Sunday Worship – Nov 20, 2022

Good Morning & Welcome to Worship. This Sunday’s Order of Worship is below. You can join us for our 10:10 AM worship on Facebook. Have a blessed day.

But of the Son he says,
‘Your throne, O God, is for ever and ever, and the righteous scepter is the scepter of your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.’
Hebrews 1:8

MCPC – Service for the Lord’s Day, November 13, 2022
Christ the King Sunday
Rev. Diane Hoppe Hugo preaching

Lighting of the Christ Candle        Holy Spirit, gather us in the quiet of this place.
We invite you to a time of silent meditation and companionship with God.

Call to Worship (responsive)
In You, Eternal Father, and through Your son, Jesus Christ,
we find the beginning and end of all things.
While the words “Jesus is King” may come easily to our lips,
do we really know what those words mean?
As we worship today, help us realize a vision of how we may live each day
in homage to Christ Jesus, in whom we find hope, forgiveness,
 and courage for new beginnings.
O God, Let the fresh winds of your Spirit sweep into our lives this day,
so that this act of worship may become a time of renewal
and rededication to Your service.  Amen.


Invitation to a Time of Confession
Many people brought their greatest needs to Jesus, certain that he would help them.
With that same confidence, let us confess our failings and seek forgiveness.

Prayer of Personal and Communal Confession (unison)
Righteous God, you have crowned Jesus Christ as Lord of all.
We confess that we have not bowed before him and are slow
to acknowledge his rule. We give allegiance to the powers of this world
and fail to be governed by justice and love. In your mercy, forgive us.
silence for personal reflection and confession
God of all hope, forgive us and help us turn our allegiance away
from the powers of this world to Your kingdom which is governed
by justice and love. Lord, have mercy upon us and help us to obey,
to acclaim him as ruler of all and to serve as his loyal ambassadors,
obeying the commands of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Amen.

Affirmation of Forgiveness
Because we are forgiven, we are also set free from a past we cannot change;
open to a future in which we can be changed; and given the grace to grow
more and more into what we are meant to be. Friends, believe the Good News of the Gospel.
In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven!

Sung Response (please rise)                      Alleluia!
Alleluia, alleluia!  Give thanks to the risen Lord.
Alleluia, alleluia!  Give praise to God’s Name.

Hymn 139 (please rise)                    Come, Thou Almighty King

Prayer for Illumination (unison)
Living God, you have declared that Your kingdom is among us.
Open our eyes to see it, our ears to hear it, our hearts to hold it,
Our hands to serve it.  This we pray in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

First Lesson             Jeremiah 23:1-6
Let us keep silence for a time of reflection
This is the Word of the Lord.        Thanks be to God.

Psalm of Response                                                  Psalm 46
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,
though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble with its tumult. Selah [Selah – pause for reflection]
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy habitation of the Most High.
God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved;
God will help it when the morning dawns.
The nations are in an uproar, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts.
The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah
Come, behold the works of the LORD; see what desolations he has brought on the earth.
He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow,
and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire.
“Be still, and know that I am God! I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth.”
The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah

Second Lesson       Luke 23:33-43
Let us keep silence for a time of reflection
This is the Word of the Lord.        Thanks be to God.

Sermon                   Christ our Democratically Elected Leader Sunday? Nope!

Profession of Faith (read responsively)                                         from The Confession of 1967
Biblical visions and images of the rule of Christ, such as a heavenly city, a father’s house, a new heaven and earth, a marriage feast, and an unending day culminate in the image of the kingdom.
The kingdom represents the triumph of God over all that resists his will and disrupts his creation. Already God’s reign is present as a ferment in the world, stirring hope in men and women, and preparing the world to receive its ultimate judgment and redemption.
With an urgency born of this hope, the church applies itself to present tasks and strives for a better world. It does not identify limited progress with the kingdom of God on earth, nor does it despair in the face of disappointment and defeat. In steadfast hope, the church looks beyond all partial achievement to the final triumph of God.
“Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to do far more abundantly than all we ask or think, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever.  Amen.”

Hymn #147 (please rise)                                   Blessing and Honor

Sharing Joys & Concerns, The Prayers of the People & The Lord’s Prayer (debts/debtors)
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 debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.

Invitation to a Time of Offering and Prayer of Dedication of the Offering (unison)
In deep gratitude for life and for all the blessings that come from you, we offer back to you some measure of what we have been given.  Please accept our offerings. Use them, and use us, for the building up of your reign in this world.  Amen. 

Hymn #145 (please rise)                                   Rejoice Ye Pure in Heart

God is good – All the Time. All the Time – God is Good!

Closing & Benediction and the Postlude    

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