Proper 28 (Year B)

(Sunday between November 13 and November 19 inclusive)

Summary

In the readings for this Sunday we hear about Daniel’s vision: Those who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake (Daniel 12:1-3). The psalmist sings, O Lord, you are always with me; you show me the path of life (Psalm 16). The author of Hebrews encourages us to hold fast to our faith, preparing for the day of the Lord (Hebrews 10:11-25). In Mark, Jesus speaks of the temple’s fall, and other signs of what is to come (Mark 13:1-8).

Lectionary Readings

Daniel 12:1-3

1 “At that time Michael, the great prince, the protector of your people, shall arise. There shall be a time of anguish, such as has never occurred since nations first came into existence. But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone who is found written in the book. 2 Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. 3 Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.

Psalm 16

1 Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge.
2 I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
I have no good apart from you.”

3 As for the holy ones in the land, they are the noble,
in whom is all my delight.

4 Those who choose another god multiply their sorrows;
their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out
or take their names upon my lips.

5 The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup;
you hold my lot.
6 The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
I have a goodly heritage.

7 I bless the Lord who gives me counsel;
in the night also my heart instructs me.
8 I keep the Lord always before me;
because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices;
my body also rests secure.
10 For you do not give me up to Sheol,
or let your faithful one see the Pit.

11 You show me the path of life.
In your presence there is fullness of joy;
in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Hebrews 10:11-25

11 And every priest stands day after day at his service, offering again and again the same sacrifices that can never take away sins. 12 But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, “he sat down at the right hand of God,” 13 and since then has been waiting “until his enemies would be made a footstool for his feet.” 14 For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are sanctified. 15 And the Holy Spirit also testifies to us, for after saying,

16 “This is the covenant that I will make with them
after those days, says the Lord:
I will put my laws in their hearts,
and I will write them on their minds,”

17 he also adds,

“I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.”

18 Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.

19 Therefore, my friends, since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, 20 by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain (that is, through his flesh), 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us approach with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Mark 13:1-8

1 As he came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher, what large stones and what large buildings!” 2 Then Jesus asked him, “Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left here upon another; all will be thrown down.”

3 When he was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John, and Andrew asked him privately, 4 “Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign that all these things are about to be accomplished?” 5 Then Jesus began to say to them, “Beware that no one leads you astray. 6 Many will come in my name and say, ‘I am he!’ and they will lead many astray. 7 When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed; this must take place, but the end is still to come. 8 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. This is but the beginning of the birth pangs.

Liturgical Elements

Call to Worship

Based on Hebrews 10:22-25

Let us come to worship with a true heart
in full assurance of faith,
with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience
and our bodies washed with pure water.

Let us hold fast to the confession
of our hope without wavering,
for he who has promised is faithful.

And let us consider how to provoke one another
to love and good deeds,
not neglecting to meet together,
as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another,
and all the more as we see the Day approaching.

Prayer of Renewal

Based on Psalm 16

Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge.
You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.

You are my inheritance, my chosen portion and my cup;
you guard all that is mine.
The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
I have a wonderful heritage.

You give me counsel and guidance;
even in the night my heart instructs me.
You are always with me;
I will not be shaken, for you are right beside me.

Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices;
my body also rests secure. You show me the path of life.
In your presence there is fullness of joy;
in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Affirmation of Faith

Based on Daniel 12:1-3; Mark 13:5-8

Regarding the last days, we believe there will be a time of anguish,
such as has never occurred since nations first came into existence.
We believe that God’s people shall be delivered,
everyone who is found written in the book.
We believe that many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake,
some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
We believe that those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky,
and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.

In the last days, we believe that many will come in Jesus’ name and say,
”I am he!” and they will lead many astray.
We believe that when we hear of wars and rumors of wars,
we should not be alarmed; this must take place, but the end is still to come.
We believe that nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom;
there will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines.
We believe this is but the beginning of the last days.

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