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Principle Service (Text shown)
Malachi 4. 1-2a
2 Thessalonians 3. 6-13
Luke 21. 5-19
Second Service (Text not shown)
Psalm [93;] 97
Matthew 13. 1-9, 18-23
Third Service (Text not shown)
1 Samuel 16. 1-13
Matthew 13. 44-52
whose blessed Son was revealed
to destroy the works of the devil
and to make us the children of God and heirs of eternal life:
grant that we, having this hope,
may purify ourselves even as he is pure;
that when he shall appear in power and great glory
we may be made like him in his eternal and glorious kingdom;
grant this for the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
to whom with you and the Holy Spirit,
be the kingdom, the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Post Communion Prayer 138
in this holy sacrament
you give substance to our hope:
bring us at the last
to that fullness of life for which we long;
through Jesus Christ our Saviour.
Malachi 4. 1-2a
See, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble; the day that comes shall burn them up, says the LORD of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch. But for you who revere my name the sun of righteousness shall rise, with healing in its wings.
O sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvellous things. His right hand and his holy arm have gained him victory. The LORD has made known his victory; he has revealed his vindication in the sight of the nations. He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God.
Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises. Sing praises to the LORD with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody. With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King, the LORD.
Let the sea roar, and all that fills it; the world and those who live in it. Let the floods clap their hands; let the hills sing together for joy at the presence of the LORD, for he is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness,
and the peoples with equity.
Sing to the Lord a / new / song :
for he / has done / marvellous / things.
His own right hand and his / holy / arm :
have / won for / him the / victory.
The Lord has made known / his sal/vation :
his deliverance has he openly shown
/ in the / sight of the / nations.
He has remembered his mercy and faithfulness
towards the / house of / Israel :
and all the ends of the earth
have seen the sal/vation / of our / God.
Sound praises to the Lord, / all the / earth :
break into / singing / and make / music.
Make music to the Lord / with the / lyre :
with the lyre / and the / voice of / melody.
With trumpets and the / sound of the / horn :
sound praises be/fore the / Lord, the / King.
Let the sea thunder and / all that / fills it :
the world and / all that / dwell up/on it.
Let the rivers / clap their / hands :
and let the hills ring out together before the Lord,
for he / comes to / judge the / earth.
In righteousness shall he / judge the / world :
and the / peo/ples with / equity.
2 Thessalonians 3. 6-13
Now we command you, beloved, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to keep away from believers who are living in idleness and not according to the tradition that they received from us. For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us; we were not idle when we were with you, and we did not eat anyone’s bread without paying for it; but with toil and labour we worked night and day, so that we might not burden any of you. This was not because we do not have that right, but in order to give you an example to imitate. For even when we were with you, we gave you this command: Anyone unwilling to work should not eat. For we hear that some of you are living in idleness, mere busybodies, not doing any work. Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living. Brothers and sisters, do not be weary in doing what is right.
Luke 21. 5-19
When some were speaking about the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and gifts dedicated to God, he said, ‘As for these things that you see, the days will come when not one stone will be left upon another; all will be thrown down.’
They asked him, ‘Teacher, when will this be, and what will be the sign that this is about to take place?’ And he said, ‘Beware that you are not led astray; for many will come in my name and say, “I am he!” and, “The time is near!” Do not go after them.
‘When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for these things must take place first, but the end will not follow immediately.’ Then he said to them, ‘Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and plagues; and there will be dreadful portents and great signs from heaven.
‘But before all this occurs, they will arrest you and persecute you; they will hand you over to synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors because of my name. This will give you an opportunity to testify. So make up your minds not to prepare your defence in advance; for I will give you words and a wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to withstand or contradict. You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, by relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death. You will be hated by all because of my name. But not a hair of your head will perish. By your endurance you will gain your souls.