Christ the King Sunday

W E L C O M E . . !

Please join Immanuel Lutheran’s Worship Service on Sunday, November 20, 2022 at 10:00 AM Pacific Standard Time (US and Canada). Pastor Meg Brogan will lead the Holy Communion service. We are ever thankful to her for her service during this interim time. Please have bread and wine/juice available if you want to receive communion in your home as we gather together. The sung portions of the service are from the Holy Communion, Setting Two section of the Lutheran Book of Worship (LBW) beginning at page 83. A zoomed Coffee Hour will follow immediately after the service.

Join us…! All are welcome.

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GATHERING

In the name of the Father, and of the ☩ Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

CONFESSION AND FORGIVENESS

Almighty and most merciful God, your bountiful goodness fills all creation. Keep us safe from all that may hurt us, that, whole and well in body and spirit, we may with grateful hearts accomplish all that you would have us do, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Amen

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, God who is faithful and just will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Most merciful God,

we confess that we are in bondage to sin and cannot free ourselves. We have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the glory of your holy name. Amen

Almighty God, in his mercy, has given his Son to die for us and, for his sake, forgives us all our sins. As a called and ordained minister of the Church of Christ, and by his authority, I therefore declare to you the entire forgiveness of all your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

PRAYER OF THE DAY (read together)

O God, our true life, to serve you is freedom, and to know you is unending joy. We worship you, we glorify you, we give thanks to you for your great glory. Abide with us, reign in us, and make this world into a fit habitation for your divine majesty, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

WORD

FIRST READING: Jeremiah 23:1-6

Today’s reading builds on the common, ancient Near Eastern metaphor of the king as shepherd. Judah’s unjust rulers have caused their people, their “flock,” to be scattered. Nevertheless, God will raise up a new and righteous shepherd who will rule a restored Judah.

1Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! says the Lord. 2Therefore thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, concerning the shepherds who shepherd my people: It is you who have scattered my flock, and have driven them away, and you have not attended to them. So I will attend to you for your evil doings, says the Lord. 3Then I myself will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the lands where I have driven them, and I will bring them back to their fold, and they shall be fruitful and multiply. 4I will raise up shepherds over them who will shepherd them, and they shall not fear any longer, or be dismayed, nor shall any be missing, says the Lord.
5The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. 6In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. And this is the name by which he will be called: “The Lord is our righteousness.”

Word of God, word of life.     Thanks be to God.

PSALM: Psalm 46 (chanted responsively)

1God is our ref- | uge and strength,
  a very present | help in trouble.
2Therefore we will not fear, though the | earth be moved,
  and though the mountains shake in the depths | of the sea;
3though its waters | rage and foam,
  and though the mountains tremble | with its tumult.
4There is a river whose streams make glad the cit- | y of God,
  the holy habitation of | the Most High.
5God is in the midst of the city; it shall | not be shaken;
  God shall help it at the | break of day.
6The nations rage, and the | kingdoms shake;
  God speaks, and the earth | melts away.
7The Lord of | hosts is with us;
  the God of Jacob | is our stronghold.
8Come now, regard the works | of the Lord,
  what desolations God has brought up- | on the earth;
9behold the one who makes war to cease in | all the world;
  who breaks the bow, and shatters the spear, and burns the | shields with fire.
10“Be still, then, and know that | I am God;
  I will be exalted among the nations; I will be exalted | in the earth.”
11The Lord of | hosts is with us;
  the God of Jacob | is our stronghold.

SECOND READING: Colossians 1:11-20

An early Christian hymn praises the mystery of the political, personal, and mystical Christ, the one who was present at creation and is eternally reigning with God.

11May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully 12giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light. 13He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
15He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; 16for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers—all things have been created through him and for him. 17He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. 19For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.

Word of God, word of life.     Thanks be to God.

Gospel Acclamation (sung)

Alleluia. Lord, to whom shall we go?
you have the words of eternal life. Alleluia.

GOSPEL: Luke 23:33-43

Glory to you, O Lord. (sung)

Amid scoffing and slander from those who sarcastically call him Messiah and king, Jesus reveals that to be Messiah and king is to give one’s life for others. Here he uses his power to welcome a despised sinner to paradise but puts his own death into God’s hands.

33When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. 34⟦Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.”⟧ And they cast lots to divide his clothing. 35And the people stood by, watching; but the leaders scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Messiah of God, his chosen one!” 36The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine, 37and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” 38There was also an inscription over him, “This is the King of the Jews.”
39One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying, “Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” 40But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41And we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong.” 42Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43He replied, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

The gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ. (sung)

HOMILY

APOSTLE’S CREED

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again 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.

Prayers of Intercession

United with your saints across time and place, we pray for our shared world.

A brief silence.

We pray for your church. Embolden denominations and faith-based organizations in creative and collaborative ministries and increase our work for the sake of the gospel. Lord, in your mercy,

receive our prayer.

We pray for the earth. Protect waterways from pollution and animal habitats from destruction. Guide us in careful stewardship of waters, plant life, and animals. Sustain those suffering damage from drought and floods. Lord, in your mercy,

receive our prayer.

We pray for the nations of the world. Instill in every leader’s heart a desire for justice and peace. Support the work of international collaborations that seek the goals of health and joy for all people especially in Ukraine, Iran, and other nations suffering war and violence. Lord, in your mercy,

receive our prayer.

We pray for all who are undermined or oppressed. Amplify the voices of the unheard and break open stubborn systems of injustice. Bring about your righteousness and fill us all with your redeeming light. Lord, in your mercy,

receive our prayer.

We pray for this assembly. Guide our leaders and council members in discernment, and nurture new leaders with fresh ideas. Give Immanuel’s congregation a spirit of discipleship and service. Lord, in your mercy,

receive our prayer.

Here other prayers & petitions may be offered either silently or aloud. On zoom, please unmute yourself to speak and re-mute yourself when finished.

We give thanks for all who have died in the faith especially those whose names are on our altar cloth.  Console us who mourn and comfort us with the beautiful promise of life in your kingdom. Lord, in your mercy,

receive our prayer.

Accept these prayers, gracious God, and those known only to you; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Amen.

COMMUNION

Today, if you are receiving communion at home, please have bread and wine available. After the Prayer of Institution and Lord’s Prayer, Pastor Meg will invite us to partake of the body and blood of Christ.

THE GREAT THANKSGIVING

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give him thanks and praise.

The Proper Preface: It is indeed right and salutary…

SANCTUS (sung)

Holy, holy, holy Lord.
Lord God of power and might:
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

Prayer of Institution

LORD’S PRAYER

Gathered into one by the Holy Spirit, let us pray as Jesus taught us.

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.

Invitation to Communion

Agnus Dei (sung)

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; grant us peace, grant us peace.

Post Communion Prayer

We give you thanks, Almighty God, that you have refreshed us through the healing power of this gift of life; and we pray that in your mercy you would strengthen us, through this gift, in faith toward you and in fervent love toward one another; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

SENDING

Almighty God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, bless us now and forever. Amen.

PEACE AND DISMISSAL

The peace of the Lord be with you always.
And also with you.
Go in peace. Serve the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

SENDING HYMN: LBW 328 All hail the power of Jesus’ name (vs. 1-4)

  1. All hail the pow’r of Jesus’ name! Let angels prostrate fall;
    bring forth the royal diadem and crown him Lord of all.
    Bring forth the royal diadem and crown him Lord of all.
      
  2. Crown him, you martyrs of our God, who from his altar call;
    extol the stem of Jesse’s rod and crown him Lord of all.
    Extol the stem of Jesse’s rod and crown him Lord of all.
     
  3. O seed of Israel’s chosen race now ransomed from the fall,
    hail him who saves you by his grace and crown him Lord of all.
    Hail him who saves you by his grace and crown him Lord of all.
     
  4. Hail him, you heirs of David’s line, whom David Lord did call–
    the God Incarnate, man divine–and crown him Lord of all.
    The God Incarnate, man divine–and crown him Lord of all.

Text: Edward Perronet, 1726-1792, sts. 1-5