Worship – November 22 – The Journey: Christ the King Sunday

PASTOR ADAM’S WELCOME


GATHERING SONG – Beautiful Savior – ELW 838
Performed by St. Olaf Choir

The Journey

ADVENT
Read by Macy McCarthy

Advent Reading – Isaiah 40:3-5, 10-11
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.”

10 See, the Lord God comes with might,
    and his arm rules for him;
his reward is with him,
    and his recompense before him.
11 He will feed his flock like a shepherd;
he will gather the lambs in his arms,
and carry them in his bosom,
    and gently lead the mother sheep.

ADVENT SONG – O Come, O Come Emmanuel
Performed by King & Country

CHRISTMAS
Read by Abbie Gonzales

Christmas Reading – John 1:1-5
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

CHRISTMAS SONG – Go Tell It on the Mountain – ELW 290
Performed By Tenth Avenue North

EPIPHANY
Read by Noah Barnhart

Epiphany Reading – Luke 2:25-32
25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 27 Guided by the Spirit, Simeoncame into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, 28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying,

29 “Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace,
    according to your word;
30 for my eyes have seen your salvation,
31 which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles
    and for glory to your people Israel.”

EPIPHANY SONG – Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness – ELW 843
Performed by Christ Lutheran Church, Valparaiso, IN

LENT
Read by Bailey Gonzales

Lenten Scripture – Isaiah 53:1-4
Who has believed what we have heard?
    And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
For he grew up before him like a young plant,
    and like a root out of dry ground;
he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,
    nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
3 He was despised and rejected by others;
    a man of suffering and acquainted with infirmity;
and as one from whom others hide their faces
    he was despised, and we held him of no account.

Surely he has borne our infirmities
    and carried our diseases;
yet we accounted him stricken,
    struck down by God, and afflicted.

LENTEN SONG – Were You There – ELW 353
Performed by Vigil – featuring Andrea Thomas

The Journey Continues

EASTER
Read by Abi Barnhart

Easter Reading – Romans 6:1-5
What then are we to say? Should we continue in sin in order that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin go on living in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.
For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.

EASTER SONG – Jesus Christ is Risen Today – ELW 365
Performed by First-Plymouth Church, Lincoln, NE

PENTECOST
Read by Peter McCarthy

Pentecost Reading – Acts 2:1-4
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.

PENTECOST SONG – Spirit of Gentleness
Performed by Kristen Young

ORDINARY DAYS
Read by Ben Barnhart

Ordinary Time Reading – John 15:1-5
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.

ORDINARY TIME SONG – Be Thou My Vision – ELW 793
Performed by Celtic Worship

CHRIST THE KING

On this “Christ the King” Sunday we are reminded that God is with us through all the seasons of life. Wherever you are in your own journey, our Lord meets you there. 

The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come,
thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven
Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,  and the power and the glory
forever and ever. 
Amen.

Blessing
May the path
that Christ walks
to bring justice
upon the earth,
to bring light
to those who sit
in darkness,
to bring out those
who live in bondage,
to bring new things
to all creation:
may this path
run through our life.
May we be
the road Christ takes.
Amen!

Giving and Offering
Shepherd of the Hills is very blessed and grateful for your continued financial support during this difficult time of physical distancing required by the COVID-19 pandemic. Your giving allows us to continue to provide worship, support and outreach until it is safe to gather in person again. We realize that the pandemic has caused many financial challenges. As your finances allow, please consider continuing to support our shared ministries.

There are two ways to give:
– Mail your tithe or offering to the church office. The office will remain open for normal business hours.
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Thank you again for helping us continue to spread God’s Word and help those in need during these challenging times.  

Blessing – Written by Jan Richardson