A Call to Worship
Reign of Christ the King Year A 2011
Psalm 100

We gather to celebrate and joyfully sing to our God!
Together, let us share our praises and thankfulness.
Come, let us enter into this sacred space with praise.

You O God, are the Holy God always and forever!
You are the Eternal One from whom all things come.
Come, let us enter into this sacred space with thanks.

O God, we are your children, created by and with your love.
Come, let us enter into this sacred space with joy and delight. Amen.

Prayers of Praise and Thankfulness
Reign of Christ the King Year A 2011
Psalm 100

With joy we gather to praise and glorify our Great God!
How blest we are to be able to sing and praise our God
in freedom; with peace and joy in our hearts and minds;
and to celebrate all God’s gifts freely given to humanity!
All creation joins together to praise and glorify the God
and Creator of all things that are with us now; that have
blessed people in the past; and in faith we believe will be
given in the future! We come to worship and honour God
with praise and reverent awe, rejoicing in God’s goodness.

We gratefully acknowledge that we have been created by
and with God’s love; that we have grown out of the womb
of God’s joy, and that we are the delight of our Creator.
Each of us are God’s own child, weak and erring though we
may be, yet by God’s goodness and mercy, we are loved and
welcomed into the joy of fellowship with our Gracious God.

We gather together to celebrate and give thanks for each
other, as we are all a part of God’s own family; and for the
strength and encouragement we can give to each other on
our faith journey. God’s unfailing love always goes with us as
we travel along, and God’s faithfulness is utterly dependable
towards each succeeding generation; and on into all eternity.

Praise, honour, glory and reverent awe are offered to you,
God Almighty, majestic in your power, and generous in your
love and mercy. Sing for joy all creation to God, our Maker. Amen.

A Personal Meditation
Reign of Christ the King Year A 2011
Psalm 100

Loving God, as I seek to offer you praises with uninhibited joy,
I admit that shouting, singing and dancing sometimes seems
to me to be a bit ‘over the top’, and I don’t feel quite comfortable
with all that noisy rejoicing! Maybe I am too reserved, but surely,
it is possible to celebrate God’s goodness gently, reverently
and quietly - and still be sincere? I hope so, because it is still
my genuine praise, joy and delight that I am offering to my God.

Creative pause: Can worship of God be ‘over the top’ sometimes?

With joyful appreciation, I gratefully acknowledge that I am God’s
own child, one amongst uncounted numbers, and yet precious in
God’s eyes and in God’s heart! I rejoice that I am a part of God’s
great family, and that I can share in the delights of being ‘family’.
I also acknowledge with deep gratitude, the joy of being part of a
worshipping community, where together with my ‘mothers and
fathers’, my ‘sisters and brothers’ in the faith, I can praise and
give thanks and bless God’s Holy Name for all God’s mercies.

Creative pause: Sharing in the delights of being part of God’s family.

How grateful I am that I have also been a part of a family of
faithful people, who, generation after generation, have accepted
the opportunity to worship and praise God, and to rejoice in God’s
faithfulness to everyone of them right through their pilgrimage
of life and faith. This personal history helps me to understand and
appreciate God’s faithfulness and mercy towards all humanity,
undeserving though we may be. Yet the heart of God overflows
with love and compassion towards all that God has made, nurtured
and sustained through the centuries, and I offer my humble thanks.

Creative pause: I offer my praise, worship and thanks to God.

Unless stated otherwise, all Bible readings and extracts used in these weekly Prayers and Meditations are from
‘The New Revised Standard Version’ Copyright © 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council
of the Churches of Christ in the USA. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

*The additional weekly numbering is from the Revised COCU Indexing Scheme
COCU = ('Consultation on Church Union'); as it offers an easy sequential numbering
for the Revised Common Lectionary for the Church Calendar.

If any part of these Prayers and/or Meditations is used in shared worship, please provide
the following acknowledgement:
© 2011 Joan Stott – ‘The Timeless Psalms’ RCL Psalms Year A. Used with permission.


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