Tuesday, November 21, 2017

An Ordo for the Reign of Christ --- Year A (26 November 2017)

With the celebration of the Reign of Christ we bring to an end our use of the All Saints Ordo at Saint Faith's.  Next Sunday we will bring the Advent Ordo into use.

The Reign of Christ
26 November 2017

The Gathering of the Community

Gathering Music

Announcements

Opening Hymn

‘You, Lord, Are Both Lamb and Shepherd’  Common Praise #630

The Greeting

Blessed are you, Author of creation,
for all the saints who went before us,
who have spoken to our hearts and touched us with your fire.
Blessed are you for ever and ever.

Blessed are you, Word of redemption,
for all the saints who live beside us,
whose weaknesses and strengths are woven with our own.
Blessed are you for ever and ever.

Blessed are you, Spirit of wisdom,
for all the saints who live beyond us,
who challenge us to change the world with them.
Blessed are you for ever and ever.

Blessed are you, holy and undivided Trinity, one God.
Blessed are you for ever and ever.  Amen. [i]

The Hymn of Praise

‘Glory, in the Highest Glory’  Common Praise #366

The Collect of the Day

Let us pray.

Shepherd of Israel,
your power was revealed
when you raised Christ from the dead
and seated him in honour at your side.
Grant that we may always give you thanks
for your immeasurable love
and show that gratitude in loving service
to all our brothers and sisters;
through Jesus Christ in whose name we pray.  Amen. [ii]

The Proclamation of the Word

The First Reading

A reading from the prophet Ezekiel (34.11-16, 20-24).

            34.11 For thus says the Lord God: I myself will search for my sheep, and will seek them out.  12 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.  13 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.  14 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.  15 I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I will make them lie down, says the Lord God.  16 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.

            20 Therefore, thus says the Lord God to them:  I myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep.  21 Because you pushed with flank and shoulder, and butted at all the weak animals with your horns until you scattered them far and wide, 22 I will save my flock, and they shall no longer be ravaged; and I will judge between sheep and sheep.

            23 I will set up over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he shall feed them: he shall feed them and be their shepherd.  24 And I, the Lord, will be their God, and my servant David shall be prince among them; I, the Lord, have spoken.

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church.
Thanks be to God.

The Psalm

Psalm 100 from Songs for the Holy One.

Refrain (sung twice):  Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!

O all the world!
Raise glad shouts to the Holy One!
Worship God with joy!
Come into the Presence with ringing cries!

Refrain:  Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!

Be assured the Holy One is the God who made us,
the shepherd to whom we belong,
who feeds us in green pastures.

Refrain:  Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!

With thanksgiving enter the Holy One’s doors,
with praise, the divine courts.
Praise and bless the Holy Name.

Refrain:  Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!

Truly the Holy One is good,
forever true and loving,
from age to age ever faithful.

Refrain:  Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!

The Second Reading

A reading from the Letter to the Ephesians (1.15-23).

            1.15 I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for this reason 16 I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers.  17 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, 18 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, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power.  20 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, 21 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.  22 And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church.
Thanks be to God.

Hymn before the Gospel

‘Alleluia’  Common Praise #708 (sung twice)

The Gospel

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew (25.31-46).
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

            25.31 [Jesus said,] “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.  32 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, 33 and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left.  34 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; 35 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, 36 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.’  37 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?  38 And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing?  39 And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’  40 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.’  41 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; 42 for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 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.’  44 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?’  45 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.’  46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

The Gospel of Christ.
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Hymn after the Gospel

‘Alleluia’  Common Praise #708 (sung twice)

The Homily

The Apostles’ Creed

Let us confess the faith of our baptism.

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 power of the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin Mary. 
He 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
and is seated at the right hand of the Father. 
He will come again 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.

The Prayers of the Community

Intercessions, Petitions and Thanksgivings

The Exchange of the Peace

May the peace of Christ be always with you.
And also with you.

The Holy Communion

Offertory Hymn

‘Eternal, Unchanging’  Common Praise #394 (sung to #393)

Prayer over the Gifts

Let us pray.

Eternal God,
by your grace you have raised us up
and enthroned us with Christ in the heavenly realms.
Receive all we offer you this day,
and lead us in those good works
for which you have created us.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.  Amen. [iii]

The Thanksgiving at the Table

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Blessed are you, gracious God,
creator of heaven and earth;
we give you thanks and praise
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
You exalted him as Lord of all creation
that he might present to you
an eternal and universal kingdom:
a kingdom of truth and life,
a kingdom of holiness and grace,
a kingdom of justice, love and peace.
Therefore at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow
as heaven and earth proclaim the glory of your name.

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. [iv]

We give thanks to you, Lord our God,
for the goodness and love
you have made known to us in creation;
in calling Israel to be your people;
in your Word spoken through the prophets;
and above all in the Word made flesh, Jesus your Son.

For in these last days you sent him
to be incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
to be the Saviour and Redeemer of the world.  
In him, you have delivered us from evil,
and made us worthy to stand before you. 
In him, you have brought us out of error into truth,
out of sin into righteousness, out of death into life.

On the night he was handed over
to suffering and death, a death he freely accepted,
our Lord Jesus Christ took bread;
and when he had given thanks to you,
he broke it, and gave it to his disciples,
and said, “ Take, eat:  this is my body which is given for you. 
Do this for the remembrance of me.”

After supper he took the cup of wine;
and when he had given thanks,
he gave it to them, and said, “Drink this, all of you:
this is my blood of the new covenant,
which is shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sins. 
Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”

Therefore, holy and gracious God, according to his command,
we remember his death,
we proclaim his resurrection,
we await his coming in glory;

and we offer our sacrifice
of praise and thanksgiving to you, Lord of all;
presenting to you, from your creation, this bread and this wine. 
We pray you, gracious God, to send your Holy Spirit upon these gifts,
so that they may be the sacrament of the body of Christ
and his blood of the new covenant. 
Unite us to your Son in his sacrifice,
so that we, made acceptable in him,
may be sanctified by the Holy Spirit.

In the fullness of time, reconcile all things in Christ,
and make them new, and bring us to that city of light
where you dwell with all your sons and daughters;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, the firstborn of all creation,
the head of the Church, and the author of our salvation;
by whom, and with whom, and in whom,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honour and glory are yours,
almighty Father, now and for ever.  Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

As our Saviour taught us, let us pray,
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and for ever.  Amen. [v]

The Breaking of the Bread

Creator of all,
you gave us golden fields of wheat,
whose many grains we have gathered
and made into this one bread.
So may your Church be gathered
from the ends of the earth
into your kingdom.

This are the gifts of God for the people of God.
Thanks be to God.

Communion

The Hymn after Communion

‘Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love’  Common Praise #504

The Sending Forth of the Community

Stewardship Moment

Prayer after Communion

Let us pray.

Almighty God,
you have made us a royal priesthood
in the kingdom of your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Make known his victory through us, we pray,
so that all the world may see his light.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.  Amen. [vi]

Glory to God,
whose power, working in us,
can do infinitely more
than we can ask or imagine.
Glory to God from generation to generation,
in the Church and in Christ Jesus,
for ever and ever.  Amen.

Closing Hymn

‘When God Restored Our Common Life’  Common Praise #583

Dismissal

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
Thanks be to God.




[i] Janet Morley, ed. All Desires Known, 3rd ed. (1992), 148 alt.

[ii] Liturgy Task Force (2016), 51.

[iii] The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 394-395.

[iv] Common Praise (1995) #732.

[v] Common Praise (1995) #744.

[vi] The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 395 alt.