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. Paul says it will come like a thief in the night and urgent us to be awake and sober. 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.
Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18
The day of the Lord
Psalm 90:1-8, 12
So teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts to wisdom
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Be alert for the day of the Lord
The story of the slaves entrusted with talents
Worship Themes and Music
In a time when we may otherwise be seeking peace and comfort, we learn in today’s readings that the day of the Lord is an unsettling time. Like a thief in the night, God works God’s plan in the world. While at first glance this might not seem like a comfort, as Christians we know that God continually comes to our world bringing love and reconciliation.
In worship we share the peace with one another as a sign of this unexpected love. We choose to make peace even with those whom we feel have wronged us. In a world that glorifies revenge and retribution, we make peace as a subversive act. We also SING about the peace we share and the peace from God in our hymn of the day, When Peace Like a River. In this song we continually remind each other of God’s peace which teaches us “whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say, it is well, it is well with my soul.”
Peace is more than a state of mind, it’s an act offered to a neighbor in the hope of reconciliation. Where in your life can you follow the example we read in the Bible and offer peace in an unexpected way?
The parable of the talents in the gospel reading this week reminds us that we are to use our God-given assets to effect positive change in the world. What needs in the community can you meet with your skills, talents, or possessions?