November 23, 2025 – Reign of Christ

Lectionary Readings   -   Gathering   -  Word  -   Eucharist   -   Sending   -   Music and Art

Lectionary Readings

Jeremiah 23:1–6
I will gather the remnant of my flock and raise up good shepherds.

Luke 1:68–79
Blessed be the Lord, who has raised up a savior for the people. 

or Psalm 46
Though the earth changes and the waters roar, God is our refuge.

Colossians 1:11–20
Christ is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 

Luke 23:33–43
Crucified with Jesus, a criminal says: Remember me in your kingdom. 

— Gathering —

Opening Sentences

Woe to the shepherds who destroy 
and scatter the sheep of my pasture!
I myself will gather my flock 
and bring them back to their fold.
God is our refuge and strength, 
a very present help in trouble.

I will raise up for David a righteous branch, 
who shall reign and deal wisely
and execute justice and righteousness in the land.
God is our refuge and strength, 
a very present help in trouble. 

God will give knowledge of salvation to his people
by the forgiveness of their sins.
God is our refuge and strength, 
a very present help in trouble. 

By the tender mercy of our God, 
the dawn from on high will break upon us
to give light to those who sit in the 
shadow of death, 
to guide our feet into the way of peace. 
God is our refuge and strength, 
a very present help in trouble. 

Prayer of the Day

Image of the invisible God,
irstborn of all creation, Prince of peace,
Word through whom all things were made, 
rule our minds and hearts with 
justice born of righteousness
and mercy born of love.
Guide us to participate in your kingdom,
where all God’s people have a share
in the strength that comes
from God’s glorious power. Amen. 

Hymn, Psalm, or Spiritual Song

Thanksgiving For Baptism

At the baptismal font:
The Lord be with you. And also with you.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.
O Lord our God, we give you thanks
for the hope and longing you instill in us
through the promise of our baptism—
a voice crying out in the wilderness,
a messenger to prepare the way,
the day of redemption drawing near.
By the power of your Holy Spirit,
poured out upon us in baptism,
keep us awake and make us ready
for the coming of your glorious realm
of righteousness, justice, and peace;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Confession and Pardon

At the baptismal font:
In humility we are called to confess our sin,
reaching out in penitence to our Lord and Savior.
Trusting in the merciful love of God,
let us pray together.

Gracious Lord,
we are quick to identify our enemies
and slow to name the ways we hurt others.
You lead us in the ways of righteousness,
and yet we prefer to walk our own path.
We are called to follow your lead
in creating a beloved community,
yet we idolize wealth and power.
Heal us and help us, O God.
Turn us from the ways of sin,
the means that create unjust ends.
Grant that we may seek to be for others
what you are for us:
a source of light on the way to peace.

Lifting water from the font:
The Lord gives light to those who dwell in darkness
and guides our every step in the path of salvation.
In the name of Jesus Christ we are forgiven.
Thanks be to God!

— Word —

Prayer for Illumination

At the lectern or pulpit:
Holy God, our hope and strength,
by the power of your Spirit
prepare the way in our hearts
for the coming of your Word,
so that we may see the glorious signs
of your promise fulfilled;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Before the readings:
Sacred writings, our instruction in salvation 
through faith in Jesus Christ. 
2 Timothy 3:15

After the readings: 
The words of Scripture, inspired by God. 
Thanks be to God.
2 Timothy 3:16


Ascription of Praise

After the sermon:
Blessed be the Lord our God. Amen.
Luke 1:68

Hymn, Psalm, or Spiritual Song

Affirmation of Faith

Out of Israel, God in due time raised up Jesus.
His faith and obedience were the response
of the perfect child of God.
He was the fulfillment
of God’s promise to Israel,
the beginning of the new creation,
and the pioneer of the new humanity.
He gave history its meaning and direction
and called the church to be his servant
for the reconciliation of the world.
Adapted from the Confession of 1967, 9.19

Prayers of Intercession

Trusting in the power of God to deliver us,

let us make our prayers of intercession for all,

saying: God our Savior, hear our prayer.  


We pray for the church . . .

Make us faithful in our witness

to the promise of your coming reign,

so that all may know your glory and grace.  

God our Savior, hear our prayer.


We pray for the world . . .

Raise up good leaders among the nations,

who seek justice and righteousness

and care for their people.

God our Savior, hear our prayer.


We pray for this community . . .

By your tender mercy, O God,

give light to those who wait in darkness

and guide our feet in paths of peace.

God our Savior, hear our prayer.


We pray for loved ones . . .

Give peace to those who are suffering

and remember those who are dying.

Give them a place with you in paradise.

God our Savior, hear our prayer.


Merciful and mighty God, as you are one,

make us one with you through Jesus Christ,

whom you have sent to redeem us,

and in whose holy name we pray. Amen.

— Eucharist —

Invitation to Offering

At the communion table:
All things in heaven and earth belong to God,
who is coming in glory to reveal a new creation.
Let us offer our lives to the Lord.
2 Peter 3:8–15

Prayer of Dedication

At the communion table:
Eternal God,
as we wait for the fulfillment of your reign,
use these gifts and the gifts of our lives
to bring justice to those who are oppressed,
to set free those who are in prison,
to lift up those who are bowed down,
and to uphold those who are vulnerable. Amen.

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 our thanks and praise.

Blessed are you, O Lord our God:
You have raised up a mighty Savior for us
from the house of your servant David
to lead us in righteousness and peace.

Therefore we praise you, joining the song
of the universal church and the heavenly choir:
A Sanctus (“Holy, holy, holy”) is sung.

Blessed is Jesus Christ, our Savior:
Dying on a cross of shame,
Jesus rose again to reign in glory.
The crucified one is our living Lord. 

The words of institution are included here.

Remembering your goodness and grace,
we offer ourselves to you with gratitude
as we share this joyful feast.

A Memorial Acclamation
(e.g., “Christ has died”) is sung.

Pour out your Holy Spirit upon us
and upon this bread and cup;
make us one in the body and blood
of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Strengthen us in our hope and faith
and hold us in the body of Christ, 
the one in whom all things hold together.

Through the Lord Jesus Christ,
in the unity of the Spirit,
we bless you, God of glory,
now and forever.
An Amen is sung.

Lord’s Prayer


Breaking the Bread


Communion of the People


Hymn, Psalm, or Spiritual Song


Prayer after Communion

At the communion table:
God our hope, we give you thanks
that you have given us this foretaste
of the justice, righteousness, and peace
of your promised new creation.
Strengthen us with this heavenly food
as we seek to serve your holy realm.
Lead us to live in joyful expectation
of the coming again in glory
of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

— Sending —

Hymn, Psalm, or Spiritual Song


Blessing and Charge

At the doors of the church:
The Lord bless and keep
your going out
and your coming in
from this time on
and forevermore. Alleluia!
Psalm 121:8

Proclaim the message,
be persistent in prayer,
do the work of the gospel,
and carry out the ministry
of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
2 Timothy 4:2, 5; Luke 18:1

Symbol of the Gospel of Luke

Stained Glass, Corning, Ohio

Additional Materials

Congregational Song


  • How Firm a Foundation (O) FOUNDATION GTG 463

  • God Is Our Refuge and Our Strength (P) WINCHESTER OLD GTG 329

  • Holy God, We Praise Your Name (E) GROSSER GOTT, WIR LOBEN DICH GTG 4


  • God Is Our Help, Refuge, and Strength (P) GOD IS OUR HELP GTG 380

  • You, Lord, Are Both Lamb and Shepherd (G) PICARDY GTG 274

  • Come, Great God of All the Ages (E) ABBOT’S LEIGH GTG 309


  • Jesus, Remember Me (G) REMEMBER ME GTG 227

  • I Greet Thee, Who My Sure Redeemer Art (E) TOULON GTG 624

  • Be Still and Know That I Am God (O) PSALM 46 GTG 414


  • He Is King of Kings (G) HE IS KING GTG 273

  • O Lord, You Are My God and King (P) JERUSALEM GTG 270

  • Crown Him with Many Crowns (E) DIADEMATA GTG 268

Psalms and Canticles

Luke 1:68–79

  • Blest Be the God of Israel [MERLE’S TUNE]; GTG 109, PH 602

  • Blessed Be the God of Israel [FOREST GREEN]; PAS 1032, LUYH 67

  • How Blest Are You, O God [ D]; SGP 236

  • Our God and Father Bless [PELAW WOOD]; PAS 1016


  • You Have Come to Your People; PAS 1013, PSA 158

  • In the Tender Compassion of Our God; PAS 1014

Psalm 46

  • God Is Our Refuge and Our Strength [WINCHESTER OLD]; GTG 329, PH 191

  • Dios es nuestro amparo / God Will Be Our Refuge [AMPARO]; PAS 46B

  • God, Our Help and Constant Refuge [MICHAEL]; PAS 46C


  • God Is Our Help, Refuge, and Strength; GTG 380

  • The Lord of Hosts Is with Us; PAS 46D

Organ Music

  • “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name!” CORONATION, Christ Reigns: Organ Improvisations, Aaron Shows, AF (M)

  • “At the Name of Jesus,” KING’S WESTON, Christ Reigns: Organ Improvisations, Aaron Shows, AF (M)

  • WONDROUS LOVE,” Augsburg Organ Library: Lent II, David Evan Thomas, AF (A)

  • HYFRYDOL,” Augsburg Organ Library: Marriage, David Cherwien, AF (ME)

Piano Music

  • “Crown Him with Many Crowns,” DIADEMATA, 60 Easy Hymn Settings for Piano, Joel Raney, HOPE (M)

  • “Rejoice, Give Thanks, and Sing,” MARION / NUN DANKET ALLE GOTT / ST. GEORGE’S WINDSOR, Glad Hymns of Praise, Lloyd Larson, LOR (MA)

  • “Come, Thou Almighty King,” ITALIAN HYMN, Praise to the King! Jason Krug, LOR (MA)

Anthems for Adult Choirs

  • “Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above,” David Schwoebel, MSM, SATB, org, opt cong (M)

  • “Jesus Shall Reign,” John A. Behnke, HAL, SATB, keybd, opt inst, opt cong (M)

  • “I Know That My Redeemer Lives (Jesus Shall Reign),” Cynthia Dobrinski, HOPE, SATB, org, opt hb, opt tpt (ME)

  • “There Is None Like You!” Mac Lynch, LOR, SATB, keybd (ME)

  • “The Lord Is a Mighty God,” Michael Burkhardt, MSM, 2 pt mx, org (ME)

  • “Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven,” R. Christopher Teichler, CGA, SATB, keybd (M)

Vocal Solos

  • “Be Still,” Sing Praise, Karen Marrolli, MSM (E)

  • “I Will Know (Psalm 46),” Adam Kingsmore and Jake France, (M)

  • “Ride On, King Jesus,” Hall Johnson, CF, low/medium/high (MA)

  • “The King Shall Come,” Hymn Settings of John Ness Beck, John Ness Beck, BP, medium (E)

  • “Antiphon,” Five Mystical Songs, Ralph Vaughan Williams, GMC, baritone (MA)


  • Good Shepherd, Lucinda Naylor, 2016 (EYE)

  • Luke 1:78–79, Timothy Botts, 2016 (EYE)

  • Burdens of This World, P. Solomon Raj, 2016 (EYE)

  • I Sapore de Amore_979, Wayne Forte, 2016 (EYE)

  • The Crucifixion, Andrea Mantegna, 1457–59 (VCS)