The Twenty-fifth Sunday after Trinity

November 26, 2023

The Twenty-seventh Sunday of the Pentecost Season

The Last Sunday of the Church Year

Christ the King Sunday


Our Lord and King Reigns!


            In ancient Israel, the new year festival of Rosh Hashanah (celebrated in September) was a two day occasion to give thanks to God for His benevolence to His people.   During Rosh Hashanah, as several of the psalms attest – including our Psalm for today (Psalm 96) — the LORD was symbolically enthroned as the Ruler of Israel. “Yahweh malak!”  was what the people shouted in Hebrew.   It means “the Lord reigns.”   Today, on this Christ The King Sunday, which is also the Last Sunday of the Church year.   This morning we’ll talk about how the LORD reigns as our true King from heaven for our earthly and eternal good, and also how Jesus will one day return to earth as our King  – not to rule an earthly kingdom (as many Christians wrongly believe), but to judge the world and to deliver His Church into heaven. 

            Christ the King Sunday has been customarily set aside for Christians to reflect upon what it means to have Jesus Christ as our “King.”   Regrettably, many Christians (including us, at times) treat our King, Christ Jesus, the way that modern countries treat their “constitutional monarchs” — like a figurehead, or as a symbol, but not necessarily as Someone with any real authority over their lives.   Yet, if Jesus Christ is our King of Kings and Lord of Lords – and He is – you and I will want to acknowledge Him be our real King, and not just a figurehead.   In so doing, we will want Him to rule our lives.  That theme will be the focus of our worship today.

            It has long been the custom in Christian Churches like ours (sometimes known as “liturgical [structured worship] churches” ) to focus our public worship and study attention during the month of November on what the Bible teaches concerning the Last Times and Judgment Day, about Heaven and Hell, as well as the importance of our being spiritually prepared either for Christ’s Second Coming to judge the world, or for the moment of death (at which point eternity for us will begin).    The purpose behind this is so that we might maintain a proper understanding of what the Lord teaches us in Scripture about how the world will end, about what will take place on the Last Day, and about why these are teachings which are not only important for us to know, but which can – and should – be very edifying and encouraging for our Christian faith.    At Grace Lutheran Church we typically maintain this custom/tradition by following what has come to be known as “the Church Calendar.”   Through the course of a twelve month period that begins in late November/early December with the season of Advent (this year…next Sunday, December 3rd), then follows with the Christmas, Epiphany, Lent and Easter seasons, and concludes with the half-year long Pentecost/ Trinity season, we try to devote our public worship and study time in God’s Word to an organized, systematic approach that studies God’s Word in order to cover both the major events of Christ’s life and the principal ways that we Christians live out our lives of faith for our good and especially for God’s glory.  



Today’s Scripture Lessons

            Our Old Testament Lesson is a vision the Lord gave Daniel about the Last Times – specifically about the various adversaries of the Church (and how the Lord will ultimately dispense with them) and about the return for Judgment of the “Son of Man” (none other than Jesus Christ).   Incidentally, the “Ancient of Days” referred to in this reading is God the Father.   

            In today’s Epistle Lesson and Sermon Text is part of John’s introduction to the book of Revelation.  Here he presents Jesus to his readers the picture of Jesus as our heavenly King, Who is the Eternal God, Who has Redeemed Us, and Who is coming as the Righteous Judge to judge the world on the Last Day and to deliver His Church into glory.

            This morning’s Children’s Lesson and Gospel Lesson both will talk about how Jesus, as He lived (and died), didn’t look like the King of Kings that He was (and is).  Most people mocked Him on Good Friday, and Pilate even chose to refer to Him as “The King of the Jews” (though not believing He was).  But one of the thieves crucified with Christ was able, by grace, to see and believe in Jesus as His Savior, Lord, and King.   It took a miracle – the Holy Spirit’s miracle of conversion – the same miracle of faith which God has also worked in our hearts and through which we see Christ – not as a martyr to a lost cause – but as the Savior of lost souls and our loving Master and Lord. 

            Our Final Lesson this morning will be read at the close of today’s worship service.   Taken from the final chapter of Revelation, we’ll give our attention to the last words of the Scriptures.   Here Jesus speaks about how He is coming soon for His Church, and so how we need to remain Spiritually prepared.   He also warns anyone who chooses to mishandle or alter the Scriptures that his punishment will be devastating.          




A Children’s Nursery is available to assist parents with small children during the worship hour.  We encourage parents to bring children into worship.  This helps children learn why we come here each week — to praise God.  Furthermore, we believe that the power of God the Holy Spirit in the written and spoken Word blesses the hearts and souls of little children, no less than adults.  But for very young children, the nursery is, at times, a necessity.  It is located in our second/rear seating area, behind the first door along the north wall.   It is available to you at any time during the service.




The portions of God’s Word used in this worship flyer have been taken from The Holy Bible, Evangelical Heritage Version    Copyright 2019,   The Wartburg Project, Inc.   All rights reserved.   Used with permission.




Pre-Service PrayerO Lord God, Almighty Creator, from Whom every good and perfect gift comes, You have bountifully blessed me across the course of my life.   You have established and maintained my faith through Your Word and Sacraments.  You have provided for my bodily needs.   You have protected me from spiritual harm and have kept me in the true Christian faith in spite of the sinful influences around me and within me.  For Your abundant goodness to me, I humbly praise and thank You today.  In however many days and years that might lie ahead for me on this earth, I beg You to continue to bless me with Your abiding presence, Your Fatherly protection, and Your guidance in all areas of my life.   I submit myself to Your gracious will, with the confidence that You will use me, as Your humble servant, in whatever ways will serve to further Your glory and Your kingdom. Bless and enrich my faith as I hear Your Word today, and receive my heart-felt praises and generous, first-fruits offerings, in the name and for the sake of Jesus Christ, Your Son, my Savior and Lord.  It is in His name that I pray.   Amen.




A Service of Praise and Adoration



Pre-service prayer                                                                                                                Pre service music


Pre-Worship Hymn Singing, beginning at 9:25 a.m.


We Worship Our Lord and King


The Service Introduction and Invitation to Worship


After which the Congregation will rise for


The Invocation


Pastor             We begin this service in the name of the Father


Congregation Who gave us our lives through His almighty power.


P:         And of the Son

C:        Who redeemed our lives with His precious blood.


P:         And of the Holy Spirit

C:        Who gave us eternal life through faith in Christ Jesus.


P:         Amen.



The Psalm for Today                                                                                                                Psalm 96:8-13



  • Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name.



  • Bring an offering and come into His courts.

P:         Worship the Lord in holy splendor.    

C:        Tremble before Him, all the earth.



  • Say among the nations, “The Lord is King.



  • The world is firmly established.   

P:         It shall never be moved.  

C:        He will judge the peoples with equity.”


P:         Let the heavens be glad and let the earth rejoice.

C:        Let the sea roar and all that fills it.

P:         Let the field exults and everything in them.

C:        Let everything and everyone sing for joy before the Lord,


P:         for He is coming to judge the world with righteousness

C:        and the peoples with His truth.

After which the Congregation may be seated for


The Opening Hymn                                            Hymn 462 “Oh, that the Lord Would Guide My Ways”


1 Oh, that the Lord would guide my ways t keep his statutes still!

Oh, that my God would grant me grace   o know and do his will!


2 Order my footsteps by your Word,   And make my heart sincere;

Let sin have no dominion, Lord,   But keep my conscience clear.


3 Assist my soul, too apt to stray,   A stricter watch to keep;

And should I e’er forget your way,   Restore your wand’ring sheep.


4 Make me to walk in your commands –   ‘Tis a delightful road –

Nor let my head or heart or hands  Offend against my God.


After which the Congregation will rise as


We Make Confession Of Our Sins To God


Pastor God, our Heavenly Father, invites us to come into His presence and to worship Him with humble and penitent hearts.  Therefore, let us now turn to Him, acknowledging our sinfulness and seeking His forgiveness for all our sins.


Congregation Holy and merciful Father,   I confess that I am by nature sinful   and that I have disobeyed You in my thoughts, words, and actions;    I have done what is evil in Your sight   and have failed to do

what is good.    For this I know that I deserve Your punishment, both now and for eternity.     But I am truly sorry for all my sins,   and trusting in the perfect life   and innocent death of my Savior,   Jesus Christ, I plead:   God have mercy on me, a sinner.


Pastor Our gracious Lord and Master has shown us His mercy:   He has given His one and only Son to save us from all our sins.     And now, carrying out my office as a called servant of Christ,  and according to His

 command and authority,   I forgive you all your sins   in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  May the peace of God rest upon all of you.    Amen.


In joyful response to this reassurance of God’s love and forgiveness for us in Christ, please join me now as we sing the praises of our gracious and majestic Lord and King:



“Majesty”                                                                                 written by Jack Hayford, Rocksmith Music

                                                                                                         used with permission, CCLI # 13666699


Majesty, worship His majesty.  

Unto Jesus, be all glory, honor and praise.

 Majesty….Kingdom authority,   flow from His throne,

unto His own, His anthem raise.

So exalt – lift up on high, the name of Jesus.

Magnify, come glorify, Christ Jesus the King.

  Majesty, worship His majesty.   Jesus Who died.

Now glorified.   King of all Kings.

The Prayer for Today


O Everlasting God,  + Author and Giver of Life, +   Who gave us Your Son, Jesus Christ,  +   so that in Him we might have everlasting life ….   +    According to Your will,   + and in Your own appointed time,   +   make our faith complete   + with the glory and perfection of heaven,   +  through that ultimate victory  +    which the Church will enjoy on the Last Day,   +  when the effects of sin, death, and Satan   +    have been overcome  by the power     +    and according to the promise   +   of Your Son, our Savior, Lord and King       Jesus Christ     Who lives and rules with You and the Holy Spirit,   +   as the one true God.    +   Now and forever.   +    Amen.


After which the Congregation will be seated


We Hear God’s Word


The First Lesson                                                                                                                         Daniel 7:1-27


In the first year of King Belshazzar of Babylon,  Daniel had a dream. When he was on his bed, he saw visions in his head. Then he wrote down the dream by recording the main points.


2 Daniel said:   “During my visions at night, I was watching and saw the four winds of heaven churning up the great sea. 3 Four large beasts were coming out of the sea, each one different from the others.


4 The first was like a lion. It had wings like an eagle. I kept watching until its wings were plucked off. Then it was lifted up from the earth so that it stood on its feet like a man, and a man’s mind was given to it.


5 Then another appeared, a second beast that looked like a bear. It was raised up on one side. Three ribs were in its mouth between its teeth. This is what was being said to it: “Arise, devour much flesh.”


6 After this, I kept watching and another beast appeared which was like a leopard. It had four bird wings on its back. The beast had four heads, and dominion was given to it.


7 After this, I kept watching the night visions, and another beast appeared. The fourth beast was frightening and terrifying and very strong. It had large iron teeth. It devoured and crushed. With its feet it trampled whatever was left. Now it was different from all the beasts that came before it. It had ten horns.


8 I was thinking about the horns when suddenly another horn, a little one, came up among them. Three of the horns that had already been there were uprooted to make room for it. I noticed eyes like human eyes on that horn, and it had a mouth which was speaking boastfully.


9 I continued to watch until thrones were set up, and the Ancient of Days was seated. His clothing was white as snow, and the hair on his head was like pure wool. His throne was flames of fire. Its wheels were blazing fire. 10 A river of fire flowed out from his presence. Thousands upon thousands served him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him. The court was seated, and books were opened.


11 I kept paying attention to the sound of the boastful words that the horn was speaking. I kept watching until the beast was killed, and its body was destroyed and thrown into the burning fire. 12 As for the rest of the beasts, their dominion had been taken away, but their lives were prolonged for a set period of time.


13 I kept watching the night visions, and there, in the clouds of heaven, I saw one like a son of man coming. He came to the Ancient of Days, and he was brought before him. 14 To him was given dominion, honor, and a kingdom. All peoples, nations, and languages will worship him. His dominion is an eternal dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will not be destroyed.

15 I, Daniel—my spirit was distressed within my body, and the visions in my head disturbed me. 16 I approached one of those standing there, and I asked him for the truth about all this. So he spoke to me and made the meaning of these visions clear to me. 17 “These great beasts are four kings who will arise from the earth. 18 But the saints of the Most High will receive the kingdom, and they will possess the kingdom forever—yes, forever and ever.”


19 Then I wanted to be certain about that fourth beast that was different from all the others. It was very frightening. Its teeth were iron, and its claws were bronze. It devoured and crushed, and whatever was left it trampled with its feet. 20 I also wanted to be certain about the ten horns on its head, about the other horn that came up, and about the three horns that fell to make room for it. What is more, that horn had eyes and a mouth that was speaking boastful things. Its appearance was greater than that of the other horns that were with it. 21 I kept watching, and that horn made war against the saints and prevailed over them, 22 until the Ancient of Days came, and judgment was rendered in favor of the saints of the Most High. Then the time came, and the saints took possession of the kingdom.


23 So this is what he said to me: “The fourth beast is the fourth kingdom that will come on the earth. It will be different from all the kingdoms. It will devour the entire earth, trample it, and smash it. 24 As for the ten horns—ten kings will arise from that kingdom, and another king will arise after them. He will be different from the previous ones, and he will humble three kings. 25 He will speak words against the Most High so that he will wear down the saints of the Most High. Moreover, he has plans to change times and the law. So the saints will be given into his hand for a time, times, and half a time.


26 Then the court will be seated, and the horn’s dominion will be taken away in order to destroy it and wipe it out forever. 27 But the kingdom and the dominion and the greatness of the kingdoms under all the heavens will be given to the people, to the saints of the Most High. His kingdom is an eternal kingdom, and all dominions will worship and obey Him.


The Epistle Lesson                                                                                                               Revelation 1:4-8


4 John,

To the seven churches in the province of Asia:


Grace to you and peace from Him Who is, Who was, and Who is coming, and from the seven spirits that are before His throne, 5 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful Witness, the Firstborn from the dead, and the Ruler of the kings of the earth.


To him Who loves us and has freed us from our sins by His own blood 6 and made us a kingdom and priests to God His Father—to Him be the glory and the power forever. Amen.


7 Look, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him,

including those who pierced Him.  And all the nations of the earth will mourn because of Him.   Yes. Amen.


8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, the One Who is, and Who was, and Who is coming, the Almighty.


after which the Congregation will rise, for the reading of



The Gospel Lesson                                                                                                               John 18:28-19:16


28 Early in the morning, the Jews led Jesus from Caiaphas to the Praetorium. They did not enter the Praetorium themselves, so that they would not become ceremonially unclean. (They wanted to be able to eat the Passover meal.)   29 So Pilate went out to them and said, “What charge do you bring against this Man?”


30 They answered him, “If this Man were not a criminal, we would not have handed Him over to you.”


31 Pilate told them, “Take Him yourselves and judge Him according to your law.”


The Jews said, “It’s not legal for us to put anyone to death.” 32 This happened so that the statement Jesus had spoken indicating what kind of death He was going to die would be fulfilled.


33 Pilate went back into the Praetorium and summoned Jesus. He asked Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?”


34 Jesus answered, “Are You saying this on Your own, or did others tell you about Me?”


35 Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own people and chief priests handed You over to Me. What have You done?”


36 Jesus replied, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight so that I would not be handed over to the Jews. But now My kingdom is not from here.”


37 “You are a king then?” Pilate asked.


Jesus answered, “I am, as you say, a king. For this reason I was born, and for this reason I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to My voice.”


38 “What is truth?” Pilate said to him.


After he said this, he went out again to the Jews and told them, “I find no basis for a charge against Him. 39 But you have a custom that I release one prisoner to you at the Passover. So do you want me to release the King of the Jews for you?”


40 Then they shouted back, “Not this Man, but Barabbas!” (Now Barabbas was a rebel.)


19:1   Then Pilate took Jesus and had Him flogged. 2 The soldiers also twisted together a crown of thorns and placed it on His head. Then they threw a purple robe around Him. 3 They kept coming to Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” And they kept hitting Him in the face.


4 Pilate went outside again and said to them, “Look, I am bringing Him out to you to let you know that I find no basis for a charge against Him.”


5 So Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, “Behold the Man!”


6 When the chief priests and guards saw Him, they shouted, “Crucify! Crucify!”


Pilate told them, “Take Him yourselves and crucify Him, for I find no basis for a charge against Him.”


7 The Jews answered him, “We have a law, and according to that law He ought to die, because He claimed to be the Son of God.”


8 When Pilate heard this statement, he was even more afraid. 9 He went back inside the palace again and asked Jesus, “Where are You from?”


But Jesus gave him no answer.


10 So Pilate asked Him, “Are You not talking to me? Don’t You know that I have the authority to release You or to crucify You?”


11 Jesus answered, “You would have no authority over Me at all if it had not been given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed Me over to you has the greater sin.”


12 From then on Pilate tried to release Jesus. But the Jews shouted, “If you let this Man go, you are no friend of Caesar! Anyone who claims to be a king opposes Caesar!”


13 When Pilate heard these words, he brought Jesus outside. He sat down on the judge’s seat at a place called the Stone Pavement, or Gabbatha in Aramaic. 14 It was about the sixth hour on the Preparation Day for the Passover. Pilate said to the Jews, “Here is your King!”


15 They shouted, “Away with Him! Away with Him! Crucify Him!”


Pilate said to them, “Should I crucify your King?”


“We have no king but Caesar!” the chief priests answered.


16 So then Pilate handed Jesus over to them to be crucified.



The Apostles’ Creed


I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.  And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord;   Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost;   Born of the Virgin Mary;  Suffered under Pontius Pilate;   Was crucified, dead and buried;   He descended into hell;   The third day He rose again from the dead;   He ascended into heaven And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty;   From thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.  I believe in the Holy Ghost;   The Holy Christian Church, the Communion of Saints;  The forgiveness of sins;   The resurrection of the body;    And the life everlasting.  Amen.


after which the Congregation will be seated for


The Children’s Lesson                                                                                                             Luke 23:38-43


38 There was also an inscription written above him: “This is the King of the Jews.”


39 One of the criminals hanging there was blaspheming him, saying, “Aren’t you the Christ? Save yourself and us!”


40 But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God, since you are under the same condemnation? 41 We are punished justly, for we are receiving what we deserve for what we have done, but this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come in your kingdom.”


43 Jesus said to him, “Amen I tell you: Today you will be with me in paradise.”


He Didn’t Look Like a King…..But He Was, and He Is, and He Will Be….Forever

The Hymn of the Day                                                        Hymn 341  “Crown Him With Many Crowns”


1 Crown him with many crowns,  The Lamb upon his throne;

Hark how the heav’nly anthem drowns    All music but its own.

Awake, my soul, and sing   Of him who died for thee,

And hail him as thy matchless King   Through all eternity.


2 Crown him the Lord of love –   Behold his hands and side,

Rich wounds, yet visible above,   In beauty glorified.

No angel in the sky   Can fully bear that sight,

But downward bends his wond’ring eye   At mysteries so bright.


3 Crown him the Lord of life,   Who triumphed o’er the grave

And rose victorious in the strife    For those he came to save.

His glories now we sing    Who died and rose on high,

Who died eternal life to bring   And lives that death may die.


4 Crown him the Lord of heav’n,    Enthroned in worlds above;

Crown him the King to whom is giv’n    The wondrous name of Love.

Crown him with many crowns    As thrones before him fall;

Crown him, ye kings, with many crowns    For he is King of all.


after which the Congregation will rise for


The Greeting


Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God, and of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Amen.



Sermon Text                                                                                                                          Revelation 1:4-8

                                                                                                                                    (today’s Epistle Lesson)


Let’s Praise Christ, our King

  1. For Who He Is
  2. For What He Has Done

III.   For What He Will Do


following the Sermon, the Congregation  will REMAIN SEATED for


The Post-Sermon Blessing


To Him Who loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood and has made us to be a Kingdom and priests to serve His God and Father – to Him be glory and power for ever and ever.  Amen.



We Offer Our Gifts and Prayers to the Lord


Our Offerings of Love to our Lord


Offerings will be received this morning through offering plates passed among those who have gathered here for worship.     However, for those viewing this service online,  we offer you the following suggestions for providing God with Your thank-offerings through our ministry:     

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 (415 N. 6th Place, Lowell, AR 72745); or

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As the offerings are brought forward, the Congregation rises for prayer

  • Our Prayers for Each Other




    Included in our prayers this morning:

    A Prayer of Thanksgiving on behalf of Carl Boettcher, our

    brother in Christ, whom the LORD graciously called home

    to heaven yesterday afternoon;

    and also

    A Prayer of Thanksgiving on behalf of Erich & JoAnn Diewock,

    celebrating their 68th wedding anniversary this morning.



    The Prayers of the Church             


    P:         To him Who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power for ever and ever!


    C:        Let us rejoice and be glad and give Him glory.


    P:         You are worthy, O Christ our King, to receive honor and glory and praise, for You created all things and by Your will they were created and have their being.


    C:        Alleluia! For our Lord God Almighty reigns!

            You are worthy, O Christ our King, to receive honor and glory and praise because You were slain, and with Your blood You purchased us for God. From every tribe and language and people and nation You have called us into Your kingdom and have made us priests to serve You, our God and Father.


    C:        Help us to live as royal priests.


    P:         We give thanks to You, O Christ our Shepherd-King, because You have searched for us and found us. Lead us to the green pastures and quiet waters of Your saving love, so that we may enjoy peace and comfort for our souls.


    C:        Heal our hearts when they are broken with sin and guilt. Strengthen us when we are  weak.


    P:         We give thanks to You, Lord God Almighty, because You have taken Your great power and have begun to reign. Come with Your mighty power to break and defeat every evil plan and purpose of the devil, of the ungodly influences and ideas of the world, and of our own sinful nature. Use Your power to calm the unrest among nations and peoples so that Your kingdom may spread and grow.


    C:        Strengthen our confidence in knowing that Your kingdom will never be destroyed.

    P:         O Christ our King, You have supremacy over all. You will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples with equity. You have destroyed death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. Reign in our hearts that we may serve You more faithfully and speak to others of Your saving love more boldly.


    C:        Praise be to the Lord God, Who alone does marvelous deeds. May the whole earth be filled with His glory.


    P:         Look, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him. The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ, and He will reign for ever and ever, King of Kings and Lord of Lords.


    C:        The Lord God Almighty reigns! Let us rejoice and be glad and give Him glory! Amen,  and Amen!


    P:         Finally, Eternal God!  Keep us all in Your saving faith, by which You enable us to overcome all things through the power of   and by faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.  It is in His name that we offer this prayer, and now continue by praying:


    C:        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.


    After which the Congregation will be seated



    We Leave With The Lord’s Blessing


    The Closing Scripture Reading                                                                                    Revelation 22:10-22


    12 Look, I am coming soon and my reward is with me, to repay each one according to what he has done. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. 14 Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the Tree of Life and so that they may enter through the gates into the city. 15 Outside are the dogs, that is, the sorcerers, the adulterers, the murderers, the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.


    16 I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the bright Morning Star.


    17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears this say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come. Let the one who wants the water of life take it as a gift.


    18 I give this warning to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book. 19 And if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the Tree of Life and in the Holy City, which are written in this book.


    20 The one who testifies about these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.”


    Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!  

    21 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with all the saints.   Amen.


    The Benediction


    The Lord bless you and keep you.

    The Lord make His face to shine upon You

    and be gracious unto you,

    The Lord look upon you with favor,  and give you His peace.   Amen.



    The Closing Hymn                                                                      Hymn 368   “O Savior, Precious Savior”


    1 O Savior, precious Savior,   Whom, yet unseen, we love,

    O name of might and favor,   All other names above,

    We worship thee; we bless thee;   To thee, O Christ, we sing;

    We praise thee and confess thee,   Our holy Lord and King.


    2 O Bringer of salvation,   Who wondrously hast wrought,

    Thyself the revelation   Of love beyond our thought,

    We worship thee; we bless thee;   To thee, O Christ, we sing;

    We praise thee and confess thee,   Our gracious Lord and King.


    3 In thee all fullness dwelleth,   All grace and pow’r divine;

    The glory that excelleth,   O Son of God, is thine.

    We worship thee; we bless thee;   To thee, O Christ, we sing;

    We praise thee and confess thee,   Our glorious Lord and King.


    4 Oh, grant the consummation   Of this our song above

    In endless adoration   And everlasting love!

    Then shall we praise and bless thee   Where perfect praises ring

    And evermore confess thee,   Our Savior and our King.


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