Christ the King b – November 22, 2015



Scripture for the Day:

2 Samuel 23:1-7 (semi-continuous) or Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14 (thematic)
Psalm 132:1-12 (13-18) (semi-continuous) or Psalm 93 (thematic)
Revelation 1:4b-8
John 18:33-37

Liturgical Color:

 1st Reading

2 Samuel 23:1-7 (NRSV)

Now these are the last words of David:

The oracle of David, son of Jesse,
    the oracle of the man whom God exalted,
the anointed of the God of Jacob,
    the favorite of the Strong One of Israel:

The spirit of the Lord speaks through me,
    his word is upon my tongue.
The God of Israel has spoken,
    the Rock of Israel has said to me:
One who rules over people justly,
    ruling in the fear of God,
is like the light of morning,
    like the sun rising on a cloudless morning,
    gleaming from the rain on the grassy land.

Is not my house like this with God?
    For he has made with me an everlasting covenant,
    ordered in all things and secure.
Will he not cause to prosper
    all my help and my desire?
But the godless are all like thorns that are thrown away;
    for they cannot be picked up with the hand;
to touch them one uses an iron bar
    or the shaft of a spear.
    And they are entirely consumed in fire on the spot.


Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14 (NRSV)

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.

New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


Psalm 132:1-12 (13-18) (NRSV)

Lord, remember in David’s favor
    all the hardships he endured;
how he swore to the Lord
    and vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob,
“I will not enter my house
    or get into my bed;
I will not give sleep to my eyes
    or slumber to my eyelids,
until I find a place for the Lord,
    a dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob.”

We heard of it in Ephrathah;
    we found it in the fields of Jaar.
“Let us go to his dwelling place;
    let us worship at his footstool.”

Rise up, O Lord, and go to your resting place,
    you and the ark of your might.
Let your priests be clothed with righteousness,
    and let your faithful shout for joy.
10 For your servant David’s sake
    do not turn away the face of your anointed one.

11 The Lord swore to David a sure oath
    from which he will not turn back:
“One of the sons of your body
    I will set on your throne.
12 If your sons keep my covenant
    and my decrees that I shall teach them,
their sons also, forevermore,
    shall sit on your throne.”

13 For the Lord has chosen Zion;
    he has desired it for his habitation:
14 “This is my resting place forever;
    here I will reside, for I have desired it.
15 I will abundantly bless its provisions;
    I will satisfy its poor with bread.
16 Its priests I will clothe with salvation,
    and its faithful will shout for joy.
17 There I will cause a horn to sprout up for David;
    I have prepared a lamp for my anointed one.
18 His enemies I will clothe with disgrace,
    but on him, his crown will gleam.”


Psalm 93 (NRSV)

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.
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,
    Lord, forevermore.

New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

2nd Reading

Revelation 1:4b-8 (NRSV)

John to the seven churches that are in Asia:

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.

New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


 John 18:33-37 (NRSV)

33 Then 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.”

New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Song Suggestions for the Day:

 ONE DAY  Robin Mark \ Vicky Beeching | 2009 | CCLI Song #5462511

 COMING ON THE CLOUDS  Andrae Harrison \ Corey Baham \ Corey Bastin \ Jonathan Stockstill | 2012 | CCLI Song #6254687

 HE REIGNS  Marc James | 2010 | CCLI Song #5818550

 HOSANNA  Brooke Ligertwood | 2006 | CCLI Song #4785835

 KING OF HEAVEN  Jason Ingram \ Paul Baloche | 2010 | CCLI Song #5997804

 BLESSING AND HONOR  Jonathan MacIntosh \ Sarah MacIntosh \ Vicky Beeching | 2010 | CCLI Song #5665002

 GLORY UNTO YOU  Glenn Packiam \ Jamie Kenney \ Ken Lewis | 2003 | CCLI Song #4160618

 NOW UNTO THE ONE  Evan Wickham | 2009 | CCLI Song #5858307

 YOU ARE HOLY (PRINCE OF PEACE)  Marc Imboden \ Tammi Rhoton | 1994 | CCLI Song #2332149

 HOW GREAT IS OUR GOD  Chris Tomlin \ Ed Cash \ Jesse Reeves | 2004 | CCLI Song #4348399

 REVELATION SONG  Jennie Lee Riddle | 2004 | CCLI Song #4447960

 NOTHING BUT THE BLOOD  Matt Redman | 2004 | CCLI Song #4329411

 JESUS MY VICTORY  Brandon Collins \ Brenton Brown \ Travis Ryan | 2012 | CCLI Song #6215004

 IMMORTAL INVISIBLE  Ed Cash \ Laura Story | 2008 | CCLI Song #5114962

 OVERCOME  Jon Egan | 2007 | CCLI Song #5064359

 BENEATH THE WATERS (I WILL RISE)  Brooke Ligertwood \ Scott Ligertwood | 2011 | CCLI Song #6179573

 SONG TO THE KING  Michael Farren | 2005 | CCLI Song #468141

 YOU ARE MY GOD  Derek Johnson \ Jeremy Edwardson | 2012 | CCLI Song #6338541

 ONE TRUE GOD  Don Poythress \ Jennie Lee Riddle \ Tony Wood | 2010 | CCLI Song #5760093

 O PRAISE HIM  David Crowder | 2003 | CCLI Song #4158022

 GLORY TO THE KING  Eddie Kirkland \ Heath Balltzglier \ Steve Fee | 2012 | CCLI Song #6358057

 AWAKEN ME  Chris Quilala | 2011 | CCLI Song #6169480

 BUILD YOUR KINGDOM HERE  Rend Collective Experiment | 2011 | CCLI Song #6186078

 This week’s worshipcurrent pick for Holy Communion/Eucharist

Hymn Suggestions for the Day:

Tune: ELLACOMBE | James Montgomery | Public Domain | CCLI Song #554926
Tune: FREUT EUCH, IHR LIEBEN | James Montgomery \ Leonhart Schroter | Public Domain | CCLI Song #554926

Tune: PROMISED ONE | Willard Francis Jabusch | 1966, 1982 OCP Publications

Tune: DOANE | Fanny J. Crosby \ William Howard Doane | Public Domain | CCLI Song #23426

Tune: BEECHER | Charles Wesley \ John Zundel | Public Domain | CCLI Song #40306
Tune: HYFRYDOL | Charles Wesley \ Rowland H. Prichard | Public Domain | CCLI Song #40306

Tune: PLAINFIELD | Robert Lowry | Public Domain | CCLI Song #21332 

Tune: DIADEMATA | George Job Elvey \ Godfrey Thring \ Matthew Bridges | Public Domain | CCLI Song #23938

Tune: HANOVER | William Croft \ Robert Gant | Public Domain | CCLI Song #1486
Tune: LYONS  | Joseph Martin Kraus \ Robert Gant | Public Domain | CCLI Song #1486

Tune: LOBE DEN HERRON | Catherine Winkworth \ Joachim Neander | Public Domain | CCLI Song #43073