November 24, 2024 – Christ the King / Reign of Christ

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

Lectionary Readings


2 Samuel 23:1–7
The last words of David: God has made an everlasting covenant.

Psalm 132:1–12 (13–18)
Remember your covenant with David, O Lord, and bless us.


Daniel 7:9–10, 13–14
The Ancient One gives all dominion to a human, coming in clouds.

Psalm 93
The ancient and everlasting Lord is enthroned in majesty.

Revelation 1:4b–8
Jesus is coming with the clouds; the Lord is Alpha and Omega.

John 18:33–37
Pilate asks: Are you a king? Jesus answers: I came to show the truth.

— Gathering —

Opening Sentences

Through the power of God,
Christ our Lord sits on the throne of truth.
As we worship, may this truth guide our thoughts.
Christ our Lord sits on the throne of love.
May this love guide our hearts.
Let us worship our Lord who leads the way.

Prayer of the Day

All-powerful God,
as we recognize Christ’s reign,
we also recognize the earthly powers
that compete for our loyalty.
Guide us, Lord, as we engage in the ordering of these days.
Train our hearts on your truth,
that your voice might lead us in all that we do. 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 grace that is at work in us
through the gift of our baptism—
the sign of your threefold name,
the communion of your faithful people,
the promise of your glorious realm.
By the power of your Holy Spirit,
poured out upon us in baptism,
let your grace and peace grow in us,
until we gather at your heavenly throne
to give you thanks and praise forever;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Confession and Pardon

At the baptismal font:
It is only by the power of God
that we are able to stand against evil.

Trusting in God’s grace, let us confess our sin.

O Holy One,
you showed us what it means to live by your reign:
sharing food with the hungry,
freedom with the imprisoned,
justice with the oppressed,
and joy with the sorrowful.
We ask your forgiveness, O God,
for all the ways we fail to live as people who belong to your reign.
Show us once more what our belonging means,
for you are the beginning, you are the end,
and, in every time between,
you fill our lives with grace.

Lifting water from the font:
Now stand firm in your faith,
covered by the saving grace of God
and ready to proclaim the gospel of peace.

In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven!
Thanks be to God.

— Word —

Prayer for Illumination

At the lectern or pulpit:
Sovereign God, let your Word rule in our hearts
and your Spirit govern our lives
until at last we see the fulfillment
of your realm of justice and peace;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Before the readings:
The Lord is our God, the Lord alone.
Listen to the word of the Lord.
Deuteronomy 6:4

After the readings:
Keep these words in your heart.
The Lord is our God, the Lord alone.
Thanks be to God.
Deuteronomy 6:6


Ascription of Praise

After the sermon:
To the Lord our God, Alpha and Omega,
be all glory and honor forever. Amen.
Revelation 21:6

Hymn, Psalm, or Spiritual Song

Affirmation of Faith

Time after Pentecost, Christ the King / Reign of Christ
Biblical visions and images of the rule of Christ,
such as a heavenly city, the household of God,
a new heaven and earth, a marriage feast,
and an unending day
culminate in the image of the kingdom.
The kingdom represents God’s triumph
over all that resists the divine will
and disrupts God’s creation.
Already God’s reign is present
as a ferment in the world,
stirring hope in all people
and preparing the world
to receive its ultimate judgment and redemption.
With an urgency born of this hope,
the church applies itself to present tasks
and strives for a better world.
It does not identify limited progress
with the kingdom of God on earth,
nor does it despair
in the face of disappointment and defeat.
In steadfast hope,
the church looks beyond all partial achievement
to the final triumph of God.
Adapted from the Confession of 1967, 9.54–55

Prayers of the People

Remembering the world that God so loves,
we pray to the Maker of heaven and earth, saying:
Let your will be done, on earth as in heaven.

We pray for the church . . .
Make us faithful witnesses to the risen Lord,
a holy kingdom and a royal priesthood,
praising your honor and glory forever.
Let your will be done, on earth as in heaven.

We pray for the world . . .
Establish your eternal and majestic throne
here and now, in our world;
establish your justice and peace forever.
Let your will be done, on earth as in heaven.

We pray for this community . . .
Come quickly, and abide with us forever;
let the hungry eat and be satisfied;
let the poor rejoice in your salvation.
Let your will be done, on earth as in heaven.

We pray for loved ones . . .
Give rest to those who are weary;
give strength to those who are weak;
bless and keep us, now and always.
Let your will be done, on earth as in heaven.

Sovereign God, keep us watching and working
for the promise of your heavenly realm,
until all the earth rejoices at your coming in glory;
through Jesus Christ, the Lord of life. Amen.

— Eucharist —

Invitation to Offering

At the communion table:
I appeal to you, brothers and sisters,
to present yourselves as a living sacrifice,
holy and acceptable to God.
Let us offer our lives to the Lord.
Romans 12:1

Prayer of Dedication

At the communion table:
To you, O God, we offer our lives—
our abundance, our poverty,
all that we have, all that we are—
a sign of our great thanksgiving
for the treasure of your grace.
Take and use us for good
in the world that you so love;
we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Mark 12:41–44

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 are the ancient and eternal one,
encompassed in smoke and fire,
enthroned in glory forever.
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:
Jesus came to claim us for your realm;
through his words we hear your voice
and learn your way of truth and life.
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.
Keep us faithful as your priestly people,
loving and serving you each day,
watching and waiting for your return.
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:
Blessed are you, O Lord our God,
creator and ruler of the universe,
for your have satisfied our souls
with this feast of your grace.
Keep us faithful in your service
until your realm of glory comes;
through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

— Sending —

Hymn, Psalm, or Spiritual Song


Blessing and Charge

At the doors of the church:
The blessing of the holy, triune God,
who was and is and is to come—
first and last,
beginning and end,
Alpha and Omega—
be with you now and always. Alleluia!
Revelation 1:8

Go in peace to love the Lord your God
with heart and soul and mind and strength,
and to love your neighbor as yourself. Amen.
Mark 12:29–31

Christ in Majesty

Saint Martin Church, Vic, France, 1140

Additional Materials

Congregational Song


  • At the Name of Jesus (GE) KING’S WESTON GTG 264
  • Crown Him with Many Crowns (OGE) DIADEMATA GTG 268
  • Lo, He Comes with Clouds Descending (E) HELMSLEY GTG 348
  • Sing, Praise, and Bless the Lord (Laudate Dominum) (OE) LAUDATE DOMINUM (Taizé) GTG 635


  • We Fall Down (O) WE FALL DOWN GTG 368
  • Joy to the World (O) RICHMOND GTG 266
  • Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence (E) PICARDY GTG 347
  • Sometimes a Light Surprises (O) SALLEY GARDENS GTG 800


  • Ah, Holy Jesus (G) HERZLIEBSTER JESU GTG 218
  • Bread of the World in Mercy Broken (G) RENDEZ À DIEU GTG 499
  • Of the Father’s Love Begotten (GE) DIVINUM MYSTERIUM GTG 108
  • You, Lord, Are Both Lamb and Shepherd (G) PICARDY GTG 274


  • Lead On, O King Eternal! (G) LANCASHIRE GTG 269
  • He Is Kings of Kings (GE) HE IS KING GTG 273
  • Jesus Shall Reign Where’er the Sun (OGE) DUKE STREET GTG 265
  • Rejoice, the Lord Is King! (G) DARWALL’S 148TH GTG 363

Psalms and Canticles

Psalm 132:1–12 (13–18)

  • Arise, O Lord Our God, Arise [BOURBON]; GTG 381
  • Let David Be Remembered [THAXTED]; PAS 132A, LUYH 45
  • O Lord, Remember David []; SGP 197
  • Once in Royal David’s City, When the King Was in Distress [IRBY]; PAS 132B
  • Hail to the Lord’s Anointed [ST. THEODULPH/VALET WILL ICH DIR GEBEN]; PAS 132C
  • Lord, Now Rule My Every Way [ORIENTIS PARTIBUS]; PP 266
  • Praise the Lord; PAS 136B

Psalm 93

  • God, You Rule with Royal Bearing (God, Our Lord, a King Remaining) [BRYN CALFARIA, YISRAEL V’ORAITA]; GTG 272, PH 213, PP 170 (with refrain)
  • The Lord Almighty Reigns [ST. BRIDE]; GTG 271
  • Robed in Majesty [SALZBURG]; PAS 93A, LUYH 546
  • The Lord Our God Rules over All; [CMD]; SGP 135
  • The Lord Is King; PSA 87
  • Ever Since the World Began; PAS 93B

    Organ Music

    • “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name,” Short Postludes, Tom Birchwood, LOR (E)
    • “Prelude on DIADEMATA,” The Complete Organist, vol. 2, David Clark Isele, LOR (E)
    • “ITALIAN HYMN,” Augsburg Organ Library: Summer, Richard Proulx, AF (ME)
    • “Trumpet Tune on LYONS,” The Sacred Organ Library, vol. 1, Stephen L. Aber, LOR (ME)

    Anthems for Adult Choirs

    • “E’en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come,” Paul Manz, MSM, SATB, acap (A)
    • “The Last Words of David,” Randall Thompson, ECS, SATB, keybd (M)
    • “Behold a Host, Arrayed in White,” Bradley Ellingboe, AF, SAB, pno (E)
    • “Who Was and Is and Is to Come,” Timothy Michael Powell, MSM, SAB, pno, hb (E)
    • “Rejoice the Lord Is King,” Carlton Young, GIA, SATB, org (E)
    • “Ride On, King Jesus,” arr. Moses Hogan, HAL, SATB div, pno (M)
    • “He Is Marvelous,” Rosephanye Powell, HAL, SATB, pno (M)
    • “The Lord Shall Reign,” David Hurd, GIA, 2 pt mx, org (E)

    Handbell Music

    • “Te Deum,” H. Dean Wagner, 4‑7 oct, opt hc, RRM, RRBL5027, Level 4
    • “Lo, He Comes with Clouds Descending,” Sondra Tucker, 3‑5 oct, opt hc and tpt, CON, 977676, Level 2
    • “Rejoice, the Lord Is King!” Matthew Compton, 3‑7 oct, opt hc, CGA, CGB1155, Level 3


    • Christ Before Pilate, Mihály Munkácsy (VDL)
    • Alpha and Omega, Eugenio Hansen (VDL)
    • Choices, Lauren Wright Pittman (VDL)