Our psalm is for giving thanks:
shout to the LORD, all the earth
serve the LORD gladly;
come before the LORD with a joyful song.
Know that the LORD is God:
the LORD made us; we are God’s people,
the flock which God shepherds.
Enter the gates of the LORD with thanksgiving,
the courts of the LORD with praise;
give thanks to the LORD, and bless God’s holy name!
For the LORD is good, whose lovingkindness is forever,
and from generation to generation is his faithfulness.
CHRIST THE KING
Glorious King of Light,
whose kingdom is without bounds:
King whose reign with God precedes the beginning
and surpasses the end.
You are the lamp with the True Light,
to light our way:
you lead us from our own darkness
into your kingdom of light.
Christ, King of Ages,
through you we are inheritors with all the saints;
to share the gifts of your kingdom
as sons and daughters,
reconciled to the Father
through your living and dying.
Christ, King of Life,
by whom and for whom all things were made,
Risen, you seek to live in us,
as the Father lives in you;
you empower us to remain steadfast
in the hope and light and promise of your good news.
For use in worship, with acknowledgement. © Jeff Shrowder 1999.
A CREATIVE MOMENT – Matthew 25: 31-46
(a) An outline picture of a crown reproduced in the pewsheet, OR
(b) drawn on a length of clean newsprint.
(c) On the Sunday before, invite the congregation to find (in magazines, newpapers etc.) and bring to worship, pictures of acts of kindness/charity in line with those which Jesus mentions in this parable.
(d) either a gold-painted cardboard/metal crown or a crown of “thorns” to place on or at the base of a cros on the communion table;
(e) a loaf of bread, a cup of water, a coat or blanket, a key, and/or other symbols of the love that is the reign of Christ.
Preceding, or as part of, the Intercessions, the pictures of acts of kindness/charity/hospitality could be glued onto the “newsprint” crown. They colour it, and give it substance, as our acts of kindness done to others give substance to our faith, and point to the reign of Christ.
Alternatively, (again as part of the Intercessions), with the outline crown printed in the pewsheet, members of the congregation could be invited to reflect with the person sitting next to them ways in which they are, our could be, Christ to those around them. Each member could in this way, name one way, write it on the outline crown, and attach it to their refrigerator door for the following week as a personal reminder.
THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
(A prayer to gather the spoken and silent concerns/joys/thanks expressed by the congregation and lead into a more structured Intercession with connection to the lections for the day. Sometimes this prayer will borrow lightly from other sources e.g. Uniting in Worship 2 or publications of the Iona Community.)
Gracious and eternal God,
in whom we find rest and shelter,
hear the cries of our world …
those for whom today is the beginning of life…
who face new ventures and new challenges…
who are engulfed by loneliness, despair or grief…
who feel cast off from your presence…
who are walled in by circumstance…
whose will to live is exhausted…
who this day will encounter death…
in Jesus’ name we pray…..
(The Prayers of the People continue)
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|HYMN SUGGESTIONS FOR REIGN OF CHRIST – YEAR A
|Jesus shall reign where’er the sun
|Lord enthroned in heavenly splendour
|Rejoice, the Lord is King
|Ezekiel 34: 11-16, 20-24
|Come, sing praises to the Lord above
|Hail Redeemer, King divine!
|The king of love my shepherd is
|All people that on earth do dwell
|All the earth proclaim the Lord
|In you is gladness
|Jubilate Deo, omnis terra [Rejoice in God…]
|Serve you the Lord, heart filled with gladness
|Shout to the Lord for joy
|Sing of the Lord’s goodness…
|Sing praise and thanksgiving…
|Sing, all creation, sing to God in gladness
|When morning gilds the skies
|Ephesians 1: 15-23
|All praise to our redeeming Lord
|Bring many names, beautiful and good
|Christ from whom all blessings flow
|Glory to our boundless God
|God be in my head
|Hallelujah, sing to Jesus
|I know that my Redeemer lives
|Join all the glorious names
|Lord, I come to you
|This is a day of new beginnings
|We limit not the truth of God
|Matthew 25: 31-46
|All go to God when they are sorely place
|All the sleepy should have a place to sleep
|Christ is the world’s light, he and none other
|Lord, hear my praying, listen to me
|O Jesus Christ, may grateful hymns be rising
|Son of God, eternal Saviour
|There’s a spirit in the air
|When I needed a neighbour, were you there…
|When he comes back