Kingdom 4

Year C
Group: I
Colour: Green

C078 - Kingdom 4 - English

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The Delve series:

Christ the King is the latest in the Delve series of podcasts and videos produced by the Church in Wales, looking at the lesser-known Christian festivals and exploring what they mean for us today.
Canon Edwin Counsell, Education Director for the Church in Wales based in Llandaff, talks to communications officer Alison Young about the significance of the feast of Christ the King.
Click here to see the Christ the King video

 

Collect 140 (Text shown)

Post Communion Prayer 141 (Text shown)

 

Principle Service (Text shown)
Jeremiah 23. 1-6
Psalm 46
Colossians 1. 11-20
Luke 23. 33-43

 

Second Service (Text not shown)
Psalm 72 or 72. 1-7
1 Samuel 8. 4-20
John 18. 33-37

 

Third Service (Text not shown)
Psalm 29; 110
Zechariah 6. 9-15
Revelation 11. 15-18

 

Collect 140
Eternal Father,
whose Son Jesus Christ ascended to the throne of heaven
that he might rule over all things as Lord and King:
keep the Church in the unity of the Spirit
and in the bond of peace,
and bring the whole created order to worship at his feet;
grant this for the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
to whom with you and the Holy Spirit,
be the kingdom, the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.

 

Post Communion Prayer 141
Stir up, O Lord,
the wills of your faithful people;
that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works,
may by you be plenteously rewarded;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

This Post Communion, with the doxology “to whom with you and the Holy Spirit, be the Kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever.” may be used as the Collect at Morning and Evening Prayer during this week.

 

Jeremiah 23. 1-6
Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! says the LORD. Therefore, thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, concerning the shepherds who shepherd my people: It is you who have scattered my flock, and have driven them away, and you have not attended to them. So I will attend to you for your evil doings, says the LORD. Then I myself will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the lands where I have driven them, and I will bring them back to their fold, and they shall be fruitful and multiply. I will raise up shepherds over them who will shepherd them, and they shall not fear any longer, or be dismayed, nor shall any be missing, says the LORD.
The days are surely coming, says 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. In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The LORD is our righteousness.’

 

Psalm 46
Biblical text
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult.
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved; God will help it when the morning dawns. The nations are in an uproar, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.
Come, behold the works of the LORD; see what desolations he has brought on the earth. He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow, and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire. ‘Be still, and know that I am God! I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth.’ The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.

 

Pointed Psalm
God is our / refuge and / strength :
a very / present / help in / trouble;
Therefore we will not fear, though the / earth be / moved :
and though the mountains tremble / in the / heart of the / sea;
Though the waters / rage and / swell :
and though the mountains / quake • at the / towering / seas.
There is a river whose streams make glad the / city of / God :
the holy place of the / dwelling • of the / Most / High.
God is in the midst of her;
therefore shall she / not be re/moved :
God shall / help her • at the / break of / day.
The nations are in uproar and the / kingdoms are / shaken :
but God utters his voice and the / earth shall / melt a/way.
The Lord of / hosts is / with us :
the God of / Jacob / is our / stronghold.
Come and behold the / works of the / Lord :
what destruction he has / wrought up/on the / earth.
He makes wars to cease in / all the / world :
he shatters the bow and snaps the spear
and burns the / chariots / in the / fire.
‘Be still, and know that / I am / God :
I will be exalted among the nations;
I will be ex/alted / in the / earth.’
The Lord of / hosts is / with us :
the God of / Jacob / is our / stronghold.

 

Colossians 1. 11-20
May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers—all things have been created through him and for him. He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.

 

Luke 23. 33-43
When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. [Then Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.’] And they cast lots to divide his clothing. And the people stood by, watching; but the leaders scoffed at him, saying, ‘He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Messiah of God, his chosen one!’ The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine, and saying, ‘If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!’ There was also an inscription over him, ‘This is the King of the Jews.’
One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying, ‘Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!’ But the other rebuked him, saying, ‘Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong.’ Then he said, ‘Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.’ He replied, ‘Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.’

 

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