SUNDAY (November 15, 2020)
Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
“For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness.” (1 Thessalonians 5:5)
“Be silent before the Lord GOD! For the day of the LORD is near; the LORD has prepared a sacrifice and consecrated his guests. And on the day of the LORD’s sacrifice— “I will punish the officials and the king’s sons and all who array themselves in foreign attire. On that day I will punish everyone who leaps over the threshold, and those who fill their master’s house with violence and fraud.” (Zephaniah 1:7–9)
Words of judgement make us squirm a bit. They sound so raw and unyielding. However, Christ has given us the appropriate attire to come before the Master. He has clothed us in the Baptismal garments of His righteousness. He has marked us as His own. We are redeemed, forgiven and loved.
Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Let your grace be upon Art, O Lord, and teach him to hope in the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Prayer of the Week
Almighty and ever-living God, You have given exceedingly great and precious promises to those who trust in You. Dispel from us the works of darkness and grant us to live in the light of Your Son, Jesus Christ, that our faith may never be found wanting; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.