Second Sunday of End Time - Last Judgment

Use these resources to plan worship for the Second Sunday of End Time.

Opening Hymn

The King Will Come at Age’s End - CWS 731

Lessons

  • Daniel 7:9-10 - The Judge takes his seat
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 - The Day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night
  • Matthew 25:31-46 - The Judge will divide the sheep from the goats

Psalm

Psalm 90
Hymnal p. 99

Download Psalm 90 from the “Reformation Psalter” on the Commission on Worship’s website. The choir sings the verses in 4-part harmony. The congregation sings the refrains from the hymnal. If a four-part choir is not available, the choir can sing the melody of the psalm with the keyboard filling in the harmony. The psalm is available at http://archive.wels.net/cgi-bin/site.pl?2601&collectionID=847

Another publication to consider would be “Six Psalm Settings with Antiphons” by John Folkening at Morning Star Music. http://www.morningstarmusic.com/viewitem.cfm/item_id/80-700

Verse

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.

http://online.nph.net/p-4733-verse-of-the-day-pentecost-13-christ-the-ki…

Possible Solo for Bass or Alto (Advanced):

“Thus Saith the Lord” and “Who May Abide the Day of His Coming” from Handel’s Messiah.

Anthem (Advanced)

“Rex Tremendae” from Mozart’s Requiem

This would be a stretch for many choirs. It is a stretch worth engaging in, however. The music can be downloaded for free at http://www.free-scores.com/download-sheet-music.php?pdf=14350 The Latin text is the basis of CW 209 v. 5.

Anthem (Easy)

Softly and Tenderly
LAPPY pp. 276-277

Hymn of the Day

Day of Wrath, Oh, Day of Mourning
CW 209

Don’t play this too quickly. It is a chant melody. Perhaps the organ could play a quiet solo to highlight verse 4.

Piano Possibility

Softly and Tenderly

A pdf piano arrangement of “Softly and Tenderly” can be downloaded for $2.00 at http://www.augsburgfortress.org/store/item.jsp?clsid=254461&productgroup… This gentle piece might provide some balance for an otherwise weighty Sunday.

Prayer of the Day

Last Judgment from Christian Worship: Altar Book

End Time or Last Judgment—Responsive Prayer
M: Out of the depths we cry to you, O Lord; O Lord, hear our voices.
C: Let your ears be attentive to our cries for mercy.
M: Heavenly Father, we confess with sorrow that we have sinned and deserve only your anger and punishment.
C: If you kept a record of our sins, we would surely be lost.
M: We confess with joy that your unfailing love has redeemed us.
C: Our hope is in you and in your full redemption.
M: Around us we see the birth pangs of the last days: war, famine, earthquakes, false prophets, spiritual apathy.
C: Use these signs to remind us that we do not know the day or hour when Christ will come again.
M: Keep us faithful to your Word; send your Spirit to strengthen our faith so that we are always prepared for your Son’s return as judge.
C: Make us faithful in sharing your Word, and cause many more to put their hope in you before the end comes.
M: Build our fellowship of love as brothers and sisters in faith.
C: Help us support one another when trials and troubles come our way.
Special prayers and intercessions may follow.
M: Hear us, Lord, as we bring you our private petitions.
Silent prayer.
M: Heavenly Father, we eagerly wait for Jesus to come again and make all things new. May he find us, whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life, faithfully enduring to the end, through the power of your Holy Spirit.
C: Come, Lord Jesus. May your grace be with us. Amen.
© 1999 Northwestern Publishing House. Reprinted by permission.

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.

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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