Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Liturgical Ordo for the Reign of Christ

reign of Christ
25 November 2012

The Gathering of the Community

Processional Hymn

‘Lo, He Comes with Clouds Descending’  Common Praise #114

Introductory Responses

Splendour and honour and sovereign power
are yours by right, O Lord our God,
for you created everything that is,
and by your will they were created and have their being;

and yours by right, O Lamb that was slain,
for with your blood you have redeemed for God,
from every family, language, people and nation,
a priestly people to serve our God on earth.

And so, to the One who sits upon the throne,
and to Christ the Lamb,
be worship and praise, dominion and splendour
for ever and for evermore.

Hymn of Praise

‘Rejoice Today with One Accord’  Common Praise #318


Let us pray.

Almighty God,
you remembered the oath you swore to David
and so established a glorious realm of salvation
through Jesus of Nazareth, his heir.
Train our eyes to see your righteous rule,
that, standing firmly in hope
before the powers of this world,
we may heed your voice
and be constant in your truth.  Amen.[i]

The Proclamation of the Word

First Reading

2 Samuel 23.1-7

The Psalm

Psalm 132.1-12 in Songs for the Holy One

The Second Reading

Revelation 1.4b-8

The Gradual Hymn

‘Jesus, Remember Me’  Common Praise 634 (sung three times)

The Gospel

John 18.33-37

The Homily

The Affirmation of Faith

Let us declare our faith in God.

We believe in God the Father,
from whom every family
in heaven and on earth is named.

We believe in God the Son,
who lives in our hearts through faith,
and fills us with his love.

We believe in God the Holy Spirit,
who strengthens us
with power from on high.

We believe in one God:
the Author of all that is,
eternal Word of redemption and
life-giving Spirit of wisdom and truth.  Amen.[ii]

The Prayers of the Community

Intercessions, Petitions and Thanksgivings

The Exchange of the Peace

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

The Holy Communion

The Offertory Hymn

‘Praise to the Lord’  Common Praise #382

Prayer over the Gifts

Shepherd of your people,
you guide all things through Jesus
whom you have exalted over all creation.
Receive all we offer you this day
for the creation he cherished
and that you entrust to us;
through Christ our Lord.  Amen.[iii]

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.

Holy God, mighty Lord, gracious Father:
Endless is your mercy and eternal your reign.
You have filled all creation with light and life;
heaven and earth are full of your glory.

We praise you for the grace shown to your people in every age:
the promise to Israel, the rescue from Egypt,
the gift of the promised land, the words of the prophets;
and, at this end of all the ages, the gift of your Son,
who proclaimed the good news in word and deed
and was obedient to your will, even to giving his life.

In the night in which he was betrayed,
our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks;
broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying:
Take and eat; this is my body, given for you.
Do this for the remembrance of me.

Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks,
and gave it for all to drink, saying:
This cup is the new covenant in my blood,
shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin.
Do this for the remembrance of me.

For as often as we eat of this bread and drink from this cup,
we proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
Christ has died.  Christ is risen.  Christ will come again.

Therefore, O God, with this bread and cup
we remember the life our Lord offered for us.
And, believing the witness of his resurrection,
we await his coming in power to share with us
the great and promised feast.
Amen.  Come, Lord Jesus.

Send now, we pray, your Holy Spirit,
that we who share in Christ’s body and blood
may live to the praise of your glory
and receive our inheritance with all your saints in light.
Amen.  Come, Holy Spirit.

Join our prayers with those of your servants of every time and place,
and unite them with the ceaseless petitions of our great high priest
until he comes as victorious Lord of all.

Through him, with him, in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all glory and honour is yours, almighty Father, now and for ever.

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.

The Breaking of the Bread

We break the bread of life,
and that life is the light of the world.
God here among us,
light in the midst of us,
bring us to light and life.

The gifts of God for the people of God.
Thanks be to God.

The Communion

Communion Hymn

‘For the Bread Which You Have Broken’  Common Praise #74

The Sending Forth of the Community

Prayer after Communion

God of justice and mercy,
gather into Christ’s holy reign
the broken, the sorrowing and the sinner,
that all may know
wholeness, joy and forgiveness.
Blessed are you for ever and ever.  Amen.[v]

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

‘Rejoice, the Lord Is King’  Common Praise #379


Priestly people of God,
go forth to love and serve the Lord.
Thanks be to God.


Any liturgical elements not noted here are taken from ‘The Holy Eucharist’ in The Book of Alternative Services, p. 185 ff.

[i] Scripture Prayer for Reign of Christ Year B in Revised Common Lectionary Prayers (2002), 217.

[ii] Affirmation of Faith 7 from Common Worship (2000), 148 alt.

[iii] Intercessory Prayer for Reign of Christ in Revised Common Lectionary Prayers (2002), 216 alt.

[iv] Thanksgiving at the Table VI in Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), 66, with the Eucharistic Preface for the Last Sunday after Pentecost:  The Reign of Christ from The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 223.

[v] Thematic Prayer for Reign of Christ in Revised Common Lectionary Prayers (2002), 216 alt.

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