Church Service on Utube

This Sunday is the final Sunday in the Christian year.  Entitled Reign of Christ Sunday, we’ll be exploring how Jesus is A Different Kind of King.
You can watch it any time after 9:45 am on Sunday. 

Order of Service

Worship Leaders: Rev. Dr. Christine Johnson and Rick Leben

Welcome and announcements

Call to Worship
Today is the final Sunday of the Christian year.
Our calendar is different from the calendar we normally use.
We mark time by using liturgical seasons.

The last Sunday of the Christian calendar deals with endings.
This final Sunday is called Christ the King Sunday or
Reign of Christ Sunday.
It explores what the kingdom, or kin-dom, of God
looks like.

In the northern hemisphere, this Sunday occurs as daylight gets shorter and shorter.
It reminds us of the greenery that dies in the winter.
In our lectionary, we deal with stories of endings,
like the last judgement where the sheep and the goats are separated.

Endings are difficult for all of us
but they help us to reflect and consider what life means to us.

May God richly bless our worship as we discern the movement of the Spirit in our lives.

Prayer of Approach
O God, we know time is relative to you. One day is like a thousand days. A thousand days is like one day. Bless this time and space so we can be open to the oneness of your love. Help us to make a joyful noise and to worship you with gladness. Thank you for your steadfastness, for your faithfulness to all generations. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Hymn: VU#703 – In the bulb there is a flower

In the bulb there is a flower; in the seed, an apple tree;
in cocoons, a hidden promise: butterflies will soon be free!
In the cold and snow of winter there’s a spring that waits to be,
unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

There’s a song in every silence, seeking word and melody;
there’s a dawn in every darkness, bringing hope to you and me.
From the past will come the future; what it holds, a mystery,
unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

In our end is our beginning; in our time, infinity;
in our debt there is believing; in our life, eternity.
In our death, a resurrection; at the last, a victory,
unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.
Scripture Matthew 25: 31-46

Sermon A Different Kind of King

Musical Response
Pastoral Prayer
The Lord’s Prayer

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
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, the power and the glory
forever and ever. Amen

Hymn VU#211 – Crown him with many crowns

Crown him with many crowns, the Lamb upon his throne:
hark, how the heavenly anthem drowns all music but its own!
Awake, my soul, and sing of him who died for thee,
and hail him as thy matchless King through all eternity.

Crown him the Lord of life, who triumphed o’er the grave
and rose victorious in the strife for those he came to save.
His glories now we sing who died and rose on high,
who died eternal life to bring, and lives that death may die.

Crown him the Lord of peace, whose power a sceptre sways
from pole to pole, that wars may cease, absorbed in prayer and praise.
His reign shall know no end; and round his pierced feet
fair flowers of Paradise extend their fragrance ever sweet.

Crown him the Lord of love; behold his hands and side,
rich wounds yet visible above, in beauty glorified.
All hail, Redeemer, hail! for you hast died for me;
thy praise shall never, never fail throughout eternity.