The Rev. David Gunderson Sermon, Nov. 6, 2016

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The Lessons for the Feast of All Saints

The Collect of the Day  

Gracious God, in whom all creation finds life and being: open the eyes of our hearts, that we might behold your presence in all things; this we pray in the name of Jesus, your Anointed One.  Amen. 

The First Lesson: Ecclesiasticus 44:1-10

Let us now sing the praises of famous men and women

our ancestors in their generations.

The Lord apportioned to them great glory,

his majesty from the beginning.

There were those who ruled,

and made a name for themselves by their valour;

those who gave counsel because they were intelligent;

those who spoke in prophetic oracles;

those who led the people by their counsels

and by their knowledge of the people’s lore;

they were wise in their words of instruction;

those who composed musical tunes,

or put verses in writing;

all these were honoured in their generations,

and were the pride of their times.

Some of them have left behind a name,

so that others declare their praise.

But of others there is no memory;

they have perished as though they had never existed;

they have become as though they had never been born,

they and their children after them.

But these also were counted among the godly,

whose righteous deeds have not been forgotten. 

The Psalm: Psalm 139:1-13

1          LORD, you have searched me out and known me; *

you know my sitting down and my rising up;

you discern my thoughts from afar.

2          You trace my journeys and my resting-places *

and are acquainted with all my ways.

3          Indeed, there is not a word on my lips, *

but you, O LORD, know it altogether.

4          You press upon me behind and before *

and lay your hand upon me.

5          Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; *

it is so high that I cannot attain to it.

6         Where can I go then from your Spirit? *

where can I flee from your presence?

7          If I climb up to heaven, you are there; *

if I make the grave my bed, you are there also.

8          If I take the wings of the morning *

and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,

9          Even there your hand will lead me *

and your right hand hold me fast.

10        If I say, “Surely the darkness will cover me, *

and the light around me turn to night,”

11        Darkness is not dark to you;

the night is as bright as the day; *

darkness and light to you are both alike.

12        For you yourself created my inmost parts; *

you knit me together in my mother’s womb;

13        I will thank you because I am marvelously made; *

your works are wonderful, and I know it well. 

The Second Lesson: Ephesians 3:16-21

I bow my knees before the Father, and pray that, according to the riches of his glory, God may grant that you are strengthened in your inner Self with power through the Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.  Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Gospel: Matthew 20:20-28

The mother of the sons of Zebedee came to Jesus with her sons, and kneeling before him, she asked a favour of him. And Jesus said to her, ‘What do you want?’ She said to him, ‘Declare that these two sons of mine will sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom.’ But Jesus answered, ‘You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink?’ They said to him, ‘We are able.’ He said to them, ‘You will indeed drink my cup, but to sit at my right hand and at my left, this is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.’

When the ten heard it, they were angry with the two brothers. But Jesus called them to him and said, ‘You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. It will not be so among you; but whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave; just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve.


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