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Beacon Online Worship Outline 11/22/20 Christ the King Sunday


We hope you join us for worship, either live-streaming on our Youtube Channel or via zoom. Email info@thewordatbeacon.org for zoom info.

Gathering Time (unmuted)

Feel free to say hi and check in with others before the service begins!

Welcome/Announcements

Regular Weekly Stuff:

Antiracism Discussion Group - Mondays at 8pm

Lunch & Lectio - Tuesdays at 12:30pm

Mid-Week Prayer - Wednesdays at 6pm

Kids Sunday School - 4:30pm


Mark your calendars

Community Meeting about Becca’s transition after worship on Sunday, November 29


Gingerbread Houses Dec. 5 – if you are willing to volunteer let us know


We will have a special “Blue Christmas” service on Wed. Dec. 16 at 6pm. This service allow space for us to grieve during the holiday season, whether you are grieving a loved one, the difficulty of life in a pandemic, or something else.


Christmas Eve service - Thursday, Dec. 24 at 6pm

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Facing God (from Psalm 100)

(Remain muted and read liturgy aloud at home)


Leader: Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.

All: Worship the Lord with gladness; come into God’s presence with singing.

Leader: Know that the Lord is God. It is God who made us, and we are God’s

All: We are the Lord’s people, and the sheep of God’s pasture.

Leader: Let us worship God.


O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus


O the deep, deep love of Jesus

Vast, unmeasured, boundless, free

Rolling as a mighty ocean

In its fullness over me

Underneath me, all around me

Is the current of your love

Leading onward, leading homeward

To your glorious rest above


Oh the deep, deep love of Jesus

Spread his praise from shore to shore

How he loveth, ever loveth

Changeth never, nevermore.

How he watches o’er his loved ones

Died to call them all his own

How for them he intercedes

Watcheth o’er them from the throne


O the deep, deep love of Jesus

Love of every love the best:

‘Tis an ocean vast of blessing

‘Tis a haven sweet of rest

O the deep deep love of Jesus

Tis a heaven of heavens to me

And it lifts me up to glory

For it lifts me up to thee



Laying Down Our Burdens & Assurance

(Remain muted and read liturgy aloud at home)

All: Merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you by what we have done and what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart, mind, and strength. We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. Forgive what we have been, help us amend what we are, and direct what we shall be, so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways to the glory of your name. Amen.

Leader: The Good News is that Christ has come and Christ will come again.

All: In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven. Thanks be to God.


In The Lord I’ll Be Ever Thankful

In the Lord I’ll be ever thankful,

In the Lord, I will rejoice!

Look to God, do not be afraid,

Lift up your voices, the Lord is near!

Lift up your voices, the Lord is near

Children's Bible Story


Lectio Conversation (Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24)

(Hold onto these questions while we read our scripture.)

How does the image of God as a shepherd resonate with you? Why?

For thus says the Lord God: I myself will search for my sheep, and will seek them out. As shepherds seek out their flocks when they are among their scattered sheep, so I will seek out my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places to which they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness. I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land; and I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the watercourses, and in all the inhabited parts of the land. I will feed them with good pasture, and the mountain heights of Israel shall be their pasture; there they shall lie down in good grazing land, and they shall feed on rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I will make them lie down, says the Lord God. I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, but the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them with justice.

Therefore, thus says the Lord God to them: I myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep. Because you pushed with flank and shoulder, and butted at all the weak animals with your horns until you scattered them far and wide, I will save my flock, and they shall no longer be ravaged; and I will judge between sheep and sheep.

I will set up over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he shall feed them: he shall feed them and be their shepherd. And I, the Lord, will be their God, and my servant David shall be prince among them; I, the Lord, have spoken.

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

Discussion

What stands out to you about this text?

How does the image of God as a shepherd resonate with you? Why?


More images for Visio Divina:




Homily

House of God, Forever

God is my shepherd

I won't be wanting

I won't be wanting

He makes me rest

In fields of green

With quiet streams

Even though I walk

Through the valley

Of death and dying

I will not fear

Cause you are with me

You are with me

Your shepherd's staff

Comforts me

You are my feast

In the presence of enemies

Surely goodness

Will follow me

Follow me

In the house of God forever

Prayers of the People

Now is the time when we share the prayers on our hearts and minds. If you have a private prayer, you can email them to us throughout the week and the pastoral team will pray over them.

If you have a prayer, please unmute your mic to share.

After each prayer, I will lead our response on mute:

Lord in your mercy // hear our prayers

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Now I will offer a prayer for the greater community and world. We will end by saying the Lord’s Prayer together in whatever language you prefer. Let us pray.

(muted)

Leader: Just as God/Christ taught us to pray...

All: 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 debts, as we forgive our debtors. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the Kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever, Amen.

Offering

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You, Lord, Are Both Lamb and Shepherd


You, Lord, are both Lamb and Shepherd

You, Lord, are both Prince and Slave

You, peacemaker and sword-bringer

Of the way You took and gave

You, the everlasting instant

You, whom we both scorn and crave

Clothed in light upon the mountain,

Stripped of might upon the cross

Shining in eternal glory

Beggared by a soldier’s toss

You, the everlasting instant

You, who are both gift and cost

You, who walk each day beside us

Sit in power at God’s side

You, who preach a way that’s narrow

Have a love that reaches wide

You, the everlasting instant

You, who are our pilgrim guide

Worthy is our earthly Jesus

Worth is our cosmic Christ

Worthy your defeat and victory

Worthy still your peace and strife

You, the everlasting instant

You, who are our death and life

Sending/Blessing (from 1 Peter 5)

(Remain muted and read liturgy aloud at home)

As we close this time together, let us read this word from the apostle Peter:

All: Let us cast all our anxiety on the Lord, who cares for us. The God of all grace, who has called you to eternal glory in Christ, will restore, strengthen, and support us.

Leader: The steadfast love of God goes with you, the deep and abiding peace of Christ goes with you, and the comfort and guidance of the Holy Spirit goes with you, now and always. Amen.

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