Welcome to ICYMI Worship! ICYMI stands for In Case You Missed It; our ICYMI series gives a brief snapshot of worship each week so that you can worship in your home, on the road, or wherever life takes you.
At Cross of Christ, our basic worship order is based on worship patterns from Hebrew traditions and biblical accounts of the earliest Christians:
We GATHER with songs and prayer,
We HEAR God’s word,
We SHARE a meal of bread and wine,
We are SENT into the world to love and serve.
Let us know how this format works for you.
Today is Christ the King Sunday
A CHRIST THE KING LITANY
Based on Ecclesiastes 3
For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven.
A time to be born, and a time to die;
A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
A time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to seek, and a time to lose;
A time to keep, and a time to throw away;
A time to tear, and a time to sew;
A time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate;
A time for war, and a time for peace.
For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven. Today we
celebrate the one who is Lord of all seasons, Ruler of all times, and King of all creation.
To Christ the King be all glory and honor, in heaven and on earth, now and forever.
Our Gathering song at our Mosaic service is What a Beautiful Name
Prayer of the Day
Almighty God, you have crowned your Son as King of kings, and through him you renew all of creation. Every passing season speaks of his glory and grace, yet time eternal will not exhaust his praise. Today we celebrate your mission of mercy, the sending of Jesus, your only begotten, to be our Teacher, our Model, our Shepherd and our Savior. May all the songs and signs and symbols of our worship point us always and only to Christ, our King, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
Christ the King Readings
Christ the King Sunday is the final Sunday in the church year. We use this opportunity to do a sort of liturgical “year in review” by traveling through each season of the church year, beginning with Advent and ending with Pentecost. Following are the readings and selections from the music used with each reading. Thank you for accompanying us this past year!
A voice cries out: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. Then the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all people shall see it together, for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”
In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see – I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!”
In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.” When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet: ‘And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who is to shepherd my people Israel.'”
They crucified Jesus, and divided his clothes among them, casting lots to decide what each should take. It was nine o’clock in the morning when they crucified him. The inscription of the charge against him read, “The King of the Jews.” And with him they crucified two bandits, one on his right and one on his left. Those who passed by derided him, shaking their heads and saying, “Aha! You who would destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself, and come down from the cross!” In the same way the chief priests, along with the scribes, were also mocking him among themselves and saying, “He saved others; he cannot save himself. Let the Messiah, the King of Israel, come down from the cross now, so that we may see and believe.” Those who were crucified with him also taunted him. When it was noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. At three o’clock Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” When some of the bystanders heard it, they said, “Listen, he is calling for Elijah.” And someone ran, filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take him down.” Then Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. Now when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was God’s Son!”
On the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in, they did not find the body. While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them. The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.” Then they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb, they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest.
Acts 2:1-6, 12
When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?”
Prayers of the People – 11/26/17
The Communion song at our Mosaic service is I Will Rise
On the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks; broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take and eat; this is my body, given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me. Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it for all to drink, saying: This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin. Do this for the remembrance of me.
All are welcome to receive Christ’s Body and Blood in the Bread and Wine of the Eucharist.
And because there’s always something going on, the Announcements!
WELCOME TO WORSHIP! – We celebrate the final Sunday in the church year by highlighting all the liturgical seasons on Christ the King Sunday today. In lessons, reflections, and music we are reminded “For Everything There is a Season”. May we gather in hope and peace in Jesus’ name.
ADULT FAITH FORMATION – Our four-week study of the book of Philippians – “Rejoice Always!” – continues today. This uplifting little letter was written by the Apostle Paul to new believers in the Roman colonial city of Philippi, in Macedonia. Although the church was young and small, it was a source of both financial support and spiritual encouragement to Paul, who writes from prison in Rome to thank and inspire the faithful to keep up their good works and to be people of joy. Adult Faith Formation meets from 10:15 to 10:55 am between worship services in the Library.
CHILDREN’S SUNDAY SCHOOL – for children ages 4-10, in the Youth Room. Join us at 10:15 for fun learning experiences. See Kristie Walker to learn more.
BE A PART OF WORSHIP AS A GREETER, LECTORS, COMMUNION ASSITANT – Please sign up online or at the Information Desk to help fill these important roles each Sunday as we “Worship God” and “Welcome All.” Go to our website www.crossofchristbellevue.org and click on the “Volunteer” tab to sign up. Thank you!
SCRIBBLE SHEETS – The pew racks have been recently refilled with updated materials, including “Scribble Sheets” for kids, or anyone looking to take a note or perhaps doodle a bit! PLEASE use the Scribble Sheets for these purposes and not the much more expensive envelopes and other printed materials. Thank you.
CFH WELCOME BASKETS – Help support Congregations for the Homeless and men they are assisting in transitioning into permanent housing by bringing in needed items for “Welcome Baskets” or cash donations this week. Requested items include basic things to help the men get off to a good start in their new homes, including: full-size mattress pad, sheets and blankets, towels, laundry basket, waste basket, laundry pods, and clothes hangers. Ryan of CFH, who moves the men into housing, has said it is such a joy to be able to give this gift to the men, and it is so appreciated! Please stop by the display in the Narthex just outside the Library to see a completed basket and to pick up a tag with the item(s) you would like to donate. This is a Thrivent Action Team project. Questions? Contact Nancy Weisel (425-747-7934) or Nadine Bentsen (425-747-1543). Thanks for helping us “Serve Others” in a simple but meaningful way.
THE HOPELINK GIVING TREE IS HERE – Time to pick a tag or two to help make the holidays happy and bright for some of our neighbor children in need. Bring back a new unwrapped gift to place under the tree and help make Christmas special for a disadvantaged child. Gifts can be donated until Sunday, December 10. Your generosity has brightened Christmas for countless girls and boys over the years. Thank you in advance for supporting this important mission.
ANNUAL ADVENT SMORGASBORD DECEMBER 10 – Join us at 11:30 in the Fellowship Hall for a delicious meal and warm fellowship after the single, combined worship service at 10 am. Please sign up at the Information Desk in the Narthex to bring a potluck dish (salad, side dish, or dessert) or to make a donation toward the purchase of ham and turkey. If anyone would like to be on the set-up or cleanup committee, please call Joan Davis at 425-922-7655 or Fellowship Team Leader Linda Capron at email@example.com. Set-up is at 11:00 am on Saturday, December 9. We look forward to sharing this special event with everyone.
HOLIDAY MUSICAL EVENT HOSTED BY THE LARKS – The Seattle Boy Choir and Sinfonia present their traditional “Festival of Lessons and Carols” featuring nine scriptural readings, followed by the audience singing carols. at Benaroya Hall on Friday, December 22, at 7:30 pm. A special rate of $27 is offered to groups. A sign-up sheet is available at the Information Desk. For more information call Charlotte Rehmer at 425-890-8140.
WREATH ORDERS – Cub Scout Pack 673 is pleased to announce the early arrival of the wreaths. Our supplier was able to bring them a week early! Please go out and look for the helpful Cub Scouts who will gladly carry your order to your car! If you have not already done so, please pay for your greenery order before you pick it up. Questions? Contact Laurie Beck, 425-417-8359. Thank you Cross of Christ for your continued support of Pack 673!
Our sending song in our Traditional service is Jesus Shall Reign
Enjoy this improvisation on the tune of the hymn.
By God’s grace, through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, we are called to
Grow in Faith
Share the Gospel
Serve others, and
Thanks be to God!