Nov 18

Christ the King / Reign of Christ Sunday (Year B)

2 Samuel 23:1-7
  • How would you describe God?  What images would you use to describe the Holy One?  Invite the congregation to share their descriptions of God – perhaps writing them on a large sheet of craft paper or a chalkboard or dry-erase board.
  • You may want to illustrate your reading of this passage by projecting or displaying images that coordinate with David’s description of God: light, the rising sun, a cloudless sky, rain-kissed grass, etc.
  • The author of this passage says that the “godless are all like thorns” that “cannot be picked up with the hand”.  Have you ever tried to pick up a branch from a thorn bush?  Particularly thorny plants are really tough to handle.  Check with your local greenhouses or Christmas tree farms to see if they have any cuttings that you can (very carefully) use in your worship display.
  • It is Christ the King Sunday, so you may want to use a crown of thorns in your worship display.
Psalm 132:1-12, (13-18)
  • While the NRSV is a good translation of this text, you may want to read this passage from a different translation.  I suggest the Easy-to-Read Version or The Message.
  • God made promises to David, and each of those promises were kept.  And, many of these promises point to Christ (which makes this particularly fitting to read on Christ the King Sunday).
Revelation 1:4b-8
  • Christ is the King of all.  Every eye shall see him – even those who wounded him (which, when you think about it, includes us).
  • This text can easily be used as a call to worship.  It would also work as an assurance of pardon.
John 18:33-37
  • Pilate questions Jesus about being “King of the Jews”.  Pilate is asking his questions as an outsider (so he thinks) since he’s not a Jew.  However, even though he may not understand it, Pilate is governed by Christ the King.
  • Do we wonder if Jesus is King?  Do we acknowledge him as our King?
  • You could present this as a dramatic reading in worship.  You could even read it responsively for the reading of the scripture lesson (having the congregation read the questions that Pilate asks).
  • What kinds of images come to mind when you think of the word “king”?  Invite the congregation to write or draw words or images that come to mind – perhaps on a large paper cross or crown.

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