said to him, ―Sir, you know.‖ And he
said to me, ―These are the ones coming out of the
great tribulation. They have washed their robes and
made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
15 ―Therefore they are before the throne of God,
and serve him day and night in his temple;
and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with
16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore;
the sun shall not strike them,
nor any scorching heat.
17 For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be
and he will guide them to springs of living water,
and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.‖
1 John 3:1-3
3 See what kind of love the
Father has given to us, that we
should be called children of
God; and so we are. The reason
why the world does not know us
is that it did not know him. 2
Beloved, we are God's children
now, and what we will be has
not yet appeared; but we know
that when he appears[a] we
shall be like him, because we
shall see him as he is. 3 And
everyone who thus hopes in him
purifies himself as he is pure.
The Sermon on the Mount
5 Seeing the crowds, he
went up on the mountain,
and when he sat down, his
disciples came to him.
2 And he opened his mouth
and taught them, saying:
3 ―Blessed are the poor in
spirit, fortheirs is the
kingdom of heaven.
4 ―Blessed are those who
mourn, for they shall be
for they shall receive mercy.
8 ―Blessed are the pure in
heart, for they shall see
9 ―Blessed are the
peacemakers, for they shall
be called sons[a] of God.
10 ―Blessed are those who
are persecuted for
righteousness' sake, for
theirs is the kingdom of
11 ―Blessed are you when
others revile you and
persecute you and utter all
Sing to the LORD a New Song
149 Praise the LORD!
Sing to the LORD a new song,
his praise in the assembly of the godly!
2 Let Israel be glad in his Maker;
let the children of Zion rejoice in their
3 Let them praise his name with dancing,
making melody to him with
tambourine and lyre!
4 For the LORD takes pleasure in his
he adorns the humble with salvation.
5 Let the godly exult in glory;
let them sing for joy on their beds.
6 Let the high praises of God be in their
and two-edged swords in their hands,
7 to execute vengeance on the nations
and punishments on the peoples,
8 to bind their kings with chains
and their nobles with fetters of iron,
9 to execute on them the judgment
This is honor for all his godly ones.
Praise the LORD!
ALL SAINTS’ DAY (November 1)
(observed the first Sunday in November)
Revelation 7:(2–8) 9–17
1 John 3:1–3
Saints Are Blessed in the Eternal Presence of Christ
“A great multitude from all tribes and peoples and languages,” cry out “salvation belongs to
our God who sits on the throne” (Rev. 7:9–17). Faith-filled saints from every place and time
with unified voices eternally magnify the Lamb of God. As His beloved children, we too, “shall
see him as he is” (1 John 3:1–3). Joined with the throng of angels and a myriad of saints, we
shall “serve him day and night in his temple” (Rev. 7:9–17). In our earthly tension vacillating
between saint and sinner, faith and doubt, sacred and profane, we earnestly seek Jesus to calm
our fears, comfort our spirits, and forgive our sins. The Holy Spirit, through faith in Christ
propels us forward, fortifying us in Word and Sacrament, to our eternal home. In the midst of
our constant struggle as believers, we need to be blessed. And so we are. The poor in spirit, the
meek, the hungry, the thirsty, the merciful, the pure, and the persecuted are all blessed and we
will most certainly inherit the kingdom of heaven (Matt. 5:1–12).
24th Sunday After Trinity:
The Strength of the Lord Is
Our Salvation from Sin,
Death, and Darkness
Is. 51:9-16 The Lord‘s
Comfort for Zion
Col. 1:9-14 Thanksgiving
Matt. 9:18-26 A Girl
Restored to Life and a
Psalm 126 Restore Our
Fortunes, O Lord
Is. 51:9-16; Col. 1:9-14; Matt. 9:18-26;
9 Awake, awake, put on strength,
O arm of the LORD;
awake, as in days of old,
the generations of long ago.
Was it not you who cut Rahab in pieces,
who pierced the dragon?
10 Was it not you who dried up the sea,
the waters of the great deep,
who made the depths of the sea a way
for the redeemed to pass over?
11 And the ransomed of the LORD shall return
and come to Zion with singing;
everlasting joy shall be upon their heads;
they shall obtain gladness and joy,
and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
12 ―I, I am he who comforts you;
who are you that you are afraid of man who
of the son of man who is made like grass,
13 and have forgotten the LORD, your Maker,
who stretched out the heavens
and laid the foundations of the earth,
and you fear continually all the day
because of the wrath of the oppressor,
when he sets himself to destroy?
And where is the wrath of the oppressor?
14 He who is bowed down shall speedily be
he shall not die and go down to the pit,
neither shall his bread be lacking.
15 I am the LORD your God,
who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar—
the LORD of hosts is his name.
16 And I have put my words in your mouth
and covered you in the shadow of my hand,
establishing[a] the heavens
and laying the foundations of the earth,
and saying to Zion, ‗You are my people.‘‖
9 And so, from the day we heard, we have not
ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be
filled with the knowledge of his will in all
spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so as to
walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully
pleasing to him,bearing fruit in every good
work and increasing in the knowledge of God.
11 May you be strengthened with all power,
according to his glorious might, for all
endurance and patiencewith joy, 12 giving
thanks[a] to the Father, who has qualified
you[b] to share in the inheritance of the saints
in light. 13 Hehas delivered us from the domain
of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom
of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have
redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
A Girl Restored to Life and a Woman Healed
18 While he was saying these things to them,
behold, a ruler came in and knelt before him,
saying, ―My daughter has just died, but come
and lay your hand on her, and she will live.‖19
And Jesus rose and followed him, with his
disciples. 20 And behold, a woman who had
suffered from a discharge of blood for twelve
years came up behind him and touched the
fringe of his garment, 21 for she said to herself,
―If I only touch his garment, I will be made
well.‖ 22 Jesus turned, and seeing her he said,
―Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you
well.‖And instantly[a] the woman was made
well. 23 And when Jesus came to the ruler's
house and saw the flute players and the crowd
making a commotion, 24 he said, ―Go away,
for the girl is not dead but sleeping.‖ And they
laughed at him. 25 Butwhen the crowd had
been put outside, he went in and took her by
the hand, and the girl arose. 26 And the report
of this went through all that district.
Restore Our Fortunes, O LORD
A Song of Ascents.
126 When the LORD restored the fortunes of
we were like those who dream.
2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
and our tongue with shouts of joy;
then they said among the nations,
―The LORD has done great things for them.‖
3 The LORD has done great things for us;
we are glad.
4 Restore our fortunes, O LORD,
like streams in the Negeb!
5 Those who sow in tears
shall reap with shouts of joy!
6 He who goes out weeping,
bearing the seed for sowing,
shall come home with shouts of joy,
bringing his sheaves with him.