Sunday Worship Guide - Reign of Christ Sunday

 

Worship Guide

November 21, 2021

Reign of Christ Sunday

Creating Disciples of Jesus who Transform the World

 

ENTRANCE WITH PRAISE

 

Greetings:

Minister: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you!

People: And also with you!

 

Special Music: With My Whole Heart” - Michael

 

Centering Words:

 

Come, rest from your struggles, your worries, and your work. May the Lord of Love reign above every earthly power, and in our hearts as well.

 

*Call to Worship:

 

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

People:  Grace from Jesus, the faithful witness and lover of our souls.

Leader:   “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come.”

People:  To the one who loves us and who freed us from our sins, to God be the glory and power forever and ever.

Leader:   Let us pray.

 

ALL: Lord of Love, we give thanks that we belong to your kingdom, which is higher and greater than any human power. Every child and elder, every neighbor and foreigner finds a home in your kingdom of peace. Jesus said, “Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.” Give us ears to hear the voice of Christ our king above the din of human voices. Settle the dust that becomes stirred up inside us by debate or division. Give us eyes to see your will and ears to hear your word, so that we may love one another, love ourselves, and love you with all that we are. In your holy name, we pray. Amen.

 

Hymn: My Life Flows On”

 

My life flows on in endless song;

above earth’s lamentation

I hear the clear though far off hymn

that hails a new creation.

 

No storm can shake my inmost calm

while to that Rock I'm clinging.

Since love is Lord of heaven and earth,

how can I keep from singing?

 

Through all the tumult and the strife,

I hear that music ringing.

It finds an echo in my soul.

How can I keep from singing?

 

No storm can shake my inmost calm

while to that Rock I'm clinging.

Since love is Lord of heaven and earth,

how can I keep from singing?

 

What though my joys and comforts die?

I know my Savior liveth.

What though the darkness gather round?

Songs in the night He giveth.

 

No storm can shake my inmost calm

while to that Rock I'm clinging.

Since love is Lord of heaven and earth,

how can I keep from singing?

 

The peace of Christ makes fresh my heart,

a fountain ever springing!

All things are mine since I am his!

How can I keep from singing?

 

No storm can shake my inmost calm

while to that Rock I'm clinging.

Since love is Lord of heaven and earth,

how can I keep from singing?

 

PROCLAMATION OF THE WORD

 

Words of Assurance

 

 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord, the one who loves you and frees you from your sin.

In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven! Amen

 

*New Testament Reading: Revelation 1:4-8

 

4 John to the seven churches that are in Asia:

Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, 5 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.

To him who loves us and freed us from our sins by his blood, 6 and made us to be a kingdom, priests serving his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

7     Look! He is coming with the clouds;

every eye will see him,

even those who pierced him;

and on his account all the tribes of the earth will wail.

So it is to be. Amen.

8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.

 

Leader:   This is the Word of God, for the People of God

People:  Thanks be to God!

 

WORD AND RESPONSE

 

Time with Young Friends: “Jesus Loves Me

Children’s Message: “Christ is King”

 

Hymn: “Come, Thou Almighty King”

 

Come, thou almighty King,

help us thy name to sing, help us to praise!

Father all glorious, o'er all victorious,

come and reign over us, Ancient of Days!

 

Come, thou incarnate Word,

gird on thy mighty sword, our prayer attend!

Come, and thy people bless,

and give thy Word success,

Spirit of holiness, on us descend!

 

Come, holy Comforter,

thy sacred witness bear in this glad hour.

Thou who almighty art,

now rule in every heart,

and ne’er from us depart, Spirit of power!

 

To thee, great One in Three,

eternal praises be, hence, evermore.

thy sovereign majesty may we in glory see,

and to eternity love and adore!

 

Sermon: “Everyone Who Belongs” - John 18:33-37

 

33 Then Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” 34 Jesus answered, “Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?” 35 Pilate replied, “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me. What have you done?” 36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.” 37 Pilate asked him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.”

 

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

 

 Prayers of the People: Joys and concerns

Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer

 

THE SACRAMENTS OF HOLY COMMUNION

 

Invitation, Prayer of Confession and Pardon:

 

Christ our Lord invites to his table

all who love him,

who earnestly repent of their sin

and seek to live in peace with one another.

 

Therefore, let us confess our sin before God

and one another.

 

Merciful God,

we confess that we have not loved you

with our whole hearts.

We have failed to be an obedient church.

We have not done your will,

we have broken your law,

we have rebelled against your love,

we have not loved our neighbors,

and we have not heard the

cry of the needy.

Forgive us, we pray.

Free us for joyful obedience,

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

 

Hear the good news:

Christ died for us while we were yet sinners;

that proves God's love toward us.

In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven!

 

In the name of Jesus Christ, you are    forgiven.

Glory to God. Amen

 

 The Great Thanksgiving  

 

The Lord be with you

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts

We lift them up to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

 

It is right, and a good and joyful thing,

always and everywhere

to give thanks to you,

Father Almighty, creator of

heaven and earth.

 

You formed us in your image and

breathed into us the breath of life.

When we turned away, and our love failed,

your love remained steadfast.

You delivered us from captivity,

made covenant to be our sovereign God,

and spoke to us through your prophets.

And so,

with your people on earth

and all the company of heaven

we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

 

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord,

God of power and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes

in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.

 

Holy are you, and blessed is your Son

Jesus Christ.

Your Spirit anointed him

to preach good news to the poor,

to proclaim release to the captives

and recovering of sight to the blind,

to set at liberty those who are oppressed,

and to announce that the time had come

when you would save your people.

He healed the sick, fed the hungry,

and ate with sinners.

By the baptism of his suffering,

death, and resurrection,

you gave birth to your church,      

delivered us from slavery to sin and death,

and made with us a new covenant

by water and the Spirit.

 

When the Lord Jesus ascended,

he promised to be with us always,

in the power of your Word and Holy Spirit.

 

On the night in which he gave himself up for us, he took bread, gave thanks to you, broke the bread, gave it to his disciples, and said:

"Take, eat; this my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me."

 

When the supper was over, he took the cup,

gave thanks to you, gave it to his disciples, and said:

 

"Drink from this all of you;

this is my blood of the new covenant,

poured out for you and for many

for the forgiveness of sins.

Do this, as often as you drink it

in remembrance of me."

 

And so,

in remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ,

we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving

as a holy and living sacrifice,

in union with Christ's offering for us,

as we proclaim the mystery of faith

 

Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.

 

Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here,

and on these gifts of bread and wine.

Make them be for us the body and blood of Christ,

that we may be for the world the body of Christ,

redeemed by his blood.

By your Spirit make us one with Christ,

one with each other,

and one in ministry to all the world,

until Christ comes in final victory,

and we feast at his heavenly banquet.

Through your Son Jesus Christ,

with the Holy Spirit in your holy Church,

all honor and glory is yours, almighty Father,

now and forever.   Amen

And now with the confidence of children of God, let us stand and sing the Lord’s Prayer:

 

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name.

 

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done,

hallowed be thy name.

 

On earth as it is in heaven.

hallowed be thy name.

 

Give us this day our daily bread.

hallowed be thy name.

 

Forgive us our trespasses

hallowed be thy name.

 

as we forgive those who trespass against us.

hallowed be thy name.

 

And lead us not into temptation

hallowed be thy name.

But deliver us from all that is evil.

hallowed be thy name.

 

For thine is the kingdom,

the power and the glory

hallowed be thy name.

 

For thine is the kingdom,

the power and the glory

hallowed be thy name.

 

Amen, amen, it shall be so

hallowed be thy name.

Amen, amen, it shall be so

hallowed be thy name.

 

As we share in the bread of life,

is it not a sharing in the body of Christ.

 

And as we share in the cup of Salvation,

Is it not a sharing in the blood of Christ.

 

 Moment of Prayer and Meditation

 

Prayer of Thanks  

 

Eternal God, we give you thanks

for this holy mystery

in which you have given yourself to us. 

Grant that we may go into the world

in the strength of your Spirit,

to give ourselves to others,

in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. 

Amen

 

SENDING FORTH

 

Hymn: “We’ve a Story to Tell to the Nations”

 

We’ve a story to tell to the nations,

that shall turn their hearts to the right,

a story of truth and mercy,

a story of peace and light,

a story of peace and light.

 

For the darkness shall turn to dawning,

and the dawning to noonday bright;

and Christ’s great kingdom

shall come on earth,

the kingdom of love and light.

 

We’ve a song to be sung to the nations,

that shall lift their hearts to the Lord,

a song that shall conquer evil

and shatter the spear and sword,

and shatter the spear and sword.

 

For the darkness shall turn to dawning,

and the dawning to noonday bright;

and Christ’s great kingdom

shall come on earth,

the kingdom of love and light.

 

We’ve a message to give to the nations,

that the Lord who reigneth above

hath sent us his Son to save us,

and show us that God is love,

and show us that God is love.

 

For the darkness shall turn to dawning,

and the dawning to noonday bright;

and Christ’s great kingdom

shall come on earth,

the kingdom of love and light.

 

We’ve a Savior to show to the nations,

who the path of sorrow has trod,

that all of the world’s great peoples

might come to the truth of God,

might come to the truth of God.

 

For the darkness shall turn to dawning,

and the dawning to noonday bright;

and Christ’s great kingdom

shall come on earth,

the kingdom of love and light.

 

Benediction

 

 

Events Calendar:

 

  • The Center—Thanksgiving Food Donations
  • 11/28—Hanging the Greens
  • 12/5 - Sunday School back in session
  • 12/12—CUMC Christmas Party
  • Kaufman Children’s Shelter—Christmas Gifts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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