Christ the King Sunday

We Gather as the Body of Christ

WELCOME, ANNOUNCEMENTS, AND

FUNNY STORY         Pastor Bob

CENTERING WORDS

(John 18, Rev 1)  Pastor Bob

Come, rest from your struggles, your worries, and your work. May the Lord of Love reign above every earthly power, and in our hearts as well.

CALL TO WORSHIP  (John 18)

Debbie Young - Liturgist

What might it mean if we were quiet enough…still enough…to hear the voice of Jesus? What might it mean if we silenced all the noise. The noise inside of our minds. All the raging feelings inside of our hearts? In John 18:37, Jesus says, “Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.” Let us listen to the voice of Jesus, as we worship together!

HYMN:                  He is Exalted

The Faith We Sing Hymnal    #2070

A READING FROM THE PSALMS

Psalm 93

Debbie Young - Liturgist

 

OPENING PRAYER (Unison) (Rev 1)

Debbie Young - Liturgist

Come, Lord Jesus, into our worship that we might honor your reign over us as our king. Come, Lord Jesus, into our hearts and re-order our priorities, that we might offer you a clean and upright heart. Come, Lord Jesus, into this place, for it is in your name that we pray and in your name that we gather together, seeking your grace and your mercy. Amen.

NEW TESTAMENT READING

Revelation 1: 4b-8

Debbie Young - Liturgist

CHILDREN'S TIME with Pastor Bob

PREPARATION FOR PRAYER

Surely the Presence of the Lord

UMC Hymnal    #328

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE    Pastor Bob

PASTORAL PRAYER

LORD’S PRAYER

HYMN:                     Awesome God

The Faith We Sing Hymnal    #2040

GOSPEL LESSON                  John18: 33-37

MEDITATION                              Pastor Bob

“So You are a King, Then?”

INVITATION TO OFFERING  (1 Samuel 2)

Creator God, you give us life and are the source of all blessing. We return to you a portion of all that we have been given, for you alone are holy and worthy of our praise. Give as you are called and as you are able.

OFFERTORY

Thanks for Giving

BLESSING OF THE OFFERING

(Unison)  (John 18)

Spirit of Life and Love, reign in us today. Use these gifts, the fruit of our labor, to make your church an instrument of peace for the world. May we not rest until your peaceable kingdom reigns in every heart.

 

Move us this day to feed the hungry, befriend the lonely, protect the afflicted, and proclaim Christ’s love to all your creation.

 

In your holy name, we pray. Amen.

HYMN:                Lead on, O King Eternal

UMC Hymnal    #580

*BENEDICTION    (John 18) 

*Close Your Eyes     Pastor Bob

Find time this week for quiet. And in the stillness, hear God speak your name. Whether it is a whisper or a shout. Whether it is a gentle nudge in a certain direction or an invitation to spend time basking in the warmth and light of God’s presence. Find some silence and listen… And may the grace of Jesus Christ, our redeemer, And the love of God, our creator, And the encouragement of the Holy Spirit, our sustainer, be with you.

Depart in Peace,  Shalom.