A service of Morning Worship for Christ the King

Welcome to this week’s Windmill United Benefice online service of Morning Worship, led by the Revd Nicholas Calver with a talk by Revd Dr Tony Rich. The music was all recorded at previous services in the benefice.

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The hymn ‘Crown him with many crowns’ is sung

Crown him with many crowns, the Lamb upon his throne;
Hark, how the heav’nly 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.

Crown him the Virgin’s Son, the God incarnate born,
Whose arm those crimson trophies won which now his brow adorn;
Fruit of the mystic Rose, as of that Rose the Stem,
The Root, whence mercy ever flows, the Babe of Bethlehem.

Crown him the Lord of love; behold his hands and side,
Rich wounds, yet visible above, in beauty glorified:
No angel in the sky can fully bear that sight,
But downward bends each burning eye at mysteries so bright.

Crown him the Lord of peace, whose pow’r a sceptre sways
From pole to pole, that wars may cease, absorbed in prayer and praise:
His reign shall know no end, and round his pierced feet
Fair flow’rs of paradise extend their fragrance ever sweet.

Crown him the Lord of years, the Potentate of time,
Creator of the rolling spheres, ineffably sublime.
All hail, Redeemer, hail! For thou hast died for me;
Thy praise shall never, never fail throughout eternity.

Introduction, confession and Gloria

The Lord be with you

And also with you.

This is the day that the Lord has made.

Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

We come together in the name of Christ to offer our praise and thanksgiving, to hear and receive God’s holy word, to pray for the needs of the world, and to seek the forgiveness of our sins, that by the power of the Holy Spirit we may give ourselves to the service of God.  

Therefore, 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, have mercy upon us,
pardon and deliver us from all our sins,
confirm and strengthen us in all goodness,
and keep us in life eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

The Gloria is sung
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.

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.

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. Amen.

The Collect and readings

Collect for the Feast of 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 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

A reading from Ezekiel 34: 11-16
by Peter Nye

This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew.
Glory to you, O Lord.

The Gospel reading from Matthew 25: 31 to the end
by Alistair Knight

This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.

Talk
by Revd Dr Tony Rich

The Creed, Intercessions and Peace

The Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,

he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,

the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

The Intercessions
led by Phyllida Dallman

The responses to the intercessions are:

Lord in your mercy
Hear our prayer

and

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

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

And also with you.

The anthem is ‘From the rising of the sun’
(text Malachi 1: 1; music by FAG Ouseley, 1825-1889)
Sung by the choir of the Windmill United Benefice at  the Advent Carol Service at St Mary’s, Horne on 3 December 2017

From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same, my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name: for my name shall be great among the heathens. Thus saith the LORD.

Closing prayers and blessing

Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us:

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come; thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.

Eternal God, the light of minds that know you, the joy of hearts that love you, and the strength of wills that serve you: grant us so to know you that we may truly love you, so to love you that we may truly serve you, whose service is perfect freedom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Lord Jesus, give us your light in our eyes,
your word on our lips, and your love in our hearts.
Send us out in the power of your Spirit
to live and work to your praise and glory.
Amen.

May the peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep our hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

The hymn ‘Christ triumphant, ever reigning’ is sung

Christ triumphant, ever reigning, Saviour, Master, King,
Lord of heav’n, our lives sustaining, hear us as we sing:
Yours the glory and the crown,
the high renown, th’eternal name.

Word incarnate, truth revealing, Son of Man on earth!
Pow’r and majesty concealing by your humble birth:
Yours the glory and the crown,
the high renown, th’eternal name.

Suffering servant, scorned, ill-treated, victim crucified!
death is through the cross defeated, sinners justified:
Yours the glory and the crown,
the high renown, th’eternal name.

Priestly King, enthroned for ever high in heav’n above!
sin and death and hell shall never stifle hymns of love:
Yours the glory and the crown,
the high renown, th’eternal name.

So, our hearts and voices raising through the ages long,
ceaselessly upon You gazing, this shall be our song:
Yours the glory and the crown,
the high renown, th’eternal name.

Organist: Peter Nye
Hymn words reproduced under CCLI: 845257
Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England (2000), material from which is included in this service, is copyright © The Archbishops’ Council 2000.