Reign of Christ Sunday

Today is the last Sunday of the Christian year. It is both a joyous celebration of this present moment in time, and a looking forward with anticipation to what is to come. It is a transitional Sunday that leads us directly into the season of Advent. Our readings focus on the qualities of God’s realm and of those who are it’s faithful witnesses. We are called to consider the extent to which our lives and our society reflect God’s reign.

Entry of the Bible

Call to Worship:

One: Grace to you and peace from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness.
All: We come with our hopes, our dreams.
One: We meet God here in this place, the God of our past, present, and future.
All: We come with our hopes, our dreams.

Hymn 267 verses 1, 2 & 5 “Rejoice, the Lord is King”

Opening Prayer of Praise and Confession

Peace Invocation: “Shalom”

Words of Assurance

Passing the Peace
(We share a sign of Peace with one another)

Introit: Partita #3 – (Fugue) – J. S. Bach
Soloist: Rebekah Hong

Welcome, Acknowledgements and Announcements

Hymn 275 verses 1 & 3 “Jesus shall reign”

Children’s Time: 

Today in Sunday school: John 18:33-37 “Faithful Witness”

Next week: Jeremiah 33:14-16 “The Promised Time is at Hand”

Lord’s Prayer

Hymn 275 verse 5 “Jesus shall reign”

Scripture Readings:

Revelation 1:4b–8

John 18:33–37

Presentation of our offering:

Offertory: “I Lift My Eyes” – arr. Hal Hopson
Chancel Choir

Hymn “For the life that you have given”

Prayer of Dedication (in unison) and Dedication of Prayer Shawls

Take these gifts, loving God, and use them by the power of the Spirit to widen the circle of your reign through ministry in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Sermon: “Principalities, powers, and rulers of the earth – God’s kingdom?”

Hymn 758 “Christ’s is the world”

Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession

Hymn 274 verses 1, 2 & 5 “Crown him with many crowns”

Benediction

Choral Closing “Walk with me”

Walk with me, I will walk with you;
and build the land that God has planned
where love shines through.

Postlude


Welcome Desk: Eleanor Larter
Greeter: Heather Cawsey
Ushers: Stuart & Susan McTavish, Wendy Anderson, Cheryl Elliott-Fraser, Bill & Edi Stevens
Radio/Sound: Joe Gordon
Broadcast: John Scace
Multimedia: Cassandra Fraser
Giving Table: Gordon Coyne
Hospital Visitor: Wendy Garner
Refreshments: Sharon Feldman & Cheryl Meyer
Sunday Attendant: Tristan de Oliveira

Welcome to Knox Waterloo

  • You are welcome in the name of Jesus.
  • Individual listening devices for improved sound are available at the Welcome Desk.
  • We have Scent-Free Seating on the front left side as you enter from the back. You can also enter the scent free area from the side door.
  • There is a bright, modern nursery on the main floor next to the sanctuary. If your infant or small child needs care during the worship service, you may leave the sanctuary and return as you wish. You and your child are welcome during worship. Childcare for infants and toddlers is available.
  • Worship bags, containing quiet activities are on the wall opposite the nursery and toddler room. You are welcome to borrow one of these bags.
  • Offering envelopes are on the backs of seats. You may choose to give after worship using credit card, debit card, or e-transfer. If using an offering envelope please leave your full address on it. This is a requirement for all charities in order to send charitable receipts for gifts.
  • Please take a moment, if you wish, to introduce yourself to one of the ministers, or a greeter at the welcome desk.

There are many ways to give at Knox Waterloo. Everything we do is supported by the financial generosity of our community. We give generously in many ways.

  • Some through PACK (Pre Authorized Contribution to Knox)
  • Some generously with gifts of appreciated assets
  • Some give via Credit Card or Debit after Church
  • Some with weekly offering envelops
  • Now through the phone app Pushpay, for Knox Waterloo, using our credit card at any time we feel God’s grace and a want to give. We can give 24 hours a day through this app. This takes about 10 seconds.