This Week's Readings
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 Service of the Word 
 26th Sunday after Pentecost 

 

 Sunday, November 18th 2018 @ 9:15 am 

 HYMNS:  ¤ 487 ¤ Ps 62 ¤ 481 ¤ 485 ¤ 486 ¤ 

First Lesson: Isaiah 1:10-18 

10 Hear the word of the Lord,
       you rulers of Sodom;
   listen to the instruction of our God,
       you people of Gomorrah!
11 “The multitude of your sacrifices—
       what are they to me?”
says the Lord.
   “I have more than enough of burnt offerings,
       of rams and the fat of fattened animals;
   I have no pleasure
       in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats.
12 When you come to appear before me,
       who has asked this of you,
       this trampling of my courts?
13 Stop bringing meaningless offerings!
       Your incense is detestable to me.
   New Moons, Sabbaths and convocations—
       I cannot bear your worthless assemblies.
14 Your New Moon feasts and your appointed festivals
       I hate with all my being.
   They have become a burden to me;
       I am weary of bearing them.

 
15 When you spread out your hands in prayer,
       I hide my eyes from you;
   even when you offer many prayers,
       I am not listening.
   Your hands are full of blood!
16 Wash and make yourselves clean.
       Take your evil deeds out of my sight;
       stop doing wrong.
17 Learn to do right; seek justice.
       Defend the oppressed.
   Take up the cause of the fatherless;
       plead the case of the widow.
18 “Come now, let us settle the matter,”

       says the Lord.
   “Though your sins are like scarlet,
       they shall be as white as snow;
   though they are red as crimson,
       they shall be like wool.”

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Second Lesson: Romans 12: 1-8  

1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. 4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

 

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Gospel: Matthew 25:14-30 (Sermon) 

14 “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. 15 To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. 16 The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. 17 So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. 18 But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.

19 “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. 20 The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’

21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

22 “The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’

23 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

24 “Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’

26 “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.

28 “‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. 29 For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’”

 

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For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God . ~ Ephesians 2:8