Daily Bible Reading

Last Sunday of the Church Year

Liturgical Color: Green

Introit

FOR I - || know the thoughts that I think toward | you, | says | the | Lord, *

Thoughts of peace and | not | of | e- - | vil,

|| Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will | lis- | ten | to |

you. *

And I will bring you back from your captivity; I will gather you from all the nations and from | all | the | pla- - | ces. (Jeremiah 29:11a, 12, 14b)

|| Lord, You have been favora- | ble | to | Your | land; *

You have brought back the captivi- | ty | of | Ja- - | cob.

|| Show us | Your | mer- | cy, | Lord, *

And grant us | Your | sal- | va- - | tion.

|| Surely His salvation is near to | those | who | fear | Him, *

That glory may | dwell | in | our - | land.

|| Truth shall spring | out | of | the | earth, *

And righteousness shall look | down | from | heav- - | en. (Ps. 85:1, 7, 9, 11)

GLORIA PATRI (From Hymnal)

|| For I know the thoughts that I think toward | you, | says | the | Lord, *

Thoughts of peace and | not | of | e- - | vil,

|| Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will | lis- | ten | to |

you. *

And I will bring you back from your captivity; I will gather you from all the nations and from | all | the | pla- - | ces. (Jeremiah 29:11a, 12, 14b)

Psalm Readings

Matins: Psalm 103

Vespers: Psalm 27 Psalm 97

First Reading: 1 Thess. 5:1-11

5  But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him. Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.

Gradual

|| The King’s daughter shall be | brought | to | the | King; *

The virgins, her companions who follow her, shall | be | brought| to - | You.

|| With gladness and rejoicing | they | shall | be | brought; *

They shall enter | the | King’s | pa- - | lace. (Psalm 45:14a, 15)

Verse

|| Al- | — | le- | lu - | ia! *

| Al- | — | le- | lu- - | ia!

|| I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of | heav- | en | from | God, *

Prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. | Al- | le- | lu- - | ia! (Rev. 21:2)

Second Reading: Matt. 25:1-13

25  “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. “And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’ Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut. “Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.

Collect

Absolve, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy people from their offenses, that from the bonds of our sins which by reason of our frailty we have brought upon us we may be delivered by Thy bountiful goodness; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.

Devotion from the Lutheran Herald

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Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.