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.”