St. Luke Evangelical Lutheran Church
In the name of the Father, and of the + Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with us all. Amen
Let us pray.
Righteous God, our merciful master, you own the earth and all its peoples, and you give us all that we have. Inspire us to serve you with justice and wisdom, and prepare us for the joy of the day of your coming, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen
First Reading: Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18
Psalm: Psalm 90:1-8 [9-11] 12
Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Gospel: Matthew 25:14-30
Creed and Confession
In these days that are so difficult, we mine our liturgical tradition to creatively engage practices that build us up. So, for the next weeks, we will say “words of renunciation” together.
Profession of Faith
Do you renounce the devil and all the forces that defy God?
I renounce them.
Do you renounce the powers of this world that rebel against God?
I renounce them.
Do you renounce the ways of sin that draw you from God?
I renounce them.
Build yourselves up on your most holy faith;
pray in the Holy Spirit. (Jude 20)
Keep yourselves in the love of God;
look forward to the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Jude 21)
If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation:
Everything old has passed away; behold, everything has become new! (2 Corinthians 5:17)
God has given us the ministry of reconciliation. Therefore, let us be reconciled to God and to one another.
Silence for reflection and self examination.
Gracious God, have mercy on us. In your compassion forgive us our sins, known and unknown, things done and left undone. Uphold us by your Spirit so that we may live and serve you in newness of life, to the honor and glory of your holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life. Amen
Let us pray. A brief silence is kept before the prayer.
O Holy One of wisdom, throughout human history and today among us here, you call us to walk the paths of justice and peace. We praise you, O God of truth, for your precious words. Grant that sheltered under their richness as under the tree of life, we live in gratitude and faithfulness, through Jesus Christ, your Word and our Wisdom, now and forever. Amen
Lord, remember us in your kingdom, and teach us to pray.
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen
Almighty God, Father, ☩ Son, and Holy Spirit, bless us now and forever. Amen
Be at Peace, Christ is with you. Thanks be to God!
Daily Prayer Resources are available, including simple forms of Morning, Evening, and Night Prayer; Responsive Prayer; and prayers for mealtimes and other occasions. Portions from Evangelical Lutheran Worship and sundaysandseasons.com, © 2020 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission under Augsburg Fortress.
Portions from Evangelical Lutheran Worship and sundaysandseasons.com, © 2020 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission under Augsburg Fortress.