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Worship Service: November 21, 2021, Christ the King


    Preservice Music

    “Give Thanks (with a Grateful Heart)”

    Chrissy Harris, Soloist

    Handbell Prelude

    “Crown Him With Many Crowns”
    arr. anonymous

    “Worship & Praise”
    Sharon Elery Rogers, based on the tunes HANOVER and MOSCO

    Opening Hymn #328 (green hymnal)

    “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name!” v. 1-3

    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.

    Confession and Forgiveness

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

    C: Amen.

    P: Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: 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 Jesus Christ our Lord.

    C: Amen.

    P: Let us confess our sin in the presence of God and of one another.

    Silence is kept for reflection.

    P: Most merciful God,

    C: we confess that we are captive 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.

    P: In the mercy of almighty God, Jesus Christ was given to die for us, and for his sake God 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.

    C: Amen.

    Greeting and Prayer of the Day

    P: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

    C: And also with you.

    P: Let us pray. Almighty and ever-living God, you anointed your beloved Son to be priest and sovereign forever. Grant that all the people of the earth, now divided by the power of sin, may be united by the glorious and gentle rule of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

    C: Amen.

    The Word

    Blessing of the Lector

    P: Let us pray. God Almighty, we ask your blessing upon Sherry as she reads to us the scriptures. May the words of her mouth and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, our rock and our redeemer.

    C: Amen.

    First Reading: Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14

    9 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.
    10 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.
    13 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.
    14 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.

      The word of the Lord.

    C: Thanks be to God.

    Psalmody: Special Music

    Martin Smith, Stuart Garrard

    Second Reading: Revelation 1:4b-8

    4b 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.

      The word of the Lord.

    C: Thanks be to God.

    Gospel Acclamation

    Jack Hayford

    Addy Kruse, Soloist

    Gospel: John 18:33-37

    P: The holy gospel according to St. John, the 18th chapter.

    C: Glory to you, O Lord.

    33 Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” 34 Jesus answered, “Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?” 35 Pilate replied, “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me. What have you done?” 36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.” 37 Pilate asked him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.”

    P: The gospel of the Lord.

    C: Praise to you, O Christ.

    Children’s Sermon


    Silence for meditation

    Hymn of the Day #407 (green hymnal)

    “Come, You Thankful People, Come”

    1  Come, you thankful people, come;
    raise the song of harvest home.
    All is safely gathered in
    ere the winter storms begin.
    God, our maker, does provide
    for our wants to be supplied.
    Come to God’s own temple, come,
    raise the song of harvest home.

    2  All the world is God’s own field,
    fruit unto his praise to yield.
    Wheat and tares together sown,
    unto joy or sorrow grown.
    First the blade, and then the ear,
    then the full corn shall appear.
    Lord of harvest, grant that we
    wholesome grain and pure may be.

    3  For the Lord our God shall come
    and shall take his harvest home.
    From his field shall in that day
    all offenses purge away,
    give his angels charge at last
    in the fire the tares to cast,
    but the fruitful ears to store
    in his garner evermore.

    4  Even so, Lord, quickly come
    to your final harvest home.
    Gather all your people in,
    free from sorrow, free from sin,
    there, forever purified,
    in your garner to abide.
    Come, with all your angels, come,
    raise the glorious harvest home!

    The Apostles’ 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

    A: Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus, and for all people according to their needs.

    After each petition:

    A: Lord, in your mercy,

    C: Hear our prayer.

    After the last petition:

    A: Into your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

    C: Amen.


    P: The peace of Christ be with you always.

    C: And also with you.

    Stewardship Appeal Celebration

    Appeal Update—Nelson Langefeld, Stewardship Committee

    Special Music

    “We Gather Together”
    arr. Barbara Baltzer Kinyon

    Handbell Choir

    The Meal

    Offering Prayer

    A: Let us pray.

    C: God of all creation, all you have made is good, and your love endures forever. You bring forth bread from the earth and fruit from the vine. Nourish us with these gifts, that we might be for the world signs of your gracious presence in Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

    Great Thanksgiving

    P: The Lord be with you.

    C: And also with you.

    P: Lift up your hearts.

    C: We lift them to the Lord.

    P: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

    C: It is right to give our thanks and praise.

    P: In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks; broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take and eat; this is my body, given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.

      Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it for all to drink, saying: This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin. Do this for the remembrance of me.

      Lord, remember us in your kingdom, and teach us to pray:

    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,
     and the power, and the glory,
     forever and ever. Amen.

    Invitation to Communion

    P: Taste and see that the Lord is good.

      The Body of Christ, broken for you.

      The Blood of Christ, shed for you.

    All eat bread and drink wine or juice at their seat.

    Communion Hymn #789 (blue hymnal)

    “Now the Feast and Celebration”

    Now the feast and celebration,
    all of creation sings for joy
    to the God of life and love and freedom;
    praise and glory forevermore!

    1  Now is the feast of the Lamb once slain,
    whose blood has freed and united us
    to be one great people of God. Refrain

    2  Power and riches, wisdom and might,
    all honor and glory to Christ forever. Refrain

    3  For God has come to dwell with us,
    to make us people of God;
    to make all things new. Refrain

    Table Blessing

    P: The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen you and keep you in his grace.

    C: Amen.

    Prayer after Communion

    A: Let us pray. God of abundance, with this bread of life and cup of salvation you have united us with Christ, making us one with all your people. Now send us forth in the power of your Spirit, that we may proclaim your redeeming love to the world and continue forever in the risen life of Jesus Christ, our Lord.

    C: Amen.


    Announcements for God’s Mission in the World


    P: Almighty God, Father, ☩ Son, and Holy Spirit, bless you now and forever.

    C: Amen.

    Closing Hymn #557 (green hymnal)

    “Let All Things Now Living”

    1  Let all things now living
    A song of thanksgiving
    To God the Creator triumphantly raise;
    Who fashioned and made us,
    Protected and stayed us,
    Who still guides us on to the end of our days.
    God’s banners are o’er us,
    His light goes before us,
    A pillar of fire shining forth in the night:
    Till shadows have vanished
    And darkness is banished,
    As forward we travel from light into Light.

    2  His law he enforces,
    The stars in their courses,
    And sun in its orbit obediently shine,
    The hills and the mountains,
    The rivers and fountains,
    The deeps of the ocean proclaim him divine.
    We too should be voicing
    Our love and rejoicing
    With glad adoration a song let us raise
    Till all things now living
    Unite in thanksgiving:
    “To God in the highest, hosanna and praise!”


    A: Go in peace. Serve the Lord.

    C: Thanks be to God.

    Organ Postlude

    “Now Thank We All Our God”
    Georg Friedrich Kaufmann

    Worship Leaders

    The Rev. Emily Beckering, Pastor
    Kris Keith, Music Director
    Kate Wollenburg, Organist
    Noah Moorhouse, Assisting Minister
    Sherry Bronner, Reader
    Chrissy Harris and Addy Kruse, Vocal Soloists

    Handbell Choir

    Susan Bardes
    Sherry Bronner
    Nancy Erbeck
    Nick Huitger
    Carolyn Koehl
    Addy Kruse
    Joyce McDowell
    Linda Miller

    Upcoming Events

    Sunday, November 21: Christ the King

    Stewardship Celebration Sunday
    9 am Sunday School / Adult Forum
    10:30 am Worship Service (in-person/livestreamed)
    2 pm “The Game’s Afoot” rehearsal

    Monday, November 22

    **Epistle Articles Deadline**

    7 pm Worship & Music Committee

    Tuesday, November 23

    6:30 pm “The Game’s Afoot” rehearsal

    Thursday, November 25

    **Thanksgiving Day – Office Closed**

    Friday, November 26

    **Office Closed**

    Sunday, November 28: First Sunday of Advent

    Blessing of Pets – Pics and Stuffed Animals only please
    **No Sunday School / Adult Forum**
    10:30 am Worship Service (in-person/livestreamed)
    2 pm “The Game’s Afoot” rehearsal
    After Worship: Hanging of the Greens

    Tuesday, November 30

    6:30 pm “The Game’s Afoot” rehearsal

    Wednesday, December 1

    7 pm Bell choir rehearsal

    Thursday, December 2

    10:30 am Bible Study – Sunday’s readings
    6:30 pm “The Game’s Afoot” rehearsal

    Friday, December 3

    7 pm St. Paul Players perform “The Game’s Afoot”

    Saturday, December 4

    7 pm St. Paul Players perform “The Game’s Afoot”

    Copyright Notices

    “Give Thanks”: Text and music by Henry Smith © 1978 Integrity’s Hosanna! Music (Admin. by Integrity Music)

    “Worship and Praise”: Arr. by Sharon Elery Rogers © 1955 Lorenz Publishing Co.

    “Majesty”: Text and music by Martin Smith, Stuart Garrard © 2003, 2004 Curious? Music UK (Admin. by Integrity Music)

    “Majesty”: Text and music by Jack Hayford © 1981 New Spring (Admin. by Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, Inc.)

    “We Gather Together”: Arr. by Barbara Baltzer Kinyon © 1988 Agape (a division of Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, IL 60188)

    “Now the Feast and Celebration”: Text and music © 1990 GIA Publications, Inc., 7404 S. Mason Ave., Chicago, IL 60638. 800.442.3358.

    “Let All Things Now Living”: Text by Katherine K. Davis, 1892-1980, © 1939, 1966, E.C. Schirmer Music Co.

    “Now Thank We All Our God”: Arr. by Georg Friedrich Kaufmann © 1953 Concordia Publishing House.

    Hymns/anthems: Music reprinted and streamed by permission under ONE LICENSE #A-726103 and CCLI Licenses #21045423 and #21045416. All rights reserved.

    Liturgical texts and service music: From Copyright © 2021 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission under Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License #SAS010308.