Our WORSHIP SERVICES

November 22, 2020

Christ the King Sunday 

Virtual Worship

No onsite worship or Sunday School at this time

Scripture Insert

Children's Bulletin

Introduction:

On the last Sunday of the liturgical year, the church celebrates the identity of Christ as King of kings. This one who is the Good Shepherd of the sheep is a king who serves the outcast, infirm, forsaken, and alone. He calls his followers to do the same. The reign of God comes near whenever God’s people act in faith and obedience to God’s holy will for the other. Jesus is unlike any other king.

Opening Hymn

Prayer of the Day

Almighty and everlasting God, you have crowned your Son as King and, by him, will renew your whole creation. May the families of the earth now torn apart and yoked by sin find liberty in him and be subjected to his gentle rule. Grant this, we pray, through the same Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

First Reading: Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24 God Will Seek His Flock

The Shepherd God of Israel will seek out his flock and bring them home, into their own land. He will seek those that are lost, gone astray, injured or weak and bring them unto himself, where they will be fed and kept safe from harm

“For thus says the Lord God: Behold, I, I myself will search for my sheep and will seek them out. As a shepherd seeks out his flock when he is among his sheep that have been scattered, so will I seek out my sheep, and I will rescue them from all places where they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness. And I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land. And I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the ravines, and in all the inhabited places of the country. I will feed them with good pasture, and on the mountain heights of Israel shall be their grazing land. There they shall lie down in good grazing land, and on rich pasture they shall feed on the mountains of Israel. I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I myself will make them lie down, declares the Lord God. I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, and the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them in justice.

“Therefore, thus says the Lord God to them: Behold, I, I myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep. Because you push with side and shoulder, and thrust at all the weak with your horns, till you have scattered them abroad, I will rescue my flock; they shall no longer be a prey. And I will judge between sheep and sheep. And I will set up over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he shall feed them: he shall feed them and be their shepherd. And I, the Lord, will be their God, and my servant David shall be prince among them. I am the Lord; I have spoken.”

Psalm 95:1-7a Make a Joyful Noise

The psalmist encourages the congregation to sing songs of praise to the Lord, saying, “He is our God, and we are the people of his pasture.” He praises God’s wonderful works of creation, urging all to bow down in grateful worship.

Come, let us sing to the Lord;

     let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.

Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving

     and raise a loud shout to him with psalms.

For the Lord is a great God,

     and a great King above all gods.

In his hand are the caverns of the earth,

     and the heights of the hills are his also.

The sea is his, for he made it,

     and his hands have molded the dry land.

Come, let us bow down, and bend the knee,

     and kneel before the Lord our Maker.

For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture

     and the sheep of his hand.

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:20-28

We are Made Alive in Christ Paul explains that by one man, Adam, all humans have died because of sin. By the one man, Jesus, all shall be made alive through his resurrection. Everything comes in the proper order, Paul says. First Christ will bring home those who belong to him, then the end shall come and all earthly authority shall be destroyed.

But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. For “God has put all things in subjection under his feet.” But when it says, “all things are put in subjection,” it is plain that he is excepted who put all things in subjection under him. When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things in subjection under him, that God may be all in all.

Gospel Reading: Matthew 25:31-46 The Final Judgment

Jesus speaks to his followers about the final judgment of God saying that whenever they serve someone who is hungry or thirsty, visit the imprisoned, clothe the naked, welcome the stranger and so forth, they serve him. When they neglect to serve others, they are also neglecting to serve him. The life of discipleship is one that puts others ahead of self. This is the defining characteristic of righteousness, to serve those who are the “least.”

{Jesus said to the disciples,} “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

The Sermon:  Pastor Jill

Offering: 

During this time, it can be a strain on households, but please continue your giving as you are able. For now, send your offerings to: 

 

Raymond Sundrud, Treasurer at: 

35563 300th Street SE, 

Fosston, MN 56542.

 

Thank you for supporting the work of our church.

Prayers of the Church

For Christ the King

Lord Jesus Christ, you are the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. Another year in the church has ended, reminding us that our time in the present world will also end in you.  Give us courage in the face of trials, both physical and spiritual, that we may be found faithful on that last day when you come to judge the living and the dead.

    Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

For Discipleship

Heavenly Father, Jesus said that whatever we do to those who are the “least,” we also do to him. Make us generous in our words, actions, and with our resources, that we would follow Jesus in loving discipleship all our days. Let us not look past those in need or neglect those who are suffering, rather let us give of ourselves and trust that God will use us to care for his people.

    Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

 

For Sabbath Rest

Lord of the Sabbath, be with all of us this day that we would find rest and regeneration. Help us to hear and know you in our keeping of the Sabbath so that we might be renewed for work in your kingdom, each and every day.

     Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

 

For the Weak and Weary                                                                                          

Life-giving Spirit, transform our communities into places of welcome for those who have been shunned or marginalized, are weak or weary. Help us to see in them the very presence of our Lord Jesus. Fill us with your love that we would love one another and point to your saving power for all who believe. Be with all who suffer, especially Danielle Finseth, Cindy Lecy, Joan Lee,   Delores Syverson, Irene Wishard, Norris Syverson, Marlys Brovold.  

    Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

Lord’s Prayer 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name,

thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread;

and forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us;

and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,

forever and ever. Amen.

Closing Hymn

Go in Peace, to Love and Serve the Lord!  Thanks be to God!

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