Sunday 22nd November 2020

Christ the King

The next Sunday before Advent

Christ the King on the Apse Ceiling

Organ Prelude for Christ the King

Performed by Mark Steiner for Sunday, November 22, 2020. Three Settings of "Crown Him with Many Crowns" - Joel Raney, Flor Peeters, M.W. Steiner.

Psalm 95

A Call to Worship and Obedience

O come, let us sing to the Lord;
    let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
    let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
For the Lord is a great God,
    and a great King above all gods.
In his hand are the depths of the earth;
    the heights of the mountains are his also.
The sea is his, for he made it,
    and the dry land, which his hands have formed.

O come, let us worship and bow down,
    let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!
For he is our God,
    and we are the people of his pasture,
    and the sheep of his hand.

The Hymn : All Hail the Power of Jesus' name

words: Edward Perronet and John Rippon

Music: Diadem by James Elliot

Together we pray: 

Most merciful God, 

Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 

we confess that we have sinned 

in thought, word and deed. 

We have not loved you with our whole heart. 

We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves. 

In your mercy 

forgive what we have been, 

help us to amend what we are, 

and direct what we shall be; 

that we may do justly, 

love mercy, 

and walk humbly with you, our God. Amen. 

 Almighty God, 

who forgives all who truly repent, 

have mercy upon us, 

pardon and deliver us from all our sins, 

confirm and strengthen us in all goodness, 

and keep us in life eternal; 

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

The Lord's Prayer 

The Nicene Creed

WE BELIEVE in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. 


The Word of God 

The Old Testament:  Ezekiel 34.11-16,20-24

The New Testament: Ephesians 1.15-23 

Song  Majesty, worship His Majesty

The Gospel: Matthew 25.31-46

Homily  for the Next Sunday before Advent - Christ the King

 by Revd Stephen Hannam

Revd. Stephen Hannam

Intercessions (Prayers for Others)

Let us pray for the Church and the World and let us thank God for his goodness, 

Almighty God, our heavenly Father,  you promised through Jesus Christ your

 Son, to hear us, when we pray in faith. We bring before you now in prayer 

our concerns for the world in which we live, its leaders and its people :

Let us remember before God all those who are suffering throughout the world

 from the effects of the Covid-19 Coronanvirus -

Those in hospital struggling for their lives and those on the road to recovery.

Those who have lost loved ones, close friends or family. Those whose lives

 have been disrupted,  those who have lost their jobs or have seen their

 businesses close down. Be with all who suffer and grant to them patience

 to endure their suffering.

Lord in Your Mercy - Hear our Prayer

Let us remember before God all those who are working in the NHS, whether

on the front line or in support roles. We thank you for their courage and

 fortitude  - protect them and deliver them from the virus.

Lord in Your Mercy - Hear our Prayer

Let us remember all those who have been and still are working to produce

 vaccines to protect us from the covid virus. We thank you for all the

 volunteers who have taken part in trial programmes of inmmunisation,

 so that  the vaccine manufacturers  can be assured of the safety of their 


Lord in Your Mercy - Hear our Prayer

We pray for those who are close to us in Rastrick and who might be in need

of a word of love and hope. In particular we pray for those who are living  or 

working on Stoney Hill, Little Woodhouse, Bryan Street, George Street,

and the pupils and staff at  Highbury School.

Lord in Your Mercy - Hear our Prayer

We pray for those in Care homes or at home who are lonely, or cut-off 

 from their families and friends . We pray that ways will be found to enable 

families members  to meet safely with their loved-ones.

Lord in Your Mercy - Hear our Prayer

Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy in this time of

 uncertainty and distress. Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,

 and lift up all who are brought low; that we may rejoice in your comfort

 knowing that nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord.


Hymn Crown him with many Crowns

Our service ends with the Grace, 

The Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, 

and the Love of God, 

and the Fellowship of the Holy Spirit, 

be with us all evermore. Amen. 

We go in peace to love  and serve the Lord

In the Name of Christ


Organ Postlude Christ the King