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Personal and Family Worship for Christ the King Sunday | 11/22/2020

Reflection on the Word in our Worship

For the Lord is a great God *

and a great King above all gods.

-Psalm 95:3

"For thus says the Lord God: Behold, I, I myself will search for my sheep and will seek them out." -Ezekiel 34:11

The word pictures given to us in the Bible help us to "see" the God who cannot be seen. Two prominent word pictures for the Lord God of Israel are King and Shepherd. When the Word became flesh in Jesus, God became visible. "Whoever has seen me has seen the Father," Jesus tells Philip in John 14:9. Our readings give us the King imagery in Psalm 95 and the Shepherd imagery in Ezekiel on this special day when we celebrate the Kingship of Christ, who is also the Good Shepherd.

"Rain and fog, the errors of this world; a great darkness arising from human lusts, a thick fog covering the earth. And it is difficult for the sheep not to go astray in this fog. But the shepherd does not desert them. He seeks them, his piercing gaze penetrates the fog, the thick darkness of the clouds does not prevent him." -St. Augustine

The Collect for Christ the King

Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in your well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under his most gracious rule; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Word:

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Psalm 95

1 O come, let us sing unto the Lord; *

let us heartily rejoice in the strength of our salvation.

2 Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving *

and show ourselves glad in him with psalms.

3 For the Lord is a great God *

and a great King above all gods.

4 In his hand are all the depths of the earth *

and the heights of the hills are his also.

5 The sea is his, for he made it,*

and his hands prepared the dry land.

6 O come, let us worship and fall down, *

and kneel before the Lord our Maker.

7 For he is our God,*

and we are the people of his pasture,

and the sheep of his hand.

8 Today, if you will hear his voice, harden not your hearts *

as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation

in the wilderness,

9 When your fathers tested me, *

and put me to the proof, though they had seen my works.

10 Forty years long was I grieved with this generation and said, *

“It is a people that err in their hearts, for they have not known my ways,”

11 Of whom I swore in my wrath *

that they should not enter into my rest.

(from the New Coverdale Psalter as found in the 2019 Book of Common Prayer)

Christ the King 2020
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