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November 24, 2013

Celebration  of  Worship

Christ the King Sunday                                       November 24, 2013


* * * Entering Into God’s Presence * * *


 (Please refrain from conversation during the prelude as we quietly prepare to worship God)


Welcome and Announcements                  (Please Sign and Pass Fellowship Pads)


Sharing Our Joys and Concerns


* Call to Worship        


* Affirmation of Faith        “The Apostle’s Creed”

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.  AMEN.


* Prayer of Invocation


* Hymn of Adoration                “Rejoice the Lord Is King”              Red Book # 370


Prayer of Thanksgiving   (Unison)

Our Infinite Father, unsearchable in Your wisdom, mysterious in Your ways, tender in Your providence, we thank You for the privilege of breath and the glory of living; for the happy shelter of our homes, and the inner circle of our friend­ships; for the joy of the Lord and the genuine laughter You have put in our lives; for health which makes hard work a pleasure and for sickness which ripens the soul; for the fathers of the flesh, in whose love we have found suggestions of You, and for the mothers, because of whom all women have become sacred to us; for all gentle souls and for the upward stimulus of all saintly lives; for the great names of history, and for the unknown toilers who have made our civilization possible; for whatever progress humankind has achieved, and for the spread of human kindness; for the Church of God, mother of us all, and for Jesus Christ, King of all, to Whom be praise forever and ever. AMEN.


* Responding with Praise               “Gloria Patri”                            Blue Book #579

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning; is now and ever shall be. World without end, Amen! Amen!


Time with Young Disciples


Prayers of the People and Lord’s Prayer


* * * Responding to God’s Grace * * *


Bringing Our Tithes and Offerings      


* Singing Our Praise and Gratitude     “The Doxology”                Blue Book   #592

Praise God from Whom all blessings flow. Praise Him, all creatures here below. Praise Him above, ye heavenly host. Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.  Amen!


* Prayer of Dedication


* Hymn of Preparation     “The King of Love My Shepherd Is”       Red Book # 683


* * * Listening to God’s Word * * *


OLD TESTAMENT LESSON     Jeremiah 23:1-6              

1"Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture!" declares the Lord. 2Therefore thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, concerning the shepherds who care for my people: "You have scattered my flock and have driven them away, and you have not attended to them. Behold, I will attend to you for your evil deeds, declares the Lord. 3Then I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the countries where I have driven them, and I will bring them back to their fold, and they shall be fruitful and multiply. 4I will set shepherds over them who will care for them, and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall any be missing, declares the Lord. 5"Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. 6In his days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely. And this is the name by which he will be called: 'The Lord is our righteousness.'


GOSPEL LESSON                      Luke 23:33-43                            pew Bible pg. 884

33And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. 34And Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." And they cast lots to divide his garments. 35And the people stood by, watching, but the rulers scoffed at him, saying, "He saved others; let him save himself, if he is the Christ of God, his Chosen One!" 36The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine 37and saying, "If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!" 38There was also an inscription over him, "This is the King of the Jews."

39One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, "Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!" 40But the other rebuked him, saying, "Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong." 42And he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom." 43And he said to him, "Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise."


SPECIAL MUSIC                                                    Elder Don Killmer & Les Mizell


MESSAGE TEXT                     Colossians 1:11-20                        pew Bible pg. 983

11May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, 12giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. 13He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,14in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. 15He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross


MESSAGE                           “Jesus’ Divine Kingship”            Pastor Raymond M. Tear


* Hymn of Closing        “Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise”           Red Book # 33


* Receiving the Blessing


* Choral Response                   “Three-fold Amen”                         Blue Book # 586


* Postlude                      


SPECIAL OFFERING – Faith Tabernacle Ministries (FTC) located in the Philippines is a mission partner of Advancing Indigenous Missions (AIM). At least 12 churches affiliated with FTC and their members experienced damage during Typhoon Haiyan. Our Session has authorized a special offering for the next two Sundays to help with disaster relief for the effected churches and members of FTC.


POINSETTIAS – If you would like to sponsor a poinsettia for the chancel in loving memory or in honor of a loved one, there is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board by the drinking fountain in the Narthex. Cost: $13.50/Poinsettia.


NEXT SUNDAY - We will celebrate the Lord’s Supper. In the Presbyterian Church (USA), all who sincerely trust in Jesus Christ and Him alone, for the forgiveness of sin are invited to partake, including baptized children with parental permission.


God, who has given so much to us, gives one more thing - a grateful heart.–Herbert


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