Church of England Diocese of Newcastle Kirknewton

Prayer for week of Christ the King

21 Nov 2020, 3 p.m.
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Daily Prayer for week of

Christ the King

O Lord, open our lips

and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

We confess to you our rage at those around us:

fill us with your Spirit.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord have mercy.

We confess to you our destruction of that which we love:

fill us with your Spirit.

Christ, have mercy.

Christ have mercy.

We confess to you our petty lack of tolerance:

fill us with your Spirit.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

Blessed are you, Sovereign God,

ruler and judge of all,

to you be praise and glory for ever.

In the darkness of this age that is passing away

may the light of your presence which the saints enjoy

surround our steps as we journey on.

May we reflect your glory this day

and so be made ready to see your face

in the heavenly city where night shall be no more.

Blessed be God, Father , Son and Holy Spirit

Blessed be God for ever.

The night has passed,

and the day lies open before, us;

let us pray with one heart and mind.

As we rejoice in the gift of this new day,

so may the light of your presence, O God,

set our hearts on fire with love for you;

now and for ever. AMEN

Psalm

Old Testament reading for the day

A Song of Trust in God

<div>1. As the deer longs fo the water brooks, </div>

so longs my soul for you, O God.

<div>2. My soul is athirst for God, even for the living God;</div>

when shall I come before the presence of God

<div>3. My tears have been my bread day and night,</div>

while all day long they say to me, ‘Where is now your God?

<div>4. Now when I think on these things, I pour out my soul:</div>

How I went with the multitude

and led the procession to the house of God,

<div>5. With the voice of praise and thanksgiving,</div>

among those who kept holy day.

<div>6. Why are you so full of heaviness, O my soul,</div>

and why are you so disquieted within me?

<div>7. O put your trust in God;</div>

for I will yet give him thanks,

who is the help of my countenance, and my God.​ Psalm 42.1-7

New Testament reading for the day

Reading – See over.

I will sing for ever of your love, O Lord,

my lips shall proclaim your faithfulness.

The heavens bear witness to your wonders;

I will sing for ever of your love, O Lord.

The assembly of your saints proclaim your truth;

my lips shall proclaim your faithfulness.

Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;

I will sing for ever of your love, O Lord,

my lips shall proclaim your faithfulness.

from Psalm 89

Prayers, silent or aloud, for others and for the world.

Finish with Collect for Christ the King

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 Chruch in the unity of the Spirit

and in the bond of peace,

and bring the whole created order to worship at his feet;

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever. Amen

Lord’s Prayer

The Lord bless us, and preserve us from all evil,

and keep us in eternal life. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord.

Thanks be to God

On Alternative Worlds

As Paul speaks of the God of hope who gives new futures out of love, he knw about a world of despair tht trafficked in brutality. And so do we. The world of despair believes that there are no new gifts, no fresh generosity, no possibility of newness or forgiveness, and so life becomes a zero-sum game to see who can stay the longest on top of the heap, all the whole knowing that there will be no good outcome to the gurile rat race Well, here is the news. Out beyond that despair that sanctions road rage and violence against the poor and war and ruthless exploitation that leaves one exhausted if not half dead, there is an alternative world bodied in Jesus. It is a world of new gifts and fresh starts grounded in divine forgiveness and sustained by generosity. That world is on offer in this one who is about to be born among us.

taken from Walter Bruggeman –

A Gospel of Hope

Rainbow’s end

Services in November

Sadly as we have returned to lockdown we will now have a Zoom service at 10am this Sunday. Plans are in the pipeline for the coming weeks. Please email for the link if you would like to join the service; [email protected]

Cheviot Benefice

Prayers and readings

for Christ the King - 22nd Nov – 28th November

This Sunday is the feast of Christ the King the final Sunday in our ‘liturgical’ or Church year, next Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent – Christmas is fast approaching!! Listening to the news this week, I was shocked to hear the suggesting that because of the Covid crisis we should ‘postpone Christmas until July’. I must say this comment made me very cross - what a frankly ridiculous idea, that we can ‘postpone’ the moment when we remember and celebrate the coming once again of Christ. Covid or no covid – alone or via Zoom, telephone, Skype or whatever else – we WILL be preparing for and ultimately celebrating the coming to earth of ‘Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe’, to give this week’s feast it’s full title.

There can be few moments in my lifetime, when I have more urgently felt the need to remember and make myself ready to welcome the Christ Child and to ponder upon what that means in terms of my relationship with everyone and everything around me, with Christ and with God the Father. And as we look forward to the season of advent and of all the opportunities it will afford – this moment, this festal celebration of Christ’s kingdom is the final shout of exuberant joy before the coming weeks of quiet introspection. Christ talks about the kingdom of heaven throughout the gospels, but of course this is not a ‘kingdom’ in the earthly sense. As the writer Brian McLaren puts it in God’s kingdom, ‘Order becomes opportunity, stability melts into movement and change .. domination descends to service and sacrifice, control morphs into influence and inspiration …’ These are the marks of the Church of Jesus Christ. A Church that seeks to bring about the kingdom of heaven on earth by transforming a world where power and ego dominate to a world that fearlessly operates out of love and compassion for our neighbour.

A worthy and lifelong task for us all! Rev Suzanne

Daily bible readings for this week;

Sunday: Psalm 95.1-7, Ezekiel 34.11-24, Matt 25.31-end

Monday: Psalm 96, Isaiah 40.1-11, Revelation 14.1-13

Tuesday: Psalm 97, Isaiah 40.12-26, Rev 14.14-end of 15

Wed: Psalm 112, Isaiah 40.27-41.7, Revelation 16.1-11

Thursday: Psalm 125, Isaiah 41.8-20, Revelation 16.12-end

Friday: Psalm 139, Isaiah 41.21-42.9, Revelation 17

Saturday: Psalm 145, Isaiah 42.10-17, Revelation 18

Alternative Collect for Christ the King

God the Father,

help us to hear the call of Christ the King

and to follow in his service,

whose kingdom has no end;

for he reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, one glory

Amen