Proper 27 (Year C)

Sunday between November 6 and November 12 inclusive

Summary

In the readings for this Sunday Job writes: I know that my Redeemer lives; at the last I will see my God (Job 19:23–27a). The psalmist sings: Hear a just cause, O Lord; guard me as the apple of your eye (Psalm 17:1–9). The apostle Paul writes: Do not be deceived; stand firm and hold fast to our traditions (2 Thessalonians 2:1–5, 13–17). In Luke, the Sadducees ask Jesus a question about marriage and resurrection (Luke 20:27–38).

Lectionary Readings

Job 19:23–27a

23 “O that my words were written down!
O that they were inscribed in a book!
24 O that with an iron pen and with lead
they were engraved on a rock forever!
25 For I know that my Redeemer lives,
and that at the last he will stand upon the earth;
26 and after my skin has been thus destroyed,
then in my flesh I shall see God,
27 whom I shall see on my side,
and my eyes shall behold, and not another.

Psalm 17:1–9

1 Hear a just cause, O Lord; attend to my cry;
    give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit.
2 From you let my vindication come;
    let your eyes see the right.

3 If you try my heart, if you visit me by night,
    if you test me, you will find no wickedness in me;
    my mouth does not transgress.
4 As for what others do, by the word of your lips
    I have avoided the ways of the violent.
5 My steps have held fast to your paths;
    my feet have not slipped.

6 I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God;
    incline your ear to me, hear my words.
7 Wondrously show your steadfast love,
    O savior of those who seek refuge
    from their adversaries at your right hand.

8 Guard me as the apple of the eye;
    hide me in the shadow of your wings,
9 from the wicked who despoil me,
    my deadly enemies who surround me.

2 Thessalonians 2:1–5, 13–17

1 As to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we beg you, brothers and sisters, 2 not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as though from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord is already here. 3 Let no one deceive you in any way; for that day will not come unless the rebellion comes first and the lawless one is revealed, the one destined for destruction. 4 He opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, declaring himself to be God. 5 Do you not remember that I told you these things when I was still with you?

13 But we must always give thanks to God for you, brothers and sisters beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the first fruits for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and through belief in the truth. 14 For this purpose he called you through our proclamation of the good news, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15 So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by our letter.

16 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and through grace gave us eternal comfort and good hope, 17 comfort your hearts and strengthen them in every good work and word.

Luke 20:27–38

27 Some Sadducees, those who say there is no resurrection, came to him 28 and asked him a question, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies, leaving a wife but no children, the man shall marry the widow and raise up children for his brother. 29 Now there were seven brothers; the first married, and died childless; 30 then the second 31 and the third married her, and so in the same way all seven died childless. 32 Finally the woman also died. 33 In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife will the woman be? For the seven had married her.”

34 Jesus said to them, “Those who belong to this age marry and are given in marriage; 35 but those who are considered worthy of a place in that age and in the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage. 36 Indeed they cannot die anymore, because they are like angels and are children of God, being children of the resurrection. 37 And the fact that the dead are raised Moses himself showed, in the story about the bush, where he speaks of the Lord as the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. 38 Now he is God not of the dead, but of the living; for to him all of them are alive.”

Liturgical Elements

Call to Worship

Psalm 17:6-7

I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God;
incline your ear to me, hear my words.

Wondrously show your steadfast love,
O savior of those who seek refuge
from their adversaries at your right hand.

Prayer of Renewal

Based on Psalm 17:8; 2 Thessalonians 2:15, 17; Luke 20:37-38

Lord Jesus,
guard us and hide us
in the shadow of your wings.
Help us to stand firm and hold fast
to the truths that we have been taught.
Comfort our hearts and strengthen them
in every good work and word.
As your children, who will one day be raised to new life,
may we know you as the God of Abraham,
the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob -
the God not of the dead, but of the living;
for to you all of them are alive.
In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

Affirmation of Faith

Based on Job 19:25, 27; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4

Brothers and sisters, what do we believe concerning
the coming of the Lord and our being gathered together with him?

We believe that our Redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ, lives,
and that at the last he will stand upon the earth;
and we shall behold him with our eyes.

We believe that the day of the Lord will not come until the rebellion comes first
and the lawless one is revealed, the one destined for destruction.

We believe that he opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship,
so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, declaring himself to be God.

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