Weekly Online Service
22 November 2020 Christ the King

Please find below our service for this week. You can also click on the PDF button to open and download a copy of the printed generic Service booklet.

You will find an opening hymn - words are included. This is followed by the service. Finally there is a closing hymn. Please feel free to follow along in whichever way you feel most comfortable. Words in bold are for everyone to join in.

Hymn

Lord enthroned in heavenly splendour

LORD, enthroned in heavenly splendour
first-begotten from the dead,
thou alone, our strong defender,
liftest up thy people’s head.
Alleluia, alleluia,
Jesu, true and living bread.

Here our humblest homage pay we,
here in loving reverence bow;
here for faith’s discernment pray we,
lest we fail to know thee now.
Alleluia, alleluia,
thou art here, we ask not how.

Though the lowliest form doth veil thee
as of old in Bethlehem,
here as there thine angels hail thee,
branch and flower of Jesse’s stem.
Alleluia, alleluia,
we in worship join with them.

Paschal Lamb, thine offering, finished
once for all when thou wast slain,
in its fullness undiminished
shall for evermore remain,
Alleluia, alleluia,
cleansing souls from every stain.

Life-imparting heavenly manna,
stricken rock with streaming side,
heaven and earth with loud hosanna
worship thee, the Lamb who died,
Alleluia, alleluia,
risen, ascended, glorified!

Service Audio

In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit

All say Amen.

Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you

and also with you.

Almighty God,
to whom all hearts are open, all desires known,
and from whom no secrets are hidden:
cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you,
and worthily magnify your holy name;
through Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Prayers of Penitence

God so loved the world that he gave his only Son Jesus Christ to save us from our sins, to be our advocate in heaven, and to bring us to eternal life.

Let us confess our sins in penitence and faith, firmly resolved to keep God’s commandments and to live in love and peace with all.

Almighty God, our heavenly Father,
we have sinned against you
and against our neighbour
in thought and word and deed,
through negligence, through weakness,
through our own deliberate fault.
We are truly sorry and repent of all our sins.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
who died for us, forgive us all that is past
and grant that we may serve you in newness of life
to the glory of your name.  Amen.

Almighty God,
who forgives all who truly repent,
have mercy upon you,
pardon and deliver you from all your sins,
confirm and strengthen you in all goodness,
and keep you in life eternal;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Gloria in Excelcis

Glory to God, Glory to God,
Glory to God in the highest.

Glory to God in the highest,
and peace to his people on earth.
Lord God, heavenly King,
almighty God and Father,
we worship you, we give you thanks,
we praise you for your glory.

Glory to God, Glory to God,
Glory to God in the highest.

Lord Jesus Christ,
only Son of the Father,
Lord God, Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world:
have mercy on us;
you are seated at the right hand
of the Father:
receive our prayer.

Glory to God, Glory to God,
Glory to God in the highest.

For you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father.

Glory to God, Glory to God,
Glory to God in the highest.

The Collect of the Day is said or sung.

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; who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Old and New Testament Readings

Ezekiel 34.11-16,20-24 - Read by Alison Reeve

For thus says the Lord God: I myself will search for my sheep, and will seek them out. 12 As shepherds seek out their flocks when they are among their scattered sheep, so I will seek out my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places to which they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness. 13 I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land; and I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the watercourses, and in all the inhabited parts of the land. 14 I will feed them with good pasture, and the mountain heights of Israel shall be their pasture; there they shall lie down in good grazing land, and they shall feed on rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. 15 I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I will make them lie down, says the Lord God. 16 I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, but the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them with justice.

20 Therefore, thus says the Lord God to them: I myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep. 21 Because you pushed with flank and shoulder, and butted at all the weak animals with your horns until you scattered them far and wide, 22 I will save my flock, and they shall no longer be ravaged; and I will judge between sheep and sheep.

23 I will set up over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he shall feed them: he shall feed them and be their shepherd. 24 And I, the Lord, will be their God, and my servant David shall be prince among them; I, the Lord, have spoken.

This is the word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Ephesians 1.15-23 - Read by Janet Reed

I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love towards all the saints, and for this reason 16 I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. 17 I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, 18 so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power. 20 God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come. 22 And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

This is the word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

The Gospel

Matthew 25.31-46 - Read by Luke Reeve

All sing: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

The Gospel reader says

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew

All say: Glory to you, O Lord.

‘When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, 33 and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. 34 Then the king will say to those at his right hand, “Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; 35 for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” 37 Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? 38 And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? 39 And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?” 40 And the king will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” 41 Then he will say to those at his left hand, “You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; 42 for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.” 44 Then they also will answer, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?” 45 Then he will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.” 46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.’

This is the gospel of the Lord.

All say: Praise to you, O Christ.

All sing: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Sermon

“When the Son of Man comes in his Glory...”

Matthew 25.31-46

“When the Son of Man comes in his Glory, and all the Angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory…” Amen.

2020-11-22 Christ the King smallAged just four years my first memory of a news headline was of four women, faces draped in black, clustered together and united in grief. I was too young to appreciate the significant phrase ‘The King is dead long live the Queen’. I thought nothing of using coins with the King’s head and it was not long before I began to learn the value of them now with Queen Elizabeth’s portrait. For the nation it was just a few months wait between the dramatic newspaper headline and the street parties. For its children a gradual end to post war poverty and the beginning of a brave new world they, and me included, would grow into. Coincidentally the 1950’s was also the decade that introduced the celebration of Christ the King Sunday.

This Sunday we come to the end of our liturgical year. Next Sunday we begin a New Year in our Christian life and, just as we look for New Year’s resolutions on December 31st, so it is good this week to review and reflect on our journey in 2020. It is good to take stock, think about the meaning and purpose of Jesus’ incarnation, and to look for new meaning and purpose in our own journey of faith, a faith sorely challenged with the corona virus and all the subsequent regulations.

In their history they had been exiled over hundreds of years, the people longed for a return to Jerusalem. Jewish people must have wondered about the meaning and purpose of their special status as chosen by God. They remembered David who began life as a shepherd boy; he used his skill with a slingshot to kill Goliath and saved his nation. No surprise then, for a people whose financial stability was built on sheep, that “The Shepherd” became a metaphor for David their king, and later for Yahweh himself.

Ezekiel, some five centuries later, described God’s people as a wayward flock, and prophesied God would draw them back into the pasture prepared for them at the beginning; a land of milk and honey, a land of justice and peace. It would be a new King David, the shepherd, the Messiah, who would rule, anointed by God to save and care for the people. This time of exile could be described as their period of Advent, a time of waiting on God.

Throughout his ministry Jesus spoke about the Kingdom, on earth in the now, and also about God’s Kingdom in heaven and into the future. A kingdom presupposes a King and so Paul and the early church, that were steeped in tradition, were also familiar with several metaphors describing who Jesus was, Prophet, Shepherd, Servant, and King.

At his crucifixion, an inscription placed over Jesus on the cross read, “This is the king of the Jews” inferring ‘shepherd son of shepherd’. This was intended as an insult, but after the resurrection and ascension, it only highlighted Jesus’ authority to speak of judgement and justice in the kingdom of God. Jesus in our gospel reading this morning leaves us in no doubt about how we are to live and the consequences of choosing to put ourselves first.

In the Eucharist from the Book of Common Prayer, we offer our prayers acknowledging God’s Divine Majesty, beseeching him to save and defend all Christian Kings, Princes and Governors; and specially Elizabeth our Queen, that under her we may be godly and quietly governed. We also pray for all those in authority under her that they will minister justice in fairness and with equity. These prayers are a reminder that our Queen is anointed as ‘Defender of the faith and Supreme Governor of the Church’ with a vocation to rule with Christ at the centre of her life.

I wonder how many of us have been called to Jury service; it has been three times for me. As far as my limited knowledge of the law goes it seems to me that the duty of a jury is to try and discover truth from the evidence presented to them in court, and then for the judge to administer the Queen’s justice. This has been the basis of our legal system for a very long time, ‘twelve good men (or women) and true’ working together to look at the evidence presented from everyone involved, and come to a consensus. This is the meaning and purpose of the jury system.

A few years ago now at a fellowship meeting, the speaker invited us to share our favourite Carol and several of us chose “O come, O come Emmanuel”. No doubt we will be hearing it on TV or radio services very soon and it is worth taking a moment this morning to look at how it begins. Come Emmanuel, God with us and ransom, or in other words, pay the price due to redeem captive Israel and be our saviour. We might ask what is it Jesus saves us from and that seems to be from ourselves, our sinful human nature.

The gospel reading from Matthew highlights just what Jesus didn’t have in mind; withholding food, water and all of nature’s assets from the poor. Of standing by and watching the poor of the world die from diseases that can be cured. Ignoring the prisoner, entrapped by addiction, to greed, violence or substances? If we are to follow in the footsteps of Jesus we must step up and love the unlovable, or we shall be judged as wanting in bringing in the kingdom of God.

At this celebration of Christ’s kingship, as we wait and reflect on the incarnation of Jesus, of his ministry’s purpose and meaning, we may begin to see that it was to bring us back into relationship with a God of love and about the love of our neighbour, and of truth and justice on earth; and also that the purpose and meaning of his death was to offer us eternal life.

Ezekiel, describing God’s people as a wayward flock, was describing us too. He prophesied God would draw us all back into the pasture prepared for us at the beginning; a land of milk and honey, a land of justice and peace, no less than God’s Kingdom both here and now and into eternity. The meaning and purpose of Jesus is pictured for us on the window above the West door, so as you return to your seat after communion, pause a moment and look up. See King Jesus enthroned in his glory.

The Rev’d Maureen Lunn, St Mary Magdalene, Enfield, 22/11/2020

Service Audio

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,
was incarnate from the Holy Spirit
and 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,
who with the Father and the Son
is worshipped and glorified,
who 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. Amen.

The Intercessions 

The Intercessions list has been circulated with petitions for the Church, The World, The Community, Our Keyworkers, The Sick and the Deceased. The Diocesan Cycle of Prayer is found at:

London Anglican Cycle of Prayer

This or another response may be used:

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

In the power of the Spirit and in union with Christ, let us pray to the Father.

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, you promised through your Son Jesus Christ to hear us when we pray in faith.

Strengthen N our bishop(s) and all your Church in the service of Christ, that those who confess your name may be united in your truth,
live together in your love, and reveal your glory in the world.

Bless and guide Elizabeth our Queen; give wisdom to all in authority;
and direct this and every nation in the ways of justice and of peace;
that we may honour one another, and seek the common good.

Give grace to us, our families and friends, and to all our neighbours,
that we may serve Christ in one another, and love as he loves us.

Comfort and heal all those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit …;
give them courage and hope in their troubles; and bring them the joy of your salvation.

Hear us as we remember those who have died in the faith of Christ …; according to your promises, grant us with them a share in your eternal kingdom.

Rejoicing in the fellowship of all your saints, we commend ourselves and the whole creation to your unfailing love.

Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ.  Amen.

The Peace

We are the body of Christ.
In the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body.
Let us then pursue all that makes for peace and builds up our common life.

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

and also with you.

A sign of peace may be exchanged.

As our Saviour taught us, so we pray.

Service Audio

The Post Communion Collect

Gracious Lord, in this holy sacrament you give substance to our hope: bring us at the last to that fullness of life for which we long; through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.

The Blessing

The peace of God,
which passes all understanding,
keep your hearts and minds
in the knowledge and love of God,
and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always. Amen.

The Dismissal

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

In the name of Christ.  Amen.

Recessional Hymn

Christ Triumphant

Christ triumphant, ever reigning,
Saviour, Master, King!
Lord of heaven, our lives sustaining,
hear us as we sing:

Refrain:
Yours the glory and the crown,
the high renown, the eternal name.

Word incarnate, truth revealing,
Son of Man on earth!
power and majesty concealing
by your humble birth: [Refrain]

Suffering servant, scorned, ill-treated,
victim crucified!
death is through the cross defeated,
sinners justified: [Refrain]

Priestly king, enthroned for ever
high in heaven above!
sin and death and hell shall never
stifle hymns of love: [Refrain]

So, our hearts and voices raising
through the ages long,
ceaselessly upon you gazing,
this shall be our song: [Refrain]

Material from Common Worship 2000 is included in this service and is copyright © The Central Board of Finance of the Church of England.