Christ the King Sunday 26th November

Hymn The Lord is King! Lift up Thy voice

  1. The Lord is King! lift up thy voice,
    O earth, and all ye heavens, rejoice;
    from world to world the joy shall ring,
    ‘The Lord omnipotent is King!’
  1. The Lord is King! who then shall dare
    resist his will, distrust his care,
    or murmur at his wise decrees,
    or doubt his royal promises
  1. He reigns! ye saints, exalt your strains;
    your God is King, your Father reigns;
    and he is at the Father’s side,
    the Man of love, the Crucified
  1. Alike pervaded by his eye
    all parts of his dominion lie:
    this world of ours and worlds unseen,
    and thin the boundary between!
  1. One Lord one empire all secures;
    he reigns, and life and death are yours;
    through earth and heaven one song shall ring,
    ‘The Lord omnipotent is King!’ (by Josiah Conder – 1989 to 1855)

The Greeting

Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

All:       And also with you

The Peace 

We are the body of Christ.

In the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body

Let us then pursue all that makes for peace

and builds up our common life.


The peace of the Lord be always with you.

All:       And also with you.

Let us offer one another a sign of peace.

(Please turn to those around you, offering your hand, and say

‘The peace of the Lord be with you’)

Prayer of Preparation

All:      Almighty God,

to whom all hearts are open,

all desires known,

and from whom no secrets are hidden:

cleanse the thoughts of our hearts

by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,

that we may perfectly love you,

and worthily magnify your holy name;

through Christ our Lord.


Prayer of Penitence

Our Lord Jesus Christ said: The first commandment is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our Cod is the only Lord. You shall love the Lord your Cod with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’

The second is this: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.


All:       Amen. Lord, have mercy.

God so loved the world

that he gave his only Son Jesus Christ

to save us from our sins,

to be our advocate in heaven,

and to bring us to eternal life.

Let us confess our sins in penitence and faith,

firmly resolved to keep God’s commandments

and to live in love and peace with all.


All:       Father eternal, giver of light and grace,

we have sinned against you and against our neighbour,

in what we have thought,

in what we have said and done,

through ignorance, through weakness,

through our own deliberate fault.

We have wounded your love

and marred your image in us.

We are sorry and ashamed

and repent of all our sins.

For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,

who died for us,

forgive us all that is past

and lead us out from darkness

to walk as children of light.


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.

All:       Amen.

Collect for Christ the King 

Eternal Father,

whose Son Jesus Christ ascended to the throne of heaven

that he might rule over all things as Lord and King:

keep the Church in the unity of the Spirit

and in the bond of peace,

and bring the whole created order to worship at his feet;

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

All: Amen

Our First Reading is – Ephesians Chap: 1

15 For this reason, ever since I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all of God’s people,

16 I have not stopped giving thanks to God for you. I remember you in my prayers

17 and ask the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, to give you the Spirit, who will make you wise and reveal God to you, so that you will know him.

18 I ask that your minds may be opened to see his light, so that you will know what is the hope to which he has called you, how rich are the wonderful blessings he promises his people,

19 and how very great is his power at work in us who believe. This power working in us is the same as the mighty strength

20 which he used when he raised Christ from death and seated him at his right side in the heavenly world.

21 Christ rules there above all heavenly rulers, authorities, powers, and lords; he has a title superior to all titles of authority in this world and in the next.

22 God put all things under Christ’s feet and gave him to the church as supreme Lord over all things.

23 The church is Christ’s body, the completion of him who himself completes all things everywhere. 

This is the word of the Lord.

All:      Thanks be to God. 

Hymn – Thy Kingdom Come , O God

  1. Thy kingdom come, O God,
    thy rule, O Christ, begin;
    break with thine iron rod
    the tyrannies of sin.
  1. Where is thy reign of peace
    and purity and love?
    When shall all hatred cease,
    as in the realms above?
  1. When comes the promised time
    that war shall be no more,
    and lust, oppression, crime
  2. shall flee thy face before? 
  1. We pray thee, Lord, arise,
    and come in thy great might;
    revive our longing eyes,
    which languish for thy sight.
  1. Men scorn thy sacred name,
    and wolves devour thy fold;
    by many deeds of shame
    we learn that love grows cold.
  1. O’er lands both near and far
    thick darkness broodeth yet:
    arise, O Morning Star,
    arise, and never set!
    (by Lewis Hensley b1824) 

Here the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ According to Matthew Chap: 25

31 “When the Son of Man comes as King and all the angels with him, he will sit on his royal throne,

32 and the people of all the nations will be gathered before him. Then he will divide them into two groups, just as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.

33 He will put the righteous people at his right and the others at his left.

34 Then the King will say to the people on his right, “Come, you that are blessed by my Father! Come and possess the kingdom which has been prepared for you ever since the creation of the world.

35 I was hungry and you fed me, thirsty and you gave me a drink; I was a stranger and you received me in your homes,

36 naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you took care of me, in prison and you visited me.’

37 The righteous will then answer him, “When, Lord, did we ever see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you a drink?

38 When did we ever see you a stranger and welcome you in our homes, or naked and clothe you?

39 When did we ever see you sick or in prison, and visit you?’

40 The King will reply, “I tell you, whenever you did this for one of the least important of these followers of mine, you did it for me!’

41 “Then he will say to those on his left, “Away from me, you that are under God’s curse! Away to the eternal fire which has been prepared for the Devil and his angels!

42 I was hungry but you would not feed me, thirsty but you would not give me a drink;

43 I was a stranger but you would not welcome me in your homes, naked but you would not clothe me; I was sick and in prison but you would not take care of me.’

44 Then they will answer him, “When, Lord, did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and we would not help you?’

45 The King will reply, “I tell you, whenever you refused to help one of these least important ones, you refused to help me.’

46 These, then, will be sent off to eternal punishment, but the righteous will go to eternal life.”

This is the Gospel of the Lord. 

Sermon Notes – Christ the King 

Many of the kings and Queens in our world do not have a great deal of real power, but are still people who command respect.

Paul gives us a picture of the power and the majesty of Jesus, which is far greater than that of any human king.

He is in charge of everything and everyone.

He is worthy of our worship and our obedience.

Matthew reading, Jesus, still thinking of the time when he will come back, reminds us that each of us is accountable to him.

But there is something very surprising here.

Where do we see the King today?

Do we see him on a throne ruling in power?

Well, yes, for Jesus is reigning now, but we also see him in his people who are often the weak, the lost, the powerless, the hungry and the

I imprisoned.

The key to how we will be assessed when Jesus comes is the way in which we have treated others.

By showing the sort of love that Jesus showed we demonstrate that he is our King.

As King, Jesus is also Shepherd. Psalm 95 speaks of God in both ways and Ezekiel 34 of God as Shepherd.

Jesus is a king who always loves and serves and protects.

Although Jesus is King now, not everyone can see this, but one day he will be universally acknowledged and recognised.

We are called to make him our King now and live as he wants us to by following his example and showing love to others, especially those in need.

He is present in the world now through his body, the Church (Ephesians 1:23).

The challenge here is easy enough for all ages to see; the difficulty is not in seeing the point but in living by it!


What does it feel like to be a prisoner?  Desperate, confused, lonely,  etc.

Who else fits that description? and what can we do about it?

It won’t always easy, but is something that Jesus expects us to do.

Loving others is part of being a Christian, part of our service to God.

We may not always feel like helping others; this is one of the reasons why God sent his Holy Spirit to fill us with the love, compassion and care that Jesus had.

If we ask him to give us this kind of love, he will.

And when people are hard to serve, remember that serving them is like serving Jesus.

We need to imagine it’s him whom we are helping when we help others. 


We say together

The Creed

Let us declare our faith in God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit

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.


Prayers of Intercession 

During the intercession this response is used:

Lord, in your mercy

All:       Hear our prayer.

In the power of the Spirit and in union with Christ, let us pray to the Father.

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, you promised through your Son Jesus Christ to hear us when we pray in faith

Strengthen  our bishop and all your Church in the service of Christ, that those who confess your name may be united in your truth, live together in your love, and reveal your glory in the world.

Bless and guide Charles our King; give wisdom to all in authority; and direct this and every nation in the ways of justice and of peace; that we may honour one another, and seek the common good.

Give grace to us, our families and friends, and to all our neighbours, that we may serve Christ in one another, and love as he loves us.

Comfort and heal all those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit; give them courage and hope in their troubles and bring them the joy of your salvation.

Hear us as we remember those who have died in the faith of

Christ……; according to your promises,

grant us with them a share in your eternal kingdom.

Rejoicing in the fellowship of St. Laurence, St. John, St. Wilfred, St. Michel and all your saints, we commend ourselves and the whole creation to your unfailing love.

Merciful Father,

All:      Accept these prayers

for the sake of your Son,

our Saviour Jesus Christ.


Heavenly Father,

you have promised through your Son Jesus Christ, that when we meet in his name, and pray according to his mind, he will be among us and hear our prayer: m your love and mercy fulfil our desires, and give us your greatest gift, which is to know you, the only true God, and your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

All:      Amen. 

Hymn – Lord, Enthroned in Heavenly Splendour

  1. Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendour,
    first-begotten from the dead,
    Thou alone, our strong Defender,
    lifting up Thy people’s head.
    Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
    Jesus, true and living Bread!
  1. Prince of Life, for us Thou living,
    by Thy body souls are healed;
    Prince of Peace, Thy peace Thou giving,
    by Thy blood is pardon sealed.
    Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
    Word of God in flesh revealed.
  1. Paschal Lamb! Thine offering finished
    once for all when Thou wast slain,
    in its fullness undiminished
    shall forevermore remain.
    Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
    Cleansing souls from every stain.
  1. Great High Priest of our profession,
    through the oil Thou entered in;
    by Thy mighty intercession
    grace and mercy Thou dost win.
    Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
    Only sacrifice for sin.
  1. Life-imparting heavenly Manna,
    stricken Rock, with streaming side,
    heaven and earth with loud hosanna
    worship Thee, the Lamb who died.
    Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
    Risen, ascended, glorified!
    (by George Hugh Bourn 1840 to 1925) 

The Eucharistic Prayer 

The Lord is here.

All:      His Spirit is with us.

Lift up your hearts,

All:       We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

All:      It is right to give thanks and praise.

It is indeed right,

it is our duty and our joy,

at all times and in all places

to give you thanks and praise,

holy Father, heavenly King,

almighty and eternal God,

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord.

For he is your living Word;

through him you have created all things from the beginning, and formed us in your own image. 

All:       To you be glory and praise for ever.

Through him you have freed us from the slavery of sin, giving him to be born of a woman and to die upon the cross;

You raised him from the dead and exalted him to your right hand on high. 

All:       To you be glory and praise for ever.

Through him you nave sent upon us your holy and life-giving Spirit, and made us a people for your own possession. 

All:       To you be glory and praise for ever.

Therefore with angels and archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we proclaim your great and glorious name, for ever praising you and saying: 

All:       Holy, holy, holy Lord,

God of power and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Accept our praises, heavenly Father,

through your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ,

and as we follow his example and obey his command,

grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit

these gifts of bread and wine

may be to us his body and his blood;

who, in the same night that he was betrayed,

took bread and gave you thanks;

he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying:

Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;

do this in remembrance of me.

In the same way, after supper he took the cup and gave you thanks; he gave it to them, saying: Drink this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.

Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.

All:      To you be glory and praise for ever.

Therefore, heavenly Father, we remember his offering of himself made once for all upon the cross; we proclaim his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension; we look for the coming of your kingdom, and with this bread and this cup

we make the memorial of Christ your Son our Lord. 

All:       Christ has died: Christ is risen. Christ will come again.

Accept through him, our great high priest, this our sacrifice of thanks and praise, and as we eat and drink these holy gifts in the presence of your divine majesty, renew us by your Spirit, inspire us with your love and unite us in the body of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. 

All:      To you be glory and praise for ever.

Through him, and with him, and in him, m the unity of the Holy Spirit,

with all who stand before you in earth and heaven, we worship you, Father almighty, in songs of everlasting praise; 

All:      Blessing and honour and glory and power be yours for ever and ever.


Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us 

The 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, the power and the glory, for ever and ever.


Breaking of the Bread 

We break this bread to share in the body of Christ. 

All:       Though we are many, we are one body, because we all share in one bread.

All:      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.

Giving of Communion

Draw near with faith

Receive the body of our Lord Jesus Christ

which he gave for you,

and his blood which he shed for you-

Eat and drink

in remembrance that he died for you,

and feed on him in your hearts

by faith with thanksgiving.


We say together the –

Post Communion

All: Stir up, O Lord,

the wills of your faithful people;

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

may by you be plenteously rewarded;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.


The Blessing

The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of Cod, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.

All:      Amen.

Hymn is – Christ Triumphant, Ever Reigning

Final Prayers and the Dismissal

Go in faith to love the Lord.

All: In the Name of Christ


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