“They Will Gather His Elect”
Inspire us, O God, to look forward to that time when we will be gathered home.
Remind us, O God, that here and now you make your home with us and so in a very real sense we are already gathered home.
Help us, O God, as your people to move toward being one people in these days even as we will be one people when the Great Day comes.
“Immediately after the suffering of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of heaven will be shaken. Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see ‘the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven’ with power and great glory. And he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” (Matthew 24:29-31)