Christ the King

Christ the King, Year B, 2015

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Yearly Rhythm

Sunday 22 November 2015
Christ the King
Year B
Colour: White or Gold

This is the last Sunday in the Christian Year. We are celebrating the Reign of Christ the King – reminding ourselves that Christ is our King, the ultimate authority in all things. As citizens of His kingdom we are guided by grace, love and justice in all that we do.

These thoughts are particularly pertinent as we #PrayForHumanity this week following the violence in Burundi, Paris, Syria, Lebanon and all the other places where intolerance and prejudice cause death, oppression and displacement.

Daily Rhythm

Making worship part of the everyday

Devotional Diary 16 – 22 November 2015

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Readings for this week with thanks to www.umcdiscipleship.org

2 Samuel 23:1-7David’s final song: “One who rules over the people justly… is like the light of the morning, the rising sun of a cloudless morning glistening off the dew.”

Psalm 132:1-5, 11-12A plea to God to remember David’s devotion in wishing to build a temple for God and God’s promise to sustain David’s line if his descendants kept God’s covenant.

Revelation 1:4b-8. The opening salutation to John’s vision: “Grace to you from the one who was, and is and is to come, and from the seven spirits … and from Jesus Christ, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.”

John 18:33-37. Jesus answers the charge that some call him “King of the Jews”: “My kingdom is not from this world.”

This week: Our adoration focus is based on a prayer edited by Neil Dixon in “Companion to the Lectionary.”  The prayers of intercession are based on a prayer in “The Methodist Service Book.”

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Ever-living God, source of power and love, all praise and glory belongs to you.

Confession: This week we focus on defences, barriers, and excuses; things we hold on to that keep us from full life in Christ.  Today: Fears

The Word: See above readings or use your own devotional aids.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Hear us, Lord God, as we pray for your one holy Church: make us all one, so that the world may believe.

Personal prayers: (Use this section to list people you need to pray for or situations of personal concern that you need to bring before God in prayer)

            Transforming Verse:   “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:18 NIV)

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Ever-living God, source of forgiveness and hope, all praise and glory belongs to you.

Confession: This week we focus on defences, barriers, excuses, things we hold on to that keep us from full life in Christ.  Today: Hidden hurts.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: We pray that every member of the Church may truly and humbly serve you: grant that your name may be glorified by all people.

Personal prayers

            Transforming Verse:   “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:18 NIV)

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: Ever-living God, shown to us in Jesus your Son, all praise and glory belongs to you.

Confession: This week we focus on defences, barriers, excuses; things we hold on to that keep us from full life in Christ.  Today: Not wanting to let go…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Guide and strengthen all ministers of your gospel: make them faithful in your service.

Personal prayers:

            Transforming Verse:   “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:18 NIV)

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Ever-living God, constantly present in our lives by your Spirit, all praise and glory belongs to you.

Confession: This week we focus on defences, barriers, excuses; things we hold on to that keep us from full life in Christ.  Today:  Things we value more than God…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Inspire and lead all who govern and hold authority in the nations of the world: establish justice and peace among all people.

Personal prayers:

            Transforming Verse:   “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:18 NIV)

Friday:

Adoration Focus: Ever-living God, ceaselessly working in human history, all praise and glory belongs to you.

Confession

The Word: This week we focus on defences, barriers, excuses; things we hold on to that keep us from full life in Christ.  Today:  Timing: not at the moment Lord…

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Have compassion on all who suffer from any sickness, grief or trouble: deliver them from their distress.

Personal prayers:

            Transforming Verse:   “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:18 NIV)

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Ever-living God, head of your Church, guide of your people, all praise and glory belongs to you.

Confession: This week we focus on defences, barriers, excuses; things we hold on to that keep us from full life in Christ.  Today: What about others? Surely not me!

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Give us courage to do your will in all that we undertake: reveal the life of Christ within us.

Personal prayers:

             Transforming Verse:   “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:18 NIV)

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Ever-living God, lover of our souls, all praise and glory belongs to you.

Confession: This week we focus on defences, barriers, excuses; things we hold on to that keep us from full life in Christ.  Today:  I’m not that bad…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus:  We praise you for all your saints who have entered your eternal glory: bring us all to share in your heavenly kingdom.

Personal prayers:

Transforming Verse:   “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:18 NIV)

Weekly Rhythm

Joining our stories with the story of God

As you read and pray remember these three basic questions to make the Scriptures relevant to your life:
What does the passage say?
What does the passage mean?
How does it apply to my life?

Some other questions you might like to work through this week as you contemplate Christ the King:

  1. How do you experience the reign of Jesus bringing light and beauty and love and an inviting and enduring softness to the world where you are?
  2. How do you experience those who rule unjustly bringing thorns, and with them pain, hurt and destruction?
  3. What does a “beautiful” and “inviting” and loving politics of justice look like where you are?
  4. What people or organizations already seem to embody such a beautiful, inviting politics of justice?
  5. How does the prayer life of your congregation—corporately and individually– reflect the work of the priesthood Christ our King has made us to be? How might better ways forward be modeled in worship today?
  6. Above all, and foundational to all, how do what you say and do in worship AND daily life model the core truth about God’s kingdom and Jesus as its King—“thy nature and thy name is Love” (Charles Wesley, “Come, O Thou Traveler Unknown,” verse 4).

(Taken from here.)

God of Eternity, we stand with the courage of those who insisted, even in perilous times,
that not even the most powerful rulers of this earth hold our eternal destiny in their hands.
We are secure in Christ, whose reign is just, whose power is endless, and whose love is unfathomable.
God of Eternity, we join the chorus of saints who continue to declare that Christ is our King.
Amen.

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Christ the King! (Christ the King Sunday, Year A)

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23rd November 2014, Christ the King Sunday
Year A, Colour: White/Gold

Christ the King Sunday was first celebrated in 1925 in the face of certain governments declaring that they were the ultimate authority on all matters including religion.  It declares the Christ in our King, the ultimate authority.

Daily Rhythm

Bringing worship into the everyday

 

Devotional Diary  17 – 23 November 2014

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Readings for “Christ the King” Sunday, 23 November, with thanks to www.gbod.org

Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24To the people scattered in exile in Babylon (Iraq), the prophet Ezekiel declares the word of the Lord: “I will seek out my sheep… I will rescue them… I will bring them into their own land.” To the Babylonian rulers, God announces that it is God, and not they, who will judge the covenant people, and that God, and not they, will establish a shepherd over them, a descendent of David.

Psalm 100.

Ephesians 1:15-23. Paul reminds the Christians in Ephesus of the glorious inheritance of all believers. The same power that raised Christ from death and placed him above every imaginable power is at work on our behalf.

Matthew 25:31-46The final public teaching of Jesus. At the Great Assize,” the final Judgment, the King to Come, seated upon a throne and surrounded by the angels, will judge all based on how they have treated “the least of these.”

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Monday:

Adoration Focus: We sing: “God is good all the time, and all the time God is good!”  Each day thank God for his goodness.  Today: Abundance of creation.

Confession: This week examine the burdens that you are trying to carry on your own.  How can you hand them over to God?  Today: Personal fears…

The Word: Use the readings above or your own Scripture reading plan.

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: In our shared focus you are encouraged to pray for those things that burden you and in which you need to trust God “In His time…”

Personal prayers: (Use this section to list people you need to pray for or situations of personal concern that you need to bring before God in prayer)

Dedication: Lord, I lay all of my burdens down at your feet…

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: We sing: “God is good all the time, and all the time God is good!”  Each day thank God for his goodness.  Today:  Just and merciful judge.

Confession: This week examine the burdens that you are trying to carry on your own.  How can you hand them over to God? Today: Family….

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: In our shared focus you are encouraged to pray for those things that burden you and in which you need to trust God “In His time…”

Personal Prayers:

 Dedication: Lord, I lay all of my burdens down at your feet…

Wednesday: 

Adoration Focus: We sing: “God is good all the time, and all the time God is good!”  Each day thank God for his goodness.  Today:  Longing for every single human being.

Confession: This week examine the burdens that you are trying to carry on your own.  How can you hand them over to God? Today: Country…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: In our shared focus you are encouraged to pray for those things that burden you and in which you need to trust God “In His time…”

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, I lay all of my burdens down at your feet…

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: We sing: “God is good all the time, and all the time God is good!”  Each day thank God for his goodness.  Today:  He will transform all things in a wonderfully creative way.

Confession: This week examine the burdens that you are trying to carry on your own.  How can you hand them over to God? Today: Future security…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: In our shared focus you are encouraged to pray for those things that burden you and in which you need to trust God “In His time…”

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, I lay all of my burdens down at your feet…

Friday:

Adoration Focus: We sing: “God is good all the time, and all the time God is good!”  Each day thank God for his goodness.  Today:  He will always love you.

Confession: This week examine the burdens that you are trying to carry on your own.  How can you hand them over to God? Today: The poor and suffering…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: In our shared focus you are encouraged to pray for those things that burden you and in which you need to trust God “In His time…”.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, I lay all of my burdens down at your feet…

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: We sing: “God is good all the time, and all the time God is good!”  Each day thank God for his goodness.  Today: He never hesitates to suffer with us.

Confession: This week examine the burdens that you are trying to carry on your own.  How can you hand them over to God? Today: Health…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: In our shared focus you are encouraged to pray for those things that burden you and in which you need to trust God “In His time…”.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, I lay all of my burdens down at your feet…

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: We sing: “God is good all the time, and all the time God is good!”  Each day thank God for his goodness.  Today: He allows us to enter his gate with thanksgiving!

Confession: This week examine the burdens that you are trying to carry on your own.  How can you hand them over to God? Today: Your salvation…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: In our shared focus you are encouraged to pray for those things that burden you and in which you need to trust God “In His time…”.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, I lay all of my burdens down at your feet…

 

                                                                            

Weekly Rhythm

Exploring Scripture
Joining our stories with the stories of God’s people

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Notes in italics with thanks to www.gbod.org

 

Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24.

To the people scattered in exile in Babylon (Iraq), the prophet Ezekiel declares the word of the Lord: “I will seek out my sheep… I will rescue them… I will bring them into their own land.” To the Babylonian rulers, God announces that it is God, and not they, who will judge the covenant people, and that God, and not they, will establish a shepherd over them, a descendent of David.

 

The leaders of the nation are its shepherds.  They receive from the sheep, in return they must care for the sheep. Sometimes (often?) the leaders fail in this call and neglect their call.  Here we see that God is faithful in his care as he gathers the sheep.

How can we allow God to shepherd us?  How are we called to be shepherds?

 Psalm 100.

What a wonderful call to praise.  God is above all.  He has created us, he cares for us (the shepherd. We are called to experience the actual presence of God in his love, faithfulness and goodness.

Recall your best moments of worship.  How did worship open your eyes to God?  What did it affirm about God?

Ephesians 1:15-23.

Paul reminds the Christians in Ephesus of the glorious inheritance of all believers. The same power that raised Christ from death and placed him above every imaginable power is at work on our behalf.

This passage affirms many characteristics that are only to be seen in the expected Messiah.  This passage paints an amazing picture of Jesus.  As you read through it picture the Christ and note his different attributes as listed here.  Are you called into worship?

Matthew 25:31-46.

The final public teaching of Jesus. At the Great Assize,” the final Judgment, the King to Come, seated upon a throne and surrounded by the angels, will judge all based on how they have treated “the least of these.”

Looking at this parable what would you describe as the nature of Christian mission and service?
What is the criterion for accountability and judgement?
How is Christ manifest in the hungry or the stranger?  What are the implications for us?

 

Praying the Lectionary Readings

 

Call to Worship: The Kingship of Christ

 

Litany

 

Thanks and praise to you,

Jesus Christ, King and Lord of all,

given the name above every other name

 

Jesus, King and Lord of all,

we worship and adore you.

 

King of righteousness, King of peace,

enthroned at the right hand

of Majesty on high

 

Jesus, King and Lord of all,

we worship and adore you

 

Great high priest,

living for ever to intercede for us;

 

Jesus, King and Lord of all,

we worship and adore you.

 

Pioneer of our salvation,

you bring us to glory

through your death and resurrection;

 

Jesus, King and Lord of all,

we worship and adore you.

 

Every knee bows to you;

every tongue confesses,

you are King of kings

and Lord of Lords,

to the glory of God the Father.

 

~ copyright © John Leach/administered by The Jubilate Group.  Posted on The Jubilate Group website.http://www.jubilate.co.uk/liturgy/liturgy/kingship_call_to_worship

 

Prayer to the King of Glory

 

O Jesus,
You are the King of Glory,
You are the Lord of Lords, and King of Kings.
And we pray that your Kingdom will reign forever
in our hearts and in this world.

Lord, we pray for your Kingdom to come here now,
bringing a kingdom of justice, righteousness, hope, love,
peace, mercy and grace for all.
Lord, we ask that you rule in our hearts,
lead in this world and govern over your kingdom.

But Lord honestly,
We often have our own plans and agendas
And we want to be rulers of our world.
Forgive us for those times.
And Lord we live in a time that would rather idolize the King of Pop
than worship you.
Help us to know how to live as your Kingdom People in these times.

And Lord , there are a lot of Kings in this world who terrorize, over tax, humiliate,
over exploit, and abuse those they are to lead.
Help us to spread the good news of the different kind of King you are.
Lord, thank you for being a different kind of King.
Thank you for your goodness and kindness in our lives.
Thank you for your generosity.
Thank you for loving us.
Thank you for your Kingdom that is unlike any
Kingdom in this world

 

~ written by Rev Abi, and posted on RevGalBlogPals blog. http://revgalblogpals.blogspot.ca/


Prayer Litany

 

May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done here on earth,
just as it is in heaven.  Matthew 6:10

 

Into places of conflict

may Your Kingdom come.

 

Into the heart of the terrorist

may Your Kingdom come.

 

Into the heart of the soldier

may Your Kingdom come.

 

Into the heart of the politician

may Your Kingdom come.

 

Into the heart of one bereaved by war

may Your Kingdom come.

 

Into the heart of one made hungry

may Your Kingdom come.

 

Into the heart of one made homeless

may Your Kingdom come.

 

Into the heart of one who is in despair

may Your Kingdom come.

 

Into the heart of one who is ill

may Your Kingdom come.

 

Into the heart of one who has been abused

may Your Kingdom come.

 

Into the heart of one who is addicted

may Your Kingdom come.

 

Into the heart of one who is faced with unpayable debt

may Your Kingdom come.

 

Into the heart of the lonely

may Your Kingdom come.

 

Into the heart of the fearful

may Your Kingdom come.

 

Into the heart of the depressed

may Your Kingdom come.

 

Into the heart of one we wish to pray for…

may Your Kingdom come.

 

Into the heart of our world.

may Your Kingdom come.

 

~ adapted from http://wellsprings.org.uk/ and posted on Third Space blog.http://third-space.org.uk/blog

 

Blessing: You Who Bless

You who bless

 

“Come, you who are blessed,” Jesus says;

“for I was hungry and you gave me food,

I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink,

I was a stranger and you welcomed me,

I was naked and you gave me clothing,

I was sick and you took care of me,

 was in prison and you visited me.”

Matthew 25: 34-36

 

You who are yourselves a blessing

 

who know that to feed the hungering

is to bless

 

and to give drink to those who thirst

is to bless

 

who know the blessing in welcoming

the stranger

 

and giving clothes to those who have none

 

who know to care for the sick

is blessing

 

and blessing

to visit the prisoner:

 

may the blessing you have offered

now turn itself toward you

 

to welcome and to embrace you

at the feast of the blessed.

 

~ written by Jan L. Richardson, and posted on The Painted Prayerbook.http://paintedprayerbook.com/


The Lordship of Christ

Here’s a three-voice reading on the Lordship of Christ I put together for a service a few weeks ago.  It draws from the following scripture texts:  1 Corinthians 1:2-3, Colossians 1:15-17, 19-20; Philippians 2:6-11; 1 Corinthians 8:5-7; Romans 10:9-10; Matthew 7:21; Ephesians 4:1; Romans 14:7-9; 1 Corinthians 15:57; 1 Thessalonians 5:22-24.

 

1:         To the church of God,

to all those whom Christ Jesus has made holy,

who are called to be God’s men and women,

to all true believers in Jesus Christ—their Lord and our Lord—

grace and peace to you

from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ!

 

2:         Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.

He existed before anything was created

and is supreme over all creation,

for through him God created everything in heaven and on earth.

 

3:         He existed before anything else,

and he holds all creation together.

 

1:         God in all his fullness

was pleased to live in Christ,

and through him, God reconciled everything to himself,

making peace…by means of his blood on the cross.

 

3:         Though he was God,

he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to.

Instead, he gave up his divine privileges;

he took the humble position of a slave

and was born as a human being.

 

2:         When he appeared in human form,

he humbled himself in obedience to God

and died a criminal’s death on a cross.

 

1:         Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor

and gave him the name above all other names,

that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,

in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,

to the glory of God the Father.

 

2:         We know that there is only one God, the Father,

who created everything,

and we live for him.

 

3:         And there is only one Lord, Jesus Christ,

through whom God made everything

and through whom we have been given life.

 

1:         This is the message we preach:

If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord

and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead,

you will be saved.

 

3:         For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God,

 

2:         and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.

 

1:         Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’

will enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter.

 

2:         I beg you,

lead a life worthy of your calling,

for you have been called by God.

 

3:         We don’t live for ourselves or die for ourselves.

If we live, it is to honor the Lord.

And if we die, it is to honor the Lord.

 

1:         So whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.

Christ died and rose again for this very purpose—

to be Lord both of the living and of the dead.

 

2:         So, brothers and sisters,

be strong and immovable.

Stand firm.

 

3:         Always work enthusiastically for the Lord,

for you know that nothing you do for him is ever lost or wasted.

 

1:         May the God of peace make you holy in every way;

 

3:         may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless

until the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

2:         He who calls you is utterly faithful,

 

1:         and he will finish what he has set out to do.

Christine Longhurst  http://re-worship.blogspot.com/search/label/Proper%2029%20A

 

 

 

Christ the King! (Year C)

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Sunday 24 November 2013

 Christ the King

“Christ the King Sunday is a relative newcomer to the liturgical calendar, arriving only in the early twentieth century. At that time, many Christians in Mexico were suffering religious persecution from their anti-religious government, and secularism was rapidly gaining the upper hand in Europe. In 1925, the Roman Catholic Church declared this day as a worldwide celebration of the Kingship of Christ over every earthly power.” (Source)

This is also the last Sunday in Year C – Sunday December 1 marks the start of Year A.

 

Weekly Rhythm

Engaging with the weekly Lectionary Readings

Comment and Questions

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 Jeremiah 23:1-6.

God rejects the bad shepherds (kings) of Israel/Judah who scatter the flock. God promises to raise up good kings and a branch in the line of David to rule in righteousness.

“YHWH is King. Jeremiah prophesies that God will intervene to provide new leadership, new shepherds (rulers) who will be true shepherds of the people—caring for their needs, establishing justice for all, and promoting righteousness beginning in the government itself. That’s why this new king or reign will also be known as “The Lord is our righteousness” (Zedekyahnu). That name, by the way, was partly an ironic pun on the name of the “puppet” king, Zedekiah (“The Lord is Righteous”).” (Source)

Questions for reflection

1)      What are the characteristic of bad shepherds (kings)?

2)      Who sends the good shepherds?  What might their characteristics be?

3)      How is Christ the good shepherd?

4)      How are we called to be good shepherds?

 Luke 1:68-79.

The Song of Zechariah.

 Colossians 1:11-20.

A hymn of praise to Christ the King of all.

This is a subversive hymn.  It is a challenge to the way emperors were perceived at the time.  Christ rather than the emperor is the true image of God.  He is the King on a whole different scale, opening the way for all.

For reflection:

1)      Read this passage out loud and form a picture of Christ the King.  Then bow before the King and acknowledge this King as your King.

 Luke 23:33-43.

Jesus of Nazareth, “King of the Jews,” is crucified.

Jesus shows us what a real King looks like.   A real king will be persecuted and face crucifixion but will still act in compassion and love.

 Questions for reflection

1)      When we think of a King who stand above all authority and power a certain profile comes to mind.  How does Christ fit into this profile?

2)      Try to describe how Christ reigns as King.

3)      How does/will our King win the victory?  (Establish a New Heaven and a New Earth)

4)      How can we let Christ be King in our lives and communities?

5)      What steps will you take to move in this direction?

 

 Weekly Rhythm

Sunday 24 November

 Praying the Lectionary Readings

(Use these resources when preparing to lead or attend Sunday Worship)

 

Call to Worship 

Based on Luke 1:68-79

(The Voice)

God’s intervention has begun, He has moved to rescue us,

May the Lord God of Israel be blessed indeed.

The Sunrise from the heavens will break through in our darkness,

We rise and walk in the light.

 

Prayer of Praise

Read each thought/verse out twice then pause as the congregation pictures Christ the King

Colossians 1 (Common English Bible adapted)

 15 The Son is the image of the invisible God,

the one who is first over all creation,[a]

 

16 … all things were created by him:
both in the heavens and on the earth,
the things that are visible and the things that are invisible.
Whether they are thrones or powers,
or rulers or authorities,
all things were created through him and for him.

 

17 He existed before all things,
and all things are held together in him.

 

18 He is the head of the body, the church,

He is … the beginning, the one who is firstborn from among the dead[b]
so that he might occupy the first place in everything.

 

19 …all the fullness of God was pleased to live in him,

 

20        ….he reconciled all things to himself through him—
whether things on earth or in the heavens.
He brought peace through the blood of his cross.

Intercession and confession

Read Isaiah 23: 1-2.  (‘Shepherds’ here refers to kings and rulers)

23 “Woe to the shepherds who are destroying and scattering the sheep of my pasture!” declares the Lord. 2 Therefore this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says to the shepherds who tend my people: “Because you have scattered my flock and driven them away and have not bestowed care on them, I will bestow punishment on you for the evil you have done,” declares the Lord.

 

The King of love commands: Care for my sheep.

We respond: Make us good shepherds who tend the flock.

King of love, you are the good shepherd who has lain down your life for the sheep.  You have been lifted up from the earth and have gathered the flock.  You have given us new life, enabling us to rise and walk in the light.  Your sunrise has broken through into our darkness.

The King of love commands: Care for my sheep.

We respond: Make us good shepherds who tend the flock.

We confess, we have been, are and may always be bad shepherds.  We have ignored the cries for help.  We have failed to seek out the abandoned and neglected.   We have not sounded the call for justice, righteousness, service and peace.  It has been easier to shut down and live in our own small prisons.  But Lord God you have found us.  And you have shown us your wounds, you have given us peace and you have sent us out, even as the Father has sent you.

The King of love commands: Care for my sheep.

We respond: Make us good shepherds who tend the flock.

So now we hear your call.  We open our eyes and see.  We reach out as the shepherds who follow their King.   We lift up the weak and frail who can no longer easily enter into the life of the community. Help us to shepherd them.  We lift up the broken hearted who have given up on living and see life through a confusing haze.  Help us to shepherd them.  We lift up the hungry who struggle to find their next meal. Help us to shepherd them.

The King of love commands: Care for my sheep.

We respond: Make us good shepherds who tend the flock.

So now we hear you call.  We open our ears to the cries.  We hear those who are oppressed, victimised and abused.  Help us to shepherd them.  We think of women, of children, of men, those who face verbal, physical, sexual, mental abuse.  Those who feel trapped and disempowered to move out of the abusive context. Help us to shepherd them.  We think of abusive social contexts, where good medical care is unavailable, where communities lack opportunities for employment, where facilities are minimal. Help us to shepherd them.

The King of love commands: Care for my sheep.

We respond: Make us good shepherds who tend the flock.

So now we hear your call. We think of creation.  All the wonders of an interrelated ecosystem: the soil, the rain, the wind, the sun.  Help us to shepherd them.  The birds, the insects, the reptiles, the mammals.  Help us to shepherd them. The fish, whales, sharks.  Help us to shepherd them.

The King of love commands: Care for my sheep.

We respond: Make us good shepherds who tend the flock.

 

  Sending Out:

 Christ, you are  our  King

Reign in and through us

May your will be done

As we seek your Kingdom.

 

 Daily Rhythm

Prayer Diary    18 – 24 November 2013

A resource for the Daily Rhythm of Worship, focussed on the Lectionary Readings.

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 Readings for the week (thanks to www.gbod.org)

 Jeremiah 23:1-6. God rejects the bad shepherds (kings) of Israel/Judah who scatter the flock. God promises to raise up good kings and a branch in the line of David to rule in righteousness.

Luke 1:68-79The Song of Zechariah.

Colossians 1:11-20. A hymn of praise to Christ the King of all.

Luke 23:33-43Jesus of Nazareth, “King of the Jews,” is crucified.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 67:3 – ” …may the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and joyful.”

Confession: This week we focus on how we have thought that we have known better than Christ our King.  The times we have sought to control our own destinies and have ended up in trouble.  We so often ignore the Master Potters words.  Focus on ways that you have marred the pot that is your life and bring it out of the darkness into God’s light for transformation.  Hear his words of life: What is he saying to you?  How can you better reflect the glory of his light in your unique life?

The Word: See readings above and comments and questions under Weekly Readings.

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: Pray for the gift of God’s guidance for someone who is loosing his or her way.

Personal prayers: (Use this section to list people you need to pray for or situations of personal concern that you need to bring before God in prayer)

Dedication:

“Lord, you are the potter, I am the clay.  Mould me and make me, this is what I pray. “ (A Christian song)

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 67:4 – “Sing to God, sing praise to his name, extol him who rides on the clouds.”

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for the gift of God’s peace for someone who is troubled.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication:

“Lord, you are the potter, I am the clay.  Mould me and make me, this is what I pray. “ (A Christian song)

 Wednesday: 

Adoration Focus: Psalm 67:4…his name is the Lord…rejoice before him.

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for someone you know who needs God’s reassurance.

Personal prayers:

Dedication:

“Lord, you are the potter, I am the clay.  Mould me and make me, this is what I pray.”  (A Christian song)

 Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 67:19 – “Praise be to the Lord, to God our Saviour, who daily bears our burdens.”

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for someone you know who is suffering, emotionally or physically.

Personal prayers:

Dedication:

“Lord, you are the potter, I am the clay.  Mould me and make me, this is what I pray.” (A Christian song)

 Friday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 67:20 – “Our God is a God who saves; from the Sovereign Lord comes escape from death.”

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for your local town that God’s life and love may continue to bring the gift of transformation to all its peoples.

Personal prayers:

Dedication:

“Lord, you are the potter, I am the clay.  Mould me and make me, this is what I pray.” (A Christian song)

 Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 68:34 – “Proclaim the power of God … whose power is in the skies.”

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray that God may prepare all his people to be particularly receptive to the Word as it is preached tomorrow.  Pray that that Word may bring them the gift of God’s life and love.

Personal prayers:

Dedication:

“Lord, you are the potter, I am the clay.  Mould me and make me, this is what I pray.” (A Christian song)

 Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 68:26 – “Praise God in the great congregation; praise the Lord in the assembly…”

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray that we may catch the visions and dreams that God has for us both as people and as communities.

Personal prayers:

Dedication:

“Lord, you are the potter, I am the clay.  Mould me and make me, this is what I pray. “ (A Christian song)