Monday, November 16, 2015

An Ordo for the Reign of Christ (RCL Proper 34B, 22 November 2015)

With the Reign of Christ we bring to an end the liturgical elements particular to our liturgy from All Saints through the Reign of Christ.

Next week I will post our ordo for the Advent Garden, our liturgy of the Word for the 10.00 service on the First Sunday of Advent.

The Reign of Christ
22 November 2015

The Gathering of the Community

The Opening Hymn

‘O Worship the King’  Common Praise #380 vv. 1, 2, 5, 6

The All Saints Responses

For all the saints who went before us,
who have spoken to our hearts and touched us with your fire,
we praise you, O God.

For all the saints who live beside us,
whose weaknesses and strengths are woven with our own,
we praise you, O God.

For all the saints who live beyond us,
who challenge us to change the world with them,
we praise you, O God. [i]

The Hymn of Praise

‘Glory to God’  Common Praise #702

The Collect of the Day

Let us pray.

You who are,
who were,
who are to come,
before whose judgement
all that is not love fades away:
save us from the violence
that seeks to claim our hearts,
so that we may hear a different voice
and belong to you in truth;
through Jesus Christ, the wounded king of all.  Amen. [ii]

The Proclamation of the Word

The First Reading

A reading from the Second Book of Samuel (23.1-7).

            Now these are the last words of David:  The oracle of David, son of Jesse, the oracle of the man whom God exalted, the anointed of the God of Jacob, the favorite of the Strong One of Israel:  The spirit of the Lord speaks through me, his word is upon my tongue.  The God of Israel has spoken, the Rock of Israel has said to me:  One who rules over people justly, ruling in the fear of God, is like the light of morning, like the sun rising on a cloudless morning, gleaming from the rain on the grassy land.

            Is not my house like this with God?  For he has made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things and secure.  Will he not cause to prosper all my help and my desire?  But the godless are all like thorns that are thrown away; for they cannot be picked up with the hand; to touch them one uses an iron bar or the shaft of a spear.  And they are entirely consumed in fire on the spot.

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

The Response to the First Reading

Psalm 132.1-13 with refrain from Songs for the Holy One.

Refrain (sung twice):  May we always trust your promise, Holy One.

1 Lord, remember David, *
            and all the hardships he endured.
2 How he swore an oath to the Lord *
            and vowed a vow to the Mighty One of Jacob.

Refrain:  May we always trust your promise, Holy One.

3 “I will not come under the roof of my house, *
            nor climb up into my bed;
4 I will not allow my eyes to sleep, *
            nor let my eyelids slumber;
5 until I find a place for the Lord, *
            a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob.”
6 “The Ark!  We heard it was in Ephratah; *
            we found it in the fields of Jearim.
7 Let us go to the dwelling place of the Lord; *
            let us fall upon our knees before the footstool of the Lord.”

Refrain:  May we always trust your promise, Holy One.

8 Arise, O Lord, into your resting-place, *
            you and the ark of your strength.
9 Let your priests be clothed with righteousness; *
            let your faithful people sing with joy.

Refrain:  May we always trust your promise, Holy One.

10 For your servant David’s sake, *
            do not turn away the face of your anointed.
11 You, O Lord, have sworn an oath to David;
in truth, you will not break it: *
            “A son, the fruit of your body will I set upon your throne.
12 If your children keep my covenant
and my testimonies that I shall teach them, *
            their children will sit upon your throne for evermore.”
13 For you, O Lord, have chosen Zion, *
            and have desired it for your habitation.

Refrain:  May we always trust your promise, Holy One.

The Second Reading

A reading from the Revelation to John (1.4b-8).

            Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.

            To him who loves us and freed us from our sins by his blood, and made us to be a kingdom, priests serving his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever.  Amen.

            Look! He is coming with the clouds; every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and on his account all the tribes of the earth will wail.  So it is to be. Amen.

            “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.

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

The Gradual Hymn

‘Alleluia’  Common Praise #715 (Refrain, v. 3, Refrain)

The Gospel

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John (18.33-37).
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

            Then Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?”  Jesus answered, “Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?”  Pilate replied, “I am not a Jew, am I?  Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me.  What have you done?”  Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not from this world.  If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews.  But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.”  Pilate asked him, “So you are a king?”  Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king.  For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth.  Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.”

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

The Sermon

The Apostles’ Creed

Let us confess the faith of our baptism,
the faith we share with all the saints, past, present and future.

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 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. [iii]

The Prayers of the Community

Intercessions, Thanksgivings and Petitions

The Exchange of the Peace

The peace of the Lord be with you all.
And also with you.

The Holy Communion

Offertory Hymn                                

‘A Mighty Fortress Is Our God’  The Hymnal 1982 #688

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. [iv]

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.

It is indeed right, our duty and our joy,
that we should at all times and in all places give thanks and praise to you,
almighty and merciful God, through our Saviour Jesus Christ. 
By the witness of the saints you show us the hope of our calling,
and strengthen us to run the race set before us,
so that we may delight in your mercy, and rejoice with them in glory. 
And so, with all the saints with the choirs of angels and the hosts of heaven,
we praise your name and join their unending hymn: [v]

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. [vi]

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,
so 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 every 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 forever.  Amen. [vii]

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. [viii]

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 reign of justice and peace. [ix]

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

The Communion of the Community

The Communion Hymn

‘Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence’  Common Praise #48

The Sending Forth of the Community

Stewardship Reflection

Prayer after Communion

Let us pray.

God of David,
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. [x]

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

‘Jerusalem the Golden’  Common Praise #278 (sung to #524)


With all the company of heaven above and the saints below,
let us go forth in praise to love and serve the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

[i] Janet Morley, All Desires Known, 3rd ed. (2006), 148.

[ii] Liturgy Task Force, ‘Trial Use Collects for Year B:  All Saints to Proper 34’, 3.

[iii] Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), 105.

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

[v] Evangelical Lutheran Worship:  Leaders Desk Edition (2006), 193 alt.

[vi] Common Praise #732.

[vii] Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), 66 alt.

[viii] The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 918,

[ix] ‘The Breaking of Bread 3’ in The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 212 alt.

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

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