8th November                                                                         Remembrance Sunday

Collect of the Day

Almighty Father,
whose will is to restore all things in your beloved Son, the King of all: govern the hearts and minds of those in authority, and bring the families of the nations,
divided and torn apart by the ravages of sin, to be subject to his just and gentle rule; who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

 

First Reading

Wisdom of Solomon 6.12-16

12Wisdom is radiant and unfading, and she is easily discerned by those who love her, and is found by those who seek her.  13She hastens to make herself known to those who desire her.  14One who rises early to seek her will have no difficulty, for she will be found sitting at the gate.  15To fix one’s thought on her is perfect understanding, and one who is vigilant on her account will soon be free from care, 16because she goes about seeking those worthy of her,
and she graciously appears to them in their paths, and meets them in every thought.

 

Psalm or Canticle

Wisdom of Solomon 6.17-20

17 The beginning of wisdom is the most sincere desire for instruction, and concern for instruction is love of her,
18 and love of her is the keeping of her laws, and giving heed to her laws is assurance of immortality, 19 and immortality brings one near to God; 20 so the desire for wisdom leads to a kingdom.

Second Reading

1 Thessalonians 4.13-18

13We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who have died, so that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 14For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have died. 15For this we declare to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will by no means precede those who have died. 16For the Lord himself, with a cry of command, with the archangel’s call and with the sound of God’s trumpet, will descend from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up in the clouds together with them to meet the Lord in the air; and so we will be with the Lord for ever. 18Therefore encourage one another with these words.

 

Gospel

Matthew 25.1-13

Jesus spoke this parable to the disciples: 1‘The kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; 4but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. 5As the bridegroom was delayed, all of them became drowsy and slept. 6But at midnight there was a shout, “Look! Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.” 7Then all those bridesmaids got up and trimmed their lamps. 8The foolish said to the wise, “Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.” 9But the wise replied, “No! there will not be enough for you and for us; you had better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.” 10And while they went to buy it, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went with him into the wedding banquet; and the door was shut. 11Later the other bridesmaids came also, saying, “Lord, lord, open to us.” 12But he replied, “Truly I tell you, I do not know you.” 13Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.’

 

Post Communion Prayer

God of peace,
whose Son Jesus Christ proclaimed the kingdom
and restored the broken to wholeness of life: look with compassion on the anguish of the world, and by your healing power make whole both people and nations; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

 

Copyright acknowledgement (where not already indicated above):

1 Thessalonians 4.13-18 ©  1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ, USA

Matthew 25.1-13 ©  1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ, USA

Wisdom of Solomon 6.12-16 ©  1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ, USA

Post Communion (3rd before Advent) ©  CBFCE 1980; Archbishops' Council 1999 / Church of the Province of Southern Africa

Some material included in this service is copyright: ©  The Archbishops' Council 2000