The warnings are dire

First Lutheran Church of the Trinity
Sunday, November 17
23rdSunday after Pentecost

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The end is near. There is no doubt about it. The warnings are dire. The tone of today’s texts is ominous. But the baptized know how to live in the “meantimes.” The baptized are strengthened for the living of these days in word and sacrament. The baptized rally around the invitation of the apostle: “Brothers and sisters, do not be weary in doing what is right.”

Readings and Psalm
Malachi 4:1-2a
A day of blistering heat for the arrogant; a day of healing sun for the righteous
Psalm 98
In righteousness will the Lord judge the world. (Ps. 98:9)
2 Thessalonians 3:6-13
Do not be idle, but do what is right for the sake of Christ
Luke 21:5-19
Jesus speaks of wars, endurance, betrayal, and suffering for his sake