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Ministering To The King

Lectionary Worship Aids
Series VI, Cycle A
Theme: Ministering To The King

Call To Worship
Leader: I will extol you my God and King;
People: and bless your name for ever and ever!
Leader: Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
People: and God's greatness is unsearchable!

Invocation

Lord, we come to praise you as our God and King. In this time of worship open our hearts and minds to the ways in which you present yourself to us as those who need to be ministered to. May our praise not be with our lips alone, but in the response we give to those who need our love and care. Amen.

Confession
The outstretched hand, the cry for help, the lonely look of desperation, and we are tempted to turn aside and look the other way. You, O Lord, are our King and Savior, and you have taught us that when we minister to the needs of those around us we are in truth ministering unto you. Sharpen our keenness of vision, that we might see you in these strangers that cross our paths, and responding to their needs we may know that we have indeed seen the Lord. Amen.

Offertory Prayer
Gracious God, we present these gifts that they may be used by you through your Church to feed the hungry, visit those in prison, clothe the naked, and make your love and concern known to all those in need. Amen.

Hymns
"Sing Praise To God Who Reigns Above"
"Jesus Shall Reign"
"Rejoice, The Lord Is King"

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I Was A Prisoner
by Peter Andrew Smith
Matthew 25:31-46

The prison door slammed shut behind Gary. His heart raced as he stepped forward to the guard standing behind the security glass.

“You have your papers and identification?” the guard asked.

Gary slid them forward and watched the guard looked them over carefully and check his identification against the computer.

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“...come you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you...” (v. 34b)

Good morning girls and boys,

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I used to know a man who claimed to be able to make himself invisible. I regarded his claim as complete nonsense, until I saw him in the bank several weeks later. Or rather, almost failed to see him! I was impatiently waiting in a queue to be served, but he stood at the counter so quietly and so still that he almost melted into the background. If I hadn't known him, I don't think I would have noticed him.

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James L. Killen, Jr.
The church calendar says that this is the day on which we celebrate the festival of Christ the King. That makes this a very important day. The idea of the kingdom of God, or the kingdom of Christ, is one of the most important biblical and theological explanations of the meaning of the Christian faith. It probably represents the very heart of Jesus' own teachings.

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