The Fourth Sunday of End Time - Christ the King

Opening Hymn

There Is a Higher Throne
CWS 727

Lessons

Ezekiel 34:11-16, 23-24
A Shepherd-King will comfort the Lord’s people

1 Corinthians 15:20-28
All things are subject to Christ

Matthew 27:27-31
Christ reigns even in his suffering

Psalm
Psalm 47 - Hymnal p. 85

Consider downloading Psalm 47 from the “Reformation Psalter” on the Commission on Worship’s website if you desire a more traditional sound. The choir sings the verses in 4-part harmony. The congregation sings the refrains from the hymnal. If a four-part choir is not available, the choir can sing the melody of the psalm while the keyboard supplies the other parts. The psalm is available at http://archive.wels.net/cgi-bin/site.pl?2601&collectionID=847.

A wonderful contemporary setting of Psalm 47 by Marty Haugen can be found in Psalms for the Church Year (Volume 1) on pages 51-52. It is available from GIA Publications at http://www.giamusic.com/products/P-167.cfm. NB: This resource is not able to be legally copied. Adequate copies must be purchased, but are well-worth the initial investment. This is truly a standard in any parish choir library. Consider placing it on the congregation’s wish list.

Those desiring a “big” sound at the end of the church year will be wise to consider James Cheppoinis’ Eastertime Psalm: Psalms for Easter, Ascension, and Pentecost (G-3907) available at http://www.giamusic.com/search_details.cfm?title_id=3495. This selection contains festive settings of psalms for Easter, Ascension (Psalm 47), and Pentecost – all to the same tune. Learn this psalm for Christ the King in November and you will have a significant jump on the great spring festivals! Parts are also available for brass and handbells.

Verse

NPH Verse of the Day
The End Time verses were written by Carl Schalk. They are very similar to each other for the Sundays of End Time. Consider having a choir or soloist sing the verse each of the four Sundays of End Time. http://online.nph.net/p-4733-verse-of-the-day-pentecost-13-christ-the-ki…

Anthem

Easy

Soon and Very Soon
LAPPY p. 273

Medium

O Worship the King
http://www.giamusic.com/search_details.cfm?title_id=1234

This anthem takes the classic hymn “O Worship the King” and sets it to a Calypso beat. The second half of the piece is somewhat difficult. The first half of the piece is VERY accessible to choirs and can stand by itself.

Advanced

The Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah
Get it out of your old file cabinets. No explanation needed!

Hymn of the Day

The Head that Once Was Crowned with Thorns
CW 217

Lo, He Comes With Clouds Descending
CWS 704

Although not, technically, the Hymn of the Day, this is an excellent choice. Christian Worship: Supplement uses the tune (Helmsley) that the hymn was originally paired with. It is a grand sing that congregations large and small will look forward to once it is learned. Kevin Hildebrand’s concertato on this hymn is a must purchase. It is available from CPH at http://www.cph.org/p-6105-lo-he-comes-with-clouds-descending.aspx?Search…. Brass adds some extra beauty. It can be performed equally well, however, without a brass group.

Prayer of the Church

Christ the King from Christian Worship: Altar Book
End Time or Christ the King—Responsive

M: To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power for ever and ever!
C: Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory.
M: You are worthy, O Christ our King, to receive honor and glory and praise, for you created all things and by your will they were created and have their being.
C: Alleluia! For our Lord God Almighty reigns!
M: You are worthy, O Christ our King, to receive honor and glory and praise because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased us for God. From every tribe and language and people and nation, you have called us into your kingdom and have made us priests to serve you, our God and Father.
C: Help us live as royal priests.
M: We give thanks to you, O Christ our Shepherd-King, because you have searched for us and found us. Lead us to the green pastures and quiet waters of your saving love, so that we may enjoy peace and comfort for our souls.
C: Heal our hearts when they are broken with sin and guilt. Strengthen us when we are weak.
M: We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, because you have taken your great power and have begun to reign. Come with your mighty power to break and defeat every evil plan and purpose of the devil, of the ungodly influences and ideas of the world, and of our own sinful nature. Use your power to calm the unrest among nations and peoples so that your kingdom may spread and grow.
C: Strengthen our confidence in knowing that your kingdom will never be destroyed.
M: O Christ our King, you have supremacy over all. You will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples with equity. You have destroyed death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. Reign in our hearts that we may serve you more faithfully and speak more boldly to others of your saving love.
C: Praise be to the Lord God, who alone does marvelous deeds. May the whole earth be filled with his glory.
Special prayers and intercessions may follow.
M: Hear us, Lord, as we bring you our private petitions.
Silent prayer.
M: Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him. The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever, King of kings and Lord of lords.
C: The Lord God Almighty reigns! Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! Amen.
© 1999 Northwestern Publishing House. Reprinted by permission.

Closing Hymn

Lord, When Your Glory I Shall See
CW 219

Suggestion: Sing this as the closing hymn for End Time IIIV. Begin softly and slowly increase the volume throughout the hymn. It will become a parish favorite within the three weeks.

Rev. Aaron Christie

Aaron Christie serves pastor at Trinity Lutheran in Waukesha, WI. He also serves the synod as a member of the WELS Commission on Worship and a frequent presenter and consultant for the WELS School of Worship Enrichment.

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