Evangelectionary for Sunday November 11, 2012

Lectionary (Year B): 24th Sunday after Pentecost (Green)

Ruth 3:1-5, 4:13-17 or 1 Kings 17:8-16; Psalm 127 or Psalm 146; Hebrews 9:24-26; Mark 12:38-44

Theme: “In Whom is our Trust?”

Message:  Post Election Call: Following Christ in Mission

  1. God is the One who is worthy of our ultimate Trust (vv. 3, 10).
  2. God is not remote, but involved in the everyday life of the world.
  3. In partnership with God we will find true, satisfying joy.

Quote: “We must live in consistency with the divine will, offer food to the hungry, visit prisoners, sustain and comfort the sick, protect and welcome foreigners, devote ourselves to the poor and the lowly.  In practice this corresponds exactly to the spirit of the Beatitudes; it means opting for that proposal of love which saves us already in this life and will later become the object of our examination at the last judgment, which will seal history.  Then we will be judged on our decision to serve Christ in the hungry, the thirsty, the foreigner, the naked, the sick, the prisoner.  “As you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me (Mt. 25:40): This is what the Lord will say at that time.”  Pope John Paul II.

Illustration(s): On the dollar bill we find the statement “In God We Trust.”  Following the national election whether your candidate won or not, or whether you were elected or not, this is the word of the Lord for us today.

Music: “O Where Are Kings and Empires Now,” “A Charge to Keep I Have,” “How Great Thou Art,” “Safely Through Another Week,” “God Bless Our Native Land”

Prayers:

Opening Prayer:

O God, for whom there is no past, present and future, but one eternal now, we turn to you in this time of earthly transition for us, to seek your blessing on who we are and what we do and        how we live.  Help us to see that our future is not shaped by chaos and fate, but by your wise            providence.  May we remember that you alone are the One in whom we live and move and     have our being, personally, and as a nation.  Lead On, O King Eternal.

Litany for the Nation:

LEADER: O God: your justice is like rock, and your mercy like pure flowing water.  Judge and      forgive us.  If we have turned from you, return us to your way; for without you we are lost           people.  From brassy patriotism and a blind trust in power;

PEOPLE: Deliver us, O God.

LEADER: From public deceptions that weaken trust; from self-seeking in high political places;

PEOPLE: Deliver us, O God.

LEADER: From divisions among us of class or race; from wealth that will not share, and poverty  that feeds on food of bitterness;

PEOPLE: Deliver us, O God.

LEADER: From neglecting rights; from overlooking the hurt, the imprisoned, and the needy among us;

PEOPLE: Deliver us, O God.

LEADER: From a lack of concern for other lands and peoples; from narrowness of national          purpose; from failure to welcome the peace you promise on earth;

PEOPLE: Deliver us, O God.

Prayer of Commitment:

Almighty God, judge of nations: make us brave to seek your will in the land you have given us,               lest in our political actions, we neglect those things which belong to your glory; through Jesus      Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Benediction:

Go out into the world in peace; have courage; hold on to what is good; return no one evil for   evil; strengthen the fainthearted; support the weak; help the suffering; honor all people; love         and serve the Lord, rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit.  And the grace of the Lord Jesus          Christ be with you all.  Amen

(From The Worshipbook, Joint Committee on Worship, The Westminster Press, Phila., PA. p.   128, 1970)

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Bruce is a retired pastor and former Director of Evangelism in the Reformed Church in America now living in Phoenix, Arizona. He is the RCA's representative to Evangelism Connections and serves as Managing Editor of this Web site.

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