Worship for Reign of Christ/Christ the King Sunday, November 21, 2021 (Proper 29)

THE GATHERING

* Stand if willing and able

Gathering Music: Hymn #41 “O Worship the King”

Welcome and Announcements:

  1. Thanksgiving Food Basket contributions are due today at the Baptist Church; see Judy Skelton for details.
  2. Redecorate the Church for Advent which begins next week, November 28, 2021!
  3. We will be holding our Heifer fundraiser Christmas Bazaar with the Community Holiday Bazaar on Saturday December 4th at the Grange. Time to create, come and purchase, or to take turns sitting at our table.  Sign-up for shifts with Judy Skelton.

Prelude: “Thank You, Jesus” by Anne Ortlund   

* Call to Worship 

Grace to you and peace from the one who is and who was and who is to come,

And from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts.

The whole earth is full of God’s glory.

Let us pray together:

* Prayer of the Day    

Sovereign God, come to us now in silent, holy power. Still our distracted minds, our bruised hearts, our longing bodies. Then speak the power of Jesus’ name in such a way that we might hear it, in such a way that we might bear it into the world—as a people who seek not to preserve what we know but to make palpable who you are— for we move and pray by the gift of your breath within us. Amen.

* Hymn of Praise #2 “Come, Thou Almighty King”

* Invitation to Wholeness

Trusting in the power of God not only to fashion the world but to mend and refashion our hearts, let us say how it is with us.

* Prayer of Wholeness

Holy One, we dare to call you Lord, but yield to you only fragments of our lives.  You had nowhere to lay your head; we surround ourselves with comfort.  We expect to serve you with what remains after we have indulged our desires.   Forgive our greed, our lack of trust, our desire to pick the times and places we will respond to our call.  In your abundant mercy teach us what it means to follow, even at the cost of our lives.

            Please observe a moment of silent prayer, then sing as one voice:

* Kyrie #437 “You Are the Lord, Giver of Mercy

* 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; the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you!

And also with you!

Let us share signs of peace.

* Sung Response #591 “Halle, Halle, …(chorus twice)

Celebrating Joys and Where We Have Seen God at Work

 Hymn #628: “Praise, I Will Praise You, Lord”

THE WORD

Prayer of Illumination:

Spirit of truth, move now in ancient words and cluttered hearts that we might hear your voice and live, for we long to be glad servants of your hidden, holy reign.  We pray in the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace. Amen.

Hebrew Scripture: 2 Samuel 23:1-7 p. 410 OT

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Optional Children’s Storytime:

Epistle Reading: Revelation 1:4b-8 p. 334 NT

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Gospel Reading: John 18:33-37 p. 153 NT

“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”

Reflection: “Kin-dom Leaning” ~ Pastor Scott Crane

Please spend several moments in silent reflection

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

* Hymn of Response: # 49 “The God of Abraham Praise”

* Affirmation of Faith: Adapted from the Confession of 1967, 9.22

Biblical visions and images of the rule of Christ, such as a heavenly city, the household of God, a new heaven and earth, a marriage feast, and an unending day culminate in the image of the kingdom.  Already God’s reign is present as a ferment in the world, stirring hope in all people…with an urgency born of this hope, the church applies itself to present tasks and strives for a better world.  In steadfast hope, the church looks beyond all partial achievement to the final triumph of God.

Intercessory Prayers of the People

Call and response: “Lord in your mercy,” “Hear our prayers.”

Minute for Mission: A Matthew 25 ChurchEliminate Systemic Poverty Sunday

Invitation to Present Our Offerings

Sisters and brothers, we worship the One who stands at the beginning and end of all of history, namely God’s Christ, for whom all time is now.  Every day we have a chance to participate in the work of God’s Spirit in the world, even as Jesus did in Palestine so many years ago.  By bringing our gifts each week, by offering our lives each day, we affirm our trust in a power beyond violence, beyond greed. Let us gladly offer who we are and what we hold in service to the Lord.

Offertory: “Minuet” by W.A. Mozart                 

* Doxology

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

Praise Christ all creatures here below!

Praise Holy Spirit evermore!

Praise Triune God whom we adore!  Amen!

* Prayer of Dedication

Holy God, the psalmist declares that in your realm, all the poor are satisfied with bread. Plant that promise firmly in our hearts, that we might be agents of your covenant love. Use these gifts and shape our desire until hunger is no more. For we have been taught to seek our neighbor’s daily bread; this we ask in the name of Jesus, who taught his disciples to pray, saying:

* The Lord’s Prayer (…debts…debtors…)

SENDING

* Closing Hymn #378 “We Wait the Peaceful Kingdom”

* Charge

Sisters and brothers, there is no greater joy in life, no greater freedom, than to offer our lives in service to God. Let the same mind be in us that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant.

* Blessing

May the Lord God, who is, who was, who is to come, the Almighty, be your strength, your hope, and your joy, this day and forevermore.

* Congregational Song “Let There Be Peace on Earth”

Lyrics found on the inside front cover of the hymnal.

Bathrooms and a diaper changing station are located in the Fellowship Hall.  Please join us across the way for refreshments and conversation following worship.

Questions for Reflection

Jesus said that his kingdom is not of this world and that belonging to his way of life means a constant attentiveness to his voice.  How are you (individually and as a community) embodying the countercultural reign of God?  What is a further step that you are being called to take?  How might you make more time to listen for his voice?

Household Prayer: Morning

Gracious God,

Help me to receive this day as gift: in the tasks for which I do not feel prepared, in the needs I am not strong enough to meet. In my caution and in my confidence teach me to listen for your voice and to watch for your provision. Grant me the gift of life in community, that I might witness your desire flowing through others, that I might be joined to greater service, for I pray in the name of Jesus, whose every breath was praise. Amen.

Household Prayer: Evening

Lord of Life,

As I recollect this day, help me to recognize your witness in truth that challenged convenience, in decisions that stretched my heart, in forgiveness freely offered.  Teach me to trust the sound of your voice and to follow where you lead, for I would serve in the shelter of your reign.  Amen.

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