Sunday, Nov 25/18 bulletin
November 25, 2018 Reign of Christ Sunday
(Portions of the service that are in BOLD are to be said by all.
All points marked * those who are able are invited to stand.)
Gathering song VU #401 – “Worship the Lord” (Verses1, 2,&3)
Welcome, lighting of the Christ Candle, and Announcements
Minute person: Gwen Polak
Call to Worship
One: Grace and peace to you from the One who is, who always was, and who is still to come—
All: the Alpha and Omega—the beginning and the end.
One: This is our God—
All: the One who loves us, and who gave himself for us.
One: The One who gathers us together in this place,
All: and bids us seek his face. Let’s worship God together!
* Opening Hymn VU #345 – “Come, Children, Join to Sing”
Prayer of Approach and Confession
Create a throne room for yourself here, O Christ, but let it be the empty seat beside the anxious, the lonely chair next to the confused, the vacant pew next to the hungry, and reign, O Jesus, as sovereign over the forgotten.
May your reign be a mockery to the world but good news to those who seek out truth, and may we join them in the search – finding you walking the streets or breaking bread or sitting by bedsides.
May we find you in border areas on the edge of things, crossing over with the foreigner. May we find you among children learning to finger paint, as teachers to those who long to enjoy life again.
May we find you on the wrong side of the tracks, going where you should not, and finding a place to lay your head among the lost.
May we find you singing our songs of justice and peace, and removing your crown to do so. May we find you with a word that lives in the hopes of the afraid, and a comforting peace for
those who are broken.
Remember us when we refuse or forget to look for you in all these places, when our own lives become the centre of what we know so that we forget all others.
O Jesus, reigning in the world with your upside down kingdom, may we find the faith to stand with you each and every day of our lives. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
Passing of the Peace
Time for all ages
* Hymn VU #325 – “Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation”
& Scripture Reading: Revelation 1: 4b-8
John 18: 33-37
Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church.
THANKS BE TO GOD!
Meditation – “To walk away!”
(a quiet time for your personal reflection and prayer)
Anthem – “O Worship the King”
* Offering / Response (VU #541):
Praise God from whom all blessing flow;
Praise God, all creatures high and low;
Give thanks to God in love made known:
Creator, Word and Spirit, One. Amen.
Prayers of the People/The Lord’s Prayer
* Closing Hymn VU #213 – “Rejoice, the Lord Is King”
* Commissioning / Benediction
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah,
Hallelujah. Amen. Amen. Amen.
Rev. Patrick Woodbeck, Minister Laura Steidl, Music Director Heather Karavas, Office Administrator Myrna Hagues, Organist Sarah Closen, Liturgist Gina Grant, Custodian
Welcome Ministry: June Kaan, Nancy Sulkers, Blanche McCuspey