Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time C, November 6, 2016

Haggai 1:15b-2:9
Psalm 145:1-5, 17-21
Psalm 98:1-9
2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17
Luke 20:27-38

CALL TO WORSHIP
One: We gather today to worship a Lord who is ever faithful to us.
All: “My spirit abides among you; do not fear.”
One: “Once again, in a little while, I will shake the heavens and the earth and the sea and the dry land; ”
All: “and I will shake all the nations, so that the treasure of all nations shall come, and I will fill this house with splendor.”
One:  O sing to the Lord a new song, for he is doing marvelous things.
All: Let us worship the God of hope in the resurrection of life everywhere.

OPENING PRAYER
Gracious Lord, we think that we know a lot, but in you are contained the eons and this moment.  We think we know what was best, but you can bring us a future that we can not imagine.  We think we have all the arguments right and that our minds have the correct thoughts, but you turn everything upside down and teach us instead of resurrection and the hope that comes with life in you.  Let us follow your lead and learn more of your ways today.  Amen.

CALL TO CONFESSION
The Psalmist says, “the Lord is just in all his ways, and kind in all his doings.”  Let us come with contrite hearts not paralyzed by fear.  Let us confess our sins to the greatest judge.

PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Merciful One, we want to be fruits of your salvation, but instead we bear none of your fruit.  We live in the glory of the good old days, and wish to return to some imagined perfection.  We do not trust that you will be working with us to make tomorrow better, and we definitely do not trust new people having influence.  We do not stand firm in following your path and loving those whom you loved.  We are, as ever, in need of your help.  Forgive us, please.  Help us be open to the new and exciting wonders that you are bringing forth.  Help the resurrection happen in us, too.  Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON
The Psalmist also says, “the Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.  He fulfills the desire of all who fear him; he also hears their cry, and saves them.” As we now meditate on the greatness of God, know that you are not too far from the Savior.  Know that in the name of Jesus Christ I can now declare that you are forgiven.  Now go and sin no more.

INVITATION TO THE TABLE
At this table many sit around the world today.  And many more have sat here in the past.  At this table have been the disciples themselves, the faithful of the early church, the bearers of the flame in dark, hidden corners and from the greatest seats of power.  At this table sat beloved grandparents and mentors, lost children and friends.  At this table we are never alone.  Christ brings with him a whole host of saints and friends and loved ones to keep us company.  Come to this table today to be fed.  Come to this table to find company.  Come and know that you are never alone or unloved.  Come.

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