Reign of Christ Sunday or Proper 29
Gathering Music: “My Shepherd” Arr. Michael Card, ~ Pastor Scott
Welcome and Announcements
- Make your Home Advent Wreath (starts next week!)
- Virtual Christmas Bazaar – send digital photos for posting on our church Facebook page in the “Virtual Christmas Bazaar” photo album. Submissions open until 12/11. Items to be sold by 12/18. Make your check out to First Presbyterian Church with “Heifer Fundraiser” in the Memo line and send to PO Box 210, Trout Lake, WA 98650.
Prelude: “My Shepherd Will Supply My Need” arr. Mark Hayes
Call to Worship
The Lord God is our shepherd.
We are the people of God’s pasture, the sheep of God’s hand.
God will seek the lost, feed the hungry, and strengthen the weak.
But the proud and power-hungry will be fed with justice.
Let us pray together:
Prayer of the Day
God of majesty, you love us with an everlasting love and show us the way to justice and peace. In Jesus Christ you have reconciled the whole world to you and claimed us as your own, that we may live as his body on earth and, with all the saints, enter into your glory on the last day. Amen.
Hymn of Praise: #268 “Crown Him with Many Crowns”
Invitation to Healing
With sincere hearts, let us name our sins against Christ and one another:
Prayer for Wholeness
Sovereign God, we confess that we are not ready for your holy realm. You guide us toward right paths, but we refuse to follow where you lead. You love and feed and care for us, but we fail to love and serve others. Forgive us, merciful God, so that we may return to your fold and rejoice in your presence; through Jesus Christ our Lord, the Lamb upon the throne.
Please continue in silent prayer
Kyrie #437 “You Are the Lord, Giver of Mercy” ~ Pastor Scott
Assurance of Pardon and Passing of the Peace
Friends, believe this Good News: God is One and God is Three – Love constantly flowing in, out, and through; the gift of Jesus Christ for me and for you. For this we say: Thanks be to God!
Since God has loved us through Christ, let us love one another. Please share a sign of peace.
You are invited to share God’s Peace with those with whom you are worshiping.
Sung Response #591 “Halle, Halle, …” ~ Pastor Scott
Celebrating Joys: Where we have seen God at work
Hymn #628: “Praise, I Will Praise You, Lord” ~ Pastor Scott
Prayer of Illumination:
Holy God, open your Word. Give us a spirit of wisdom and revelation, that our eyes may be enlightened and we may know the hope to which we have been called; through Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.
Reign of Christ Lectionary: Thanksgiving Lectionary:
“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”
“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”
“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”
Reflection: “Thanks/Giving” ~ Pastor Scott Crane
Please spend several moments in silent reflection
RESPONSE TO THE WORD
Hymn of Response: #187 “Savior, like a Shepherd Lead Us”
Affirmation of Faith: ~ Excerpt from A Brief Statement of Faith
“In gratitude to God, empowered by the Spirit, we strive to serve Christ in our daily tasks and to live holy and joyful lives, even as we watch for God’s new heaven and new earth, praying, ‘Come, Lord Jesus!’”
Intercessory Prayers of the People
Our Shepherd satisfies our needs; in faith, let us pray to the Lord, saying,
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayers.
O Lord, our God, we pray for the church. As you have made Christ the head of all, help us to live faithfully as his body, continuing his mission in the world. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayers.
O Lord, our God, we pray for the earth. Let all the earth make a joyful noise to you, a song of praise to the rock of our salvation, for you are coming to reveal a new creation. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayers.
O Lord, our God, we pray for all nations. Drive out those wolves in sheep’s clothing who abuse the weak and scatter the flock. Come and save us; bring justice and peace. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayers.
O Lord, our God, we pray for this community. Help us to see Christ among our neighbors, serving those who are hungry and thirsty, naked and lonely, sick or in prison. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayers.
O Lord, our God, we pray for loved ones. Remember the people of your pasture: rescue the lost, bind up the broken, heal the sick, and feed those who hunger. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayers.
We pray for all whom we have lifted up today aloud or in the silences of our hearts…Lord in your mercy, “hear our prayers.”
Loving Shepherd, lead and guide us in green pastures and by still waters, in right paths and through dark valleys, until we feast with you in glory and dwell in your house forever; through our Lord Jesus Christ who taught his disciples to pray, saying:
The Lord’s Prayer: “…debts…debtors…” Hymnal p. 35
Invitation to Present Our Offerings
Let us offer our gifts to you, O God; whether we have much or only a little, we can share our daily bread so that all will be fed.
Members, friends, and guests: Church expenses total roughly $1900 a month. Thank you for your commitment and your generosity. Please make checks out to First Presbyterian Church of Trout Lake, PO Box 210, Trout Lake, WA 98650.
An Offering of Thanksgiving with Poetry or Song: “The ‘Thank You,God!’ Song”
Closing Hymn #363 “Rejoice, the Lord Is King!”
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord, serving faithfully until Christ comes to welcome his people home.
May the grace of Christ surround you, may the love of God astound you; May the Holy Spirit keep you, this day and forevermore.
Congregational Song “Let There Be Peace on Earth”
Question for Reflection
How would it change you to see the face of Christ in every stranger you meet?
Household Prayer: Morning
God of all creation, I greet your new day with thanksgiving and praise. Do not let me neglect the needs of those I meet today, and keep me faithful to your ways, for I want to live for you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Household Prayer: Evening
Thank you, Lord, for the gifts and challenges of this day. Where I failed to do your will, forgive me. Grant me peace throughout this night, in preparation for whatever you have for me tomorrow. In Jesus’ name, Amen.