… Christ the King (2019)…

◆ FEAST OF CHRIST THE KING OR FEAST OF THE REIGN OF CHRIST

This celebration acknowledges the lordship of Jesus Christ over all of creation. This service is always celebrated at the end of the Pentecost season on the last Sunday before Advent begins.

The Feast of Christ the King is a new festal celebration established for the Roman Catholic church by Pope Pius XI in 1925. Although Epiphany, Easter, and Ascension are already feasts of the King, Pius XI felt the need for an additional one to combat the secularization of the world and of society. Working with the older Catholic notion of a Christendom in which God rules the world through the church, Pius XI envisioned Christ the King Sunday as a proclamation for governments and institutions to submit to Christ.
Since Vatican II, the shift in Catholic thought, and thus the shift on the readings, prayers, and themes of Christ the King Sunday, is toward the cosmic and eschatological character of Christ’s reign over the world. This emphasis fits well the theme of Christ’s second coming in the early Sundays of Advent and prepares the worshiper for the expectant waiting of the coming season. This celebration is widely observed in many traditions of Christian worship.

The lectionary texts for this Sunday are as follows:

Old Testament: Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24
Psalm: Psalm 100 or Psalm 95:1-7a
Epistle: Ephesians 1:15-23
Gospel: Matthew 25:31-46

Scriptural Words of Greeting

Grace be to you and peace from God, who is and who was and who is to come, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. Amen. (Rev. 1:4–5)

Opening Prayer

Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things to your beloved Son, whom you anointed priest forever and king of all 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 your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Lutheran Book of Worship
Prayer of Confession

Righteous God, you have crowned Jesus Christ as Lord of all. We confess that we have not bowed before him and are slow to acknowledge his rule. We give allegiance to the power of this world and fail to be governed by justice and love. In your mercy, forgive us. Raise us to acclaim him as ruler of all that we may be loyal ambassadors, obeying the commands of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Book of Common Worship

This prayer could be followed by words of assurance from Colossians 1:19-20: “For in Jesus Christ 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 the cross.”

Scriptural Statement of Faith

I believe in Jesus Christ, the Lord.
I believe that Jesus Christ 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.
I believe that Jesus Christ 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 the cross. (based on Col. 1:15–20)
I believe in Jesus Christ, the Lord.
For other scriptural statements of faith or ascriptions of praise appropriate for this Sunday, see Revelation 7:12; 1 Timothy 1:17; 6:15–16; and Revelation 5:12.

Prayer of Thanksgiving

The following prayer of thanksgiving for the liturgy of the Lord’s Supper includes the themes of the Scripture readings for this day.

MINISTER: The Lord be with you.
PEOPLE: And also with you.
MINISTER: Lift up your hearts.
PEOPLE: We lift them to the Lord.
MINISTER: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
PEOPLE: It is right to give our thanks and praise.
MINISTER: It is truly right and our greatest joy
to give you thanks and praise,
eternal God, Creator and ruler of the universe.
You fashioned this world in love
and govern all the earth with grace and peace.
Nations and monarchs rise and fall,
but your reign is for all time,
and your mercy is without end.
In love you made us to love and serve you.
When we turned from you
and bent our knees to gods of our own making,
you spoke through prophets
to bring us back to your ways.
You gave us a vision of your holy kingdom
that we might hunger after righteousness
and thirst for justice
and long for the day when peace will triumph
over the pride and greed of nations.
Therefore, we praise you,
joining our voices with the servants around heaven’s throne
and with all the faithful of every time and place,
who forever sing to the glory of your name:

(The people may sing or say:)

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

(The minister continues:)

You are holy, O God of majesty,
and blessed is Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord.
Born as king in David’s line,
he lived with the lowly
and cared for the least of your children.
His power was revealed in weakness,
his majesty in mercy.
His captors knelt to mock him,
giving him bruises instead of praise,
and piercing thorns for a crown.
His only earthly throne was a cross on which to die.
Even there his arms stretched out
to embrace friends and foes in love.
From the grave you raised him to your right hand,
where he rules again from heaven,
and commands true loyalty from peoples and nations.

(If they have not already been said, the words of institution may be said here, or in relation to the breaking of the bread.)

MINISTER: We give you thanks that the Lord Jesus,
on the night before he died,
took bread,
and after giving thanks to you,
he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying:
Take, eat.
This is my body, given for you.
Do this in remembrance of me.
In the same way he took the cup, saying:
This cup is the new covenant sealed in my blood,
shed for you for the forgiveness of sins.
Whenever you drink it,
do this in remembrance of me.
Remembering your gracious acts in Jesus Christ,
we take from your creation this bread and this wine
and joyfully celebrate his dying and rising,
as we await the day of his coming.
With thanksgiving we offer our very selves to you
to be a living and holy sacrifice,
dedicated to your service.

(The people may sing or say one of the following:)

1
MINISTER: Great is the mystery of faith:
PEOPLE: Christ has died,
Christ is risen,
Christ will come again.

2
MINISTER: Praise to you, Lord Jesus:
PEOPLE: Dying you destroyed our death,
rising you restored our life.
Lord Jesus, come in glory.

3
MINISTER: According to his commandment:
PEOPLE: We remember his death,
we proclaim his resurrection,
we await his coming in glory.

4
MINISTER: Christ is the bread of life:
PEOPLE: When we eat this bread and drink this cup,
we proclaim your death, Lord Jesus,
until you come in glory.

(The minister continues:)

Gracious God,
pour out your Holy Spirit upon us
and upon these your gifts of bread and wine,
that the bread we break
and the cup we bless
may be the communion of the body and blood of Christ.
By your Spirit unite us with the living Christ
and with all who are baptized in his name,
that we may be one in ministry in every place.
As this bread is Christ’s body for us,
send us out to be the body of Christ in the world.

(Intercessions for the church and the world may be offered here.)

Lead us, O God, to conform this world
to your kingdom of love, justice, and peace.
Help us to live as the Lord requires:
to do justice,
to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with you, our God.
Keep us faithful in your service
until Christ comes in final victory
and we shall feast with all your saints
in the joy of your eternal realm.
Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all glory and honor are yours, almighty God,
now and forever.
PEOPLE: Amen.

Book of Common Worship

Robert Webber, The Services of the Christian Year, vol. 5, The Complete Library of Christian Worship (Nashville, TN: Star Song Pub. Group, 1994).

Exported from Verbum, 7:24 AM November 24, 2019.

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