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||TIS 207|
|Lord enthroned in heavenly splendour||TIS 520|
|Rejoice, the Lord is King||TIS 216|
|Ezekiel 34: 11-16, 20-24|
|Come, sing praises to the Lord above||TIS 53|
|Hail Redeemer, King divine!||TIS 237|
|The king of love my shepherd is||TIS 145|
|All people that on earth do dwell||TIS 59|
|All the earth proclaim the Lord||TIS 60|
|In you is gladness||TIS 200|
|Jubilate Deo, omnis terra [Rejoice in God…]||TIS 731|
|Serve you the Lord, heart filled with gladness||TIS 60|
|Shout to the Lord for joy||TIS 62|
|Sing of the Lord’s goodness…||TIS 183|
|Sing praise and thanksgiving…||TIS 107|
|Sing, all creation, sing to God in gladness||TIS 61|
|When morning gilds the skies||TIS 227|
|Ephesians 1: 15-23|
|All praise to our redeeming Lord||TIS 442|
|Bring many names, beautiful and good||TIS 182|
|Christ from whom all blessings flow||TIS 440|
|Glory to our boundless God||TIS 189|
|God be in my head||TIS 549|
|Hallelujah, sing to Jesus||TIS 517|
|I know that my Redeemer lives||TIS 376|
|Join all the glorious names||TIS 205|
|Lord, I come to you||TIS 685|
|This is a day of new beginnings||TIS 653|
|We limit not the truth of God||TIS 453|
|Matthew 25: 31-46|
|All go to God when they are sorely place||TIS 240|
|All the sleepy should have a place to sleep||TIS 697|
|Christ is the world’s light, he and none other||TIS 246|
|Lord, hear my praying, listen to me||TIS 689|
|O Jesus Christ, may grateful hymns be rising||TIS 620|
|Son of God, eternal Saviour||TIS 606|
|There’s a spirit in the air||TIS 414|
|When I needed a neighbour, were you there…||TIS 629|
|When he comes back||TIS 280|