~ SERVICE OF THE WORD ~

November 22, 2020 / 25th Sunday After Pentecost

Christ The King Sunday / Annual Memorial Service

PRAYER IN PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP

 

As the shepherd who cares for the flock, O God, you guide all things through Jesus, who you have exalted over all creation as king. Hear our voices as we worship and pray together this day. Look upon your people who rejoice in your justice and mercy, and grant that the scriptures we hear, the songs we sing, and the prayers we make may reveal Christ's reign in our time. Amen.

PRELUDE MUSIC

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GREETING & CALL TO WORSHIP

Welcome to our worship service on this the 25th Sunday of Pentecost, the last Sunday of the church year. Today is “Christ The King” Sunday, a day when we remember those who have entered the Church Triumphant during the past year. 

GATHERING HYMN 

"Crown Him With Many Crowns"

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PSALM OF THE DA

Psalm 95

O come, let us sing to the Lord; Let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!

Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;

Let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!

For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.

In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also.

The sea is his, for he made it, and the dry land, which his hands have formed.

O come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!

For he is our God,

And we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand.

 

CALL TO CONFESSION

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sin, God, who is faithful and just, will hear us, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  Come, let us confess our sins before God and one another.

 

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Righteous God, you have crowned Jesus Christ as Lord of all. We confess that we have not bowed before him and have been slow to acknowledge his rule. We give allegiance to the powers of this world and fail to be governed by his justice and love. Forgive us for our failures and raise us to acclaim him as ruler of all, that we may be his loyal followers, and proclaim his name to all the world. Amen.

 

ASSURANCE OF PARDON

Anyone in Christ becomes a new person altogether; the past is finished and gone, everything has become fresh and new. Friends, believe the Good News of the Gospel: in Jesus Christ, we are all forgiven.

 

ACT OF PRAISE

"Glory Be To The Father"

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OLD TESTAMENT READING          

Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24 – God, The True Shepherd

For thus says the Lord God: I myself will search for my sheep, and will seek them out. As shepherds seek out their flocks when they are among their scattered sheep, so I will seek out my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places to which they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness. I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land; and I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the watercourses, and in all the inhabited parts of the land. I will feed them with good pasture, and the mountain heights of Israel shall be their pasture; there they shall lie down in good grazing land, and they shall feed on rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I will make them lie down, says the Lord God. I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, but the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them with justice. Therefore, thus says the Lord God to them: I myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep. Because you pushed with flank and shoulder, and butted at all the weak animals with your horns until you scattered them far and wide, I will save my flock, and they shall no longer be ravaged; and I will judge between sheep and sheep. I will set up over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he shall feed them: he shall feed them and be their shepherd. And I, the Lord, will be their God, and my servant David shall be prince among them; I, the Lord, have spoken.

 

NEW TESTAMENT READING    

Ephesians 1:15-23 – Paul’s Prayer

I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for this reason I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power. God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come. And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

 

GOSPEL READING                                                                                                                             

Matthew 25: 31-46 – The Judgment Of The Nations

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’ Then he will say to those at his left hand, ‘You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?’ Then he will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

CHILDREN'S MESSAGE

HYMN 

"Praise, My Soul, The King Of Heaven"

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MEDITATION

 

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH

“The Apostles’ Creed”

I believe in God the Father Almighty, 

Creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,

He was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

Born of the Virgin Mary,

Suffered under Pontius Pilate,

Was crucified, died, and was buried;

He descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again;

He ascended into heaven,

He is seated at the right hand of the Father,

And he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

The holy catholic Church,

The communion of saints,

The forgiveness of sins,

The resurrection of the body

And the life everlasting. Amen.

HANDBELL ANTHEM                                         

“My Spirit’s Gonna Shine”

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LITANY OF REMEMBRANCE

Leader: Our Lord Jesus Christ gave us his promise: “I am the Resurrection and the Life.” Today, we remember those who bear witness to this promise. We remember Abraham and Sarah, Paul and Phoebe and other faithful leaders of the early Church.

C:  Holy Lord, we remember the ancestors of our faith.

L:  We remember the prophets and priests, the ministers and teachers who have taught us the way of God.

C:  Holy Lord, we remember the leaders of our faith.

L:  We remember grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, those who have gone before us in our lifetime.

C:  Holy Lord, we remember the family of our faith.

L:  We lift up the memories of children and grandchildren, brothers and sisters, husbands and wives, and friends whose lives ended too soon.

C:  Holy Lord, we remember those closest to our hearts.

L:  We lift up to you, O God, the names of those we have lost this past year, knowing that they are with you in glory forevermore. We pause to remember and give thanks for their lives and legacy.

 

Charles Bolton

Bruce Croneberger

James Gilbert

Adele Gipe

 

L:  Holy Lord, we celebrate the life of faith and service of our brothers Charles, Bruce and James, and our sister Adele and lift them up along with others we name in our hearts.

C:  We give thanks, O God, for all who have gone on to join with you beyond this life on earth. We trust in the hope of the resurrection and the promise of new life in Christ,
and know that in our grief and celebration, O God,
you are with us, and we are not alone.

ALL: In the name of Christ, in whom love lives forever, we pray. Amen.

 

DEDICATION OF MEMORIAL GIFTS

12 “Mighty Bright” LED Lights

to be used by the Joyful Ringers

presented in loving memory of Adele Gipe by her memorial fund

Advent Candles

presented by the memorial fund

 

We are grateful to all who made these gifts possible. Holy Lord, glorious King, accept these lights and candles that they may not only illuminate pages of music and illuminate our worship, but also help us to shine your light into the world. Amen.

OFFERING

Leader: God has blessed us in many ways. Let us respond with thankful hearts and joyful praise as we bring our offerings to God. Please join in singing God’s praise…

"Doxology"

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OFFERING PRAYER & LORD’S PRAYER (debts / debtors)

Lord God, heavenly King, we offer these gifts as a sign of our love, devotion, and praise. Accept our offerings this day in the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ, who taught us to pray saying… Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever.  Amen. 

PARTING HYMN

"Jesus Shall Reign"

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COMMISSION & BENEDICTION

And now go from this place and be a blessing to all you meet…pray often, be kind, give thanks, do good, practice peace, encourage others, and be joyful in all you do until we meet again!

 

THREE-FOLD AMEN

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POSTUDE

"Now Thank We All Our God"

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