First Lesson: Revelation 7:9-17
After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude
that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and
language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They
were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in
their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation
belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.” All
the angels were standing around the throne and around the
elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their
faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying: “Amen!
Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power
and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!” Then one
of the elders asked me, “These in white robes—who are they,
and where did they come from?” I answered, “Sir, you know.”
And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great
tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white
in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore, “they are before the throne
of God and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who
sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence. ‘Never
again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will
not beat down on them,’ nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb
at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; ‘he will lead
them to springs of living water.’ ‘And God will wipe away every
tear from their eyes.
Today's Psalm: Psalm 149
Second Lesson: 1 John 3:1-3
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we
should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The
reason the world does not know us is that it did not know
him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will
be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ
appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. All
who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.
Gospel Message: Matthew 5:1-12
Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a
mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and
he began to teach them. He said: “Blessed are the poor in
spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for
righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the
merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the
pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the
peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of
righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you
and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.
Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in
heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets
who were before you.
Today's Scripture Readers: The Green Family
Altar Flowers have been placed today by Otto & Ruby Litke in loving memory
of their beloved daughter, Myrna.
Special Music: Choir Anthem ~ "Heaven Came Down" directed by Deni Skutshek,
accompanied by Melodie Petersen