Friday, November 20, 2020

Christ the King

St. Luke Evangelical Lutheran Church
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

In the name of the Father, and of the + Son, and of the Holy Spirit,  Amen

Dialog for Christ the King

Behold, the King comes. Alleluia!
O come, let us worship and bow down. Alleluia! Alleluia!
Rejoice greatly, for Christ is your King.
Blessing and honor and glory be unto him.
Blessed are you, O Lord, King of the universe; you have delivered us from sin and death.
By your blood, you have brought your people into your kingdom.
Therefore God has highly exalted him:
And bestowed on him the name which is above every name;
That at the name of Jesus, every knee shall bow:
And every tongue confess him the King of glory.
Behold, the King comes. Alleluia!
O come, let us worship and bow down. Alleluia! Alleluia!

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with us all.

Let us pray.
   A brief silence is kept before the prayer.
O God of power and might, your Son shows us the way of service, and in him we inherit the riches of your grace. Give us the wisdom to know what is right and the strength to serve the world you have made, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
First Reading:  Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24

Psalm:  Psalm 95:1-7a

Second Reading: Ephesians 1:15-23 

Gospel: Matthew 25:31-46


Creed and Confession
In these days that are so difficult, we mine our liturgical tradition to creatively engage practices that build us up. So, for the next weeks, we will say “words of renunciation” together. 

Profession of Faith 

Do you renounce the devil and all the forces that defy God? 
I renounce them. 

Do you renounce the powers of this world that rebel against God? 
I renounce them. 

Do you renounce the ways of sin that draw you from God? 
I renounce them. 

Apostles’ Creed

Living together in trust and hope, we confess our faith.

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

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

Build yourselves up on your most holy faith;
pray in the Holy Spirit.
(Jude 20)

Keep yourselves in the love of God;
look forward to the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ.
(Jude 21)

If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation:
Everything old has passed away; behold, everything has become new!
(2 Corinthians 5:17)

God has given us the ministry of reconciliation.
Therefore, let us be reconciled to God and to one another.

Silence for reflection and self examination.

Gracious God,
have mercy on us. In your compassion forgive us our sins,
known and unknown, things done and left undone.
Uphold us by your Spirit so that we may live and serve you in newness of life, to the honor and glory of your holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Almighty God have mercy on you,
forgive you all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ,
strengthen you in all goodness,
and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life.  Amen



Then conclude with these prayers:

Let us pray.
  A brief silence is kept before the prayer.

O Holy One of wisdom, throughout human history and today among us here, you call us to walk the paths of justice and peace. We praise you, O God of truth, for your precious words. Grant that sheltered under their richness as under the tree of life, we live in gratitude and faithfulness, through Jesus Christ, your Word and our Wisdom, now and forever. Amen

Lord, remember us in your kingdom, and teach us to pray. 

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 and ever. Amen

Almighty God, Father, ☩ Son, and Holy Spirit, bless us now and forever.  Amen

Be at Peace, Christ is with you.  Thanks be to God! 

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