- First reading and Psalm
- Alternate First reading and Psalm
- Second reading
1 Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth!
2 Worship the Lord with gladness.
Come before him, singing with joy.
3 Acknowledge that the Lord is God!
He made us, and we are his.
We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving;
go into his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the Lord is good.
His unfailing love continues forever,
and his faithfulness continues to each generation.
This Sunday finishes our annual journey through the church calendar. This week is Reign of Christ Sunday. While here in the US, many will celebrate it at Thanksgiving Sunday. It was interesting as I put the worship set together. It is a combination of themes, both of the reign of Christ (All Hail the Power of Jesus Name; God, You Reign) and Thanksgiving songs (Great Is Thy Faithfulness and 10,000 Reasons)
This is a capstone Sunday of sorts. In some traditions, Reign of Christ Sunday reviews the church year and the incarnation, life, and reign of Christ. Some year I would like to try a service like that. I do think it falls quite in line with thanksgiving. One of the verses we looked at last night in Bible study was this. Thanks be to God for this indescribable gift. Christ has an amazing love for his children. So this week as you prepare for worship, remember Jesus – his incarnation, his life, his death, his resurrection and his forever reign and be thankful.