Reign of Christ Sunday

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Let the people of the Lord praise the holy and righteous One. On the Day of the Lord, justice will roll on like a river, and righteousness like a never-failing stream. Almighty God, we lift our hearts to you; and our eyes are fixed upon your unchanging glory. We rejoice in the promise of the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power and majesty.

We give thanks to you, Redeemer God, for our Lord Jesus Christ, who came in quietness and humility, but who will come again with power and for all to see. Our Lord Jesus’ coming again is a two-edged sword. It comforts us, convinces us anew that your grace is beyond measure. Yet it also confronts us, compels us to recognize our own unrighteousness. Let us put aside our false pride, confess our sins, and receive your affirming love.

Gracious Father, we confess that all too often we do not think of our coming King. We do not live our lives in the expectant and obedient waiting to which your Word summons us. Too often we do not live with the sense of urgency for the task you have set before your church. We put off bringing the gospel to the world and living out your kingdom’s values of justice and righteousness.

Forgive us, loving Lord. Cleanse us and fill us with your Spirit and with power, so that at Christ’s triumphant return we may be counted worthy to stand before you with people of all tongues and nations. Amen. Thanks be to God, who has loved us from the beginning, and who promises that if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and will purify us from all unrighteousness. Our Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove the disgrace of his people from the earth. In that day we will say, “Surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he saved us. Let us rejoice in his salvation.”

We believe that our Lord Jesus, who ascended into heaven after his resurrection, will come again
in the same way. The Lord himself will come from heaven with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel, and wit the trumpet call of God; and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive will be caught up together with them to meet the Lord. And so we will be with the Lord forever.

When Christ returns, he will establish justice and righteousness in the earth. He will bring to fulfillment the kingdom of God, and he will reign as King of kings and Lord of lords.

In that day, at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

We believe the day of Christ’s return will be one of rejoicing and vindication for God’s people,but will also be a day of judgment for those who have rejected Christ’s reign. We believe our loving God desires that none should perish, and so we ask to be empowered with zeal and humility to proclaim the word of truth in a world too often unaware of coming judgment. We join with the saints throughout the ages in declaring: Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again!

Christ, Lord of the church, we ask for help for your church to live as we truly are–a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to you; a people live to declare your praises, for you who called us out of darkness into your wonderful light


Watchword for the week

The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous.
Psalm 146:8

Watchword for Today

My words that I have put in your mouth shall not depart out of your mouth, or put out of the mouths of your children, or out of the mouths of your children’s children. Isaiah 59:21

Doctrinal Text

For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, so that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope. Romans 15:4

Statement of Purpose

By the grace of God to make disciples of all people, both local and global. To enhance the deeper experiences with our Lord Jesus Christ through prayer, Bible Study, witnessing and the worship hour.

Monday
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Sunday
9:00 am – 2:00 pm
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