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Christ the King B
November 25, 2012
As preparation is made for the New Church Year to begin on the First Sunday of Advent, this concluding feast of the old year is incumbent upon us.  The powerful imagery of the lessons and the shape of the liturgy all join to point us toward the Advent of Christ and the full celebration of his Incarnation.  The opportunity is opened for the preacher and the liturgist to bring forth the unique language of scripture and the tradition, which will not allow our Eucharistic celebration to devolve into a love feast.  It truly proclaims in fullness the Mystery of Faith: Christ has died. Christ is risen.  Christ will come again.


Scripture  (from the Revised Common Lectionary, with links provided by – a source for thoughtful worship and preaching throughout the year):

Click on Scripture Lessons below for study links and resources:

2 Samuel 23:1-7 or Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14
Roman Catholic reading: Daniel 7:13-14
United Methodist reading: 2 Samuel 23:1-7

Psalm 132:1-12, (13-18) or Psalm 93
Roman Catholic reading: Psalm 93:1-5
Episcopal reading (RCL): Psalm 132:1-12, (14-19) or Psalm 93
United Methodist reading: Psalm 132:1-12

Revelation 1:4b-8
Roman Catholic reading: Revelation 1:5-8

John 18:33-37

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

Hymn of Praise:   699, 725, 713, 709 (Many hymns listed for Thanksgiving would be appropriate)

Hymn of Prayer:   701

Hymn of Invitation: 703, 711, 709, 705

Communion Hymn:   408, 430

Dismissal/Missional Hymn:  700

More hymn suggestions, as well as helpful references for use of the arts in worship, are available from the United Church of Christ website.

 Hymn for the Day From William Flewelling

On John 18: 33-37
              Boldly free, the King attends.
              Asked if he is King of Jews,
              answers he by question’s bite:
              who acclaims that I am king?
              In defiance comes the boast,
              only Jews acclaim their King,
              only those who are your own
              bring you here: what have you done?
              Such a King as knows his realm,
              not of land or world’s design,
              but of more than such a world
              reigns the King by heaven’s truth.          Suggested tune: The Call

Dealing with the Psalm of the Day:

Since Chalice Hymnal does not provide a complete Psalter, there will be occasions when suggestions may be made for alternate Psalm use (or hymn equivalent).  Little help here, except to point to the suggested Call to Worship.

Call to Worship  (adapted by the editor from Psalm 93)

L: The Lord is king, robed in majesty;

P:  The Lord is robed, girded with strength.

L: God has established the world;

it shall never be moved.

P:  Your throne is established from of old;

     you are from everlasting.

L: The floods have lifted up their voice, O Lord;

the floods lift up their roaring.

P:  More majestic than the thunders of mighty waters,

     more majestic than the waves of the sea,

     majestic on high is the Lord!

L: Your decrees are very sure.

P:  Holiness befits your house, O Lord, forevermore.



Eternal Father,
whose Son Jesus Christ ascended to the throne of heaven
that he might rule over all things as Lord and King:
keep the Church in the unity of the Spirit
and in the bond of peace,
and bring the whole created order to worship at his feet;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Post Communion

Stir up, O Lord,
the wills of your faithful people;
that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works,
may by you be plenteously rewarded;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

This Post Communion may be used as the Collect at Morning and Evening Prayer during this week.

Alternative Collect

God the Father,
help us to hear the call of Christ the King
and to follow in his service,
whose kingdom has no end;
for he reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, one glory.

Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2011.  Compiled by Simon Kershaw October 2011 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries using Almanac Maker; compilation © Simon Kershaw 2011; Almanac Maker © Simon Kershaw 2010.   The Revised Common Lectionary is copyright © the Consultation on Common Texts 1992.  The Daily Eucharistic Lectionary is adapted from the Ordo Lectionum Missae of the Roman Catholic Church reproduced by permission of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy.  Adaptations and additions to the RCL and the DEL, together with Second and Third Service lectionaries and the Weekday Lectionary for Morning and Evening Prayer are copyright © the Archbishops’ Council 1997-2010.  Version 2012-1.2 30 October 2011.


Resources from the Jubilee Fund: This stewardship ministry serving the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) offers weekly emails, archived here at the Disciples Center for Faith and Giving Site, for each Sunday’s service.

You may also want to visit Worship Connection at, which offers numerous helps, including electronic versions of print resources for worship and preaching planning.

Intercessions and other helpful planning materials geared to the Lectionary (using Roman Catholic version, but normally quite useful for all traditions) for preaching and worship are supplied for several weeks in advance at The Sunday Website of St. Louis University. 

Liturgies created by Moira Laidlaw(Uniting Church in Australia) as a part of her doctoral dissertation are often helpful.  Read more here.

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