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Bulletin for Christ the King Sunday, November 26, 2023

WORSHIP HELPERS: Reader – Brian Johnson Lay Assistant – Ron Henzler

FELLOWSHIP– Dick, Barb, Sommer, Angie Fritzler

Contact us: 308-762-1883 Email: stjohnsalliancene@gmail.com or contact@alliancestjohns.org

The Celebration and Commitments of Thanks~Giving
On this final Sunday of the church year our gospel is Jesus’ great story of judgment. In the end, the
faithful are those who served Christ by ministering to those who are poor, hungry, naked, sick, or estranged. In the first reading God is the shepherd who seeks the lost, weak, and injured and feeds them
with justice. We gather this day to celebrate the reign of Christ and his victory over death, yet we await
the consummation of all things yet to come. Acknowledging Christ as our merciful ruler, we go forth
that his reign may be known in our loving words and deeds. Our commitment to giving is one way we
act in love.
(*) Please stand as you are able
(-) Please be seated

GATHERING
The Holy Spirit calls us together as the people of God.

-PRELUDE

-WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

*CONFESSION AND FORGIVENESS
L: Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God, in whose image we are made, who claims us and calls us
beloved. C: Amen.

Silence for reflection.
L: Holy One,
C: We confess that we are not awake for you. We are not faithful in using your gifts.
We forget the least of our siblings. We do not see your beautiful image in one another.
We are infected by sin that divides your beloved community. Open our hearts to your
coming, open our eyes to see you in our neighbor, open our hands to serve your creation. Amen.
L: Beloved, we are God’s children, and Jesus, our Beloved, opens the door to us. Through ☩ Jesus you
are forgiven, by Jesus you are welcome, in Jesus you are called to rejoice! Let us live in the promises
prepared for us from the foundation of the world. C: Amen.

*GATHERING SONG Christ is Alive! ELW 389

*GREETING
L: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with
you all.
C: And also with you.

*CANTICLE OF PRAISE This is the Feast ELW p. 187

*PRAYER OF THE DAY
L O God of power and might, your Son shows us the way of service, and in him we inherit the
riches of your grace. Give us the wisdom to know what is right and the strength to serve the
world you have made, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with
you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. C Amen.

-Thanks-GIVING Moment

WORD
God speaks to us in scripture reading, preaching, and song.

-FIRST READING: Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24
(after the reading)
L The word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.

-SECOND READING: Ephesians 1:15-23
(after the reading)
L The word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.

-LET THE CHILDREN COME (Please pass worship cards to the center aisle)

*GOSPEL ACCLAMATION Alleluia. Lord, to Whom Shall We Go? ELW p. 188

*GOSPEL: Matthew 25:31-46
L The holy gospel according to Matthew, the 25th chapter.
C Glory to you , O Lord.
(after the reading)
L The Gospel of the Lord. C Praise to you, O Christ

-MESSAGE Pastor Megan Morrow

*HYMN OF THE DAY For the Fruit of All Creation ELW 679

*APOSTLES’ CREED ELW p. 105

*PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
(Each petition ends with) L Hear us, O God. C Your mercy is great.

*SHARING OF GOD’S PEACE
L The peace of Christ be with you always.
C And also with you.
(Please share a sign of God’s peace with one another, such as Peace be with you.)

-PRESENTATION OF THE GIFTS
The Offering is presented at the altar as the Offertory is sung and the Lord’s table is prepared.

-OFFERTORY We Are an Offering ELW 692

*OFFERTORY PRAYER
L God of all goodness, generations have turned to you, gathered around your table, and shared your
abundant blessings. Number us among them that, as we gather these gifts from your abundance,
and give thanks for your rich blessings, we may feast upon your very self and care for all that you
have made, through Jesus Christ, our Sovereign and Servant.
C: Amen

MEAL
God feeds us with the presence of Jesus Christ.

*GREAT THANKSGIVING DIALOGUE & PREFACE
P: The Lord be with you. C: And also with you.
P: Lift up your hearts. C: We lift them to the Lord.
P: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. C: It is right to give our thanks and praise.
P: It is indeed right, our duty and our joy,…and join their unending hymn:

*HOLY, HOLY, HOLY ELW p. 190

*THANKSGIVING AT THE TABLE

*LORD’S PRAYER
L Gathered into one by the Holy Spirit, let us pray as Jesus taught us.
C 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.

*INVITATION TO COMMUNION

*HOLY COMMUNION
+As you return to your seat after receiving communion or a blessing, place your commitment card and/or Time & Talent sheet in the baskets.
(We invite you to come forward down the center aisle starting with the back pews. When you reach the
front, hold out your hands if you would like to receive communion, or hold your arms across your chest
to receive a blessing. If children receive communion in their home congregation, they are welcome to
receive communion at St. John’s. Just say, “Gluten free” if you would like gluten free wafers. There are
cups with red wine and white grape juice in the trays. Let us know if you’d like communion brought to
you in the pew. All are welcome at Christ’s table!)

*COMMUNION HYMNS
Lamb of God ELW p. 191
The King of Love My Shepherd Is ELW 502
Jesus, Name Above All Names W & P 77

-POST-COMMUNION BLESSING

*PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

SENDING
God blesses us and sends us in mission to the world.

*BLESSING
L: May the God of all creation, in whose image we are made, who claims us and calls us beloved, who
strengthens us for service, give you reason to rejoice and be glad! The blessing of God, Sovereign, ☩
Savior, and Spirit, be with you today and always.
C: Amen.
*SENDING HYMN Beautiful Savior ELW 838

*DISMISSAL
L: Beloved of God, go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
C: Thanks be to God.

-POSTLUDE

ADDITIONAL WORSHIP SCHEDULES
ONLINE WORSHIP –WEBSITE: Alliancestjohns.org FACEBOOK: Alliance NE St Johns Lutheran

ANNOUNCEMENTS

SCRIPTURES FOR WEEK OF DECEMER 3rd– Isaiah 64:1-9, Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Mark 13:24-37.

WEDNESDAY-NOV. 29TH-Carry-in soup & sandwich supper at 5:30pm. Worship at 6:30pm.
Holden Evening Prayer Service. Please join us.

WORSHIP HELPERS – Dec. 3–Reader– Jackson Shelmadine, Lay Assist.– Mary Crawford.

FELLOWSHIP – DECEMBER 3RD–Wayne & Mary Crawford, Harold & Maurine Roller.

CHRISTMAS FOOD BASKETS-Collection starts December 4th! Please see the lists on the bulletin boards & in the newsletter.

GROCERY KART RECEIPTS- We are collecting Grocery Kart receipts for the Preschool.
Please place them in the grocery kart in the Fellowship Room.

HEAD START BACKPACKS– Items needed most-chunky fruit cups, fruit granola bars, fruit
snacks, cheese n crackers and plastic grocery bags. Your donations are greatly appreciated!

“GO AND…” – Ready, Set, Go! In the Great Commission, Jesus calls us to GO. We are taking
those words to heart. We invite you to be part of this call to GO!
NOVEMBER – Be Present As we await and celebrate Christ’s birth, we remember that God is
present and shows up. The babe in the manger, God Incarnate, is God’s gift of deep love for us.
We are invited to pause, be still, and be fully present in this holy season. Society calls us to a different place where busyness, spending, and rushing about are marks of success. God, in Christ,
offers another way: Emmanuel – God with us.
Questions to consider: What can I add to this season that would truly allow me to pause? What
tradition do you have that nurtures being present at this time of year? As you are on the GO, how
are you going to practice being present?
Prayer: Emmanuel, you are present with us. Help us be present with each other. Amen.

FINANCES
Actual expenses thru 11/19/2023 $164,067.69 Giving thru 11/19/2023 $128,373.91
Giving under actual expenses ($35,693.78)
46 Weeks of Budget Expenses $175,530.94 Giving under Budget Expenses ($47,157.03)