Blessings to you today as we recognize Christ the King/Reign of Christ.
Atypical throne, atypical King, atypical reign/kingdom
Yours is the Kingdom of God!
Pastor Chris Lee
Order of Worship for Reign of Christ, Sunday, November 21, 2021:
Prelude: “Beautiful Savior,” – arr. Cherwein
Even after Israel had experienced the vagaries of kings, the people still longed for a true king to set things right. He would have the king’s title of Anointed One (Messiah); he would be the “one like a human being” (Son of Man) given dominion in Daniel’s vision. Jesus is given these titles, even though he is nothing like an earthly king. His authority comes from the truth to which he bears witness, and those who recognize the truth voluntarily listen to him. We look forward to the day he is given dominion, knowing his victory will be the nonviolent victory of love.
Confession and Forgiveness
In the name of the Father, and of the ☩ Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Let us confess our sin in the presence of God and of one another.
Have mercy on us, O God.
We confess that we have sinned against you and against our neighbor. We have built walls instead of tables and have turned away the stranger. We have sought glory for ourselves and have treasured that which does not satisfy. Help us to love as you love, to welcome those you send, and to treasure mercy and justice. Turn us from our ways to your ways, and free us to serve those in need. Amen.
God, who makes all things new, forgives your sins for ☩ Jesus’ sake and remembers them no more. Lift up your heads and your hearts. Yours is the kingdom of God.
Opening Hymn: ELW 805- “Lead On, O King Eternal!” all verses.
Prayer of the Day
Almighty and ever-living God, you anointed your beloved Son to be priest and sovereign forever. Grant that all the people of the earth, now divided by the power of sin, may be united by the glorious and gentle rule of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
First Reading: Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14
To the community for whom this passage was written, it seemed as though the oppression they were experiencing would never end. Daniel’s message is: It shall end. The Ancient One, who is judge, will call all nations to account and will give dominion to “one like a human being,” the Messiah.
9As I watched,
thrones were set in place,
and an Ancient One took his throne,
his clothing was white as snow,
and the hair of his head like pure wool;
his throne was fiery flames,
and its wheels were burning fire.
10A stream of fire issued
and flowed out from his presence.
A thousand thousands served him,
and ten thousand times ten thousand stood attending him.
The court sat in judgment,
and the books were opened.
13As I watched in the night visions,
I saw one like a human being
coming with the clouds of heaven.
And he came to the Ancient One
and was presented before him.
14To him was given dominion
and glory and kingship,
that all peoples, nations, and languages
should serve him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion
that shall not pass away,
and his kingship is one
that shall never be destroyed.
Second Reading: Revelation 1:4b-8
The book of Revelation begins by celebrating the Almighty God, who spans all of time. Similarly, Jesus is celebrated as the firstborn from the dead who rules over the world’s rulers. He is the one whose return we eagerly await.
4bGrace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, 5and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.
To him who loves us and freed us from our sins by his blood, 6and made us to be a kingdom, priests serving his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
7Look! He is coming with the clouds;
every eye will see him,
even those who pierced him;
and on his account all the tribes of the earth will wail.
So it is to be. Amen.
8“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.
Gospel: John 18:33-37
In John’s gospel, the story of Jesus and Pilate presents two different ways of exercising power: through force or with love.
33Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” 34Jesus answered, “Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?” 35Pilate replied, “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me. What have you done?” 36Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.” 37Pilate asked him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.”
Sermon: Pastor Chris Lee
Hymn of the Day: ELW 431- “O Christ, What Can It Mean for Us?” all verses.
Prayers of Intercession
Eternal God, you hold firm amid the changes of this world. Hear us now as we pray for the church, the world, and everyone in need.
God, you sent your Son Jesus to testify to the truth. We pray for preachers, deacons, missionaries, evangelists, and teachers who carry your forgiveness and love to the world. Fill their words and actions with compassion and kindness so that your truth will shine. God, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
God, you sent your Son Jesus to liberate all of creation. We pray for all living things longing for the freedom to flourish, from ancient trees and wild grasses to endangered animals and rare insects. Give human beings compassionate hearts to care for them. God, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
God, you sent your Son Jesus to lead us into the way of peace. Direct the members of international alliances in choosing a nonviolent path toward the future. Give them the humility and wisdom to make just decisions to benefit all. God, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
God, you sent your Son Jesus to make us into your own people, set free to serve you. We pray for people who serve the well-being of others, especially ministries in our community especially Doris and Victor Day Foundation and Christian Care Martha’s House. Renew them in their work. God, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
God, you sent your Son Jesus to rule in all times and places. We pray for the friends of our congregation who are unable to join usin our worship in person and for all who are sick and suffering especially Julie Prenatt; David Neu; Sheri Stoutt; Nan Hibbs; Britta Maddox; Rose Reasor; Everett Noah; Libby Hofsas; Noah Stoutt; Shelley Collis; Barb Martin; Deb Schafer; Richard Hotchkiss; Marijane Cook; Nancy and Bob Bosco; Charysse and Adean Heritage and Family; Randy McIntyre; Karen Bemowski; Marilyn Hubbard; Helen Schubert, Paige Wheeler; and all those we name before you aloud or in our hearts. Give them tangible signs of your steadfast love. Join their prayers with ours and unite them with us in the body of Christ. God, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
God, you sent your Son Jesus to be our beginning and our ending. We give thanks for those whose lives have given us a glimpse of Jesus’ reign of justice and peace, especially Eugene William Eiklor, Marilyn Allen, and Blake Wheeler. Empower us to join their witness. God, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
God our hope and strength, we entrust to you all for whom we pray. Remain with us always, through Jesus Christ, our Savior.
The Lord’s Prayer
Communion: – ELW 433- “Blessing, Honor, and Glory.”
Communion: ELW 487- “What Feast of Love.”
Prayer after Communion
Blessed Jesus, at this table, you have been for us both host and meal. Now send us forth to extend our tables and to share your gifts until that day when all feast together at your heavenly banquet.
God, the beginning and the end, who has written your name in the book of life, ☩ bless and keep you in grace and peace from this time forth and forevermore.
Sending Hymn: ELW 439- “Soon and Very Soon,” all verses.
Led on by the saints before us, go in peace to serve the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
Postlude: “Tchaikovsky’s Theme,”- arr. Faber. Amaya Lee, piano.
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“Beautiful Savior,” – arr. David Cherwein. Tune: “Schonster Herr Jesu,” Silesian folk tune. Copyright 1983 AMSI (now owned by Lorenz). All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream and print the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-704843.
“Lead On, O King Eternal!” Text: Ernest W. Shurtleff, 1862 – 1917. Music: Henry T. Smart, 1813 – 1879. Public domain.
“O Christ, What Can It Mean for Us.” Text: Delores Dufner, OSB, b. 1939. Music: Henry S. Cutler, 1824 – 1902. Text copyright 2001, 2003 GIA Publications, Inc.. All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream and print the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-704843.
“Blessing, Honor, and Glory.” Text: Geoff Bullock and David Reidy. Music: Geoff Bullock and David Reidy. Text and music copyright 1990 Word Music, LLC, and Maranatha! Music, admin. Music Services, Inc.. All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream and print the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-704843.
“What Feast of Love.” Text: Delores Dufner, OSB, b. 1939. Music: English ballad, 16th cent.. Text copyright 1993 Delores Dufner, admin. OCP Publications. All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream and print the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-704843.
“Soon and Very Soon.” Text: Andrae Crouch, b. 1945. Music: Andrae Crouch. Text and music copyright 1976 Bud John Songs, Inc. / Crouch Music, admin.. EMI Christian Music Publishing. All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream the music in this service obtained from CCLI with license #11114590.
“Tchaikovsky’s Theme” performed by Amaya Lee. From Piano Adventures Level 3A Lesson Book, by Nancy and Randall Faber. Copyright Dovetree Productions, Inc. Used with permission.
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