The Third Sunday in End Time - Saints Triumphant

Opening Hymn

Opening Hymn
Around the Throne, a Glorious Band (CW 549)


Isaiah 52:1-6
Without money you will be redeemed

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
We will be with the Lord forever

Matthew 25:1-13
The parable of the ten virgins

Psalm 84 - Hymnal p. 96

Marty Haugen has published a lovely rhythmic setting of Psalm 84 titled “How Lovely Is Your Dwelling Place” available for purchase at The selection is scored for piano and C-instrument. Consider using this accessible selection to substitute for the Psalm of the Day or as a separate anthem.


NPH Verse of the Day
The End Time verses were written by Carl Schalk. They are very similar to each other for the Sundays of End Time. Consider having a choir or soloist sing the verse each of the four Sundays of End Time.…


Wake, Awake

This arrangement of the Hymn of the Day comes from Mendelssohn’s great oratorio “St. Paul.” It is accessible to an average four-part choir. If the choir sings “Wake, Awake” as an anthem, it would be wise to chose another hymn for the hymn of the day. (See sermon hymn below for another option.) Ordering information and an mp3 recording are available at

For a more contemporary flavor:

There Is a Higher Throne
CWS 727

Hymn of the Day

Wake, Awake, for Night Is Flying
CW 206

An excellent organ introduction on this hymn can be found in Michael Burkhardt’s “5 Advent Hymn Improvisations” from Morning Star Music Publishers.

Organ Possibilities

Many amazing preludes on the Hymn of the Day have been composed over the years. Bach’s famous prelude on “Wachet auf” from the Six Schuebler Chorales is not to be missed. Consider it for an offertory. Consider the wonderful preludes on Wachet auf in the Advent volume of the Augsburg Organ Library for pre-service.

Prayer of the Church

End Time or Saints Triumphant from Christian Worship: Altar Book

End Time or Saints Triumphant—Responsive

M: Lord of eternity and King of saints, all the heavens adore you. Saints and angels sing before you.
C: We too join them to praise your majesty.
M: You clothe us with garments of splendor. You bless us with grace and mercy in this life and eternal glory forever. What undeserved love you show us!
C: We thank you, Lord, that you have made us your saints.
M: Encourage us by your gracious promises. Forgive our failures to live as you desire. Strengthen the faith of all who are weak and wandering.
C: Give us power to live as your faithful people.
M: Your saints will triumph forever in new heavens and a new earth. The sound of weeping and crying will be heard no more. We anticipate with joy an eternity of perfect fellowship with you.
C: Be with us as we work and witness for Christ, so that many more people can join us before your throne.
Special prayers and intercessions may follow.
M: Hear us, Lord, as we bring you our private petitions.
Silent prayer.
M: Lord of life, the day is coming when you will come down from heaven with the voice of the archangel and the trumpet call of God. On that glorious day, the saints triumphant will rise in bright array, clothed in your perfect righteousness.
C: Give us strength until that day when we will share fully in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

© 1999 Northwestern Publishing House. Reprinted by permission.

Sermon Hymn

Blessed Are They
CWS 730

There Is a Blessed Home
CWS 729

Closing Hymn

Lord, When Your Glory I Shall See
CW 219

Suggestion: Sing this as the closing hymn for End Time IIIV. Begin softly and slowly increase the volume throughout the hymn. It will become a parish favorite within the three weeks.

Special Rite

The following is gleaned from the Commission on Worship website:

If a parish regularly observes All Saints’ Day (November 1), this rite may be used on that day instead. If the Common Service is used, the Creed may be placed after the Sermon. Before beginning this custom a parish should decide if it prefers to observe it regularly on New Year’s Eve or on Saints Triumphant.

The names of deceased members are read. A bell may toll once after each name is read, either an exterior bell if audible in the church or a single low-pitched handbell. The death date may be read or omitted. For fewer deceased members select fewer passages beginning and ending with John 11.

Commemoration of the Faithful Departed

M: I am resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies;
C: And whoever lives and believes in me will never die. (John 11:25-26)

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M: Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
C: Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. (Colossians 3:1-2)

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M: I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth.
C: And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God. (Job 19:25-26)

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M: I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes in him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned;
C: He has crossed over from death to life. (John 5:24)

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M: I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
C: Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness. (2 Timothy 4:7-8)

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M: For none of us lives to himself alone and none of us dies to himself alone. If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord.
C: So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. (Romans 14:7-8)

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M: Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.
C: I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise. (Luke 23:42-43)

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M: Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope.
C: We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-14)

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M: In that day they will say, “Surely this is our God;
C: We trusted in him, and he saved us.” (Isaiah 25:9)

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M: My flesh and my heart may fail,
C: but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. (Psalm 73:26)

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M: Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed—in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.
C: For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. (1 Corinthians 15:51-52)

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M: Be faithful, even to the point of death.
C: And I will give you the crown of life. (Revelation 2:10)

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M: In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you.
C: I am going there to prepare a place for you. (John 14:2)

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M: The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away;
C: may the name of the LORD be praised.” (Job 1:21)

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M: With long life will I satisfy him
C: and show him my salvation. (Psalm 91:16)

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M: I will rejoice over Jerusalem and take delight in my people;
C: the sound of weeping and of crying will be heard in it no more. (Isaiah 65:19)

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M: The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him;
C: it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD. (Lamentations 3:25-26)

  • For all the men and women who died in the saving faith
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M: For the LORD will ransom Jacob
C: and redeem them from the hand of those stronger than they. (Jeremiah 31:11)
M: I am resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies;
C: And whoever lives and believes in me will never die. (John 11:25-26)

Rev. Aaron Christie

Aaron Christie serves pastor at Trinity Lutheran in Waukesha, WI. He also serves the synod as a member of the WELS Commission on Worship and a frequent presenter and consultant for the WELS School of Worship Enrichment.

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