November 24, 2019

christ-the-king

This Sunday marks the end of our liturgical calendar and is appropriately named, "Christ the King Sunday." Everything we've learned and celebrated leads up to this truth – Jesus is Lord. 

Prelude – "All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name"

This is will be an instrumental prelude but we want the hymn to be called to mind as we prepare to meet Christ our King in worship. "Let every kindred, every tribe, on this terrestrial ball, to him all majesty ascribe, and crown him Lord of all; to him, all majesty ascribe, and crown him Lord of all."

"We Gather Together"

The second and third verses especially resonate with our theme for the morning but I especially want to point out the certainty from the second verse that comes from the believer who trusts that Christ presently reigns: "Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining, ordaining, maintaining his kingdom divine; so from the beginning the fight we were winning: thou, Lord, wast at our side: all glory be thine!"

"King of Kings"

Each of the verses reveal the gospel story. The chorus perfectly fits with our theme, "Praise the Father, praise the Son, praise the Spirit, Three in One. God of glory, majesty. Praise forever to the King of kings."

"Crown Him with Many Crowns"

 We'll conclude the corporate singing with an explicit statement of Christ, the Lamb upon the throne, who reigns as King forever. "Crown him with many crowns, the Lamb upon his throne; hark! how the heavenly anthem drowns all music but its own: awake my soul, and sing of him who died for thee, and hail him as thy matchless King through all eternity."

Communion – "Thank You"

We'll also play this one as an instrumental. As we approach the table, we seek to do so in a humble posture of great thanksgiving for what the Lord has done for us. "To your name, we give all the glory. To your name, we give all the praise. You're alive, our God everlasting. Let your face shine on us."

Response – "Behold Our God"

As we are sent back into the world we go with the real hope that Christ reigns. We can live with boldness and confidence because he is King, all-powerful, and loves us with unending love. "You will reign forever! Let your glory fill the earth! Behold our God, seated on the throne. Come, let us adore him. Behold our King, nothing can compare. Come, let us adore him."