67C – Reign of Christ

66C - Sunday 33C01A Advent 1A
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Luke 1:68-79 (A Canticle)
“Blessed is the Lord God of Israel,
who has looked favourably on her people
 and redeemed them,
who has raised up a saviour for us,
in the house of David;
told to us through holy prophets from long ago,
that we would be saved from our enemies 
 and from those who hate us. 
So the LORD God has shown
the mercy promised to our ancestors,
and has remembered the holy covenant, 
 which the LORD God swore to Abraham, 
that, rescued from powers which seek to control us,
 we might serve the LORD without fear, 
 holy and made right by God, all our days.
And you, child,
will be called Prophet of the Most High;
you will go ahead to prepare the ways of the Lord,
giving knowledge of salvation to God’s people
by the forgiveness of their sins.
By  the tender mercy of our God,
the heavenly dawn will break upon us,
to give light to those who live in darkness
and in the shadow of death,

to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

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. Amen

For use in worship, with acknowledgement. © Jeff Shrowder 2000, 2013.

A CREATIVE MOMENT – Luke 23:33-43
Create a poster of a large crown in outline and attach it to an appropriate wall space. Provide all of the worshippers with a self-adhesive gold star (and/or other brightly coloured shape) and have them attach these stars/shapes to the crown at an appropriate moment in worship

(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…
and comfort of all sorrows…
by your Holy Spirit
draw near to those we have named on our lips
and in our silence;
let your Word be a dawn to break upon
those who sit in darkness
and in the shadow of death.
We pray in the name of Jesus,
who lived that all might have life
in all its fullness ..
         (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

God is the refuge of his saints, TIS 120
Hail to the Lord’s anointed TIS 275
Jesus shall reign where’er the sun TIS 207
O day of God, draw nigh TIS 616
The King of glory comes TIS 279
Hallelujah, sing to Jesus TIS 517
Hallelujah! we sing your praises TIS 541
LUKE 1:68-79
O bless the God of Israel TIS 284
PSALM 98 [alt.]
Let all the world in every corner sing TIS 105
O sing a new song to the Lord TIS 56
Sing a new song, sing a new song TIS 166
Sing of the Lord’s goodness TIS 183
Sing to the Lord a new song TIS 57
Author of faith, eternal word TIS 565
Easter glory fills the sky, alleluia TIS 388
Fairest Lord Jesus TIS 203
God beyond glory TIS 678
Jesus, my Redeemer, lives TIS 366
Let all creation dance TIS 187
Lord of creation to you be all praise TIS 626
Now to the Lord a noble song! TIS 113
O Laughing Light, O first-born of creation TIS 255
Praise our God, the great creator TIS 165
Rejoice, the Lord is King TIS 216
The Son of God proclaim TIS 528
There’s a wideness in God’s mercy TIS 136
With joy, we meditate the grace TIS 206
LUKE 23:33-43
According to thy gracious word TIS 515
All go to God when they are sorely placed TIS 240
Christ is made the sure foundation TIS 432
Glory be to Jesus TIS 344
Jesus, remember me TIS 730
Lord Jesus, our bright Morning Star TIS 199
O Jesus crucified, for us TIS 354
O sacred head sore wounded TIS 339

2 thoughts on “67C – Reign of Christ”

  1. Hi Jeff.
    I do the weekly newsletter for the small church in South Gippsland where my husband and I participate.
    I find your insights very helpful at times when I am looking for words of wisdom or inspiration.

    1. Hi Dianne,
      Thank you for your comments. It’s always gratifying to hear when some one has found these resources helpful/useful.
      Blessings in your newsletter ministry within your congegation.

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