Worship for Sunday November 22nd

Watch our Holy Communion for Christ the King here

The hymns are:   "Thou didst leave thy throne and thy kingly crown"  and  "Crown him with many crowns"

 

“At Home” For Sunday November 22nd: Christ the King

 

We begin by being still

Our opening prayer:

Eternal Father, whose Son Jesus Christ ascended to the throne of heaven that he might rule over all things as Lord and King: keep the Church in the unity of the Spirit and in the bond of peace, and bring the whole created order to worship at his feet;

who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

 

Hymn: King of glory, king of peace

Its number 194 in Hymns Ancient and Modern New Standard, or you can listen to it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fn0VzGKr8zw

 

Some words from Psalm 24:

The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it;
for he has founded it on the seas, and established it on the rivers.

Lift up your heads, O gates; be lifted up, you everlasting doors;

and the King of glory shall come in.

‘Who is the King of glory?’

‘The Lord, strong and mighty, the Lord who is mighty in battle.’

Lift up your heads, O gates; be lifted up, you everlasting doors;

and the King of glory shall come in.

‘Who is this King of glory?’

‘The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory.’

 

We say ‘sorry’ to God:

The kingdom is yours, but we turn away from your just rule: Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

The power is yours, but we trust in our own power and strength: Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.

The glory is yours, but we fall short of the glory of God: Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

 

Reading: Matthew 25 verses 31 - 46

‘When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. Then the king will say to those at his right hand, “Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?” And the king will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” Then he will say to those at his left hand, “You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.” Then they also will answer, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?” Then he will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.” And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.’

 

Our prayers:

 

We pray for all those in positions of power, that they may govern with wisdom and integrity, serving the needs of their people. May your reign come;

Lord, hear our prayer.

We pray for the Church, the sign of your reign, that it may extend your welcome to people of every race and background. May your kingdom come;

Lord, hear our prayer.

We pray for Christians of every denomination, that together we may come to understand the royal priesthood you bestowed on us in baptism. May your dominion come;

Lord, hear our prayer.

We pray for those whose commitment to truth brings them into conflict with earthly powers, that they may have the courage to endure. May your rule come;

Lord, hear our prayer.

We pray for this community of faith, that attentive to your word we may always worship in spirit and in truth. May your reign come;

Lord, hear our prayer.

Loving God, you have taught us that the power of the heart is greater than the power of wealth and might. Hear us as we pray for the fulfilment of your reign. We ask this through Jesus Christ our King; to him be glory and power for ever. Amen.

The Lord’s prayer

 

Hymn: At the name of Jesus

Its number 148, or you can listen to it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xm19p9Nd-20

 

Final prayers

May Christ, our exalted king, pour upon us his abundant gifts, and bring us to reign with him in glory, so the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us and all who worship you, now and forever. Amen

“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28, v18 & 19)

We live, work and enjoy life in the name of Christ our king. Amen




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