24 th Sunday After Trinity: The Strength of the Lord
Is Our Salvation from Sin, Death, and Darkness
Is. 51:9-16; Col. 1:9-14; Matt. 9:18-26; Psalm 126
• Helen Keller
wrote about what
she would do if
she were given
three days to see.
What do we see
that the world
Let us pray for the whole Church of
God in Christ Jesus and for all
people according to their needs.
Merciful Father, preserve Your holy
Use your prayer notes. Church, that Your children may be
partakers of Your inheritance with
Use a verse from the
the saints in light. Lord, in Your
bible to reflect on.
mercy, hear our prayer.
Prayer for light, life,
Remember in kindness all those who
cry out to You in any affliction,
heartache or trouble,
they may rejoice in Your faithfulness
and await with patience deliverance
from their afflictions…
Grant us such trust in Your divine
Grant our civil leaders wisdom and Word that we may acknowledge Your
understanding, that our nation may
Son‘s true body and blood in His
be governed in accordance with Your Supper and receive them this day in a
Protect those in the armed forces as
they serve our country, that they may
return to their families unharmed and
in gratitude to You…
Bless every effort to bring to the sick
and shut-in Your Holy Scriptures and
the Sacrament of Christ‘s body and
blood, that by the comfort and
promise of Your Word their sorrow
and sighing may flee away…
We thank You for the witness of
those ransomed saints who have
passed before us, and we ask that
Your grace may likewise guide us to
Into Your hands we commend all for
whom we pray, trusting in Your
mercy, through Your Son, Jesus
Christ, our Lord. Amen.
The Strength of the Lord Is
Our Salvation from Sin,
Death, and Darkness
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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
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
of the son of man who is made like grass,
13 and have forgotten the LORD, your
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
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
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
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
A Song of Ascents.
126 When the LORD restored
the fortunes of Zion,
we were like those who dream.
2 Then our mouth was filled with
and our tongue with shouts of
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
bringing his sheaves with him.
TWENTY–FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY
The Strength of the Lord Is Our Salvation from Sin, Death, and Darkness
A shroud of darkness engulfs us. Sin, death, and disease threaten to sever us from life‘s
fullest measure. Without new life in Christ Jesus, there would be no light to dissipate,
dispel, or curb grief and sadness. But Jesus has qualified us “to share in the inheritance of
the saints of light” delivering us from the dark domain (Col. 1:9–14). “I have put my
words in your mouth and covered you in the shadow of my hand,…You are my people” (Is.
51:9–16). The presence of Christ, in word, wine, bread, and water, confronts our sinful
nature with forgiveness. In the sacraments, God claims us to be His very own children,
creating, and sustaining our faith. So in Christ, we humbly receive the words, “your faith
has made you well” (Matt. 9:18–26). On the last day God will surely awaken us also from
slumber in resurrection glory.
25th S. a. Trinity: Faith Comes
By Hearing the Word of Christ
Ex. 32:1-20 The Golden Calf
Job 14:1-6 Death Comes Soon
1 Thes. 4:13-18 The Coming
of the Lord
Matt. 24:15-28 The
Abomination of Desolation
Luke 17:20-30 The Coming of
Psalm 14 The Fool Says,
There Is No God
Psalm 102:1-13 Do Not Hide
Your Face From Me
Ex. 32:1-20; Job 14:1-6; 1 Thes. 4:13-18; Matt. 24:15-28; Luke 17:2030; Psalm 14; Psalm 102:1-13
The Golden Calf
32 When the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the
mountain, the people gathered themselves together to Aaron and said to
him, ―Up, make us gods who shall go before us. As for this Moses, the man
who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has
become of him.‖ 2 So Aaron said to them, ―Take off the rings of gold that
are in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them
to me.‖ 3 So all the people took off the rings of gold that were in their ears
and brought them to Aaron. 4 And he received the gold from their hand and
fashioned it with a graving tool and made a golden [a] calf. And they
said, ―These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of
Egypt!‖ 5 When Aaron saw this, he built an altar before it. And Aaron made
a proclamation and said, ―Tomorrow shall be a feast to the LORD.‖ 6 And
they rose up early the next day and offered burnt offerings and brought
peace offerings. And the people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to
7 And the LORD said to Moses, ―Go down, for your people, whom you
brought up out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves. 8 They have
turned aside quickly out of the way that I commanded them. They have
made for themselves a golden calf and have worshiped it and sacrificed to it
and said, ‗These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land
of Egypt!‘‖ 9 And the LORD said to Moses, ―I have seen this people, and
behold, it is a stiff-necked people. 10 Now therefore let me alone, that my
wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them, in order that I
may make a great nation of you.‖
11 But Moses implored the LORD his God and said, ―O LORD, why does your
wrath burn hot against your people, whom you have brought out of the land
of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand? 12 Why should the
Egyptians say, ‗With evil intent did he bring them out, to kill them in the
mountains and to consume them from the face of the earth‘? Turn from your
burning anger and relent from this disaster against your
people. 13 Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, your servants, to whom
you swore by your own self, and said to them, ‗I will multiply your
offspring as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have promised I will
give to your offspring, and they shall inherit it forever.‘‖ 14 And
the LORD relented from the disaster that he had spoken of bringing on his
15 Then Moses turned and went down from the mountain with the two
tablets of the testimony in his hand, tablets that were written on both sides;
on the front and on the back they were written. 16 The tablets were the work
of God, and the writing was the writing of God, engraved on the
tablets. 17 When Joshua heard the noise of the people as they shouted, he
said to Moses, ―There is a noise of war in the camp.‖ 18 But he said, ―It is
not the sound of shouting for victory, or the sound of the cry of defeat, but
the sound of singing that I hear.‖ 19 And as soon as he came near the camp
and saw the calf and the dancing, Moses' anger burned hot, and he threw the
tablets out of his hands and broke them at the foot of the mountain. 20 He
took the calf that they had made and burned it with fire and ground it to
powder and scattered it on the water and made the people of Israel drink it.
Job Continues: Death Comes Soon to All
14 ―Man who is born of a woman
is few of days and full of trouble.
2 He comes out like a flower and withers;
he flees like a shadow and continues not.
The Abomination of Desolation
15 ―So when you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by the prophet
Daniel, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand),16 then let
those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let the one who is on the
housetop not go down to take what is in his house,18 and let the one who is
in the field not turn back to take his cloak.19 And alas for women who are
pregnant and for those who are nursing infants in those days! 20 Pray that
your flight may not be in winter or on a Sabbath. 21 For then there will
be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world
until now, no, and never will be.22 And if those days had not been cut short,
no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days
will be cut short.23 Then if anyone says to you, ‗Look, here is the Christ!‘ or
‗There he is!‘ do not believe it. 24 For false christs and false prophets will
arise andperform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible,
even the elect. 25 See, I have told you beforehand. 26 So, if they say to you,
‗Look, he is in the wilderness,‘ do not go out. If they say, ‗Look, he is in the
inner rooms,‘ do not believe it. 27 For as the lightning comes from the east
and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of
Man. 28 Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.
The Coming of the Kingdom
20 Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he
answered them, ―The kingdom of God is not coming in ways that can be
observed, 21 nor will they say, ‗Look, here it is!‘ or ‗There!‘ for behold, the
kingdom of God is in the midst of you.‖[a]
22 And he said to the disciples, ―The days are coming when you will
desire to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see
it.23 And they will say to you, ‗Look, there!‘ or ‗Look, here!‘ Do not go out
or follow them. 24 For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one
side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in his day.[b]25 But first he must
suffer many things and be rejected by this generation. 26 Just as it was in the
days of Noah, so will it be in the days of the Son of Man. 27 They were
eating and drinking and marrying and being given in marriage, until the day
when Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them
all. 28 Likewise, just as it was in the days of Lot—they were eating and
and bring me into judgment with you?
can bring a clean thing out of an unclean?
There is not one.
5 Since his days are determined,
and the number of his months is with you,
and you have appointed his limits that he cannot pass,
6 look away from him and leave him alone,[a]
that he may enjoy, like a hired hand, his day.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
The Coming of the Lord
13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are
asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope.14 For since
we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will
bring with him those who have fallen asleep.15 For this we declare to you by
a word from the Lord,[a] that we who are alive, who are left until the coming
of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord
himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice
of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in
Christ will rise first.17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught
up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we
will always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these
Lot went out from Sodom, fire and sulfur rained from heaven and destroyed
them all— 30 so will it be on the day when the Son of Man is revealed.
The Fool Says, There Is No God
To the choirmaster. Of David.
14 The fool says in his heart, ―There is no God.‖
They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds,
there is none who does good.
2 The LORD looks down from heaven on the children of man,
to see if there are any who understand,[a]
who seek after God.
3 They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt;
there is none who does good,
not even one.
4 Have they no knowledge, all the evildoers
who eat up my people as they eat bread
and do not call upon the LORD?
5 There they are in great terror,
for God is with the generation of the righteous.
6 You would shame the plans of the poor,
but[b] the LORD is his refuge.
7 Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!
When the LORD restores the fortunes of his people,
let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad.
Do Not Hide Your Face from Me
A Prayer of one afflicted, when he is faint and pours out his complaint
before the LORD.
102 Hear my prayer, O LORD;
let my cry come to you!
2 Do not hide your face from me
in the day of my distress!
Incline your ear to me;
answer me speedily in the day when I call!
3 For my days pass away like smoke,
and my bones burn like a furnace.
4 My heart is struck down like grass and has withered;
I forget to eat my bread.
5 Because of my loud groaning
my bones cling to my flesh.
6 I am like a desert owl of the wilderness,
like an owl[a] of the waste places;
7 I lie awake;
I am like a lonely sparrow on the housetop.
8 All the day my enemies taunt me;
those who deride me use my name for a curse.
9 For I eat ashes like bread
and mingle tears with my drink,
10 because of your indignation and anger;
for you have taken me up and thrown me down.
11 My days are like an evening shadow;
I wither away like grass.
12 But you, O LORD, are enthroned forever;
you are remembered throughout all generations.
13 You will arise and have pity on Zion;
it is the time to favor her;
the appointed time has come.