United Benefice of Altham and Clayton-le-Moors

Worship on the Sunday before Advent – Feast of Christ the King

 

Greeting

 

The Lord be with you
All        And also with you.

 

Loving God, we have come to worship you.

All       Help us to pray to you in faith,

to sing your praise with gratitude,

and to listen to your word with eagerness;

through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

 

 

Hymn

Crown Him with many crowns,
The Lamb upon His throne;
Hark how the heavenly anthem drowns,
All music but its own.
Awake my soul and sing,
Of Him who died for thee,
And hail Him as thy matchless King,
Through all eternity.

Crown Him the Lord of love,
Behold His hands and side,
Those wounds yet visible above,
In beauty glorified.
No angel in the sky,
Can fully bear that sight,
But downward bends his burning eye,
At mysteries so bright.

Crown Him the Lord of peace,
Whose power a sceptre sways,
From pole to pole,
That wars may cease,
And all be prayer and praise.
His reign shall know no end,
And round His pierced feet,
Fair flowers of paradise extend,
Their fragrance ever sweet.

Crown Him the Lord of years,
The Potentate of time,
Creator of the rolling spheres,
Ineffably sublime.
All hail Redeemer hail,
For Thou hast died for me,
Thy praise shall never never fail,
Throughout eternity.

 

 

 

 

Prayers of penitence

All       Most merciful God,

Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

we confess that we have sinned

in thought, word and deed.

We have not loved you with our whole heart.

We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves.

In your mercy

forgive what we have been,

help us to amend what we are,

and direct what we shall be;

that we may do justly,

love mercy,

and walk humbly with you, our God.

Amen.

 

Almighty God, who forgives all who truly repent,

Have mercy upon you, pardon and deliver you from all your sins,

confirm and strengthen you in all goodness

and keep you in life eternal, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

First Reading
Ephesians 1:15-23

For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

This is the word of the Lord

All        Thanks be to God

 

Second reading
Matthew 25:31-46

‘When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

‘Then the King will say to those on his right, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was ill and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”

‘Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison and go to visit you?”

‘The King will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

‘Then he will say to those on his left, “Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was ill and in prison and you did not look after me.”

‘They also will answer, “Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or ill or in prison, and did not help you?”

‘He will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.”

‘Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.’


This is the word of the Lord

All        Thanks be to God

 

Sermon

 

Affirmation of faith

All   I believe in God, the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.

 

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of the Virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried;

he descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again;

he ascended into heaven,

he is seated at the right hand of the Father,

and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

 

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic Church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting.

Amen.

 

Hymn

When I needed a neighbour
Were you there, were you there
When I needed a neighbour were you there?

And the creed and the colour
And the name won’t matter,
Were you there?

I was hungry and thirsty,
Were you there, were you there,
I was hungry and thirsty, were you there?

I was cold, I was naked,
Were you there, were you there,
I was cold I was naked, were you there?

When I needed a shelter,
Were you there, were you there,
When I needed a shelter, were you there?

When I needed a healer
Were you there, were you there,
When I needed a healer, were you there?

Wherever you travel,
I’ll be there, I’ll be there,
Wherever you travel, I’ll be there.

And the creed and the colour
And the name won’t matter,
I’ll be there.

 

Prayers of intercession

Lord sometimes you speak in wonders unmistakable, and clear mighty signs to prove your presence overcoming doubt and fear.

Lord you sometimes speak in whispers, still and small yet scarcely heard; only those who want to listen catch the all-important word.

Lord you sometimes speak in silence through our loud and noisy days; we can know and trust you better when we quietly wait and pray.

Lord you often speak in scripture, words that summon from the page, shown and taught us by your spirit into fresh light in every age.

Lord you always speak in Jesus, always new yet still the same. Teach us more of our Saviour, make our lives display his name.

 

Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

 

At Advent time Lord we thank you for your promise to return to this world, not as a tiny baby but as a triumphant king. Keep us watchful against temptation and joyous in your service for your name’s sake.

 

Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

 

Heavenly Father as we prepare for Christmas, especially in these troubled times we are living through, help us in all the business of these days to find time to think of what Christmas really means; for your love for the world of the coming promised Redeemer, of the wonder of the world made flesh. May we, like Mary, treasure these things and ponder on Christmas Day, when hopefully we can all be together and ready to join in the joyful worship of the church and give glory to your name.

 

Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

 

Heavenly Father we thank you for our homes and family, for our food and clothing and for all the happiness that parents and children can share. We ask that your love may surround us, your care may protect us and that we may know your peace at all times for Jesus sake.

 

Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

 

Teach us good Lord to serve you as you deserve. To give and not to count the cost; to fight and not to heed the wounds; to toil and not to seek for rest; to labour and not to ask for any reward, except that of knowing your will, through Jesus Christ Our Lord.

 

Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

 

Oh God the source of life and health, we pray for those who are ill. Give doctors and nurses skills to make them well again and grant that, during their illness, they may learn more of your love and care, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

 

Be with us Lord as we go out into the world. May our lips always speak the truth; may our ears which have heard your word listen only to what is good; and may our lives as well as our worship be always pleasing in your sight, for the glory of Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Merciful Father,

accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.

A moment of silent prayer

 

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.

All       Amen.

 

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven…

 

Hymn

Jesus is King and I will extol Him
Give Him the glory and honor His name
He reigns on high enthroned in the heavens
Word of the Father exalted for us

We have a hope that is steadfast and certain
Gone through the curtain and touching the throne
We have a Priest who is there interceding
Pouring His grace on our lives day by day

We come to Him our Priest and Apostle
Clothed in His glory and bearing His name
Laying our lives with gladness before Him
Filled with His Spirit we worship the King

O Holy One our hearts do adore You
Thrilled with Your goodness we give You our praise
Angels in light with worship surround Him
Jesus our Savior forever the same.

 

Final prayer

Stir up, O Lord, the wills of your faithful people,

That they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works,

May be you be plenteously rewarded,

Through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

Blessing

Christ the king make you faithful and strong to do his will,

That you may reign with him in glory,

and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son

and the Holy Spirit, be amongst you and remain with you always.

 

All        Amen!

 

 

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Common Worship is (c) Copyright Archbishops Council of the Church of England

Biblical texts are from the Holy Bible New International Version Anglicised (NIV-UK) is (c) Copyright Biblica, Inc

When I needed a neighbour by Syndey Carter is (c) Copyright 1965 Stainer & Bell Ltd

Jesus is King by Wendy Churchill is (c) Copyright 1981 Authentic Publishing, admin by CopyCare

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