Last Sunday of the Church Year                                          November 20, 2022

Today’s Theme for Worship: A day of deliverance which God’s people eagerly await. We want Christ to return quickly, because we know God’s people will be delivered on that day.  But how long will we have to wait? We cannot know.

Hymn: 486 Wake, Awake, for Night Is Flying

1     “Wake, awake, for night is flying,”
the watchmen on the heights are crying;
    “awake, Jerusalem, arise!”
Midnight hears the welcome voices
and at the thrilling cry rejoices:
    “Oh, where are all you virgins wise?
The Bridegroom comes, awake!
Your lamps with gladness take!
With bridal care
yourselves prepare
to meet the Bridegroom, who is near.”


2     Zion hears the watchmen singing,
and all her heart with joy is springing;
    she wakes, she rises from her gloom.
For her Lord comes down all-glorious,
the strong in grace, in truth victorious;
    her star is ris’n, her light is come.
Now come, O Blessèd One,
Christ Jesus, God’s own Son.
    Hail! Hosanna!
We enter all
the marriage hall
to eat the Supper at your call.


3     Now let all the heav’ns adore you,
let saints and angels sing before you
    with harp and cymbal’s clearest tone.
Of one pearl each shining portal,
where, dwelling with the choir immortal,
    we gather round your radiant throne.
No vision ever brought,
no ear has ever caught
    such great glory;
therefore will we
in victory
sing hymns of praise eternally.


In the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.



If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.

If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just
    and will forgive us our sins
    and purify us from all unrighteousness.


Let us confess our sins to the Lord.

Holy God, gracious Father,
    I am sinful by nature
        and have sinned against you in my thoughts, words, and actions.
    I have not loved you with my whole heart;
    I have not loved others as I should.
        I deserve your punishment both now and forever.
    But Jesus, my Savior, paid for my sins
        with his innocent suffering and death.
    Trusting in him, I pray: God, have mercy on me, a sinner.


Our gracious Father in heaven has been merciful to us. He sent his only Son, Jesus Christ, who gave his life as the atoning sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. Therefore, as a called servant of Christ and by his authority, I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.


Lord, Have Mercy

In peace let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.


For the peace from above and for our salvation, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

For the peace of the whole world, for the well-being of the Church of God, and for the unity of all, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.


For this holy house and for all who offer here their worship and praise, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.


Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.


Glory to God in the Highest

Refrain: Glory to God in the highest, glory to God, and peace to his people on earth, and peace to his people on earth.


Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory.


Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;  have mercy on us. You are seated at the right hand of the Father;  receive our prayer.


For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit in the glory of God the Father. Amen.    Refrain


The Word


The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Prayer of the Day:

Let us pray.

Eternal God, merciful Father, you have appointed your Son as judge of the living and the dead. Enable us to wait for the day of his return with our eyes fixed on the kingdom prepared for your own from the foundation of the world; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.


Adult Choir Jesus Messiah

First Reading: Habakkuk 1:1–3; 2:1-4

    1The prophecy that Habakkuk the prophet received.

2How long, Lord, must I call for help,
    but you do not listen?
Or cry out to you, “Violence!”
    but you do not save?
3Why do you make me look at injustice?
    Why do you tolerate wrongdoing?
Destruction and violence are before me;
    there is strife, and conflict abounds.

1I will stand at my watch
    and station myself on the ramparts;
I will look to see what he will say to me,
    and what answer I am to give to this complaint.

    2Then the Lord replied:

“Write down the revelation
    and make it plain on tablets
    so that a herald may run with it.
3For the revelation awaits an appointed time;
    it speaks of the end
    and will not prove false.
Though it linger, wait for it;
    it will certainly come
    and will not delay.

4“See, the enemy is puffed up;
    his desires are not upright—
    but the righteous person will live by his faithfulness—

Psalm of the Day: 130A Out of the Depths


Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord, Lord, hear my voice.


Out / of the depths
    I / cry to you, O Lord;
        Lord, / hear my voice.
            Listen closely as I / call on you for help.


Lord, if you kept / track of sins,
    O / Lord, then who could stand?
        But with you there is for- / giveness,
            in order / that you may be feared.   Refrain


I wait for the Lord, my / soul waits,
    and in his / word I put my hope.
        More than watchers wait for / morning
            my / soul waits for the Lord.


Israel, put your hope / in the Lord,
    for with the / Lord is faithful love;
        with him is complete re- / demption.
            He will redeem Israel from the / guilt of all their sins.


Glory be to the Father and / to the Son
    and to the / Holy Spirit,
        as it was in the be- / ginning,
            is now, and will be for- / ever. Amen.    Refrain

Second Reading: Revelation 22:6–13

    6The angel said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. The Lord, the God who inspires the prophets, sent his angel to show his servants the things that must soon take place.”

    7“Look, I am coming soon! Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy written in this scroll.”

    8I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I had heard and seen them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who had been showing them to me. 9But he said to me, “Don’t do that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your fellow prophets and with all who keep the words of this scroll. Worship God!”

    10Then he told me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this scroll, because the time is near. 11Let the one who does wrong continue to do wrong; let the vile person continue to be vile; let the one who does right continue to do right; and let the holy person continue to be holy.”

    12“Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. 13I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.

Gospel Acclamation                                                                                 Matthew 24:42

Alleluia, alleluia! Alleluia, alleluia!

Therefore keep watch,

because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.

Alleluia, alleluia! Alleluia, alleluia!

Gospel: Luke 12:35–40

    35“Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, 36like servants waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him. 37It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. Truly I tell you, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them. 38It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the middle of the night or toward daybreak. 39But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. 40You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”


The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise be to you, O Christ!

Hymn of the Day: 487 Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending

1     Lo! He comes with clouds descending,
    once for ev’ry sinner slain;
thousand thousand saints attending
    swell the triumph of his train:
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
    Christ reveals his endless reign.


2     Ev’ry eye shall now behold him
    robed in glorious majesty;
those who set at naught and sold him,
    pierced and nailed him to the tree,
deeply wailing, deeply wailing, deeply wailing,
    shall their true Messiah see.


3     Those dear tokens of his passion
    still his dazzling body bears,
cause of endless exultation
    to his ransomed worshipers.
With what rapture, with what rapture, with what rapture,
    gaze we on those glorious scars!


4     Yea, amen, let all adore thee
    high on thine eternal throne;
Savior, take the pow’r and glory,
    claim the kingdom as thine own.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
    Thou shalt reign, and thou alone!


Nicene Creed

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty,

        maker of heaven and earth,

        of all that is,

        seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God,

        eternally begotten of the Father,

        God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God,

        begotten, not made,

        of one being with the Father.

    Through him all things were made.

    For us and for our salvation, he came down from heaven,

        was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary,

        and became truly human.

    For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate.

    He suffered death and was buried.

    On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures.

    He ascended into heaven

        and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

    He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,

        and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit,

        the Lord, the giver of life,

        who proceeds from the Father and the Son,

        who in unity with the Father and the Son
            is worshiped and glorified,

        who has spoken through the prophets.

    We believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church.

    We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

    We look for the resurrection of the dead

        and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Prayer of the Church


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The Sacrament


The Lord be with you.

And also with you.


Lift up your hearts.

We lift them up to the Lord.


Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give him thanks and praise.


It is truly good and right that we should at all times and in all places give you thanks, O Lord, holy Father, almighty and everlasting God, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who preserves his Church to the end of time, when he will come again as king to judge all people and take his own to glory. Therefore, with all the saints on earth and hosts of heaven, we praise your holy name and join their glorious song:

Holy, Holy, Holy

Holy, holy, holy Lord God of hosts,

heaven and earth are full, full of your glory.

Hosanna, hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna, hosanna in the highest.

Hosanna, hosanna in the highest.


Prayer of Thanksgiving

Blessed are you, Lord God, eternal King and gracious Father. In love you made us the crown of your creation. In mercy you planned our salvation. In grace you sent your Son to redeem us from sin.


We remember and give you thanks that your eternal Son, Jesus Christ, became flesh and made his dwelling among us, that he willingly placed himself under law to redeem those under law, that he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death on a cross, that he has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.


Bless us as we receive your Son’s body and blood in this Sacrament. Forgive our sins, increase our faith, strengthen our fellowship, and deepen our longing for the day when Christ will welcome us to his eternal feast. Praise and thanks and honor and glory be to you, O God our Father, and to your Son and to the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.


Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven,

 hallowed be your name,

 your kingdom come,

 your will be done

  on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins,

 as we forgive those

 who sin against us.

Lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power,

 and the glory are yours

 now and forever. Amen.

Words of Institution

Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night he was betrayed, took bread; and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my T body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”


Then he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; this is my T blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for you for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.”


The peace of the Lord be with you always.


Lamb of God

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; grant us, grant us peace.

Hymn: 559 If Your Beloved Son, O God

1     If your belovèd Son, O God,
    had not to earth descended
and in our mortal flesh and blood
    had not sin’s power ended,
then this poor, wretched soul of mine
in hell eternally would pine
    because of my transgression.


2     But now I find sweet peace and rest;
    despair no more reigns o’er me.
No more am I by sin oppressed,
    for Christ has borne sin for me.
Upon the cross for me he died
that, reconciled, I might abide
    with you, my God, forever.


3     I trust in him with all my heart;
    now all my sorrow ceases.
His words abiding peace impart;
    his blood from guilt releases.
Free grace through him I now obtain;
he washes me from ev’ry stain,
    and pure I stand before him.


4     All righteousness by works is vain;
    the law brings condemnation.
True righteousness by faith I gain;
    Christ’s work is my salvation.
His death, that perfect sacrifice,
has paid the all-sufficient price;
    in him my hope is anchored.


5     My guilt, O Father, you have laid
    on Christ, your Son, my Savior.
Lord Jesus, you my debt have paid
    and gained for me God’s favor.
O Holy Spirit, fount of grace,
the good in me to you I trace;
    in faith and hope preserve me.


Nunc Dimittis Special music will sing it twice the congregation joins in the second time.

Lord let your servant depart in peace according to your word. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared before the face of all people, a light to lighten the Gentiles and the glory of your people Israel.

Lord let your servant depart in peace according to your word. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared before the face of all people, a light to lighten the Gentiles and the glory of your people Israel.


Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;

his mercy endures forever.


Whenever we eat this bread and drink this cup,

we proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.


O God the Father, source of all goodness, in your loving-kindness you sent your Son to share our humanity. We thank you that through him you have given us pardon and peace in this Sacrament. We also pray that you will not forsake us but will rule our hearts and minds by your Holy Spirit so that we willingly serve you day after day; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.



The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look on you with favor and T give you peace.


Hymn: 850 It Is Well with My Soul

1     When peace like a river attendeth my way,
    when sorrows like sea billows roll—
whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say,
    it is well, it is well with my soul. (Refrain)


Ref  It is well with my soul,
it is well, it is well with my soul.


2     Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
    let this blest assurance control,
that Christ hath regarded my helpless estate
    and hath shed his own blood for my soul. (Refrain)


3     My sin—oh, the bliss of this glorious thought—
    my sin, not in part, but the whole,
is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more:
    praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul! (Refrain)


4     And, Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
    the clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
the trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend;
    even so, it is well with my soul. (Refrain)


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