67B – Reign of Christ

66B - Sunday 33B01C Advent 1C
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PSALM 132:1-12
O Lord, remember your faithful with kindness;
enduring hardships of all sorts for your sake.
Vowing to establish a place to your glory;
and a house for your worship.
We heard it was in [your town];
we came upon it in the [your locality].
Let us enter the LORD’s holy place,
and humbly come before our God.
Come, Lord God, and fill this place,
with your loyal-love, and your everlasting covenant!
Your priests are clothed in your triumph;
and your saints sing for joy.
For the sake of those who serve you do not turn from your anointed one.
to whom you swore a firm oath, one which you will not withdraw:
“I will set one of your descendants upon your throne.
If your sons keep my covenant and my terms that I teach them,
then their sons too, for all time, shall sit upon your throne.”

Generous God,
in our giving and our living
we respond to your blessings freely given.
By your Spirit enable us
to hear those who cry out for mercy,
to be satisfied with bread;
and serve them
in the way of Jesus,
in whose name we pray.

For use in worship, with acknowledgement. © Jeff Shrowder 2000, 2012.

(a) 2 Samuel 23:1-7
In these last weeks of the church year the readings from the Hebrew Scriptures are concerned with women (Naomi and Hannah) who have no future in that they have no children. Each deals with that situation in a different way. Children are born; Obed thegrandfather of David, and Samuel who annoints David kingToday is Reign of Christ Sunday, also known as Christ the King Sunday. Invite the congregation to conclude the mural begun three weeks ago, by depicting aspects of today’s reading, the last words of David, in which he mentions the everlasting covenant made with him by God.

(b) John 18:33-37
There are several parallels and contrasts in the imagery of the Samuel readings and the gospel: raising up and bringing low, birth and birthpangs. Invite the congregation to add their images to the mural which has set the scene for our consideration of Advent and our anticipation of the One who has come, who comes, and is to come.

(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 borrows lightly from other sources e.g. Uniting in Worship 2 or publications of the Iona Community.)
Lord of Life…
Creator of all…
Comfort of all sorrows…
attend our prayers…
and by your Holy Spirit
draw near to those we have named on our lips
and in our silence
and those whose trouble is known only to you;
that all may know your peace
like the sun rising on a cloudless morning;
in Jesus’ name we pray…
      (The Prayers of the People continue)

Looking for contemporary music and song resources?
Try David MacGregor’s Together to Celebrate
Or metrical psalms? Try Dale A. Schoening’s Sing the Psalms

Christ is the world’s redeemer TIS 192
Hail! our once despised Jesus TIS 373
Hallelujah! sing to Jesus TIS 517
Jesus shall reign where’er the sun TIS 207
Let all the world in every corner sing: TIS 105
Lo! he comes with clouds descending TIS 273
Of the Father’s love begotten ere the worlds TIS 290
The King of Glory comes TIS 279
The Lord is king, with majesty enrobed TIS 51
The Son of God proclaim TIS 528
The voice of God goes out to all the world TIS 282
Ye gates lift up your heads TIS 12
2 Samuel 23:1-7
Christ whose glory fills the skies TIS 212
God of freedom, God of justice TIS 657
Hail to the Lord’s anointed TIS 275
If we will trust in God to guide us TIS 554
Mine eyes have seen the glory TIS 315
O worship the king all-glorious above TIS 133
Sometimes a light surprises TIS 128
This is a day of new beginnings TIS 653
Psalm 132:1-12,(13-18)
Christ is made the sure foundation TIS 432
Glorious things of you are spoken TIS 446
Hail to the Lord’s anointed TIS 275
Jesus, remember me TIS 730
Pour out thy Spririt from on high TIS 451
Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness TIS 454
Revelation 1:4b- 8
At the name of Jesus TIS 23 1
Christ is alive! Let Christians sing TIS 387
Come Holy Ghost our souls inspire TIS 396
Glorious things of you are spoken TIS 446
Glory be to God the Father TIS 142
How sweet the name of Jesus sounds TIS 223
Jesus shall reign where’er the sun TIS 207
Just as I am TIS 584
Let all mortal flesh keep silence TIS 497
Let all the world in every corner sing TIS 105
Lo! he comes with clouds descending TIS 273
Lord enthroned in heavenly splendour TIS 520
Of the Father’s love begotten ere the worlds TIS 290
This, this is the God we adore TIS 220
To God be the glory great things he has done TIS 147
John 18:33-37
Crown him with many crowns TIS 228
Hail, our once-despised Jesus TIS 373
Lift high the cross TIS 351
Mine eyes have seen the glory TIS 3 15
Nature with open volume stands TIS 343
O dearest Jesus, why aren’t you acquitted TIS 337
Rejoice, the Lord is king TIS 216
The Son of God proclaim TIS 528
The royal banners forward go TIS 332

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