The Lamb who was slain is worthy to receive strength and divinity, wisdom and power and honour: to him be glory and power for ever.
Almighty ever-living God,
whose will is to restore all things
in your beloved son, the King of the universe,
grant, we pray,
that the whole creation, set free from slavery,
may render your majesty service
and ceaselessly proclaim your praise.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Reference: Proverbs 31:10-13.19-20.30-31
Reference: Ezekiel 34:11-12.15-17
Theme: As for you, my sheep, I will judge between sheep and sheep.
The Lord says this: I am going to look after my flock myself and keep all of it in view. As a shepherd keeps all his flock in view when he stands up in the middle of his scattered sheep, so shall I keep my sheep in view. I shall rescue them from wherever they have been scattered during the mist and darkness. I myself will pasture my sheep, I myself will show them where to rest - it is the Lord who speaks. I shall look for the lost one, bring back the stray, bandage the wounded and make the weak strong. I shall watch over the fat and healthy. I shall be a true shepherd to them.
As for you, my sheep, the Lord says this: I will judge between sheep and sheep, between rams and he-goats
R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want
The Lord is my shepherd;
there is nothing I shall want.
Fresh and green are the pastures
where he gives me repose. R
Near restful waters he leads me,
to revive my drooping spirit.
He guides me along the right path;
he is true to his name. R
You have prepared a banquet for me
in the sight of my foes.
My head you have anointed with oil;
my cup is overflowing. R
Surely goodness and kindness shall follow me
all the days of my life.
In the Lord’s own house shall I dwell
for ever and ever. R
Reference: 1 Corinthians 15:20-26.28
Theme: He will hand over the kingdom to God the Father, so that God may be all in all.
Christ has been raised from the dead, the first-fruits of all who have fallen asleep. Death came through one man and in the same way the resurrection of the dead has come through one man. Just as all men die in Adam, so all men will be brought to life in Christ; but all of them in their proper order: Christ as the first-fruits and then, after the coming of Christ, those who belong to him. After that will come the end, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father, having done away with every sovereignty, authority and power. For he must be king until he has put all his enemies under his feet and the last of the enemies to be destroyed is death. And when everything is subjected to him, then the Son himself will be subject in his turn to the One who subjected all things to him, so that God may be all in all.
Blessings on him who comes in the name of the Lord!
Blessings on the coming kingdom of our father David!
Reference: Matthew 25:31-46
Theme: He will take his seat on his throne of glory, and he will separate men one from another.
Jesus said to his disciples: 'When the Son of Man comes in his glory, escorted by all the angels, then he will take his seat on his throne of glory. All the nations will be assembled before him and he will separate men one from another as the shepherd separates sheep from goats. He will place the sheep on his right hand and the goats on his left. Then the King will say to those on his right hand, "Come, you whom my Father has blessed, take for your heritage the kingdom prepared for you since the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you made me welcome; naked and you clothed me, sick and you visited me, in prison and you came to see me." Then the virtuous will say to him in reply, "Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you; or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and make you welcome; naked and clothe you; sick or in prison and go to see you?" And the King will answer, "I tell you solemnly, in so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me." Next he will say to those on his left hand, "Go away from me, with your curse upon you, to the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you never gave me food; I was thirsty and you never gave me anything to drink; I was a stranger and you never made me welcome, naked and you never clothed me, sick and in prison and you never visited me." Then it will be their turn to ask, "Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty, a stranger or naked, sick or in prison, and did not come to your help?" Then he will answer, "I tell you solemnly, in so far as you neglected to do this to one of the least of these, you neglected to do it to me." And they will go away to eternal punishment, and the virtuous to eternal life.'
The Prayer of the Faithful
V: Lord, hear us;
R: thy kingdom come.
Those in need:
Diane Burrell, Michael Clarke, Paul Clarke, Elle Deveson,
Ron Fuller, Karen Glover Hazel Hickman, John Levett,
Dave Manley, Fr Terry Morley, Jo Rees-Davies,
Olive Shaw, Margaret Smith, Maureen Smithers,
Roger Smithers, Chris Swetman, Julie Swetman,
Dorothy Valder, Laurie Wellard, Shirley Wellard, Timothy
The Recent Departed:
(22) Annie Reddish, Dorothy Rapson, James Beck,
(23) Amy Wilson, George Kerridge, Ellen Winkworth,
(24) Sister Grace SSM, Winifred Box
(25) Joseph McMaster, Isabelle McMaster, Ada White,
Edith Hollands, Albert Smith
(26) Edward King (Pr), Florence Armstrong,
(27) Emilie Parham, William Green,
Arthur Venables (Pr), Vera Austin
(28) Gerard Sampson (Pr), Charles Forster (Pr),
Eric Kemp (Bp), Ray Hickman