New Testament 3
2 Thessalonians 1:3-12
We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is fitting, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of every one of you all abounds toward each other, 4
so that we ourselves boast of you among the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that you endure, 5
which is manifest evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you also suffer; 6
since it is a righteous thing with God to repay with tribulation those who trouble you, 7
and to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, 8
in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9
These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, 10
when He comes, in that Day, to be glorified in His saints and to be admired among all those who believe, because our testimony among you was believed. 11
Therefore we also pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power, 12
that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. Officiant: The Word of the Lord. The People:
Thanks be to God.
Praise the LORD! Sing to the LORD a new song, And His praise in the assembly of saints. 2
Let Israel rejoice in their Maker; Let the children of Zion be joyful in their King. 3
Let them praise His name with the dance; Let them sing praises to Him with the timbrel and harp. 4
For the LORD takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble with salvation. 5
Let the saints be joyful in glory; Let them sing aloud on their beds. 6
Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, And a two-edged sword in their hand, 7
To execute vengeance on the nations, And punishments on the peoples; 8
To bind their kings with chains, And their nobles with fetters of iron; 9
To execute on them the written judgment -- This honor have all His saints. Praise the LORD! *At the end of the Psalms this is sung or said
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: * as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.
New Testament 2
Then I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God. And he cried with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea, 3
saying, 'Do not harm the earth, the sea, or the trees till we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.' 4
And I heard the number of those who were sealed. One hundred and forty-four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel were sealed: Officiant: The Word of the Lord. The People:
Thanks be to God.
Gospel Introduction to the Gospel:
Deacon:The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you. Or And with your spirit
Deacon: May the Lord be on our minds, on our lips, and on our hearts as we hear His Holy Gospel. The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew
People: Glory to You, Lord Christ.
Deacon: We are reading from Matthew's Gospel chapter 25, beginning at verse 31
When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. 32
All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. 33
And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. 34
Then the King will say to those on His right hand, 'Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35
for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36
I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.' 37
Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38
When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39
Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?' 40
And the King will answer and say to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.'
After the Gospel reading, the deacon elevates the book and says:
Deacon: The Gospel of the Lord.
People: Praise to You, Lord Christ.