Pentecost 24 Worship Preview

Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ (Matthew 25:13)

Our readings during November speak of the end times. Zephaniah proclaims that the coming day of the Lord will be filled with wrath and distress. Jesus tells the parable of the talents, calling us to use our gifts, while we still have time, for the greater and common good. In a world filled with violence and despair, we gather around signs of hope—word, water, bread and wine—eager to welcome the good news of Christ’s coming among us. and that all tears will be wiped away in the new Jerusalem.

Sunday’s Worship Music

In traditional worship, our Hymn of the Day is Lord of Light (688).  As Jesus warns of his second coming, warning that we who await his return should make good use of the gifts God provides us, we sing a prayer to God that our talents be used, “so on earth your will be done.”  In New Day worship we sing “Fear Not” and hear these words of assurance, Fear not, for I am with you, Says the Lord.  I have redeemed you I’ve called you by name.  Child, you are Mine.  Together they remind us of the rhythm of grace and calling in our lives.

Sermon Question:

Do you invest wisely?

For Your Home Devotions

Do you recognize the places where God has gifted you in life?

How does fear prevent you from being the kind of steward God expects you to be?

Who really loses when you fail to use your giftedness wisely?

Besides money, what are the other things that God asks you to invest on behalf of the Kingdom of God?

 

Rev. Craig Ross

Rev. Craig Ross

Senior Pastor

The vibrancy of life here at St. Peter’s makes my service on our staff a joy and privilege. Visitation, teaching and preaching are the ministries that feed my pastoral identity, as together our staff and lay members share in our missional calling … Building a community of faith by God’s grace.

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