Sunday, November 20, 2016

Christ the King Sunday /
International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church
Morning Worship at 11 o’Clock

Christ beside me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ within me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me.

—Saint Patrick

The Church Gathers

Organ Prelude “Adveniat”   Gregorian Proper

Words of Welcome and Announcements (by the minister)

† Choral Introit “O Come, Let Us Worship” Anon.

O come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker. Amen.

† Call to Worship

The King of the Jews give you strength to endure all mocking.
The King of the Jews give you the will to walk to the cross.
The King of the Jews have mercy on you, and remember you always.

(MEN) Jesus our King, send us to bless those who curse us, and those who don’t care.
(WOMEN) Jesus our King, send us to places too dangerous for others to go.
(YOUTH) Jesus our King, challenge and forgive our hesitation.
(ALL) And by your Spirit in us, may the compassion and strength of God, Holy Three, Holy One, be known. Amen.

† Hymn “On Jordan’s Stormy Banks I Stand” No. 724

On Jordan’s stormy banks I stand, and cast a wishful eye
to Canaan’s fair and happy land, where my possessions lie.
Refrain: I am bound for the promised land, I am bound for the promised land;
oh, who will come and go with me? I am bound for the promised land.

O’er all those wide extended plains shines one eternal day;
there God the Son forever reigns, and scatters night away. (Refrain)

No chilling winds or poisonous breath can reach that healthful shore;
sickness and sorrow, pain and death, are felt and feared no more. (Refrain)

When I shall reach that happy place, I’ll be forever blest,
for I shall see my Father’s face, and in his bosom rest. (Refrain)

Morning Prayer (unison) Christ the King No. 721

Almighty and everlasting God, it is your will to restore all things in Christ, who you have anointed priest for ever and ruler of creation.  Grant that all the people of the earth, now divided by the power of sin, may be united under the glorious and gentle rule of Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns for ever and ever.  Amen

Prayer Response “Jesus, Remember Me” No. 488

Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. (twice)

To Hear the Word

From the Gospel Luke 1:68-79 John Hutchinson is the Liturgist.

“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has looked favorably on his people and redeemed them. He has raised up a mighty savior for us in the house of his servant David, as he spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from of old, that we would be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us. Thus he has shown the mercy promised to our ancestors, and has remembered his holy covenant, the oath that he swore to our ancestor Abraham, to grant us that we, being rescued from the hands of our enemies, might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him all our days. And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, to give knowledge of salvation to his people by the forgiveness of their sins. By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

Anthem   “When the Kingdom Comes” Susan Naylor Calloway

When the Kingdom comes, wars will cease.
When the Kingdom comes, only peace.
Pain will pass away, Night will turn to day,
Love will make a way When the Kingdom comes.

When the Kingdom comes, eyes will see;
When the Kingdom comes for you and me.
We’ll glorify His name! His majesty proclaim!
We’ll never be the same When the Kingdom comes.

Come, Lord Jesus, Come and free us.
How we long to see Your face. King of Glory,
End the story, Bring Your Kingdom to this place.

When the Kingdom comes, it won’t be long;
When the Kingdom comes, we’ll sing the song.
He gave to you and me And for eternity
Like Jesus we will be When the Kingdom comes.

From the Epistles Colossians 1:11-20

May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers—all things have been created through him and for him. He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.

Sermon “let him save himself!” Rev. Travis Knoll

Luke 23:33-43: When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” And they cast lots to divide his clothing. And the people stood by, watching; but the leaders scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Messiah of God, his chosen one!” The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine, and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” There was also an inscription over him, “This is the King of the Jews.” One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying, “Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” He replied, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

To Respond in Faith

† Hymn “The King of Love My Shepherd Is” No. 138

The King of love my shepherd is, whose goodness faileth never;
I nothing lack if I am his, and he is mine for ever.

Where streams of living water flow, my ransomed soul he leadeth,
and where the verdant pastures grow, with food celestial feedeth.

Perverse and foolish oft I strayed, but yet in love He sought me,
and on his shoulder gently laid, and home, rejoicing, brought me.

In death’s dark vale I fear no ill with thee, dear Lord, beside me;
thy rod and staff my comfort still, thy cross before to guide me.

Thou spread’st a table in my sight; thy unction grace bestoweth;
and O what transport of delight from thy pure chalice floweth!

And so through all the length of days thy goodness faileth never:
Good Shepherd, may I sing thy praise within thy house for ever.

† Our Mission:

We understand as our mission: To celebrate the vision of God’s Good News in Jesus Christ in liturgy, learning & life through the revitalization of our congregation, the restoration of our building, the strengthening of our traditions, while recognizing our unique presence & mission in the city.

We feel this is where God’s Spirit is leading our congregation at this time in our history.

The Collection of Tithes and Offerings

Offertory “He Keeps Me Singing” Mary McDonald

There’s within my heart a melody Jesus whispers sweet and low:
“Fear not, I am with thee. Peace, be still,”
In all of life’s ebb and flow,
Jesus, sweet Name I know
Fills my every longing, keeps me singing as I go.

I will sing of my Redeemer and His wondrous Love to me
On the cruel cross He suffered from the curse to set me free.
Sing, O sing of my Redeemer,
With His blood he purchased me.

Upon the cross He sealed my pardon,
Paid the debts and made me free.
Soon He’s coming back to welcome me
Far beyond the starry sky;
I shall wing my flight to worlds unknown;
I shall reign with Him on high.

Jesus, sweetest Name I know,
Fills my every longing, Keeps me singing as I go.

† Presentation of Tithes and Offerings (unison) No. 488

Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. (twice)

Pastoral Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer (unison)

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 trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

Prayer Response “Jesus, Remember Me” No. 488

Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. (twice)

And Scatters to Be the Church in the World

† Hymn “Crown Him with Many Crowns” No. 327

Crown him with many crowns, the Lamb upon his throne,
Hark! how the heavenly anthem drowns all music but its own.
Awake, my soul, and sing of him who died for thee,
and hail him as thy matchless King through all eternity.

Crown him the Lord of life, who triumphed o’er the grave,
and rose victorious in the strife for those he came to save.
His glories now we sing, who died, and rose on high,
who died, eternal life to bring, and lives that death may die.

Crown him the Lord of peace, whose power a scepter sways
from pole to pole, that wars may cease, and all be prayer and praise.
His reign shall know no end, and round his pierced feet
fair flowers of paradise extend their fragrance ever sweet.

Crown him the Lord of love; behold his hands and side,
those wounds, yet visible above, in beauty glorified.
All hail, Redeemer, hail! For thou hast died for me;
thy praise and glory shall not fail throughout eternity.

† Dismissal with Blessing

Go, to follow this new kind of King wherever he leads
We go now, to be God’s people.

† Choral Response “Amen” Anon.


† Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

† Organ Postlude “In Alium” Bayle



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