Liturgy for Sunday, November 21, 2021

Welcome – Prayer

Highs and Lows

Call to Worship: Responsive

One thing I have asked of the Lord, this is what I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life;
to behold the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.

Who is it that you seek?

all: We seek the Lord our God.

Do you seek Him with all your heart?

all: Amen. Lord, have mercy.

Do you seek Him with all your soul?

all: Amen. Lord, have mercy.

Do you seek Him with all your mind?

all: Amen. Lord, have mercy.

Do you seek Him with all your strength?

all: Amen. Christ, have mercy.

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The Lord is Gracious and Compassionate

The Lord is gracious and compassionate

Slow to anger and rich in love (repeat)

And the Lord is good to all

He has compassion in all that He has made

As far as the east is from the west, that’s how far

He has removed our transgressions from us
(repeat)

Praise the Lord, O my soul

Praise the Lord (repeat)

Prayer of Confession: Responsive

Lord Jesus Christ, sometimes we are so busy talking with each other that we fail to find you beside us.
We walk on, so focused on our questions that we do not create the silent spaces which would allow you to speak with us and enlighten our journeying.

all: Stay with us, Jesus Christ. Reach out towards us and invite us to pause and meet with you, we pray.

As we look at our lives and that of the world around us, we are sometimes too anxious to share our real questions or our doubts and fears. We keep them within us in troubled silence.

all: Stay with us, Jesus Christ. Reach out towards us and invite us to pause and meet with you, we pray.

We call your name, O Christ, and hope to discover you here in our community of vulnerable faith.

Whether we believe it, or not, Jesus Christ never leaves us nor forsakes us. Let us open our hearts to receive the grace which Christ brings to us in faithfulness.

all: We are forgiven! Thanks be to God.

Source: Austin Mustard Seed

Old Testament Reading: Daniel 7:9-10-13-14

As I watched, thrones were set in place, and an Ancient One took his throne, his clothing was white as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool; his throne was fiery flames, and its wheels were burning fire.

A stream of fire issued and flowed out from his presence. A thousand thousands served him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood attending him. The court sat in judgment, and the books were opened.

As I watched in the night visions, I saw one like a human being coming with the clouds of heaven. And he came to the Ancient One and was presented before him.

To him was given dominion and glory and kingship, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not pass away, and his kingship is one that shall never be destroyed.

Psalm 93: Responsive

The LORD is king, he is robed in majesty; the LORD is robed, he is girded with strength. He has established the world; it shall never be moved; your throne is established from of old; you are from everlasting.

The floods have lifted up, O LORD, the floods have lifted up their voice;
the floods lift up their roaring.


(all) More majestic than the thunders of mighty waters,
more majestic than the waves of the sea,
majestic on high is the LORD!


Your decrees are very sure; holiness befits your house, O LORD, forevermore.

New Testament Reading: Revelation 1:4b-8

Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and freed us from our sins by his blood, and made us to be a kingdom, priests serving his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Look! He is coming with the clouds; every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and on his account all the tribes of the earth will wail. So it is to be. Amen.

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.

Gospel Reading: John 18:33-37

So Pilate went back in to the Praetorium and spoke to Jesus.

‘Are you the King of the Jews?’ he asked.

‘Was it your idea to ask that?’ asked Jesus. ‘Or did other people tell you about me?’

‘I’m not a Jew, am I?’ retorted Pilate. ‘Your own people, and the chief priests, have handed you over to me! What have you done?’
‘My kingdom isn’t the sort that grows in this world,’ replied Jesus. ‘If my kingdom were from this world, my supporters would have fought, to stop me being handed over to the Judaeans. So then, my kingdom is not the sort that comes from here.’

‘So!’ said Pilate. ‘You are a king, are you?’

Discussion of Scripture

Prayers of the People 

The Lord’s Supper 

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
Reveal who you are.
Set the world right;
Do what’s best—
    as above, so below.
Keep us alive with three square meals.
Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.
Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil.
You’re in charge!
You can do anything you want!
You’re ablaze in beauty!
    Yes. Yes. Yes.

– Message Version

Doxology

Now to the one who is able to keep you standing upright, and to present you before his glory, undefiled and joyful – to the one and only God, our saviour through Jesus the Messiah our Lord, be glory, majesty, power and authority before all the ages, and now, and to all the ages to come. Amen.

Benediction

Father of Christ who revealed the way of life,

inscribe your law on our hearts that in this life,

we may be the body of Christ. 

Help our hands to hold the sick and suffering. 

Help our feet to walk with the poor. 

Help our ears to listen to those who live in despair. 

May our eyes be affixed upon the suffering of the cross

and the hope of the empty tomb

so that we may live as resurrection people.

Open our hearts to gladness,

call dry bones to dance,

and restore to us the joy of your salvation. 

We pray these things by: the humble power of God,

the quiet strength of Christ, and the pervasive light of the Spirit, Amen.

Go in Peace.

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