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November Worship and Preaching
On All Saints Sunday we turn to the last book of the Bible, Revelation. In John’s powerful vision he sees a great crowd so large that “no one could number.” The atmosphere is one of celebration. Persons who have endured all sorts of earthly trials now stand in the presence of the Lamb crying out, “Victory belongs to our God.” We are reminded that in spite of what we experience, one day we shall be in the presence of the Lord! Knowing and believing this gives us hope.
The second week of the month, we return to Matthew’s gospel and another of Jesus’ parables. There were ten bridesmaids anticipating being part of a wedding celebration. With the unexpected delay of the groom, we discover that five of the young women were unprepared. The parable reminds us of the importance of having and keeping the right priorities. It is so easy to become distracted that we lose sight of who we are.
On November 16, we conclude our yearlong emphasis on Matthew’s gospel with the “Parable of the Talents.” In the story three workers were given talents to manage in the master’s absence. Two of the three successfully increased what they were given, while the third did nothing with his talent. God has blessed us with one life and he desires us to do our best. When we share our God given talents with others, we will be blessed.
Our focus on Christ the King Sunday is always on our relationship with Jesus. We turn to the Old Testament book of Ezekiel to discover that centuries before the birth of Jesus, the people longed for a Messiah from the royal line of David. We also discover another familiar image in this reading -- that the coming Messiah will be a shepherd who cares for the sheep.
The First Sunday of Advent we turn to the Old Testament prophet Isaiah. In an emotional appeal the prophet implores God, “if only you would tear open the heavens and come down!” There are times when we also desire some visible evidence of God’s activity and presence in our lives and in our world. God remains faithful.
Each month the readings are shared as a way of encouraging persons to read and reflect on their prior to our time of worship.
Nov. 2 Revelation 7:9-17
Nov. 9 Matthew 25:1-13
Nov. 16 Matthew 25:14-30
Nov. 23. Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24
Nov. 30. Isaiah 64:1-9