Twenty Third Sunday After Pentecost

Be prepared!

Collect: Proper 27

O God, whose blessed Son came into the world that he might destroy the works of the devil and make us children of God and heirs of eternal life: Grant that, having this hope, we may purify ourselves as he is pure; that, when he comes again with power and great glory, we may be made like him, in his eternal and glorious kingdom; where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

Joshua 24:1-3a. . . Joshua  urges Israel to pledge their faithfulness to the one true God.

psalm 78:1-8 . . . . An introduction to Israel’s epic journey.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; . . ., Paul prepares the Thessalonians for Jesus’ return with the hope of reunion with those who have died in Christ.

Matthew 25:1-13 . . . . In Jesus’ parable in today’s gospel, the long-delayed bridegroom arrives to find only five bridesmaids prepared to celebrate with him.

Sermon by Jim Somerville, Pastor of Richmond’s First Baptist Church: “Choose this day and every day.”

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