Grace Lutheran Church

LUTHERAN CHURCH - MISSOURI SYNOD

739 19th St. SE; Paris, TX 75460 903-784-3753

The Last Sunday of the Church Year


Introit                                                                                                                                          Ps. 39:4-5, 7-8; antiphon: Is. 35:10

The ransomed of the LORD shall return and come to Zion with | singing;*
  everlasting joy shall be up- | on their heads.
They shall obtain glad- | ness and joy,*
  and sorrow and sighing shall | flee away.
O LORD, make me know my end and what is the measure | of my days;*
  let me know how fleeting | I am!
Behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths, and my lifetime is as nothing be- | fore you.*
  Surely all mankind stands as a | mere breath!
And now, O Lord, for what | do I wait?*
  My hope | is in you.
Deliver me from all my trans- | gressions.*
  Do not make me the scorn | of the fool!
Glory be to the Father and | to the Son*
  and to the Holy | Spirit;
as it was in the be- | ginning,*
  is now, and will be forever. | Amen.

The ransomed of the LORD shall return and come to Zion with | singing;*
  everlasting joy shall be up- | on their heads.
They shall obtain glad- | ness and joy,*
  and sorrow and sighing shall | flee away.


Collect of the Day


  O Lord, absolve Your people from their offenses that, from the bonds of our sins which by reason of our frailty we have brought upon ourselves, we may be delivered by Your bountiful goodness; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.


Readings:


Isaiah 65:17-25

   Psalm 149 (antiphon: v. 2)

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
  Matthew 25:1-13


Gradual                                                                                                                                                                                   Ps. 45:14-15

In many-colored robes [the king’s daughter] is led | to the king,*
  with her virgin companions following be- | hind her.
With joy and gladness they are | led along*
  as they enter the palace | of the king.


Verse                                                                                                                                                                                             Rev. 21:2


Alleluia. I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. Alleluia.