Jeremiah 23:1-6 Warning to bad shepherds
For the Psalm: Luke 1:68-79 The song of Zechariah: The Benedictus
Colossians 1:11-20 The cosmic Christ: the strength that comes from his glorious power
Luke 23:33-43 Jesus the Messiah on the cross
Suggested Hymns (From Denis Towner. TIS
= Together in Song; AHB = Australian Hymn Book; SA = Sing
|lesson||Hymns for Christ the King, Yr.C||TIS||AHB||SA|
|O/Ps*||A mighty fortress is our God||103|||
|O/G||All hail the power of Jesus' name||224||159|
|G||All praise to thee for thou, O King divine||180|
|G/s||At the name of Jesus||231||170|
|E||Christ is alive! let Christians sing||387||18|
|G||Christ is made the sure foundation||432||343|
|Ca/E||Christ is the world's light, he and none other||246||191|
|E||Christ our King before creation||190|
|Ca/G||Christ whose glory fills the skies||212||140|
|s||Come let us join our cheerful songs||204||133|
|s||Come to be our hope, Lord Jesus||688|
|G/s||Crown him with many crowns||228||163|
|Ps*||God is our strength and refuge||28|
|G||Hail our once-despised Jesus||373||295|
|s||Hail Redeemer, King divine||237||188|
|G/s||Hail to the Lord's anointed||275||203|
|O||Hallelujah! Sing to Jesus||517||439|
|G||Hark the glad sound! The Saviour comes||269||197|
|E||Here we adore you, hidden Saviour Lord||500|||
|Ca/E||I want to walk as a child of the light||643|
|E||Immortal, invisible, God only wise||143||80|
|G||Jesus remember me||730||85|
|O||Jesus shall reign where'er the sun||207||136|
|O||King of glory, King of peace||201||129|
|s||Lift up your heads, you mighty gates||267|
|G||Lord Christ when first you came to earth||208|
|E||Lord enthroned in heavenly splendour||520||441|
|E/s||Lord the light of your love is shining||675|
|G||My song is love unknown||341||257|
|G||Now thank we all our God||106||14|
|Ca||O bless the God of Israel||284|
|O/G||O come O come, Emmanuel||265||193|
|G||O crucified Redeemer||544|
|G||O for a thousand tongues to sing||210||141|
|s||O Jesus, King most wonderful||125|
|G||O sacred head sore wounded||339||255|
|s||O worship the King, all-glorious above||133||67|
|E/G||Of the Father's love begotten||290||215|
|G||Praise to the living God||102||7|
|E||Praise to the Lord, the Almighty||111||28|
|G||Put all your trust in God||555|||
|E/G||Rejoice the Lord is king||216||147|
|G/s||Seek ye first the kingdom of God||745||75|
|E/G||Sing my tongue the glorious battle||331||249|
|E||Soldiers of Christ, arise||570||481|
|G||The head that once was crowned with thorns||378||301|
|s||The King of glory comes, the nation rejoices||279||212|
|s||The Kingdom is upon you!||81|
|G||The royal banners forward go||332||251|
|G||There is a green hill far away||350||266|
|O||There's a wideness in God's mercy||136|||
|G||Were you there when they crucified my Lord||345||261|
|E||When morning gilds the skies||227||151|
|G||You servants of God, your Master proclaim||215||144|
(Numbers refer to The Australian Hymn Book
and Sing Alleluia. TIS = Together in Song)
115 (TIS 52) Let us sing to the God of salvation
411 (TIS 486) We praise you, Lord, for Jesus Christ
458 Teach me, my God and King/ in all things thee to see [NB v.2] [tune 487]
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Jesus, remember me
A criminal crucified with Jesus said to him, Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. [Luke 23:42]. The leaders of the people, the soldiers and the other criminal had been taunting him about being a king. [Luke 23:35-39]. The idea of Jesus being a king amused the soldiers, who made fun of him with a purple robe and a crown made of thorns. [Luke 23:11; Mark 15:16-19]. Yet was there still a serious thought that he might have been a king with a kingdom those who were with him might enter? But what kind of king?
Was he really a king?
During the trial it was a real question. Pilate asked him directly, Are you the King of the Jews? [Mark 15:2-5]. "King" was Pilate's word; it was hard for him to understand a king whose kingdom was not of this world. [John 18:33-38]. The Jewish authorities knew a little about a special kind of king to they expected to come...one anointed, marked out as the holy one of God, called the Messiah (the Christ). See Colossians 1:15-17 for Paul's more advanced understanding. The idea that the Creator of the universe would reach out to his human creatures in human form was a much bigger idea of the Messiah than the Jewish rulers had.
Suffering Servant and Son of Man
Jesus was a humble man, but he spoke with authority. Looking back at what they remembered of him after they saw how he died the disciples were able to see the figure of the suffering servant of Isaiah chapter 53 in the way that Jesus was humiliated through mockery and flogging and in way he accepted his suffering [Acts 8:26-38]. Jesus called himself the Son of Man, a title meaning a human being, as in the prophecy in the book of Daniel [7:13-14] which links that very ordinary human character with a figure of great power. Matthew's understanding of it is seen his account of Jesus answering in those terms of coming with power when the Jewish leaders asked him if he was the Messiah. [Matthew 26:63-64; Luke 22:67-70]
The call for a personal response
If Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, the Word made flesh, then what God has to say to the world invites a personal response. The one dying with him knew that much: that it was a personal matter for him to be related to this king and his kingdom: Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.
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Order of Service - Christ the King - Year C
CALL TO WORSHIP
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. -- Romans 1:7
In the name of Christ, Amen.
HYMN O worship the king all glorious above TIS 133 AHB 67
PRAYER OF ADORATION
Te Deum Part 2 [Front of Hymn Book - together]
You, Christ, are the king of glory ....
... and bring us with your saints to glory everlasting.
Everlasting King with whose suffering we are healed, we have cause you
to suffer. Lord have mercy.
Lord have mercy.
Christ in Glory, we have failed to love and obey you as our king. Christ have mercy.
Christ have mercy.
Glorious king you laid aside your glory. You came from God to dwell with us and still you live amongst us, yet we forget your presence. Lord have mercy.
Lord have mercy.
DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS
f anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ
the righteous; and he is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and
not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.(1 John 2:1b-2)
Christ's word of grace: Your sins are forgiven.
Thanks be to God.
DOXOLOGY: Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.
WELCOME AND GREETING EACH OTHER
Service of the Word
OLD TESTAMENT Jeremiah 23:1-6 Warning to bad shepherds
FOR THE PSALM: Luke 1:68-79 The song of Zechariah: The
Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has looked favourably on his people and redeemed them.
He has raised up a mighty saviour for us in the house of his servant David,
as he spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from of old,
that we would be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us.
Thus he has shown the mercy promised to our ancestors, and has remembered his holy covenant,
the oath that he swore to our ancestor Abraham, to grant us
that we, being rescued from the hands of our enemies, might serve him without fear,
in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,
to give knowledge of salvation to his people by the forgiveness of their sins.
By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us,
to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace. (Luke 1:68-79)
EPISTLE Colossians 1:11-20 The cosmic Christ
GOSPEL Luke 23:33-43 Jesus the Messiah on the cross
MEDIATION "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom." [SA 55 TIS 730]
HYMN The head that once was crowned with thorns / is crowned with glory now TIS 378 AHB 301
OFFERING AND DEDICATION
SHARING TIME [Notices, celebrations, requests for intercessions]
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
COLLECT FOR THE DAY
Almighty and everlasting God,
whose will it is to restore all things
in you well-beloved Son, our Lord and King:
grant that the peoples of the earth,
now divided and enslaved by sin,
may be freed and brought together
under his gentle and loving rule;
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirt
one God, now and for ever. [Uniting in Worship]
THE LORD'S PRAYER
The Sending Forth of the People of God
HYMN Crown him with many crowns TIS 228 AHB 163
WORD OF MISSION
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord:
In the name of Christ. Amen.
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