Preaching Schedule

7:45 am - Traditional Worship in the Chapel - The Rev. Reagan Cocke
9:00 am - Awesome Worship in the Hall Life Center - The Rev. Charlie Holt
9:00 am - Traditional Worship in the Church - The Rev. Matt Marino
11:00 am - Traditional Worship in the Church - The Rev. Reagan Cocke
11:00 am - Contemporary Worship in the Hall Life Center - The Rev. Matt Marino
5:00 pm - Traditional Worship in the Chapel - The Rev. Matt Marino

The Collect of the Day

Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in your well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under his most gracious rule; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Town Hall with the Vestry

You are invited to a gathering in the Hall Life Center at 10:00 am today to hear more from the vestry regarding Clay Lein's transition as rector. The vestry will answer questions from the parish and the session will be recorded and made available to review online.

No Sunday School

There will be no Sunday school or classes for children, youth or adults this morning. The nursery will be available during its regular hours.

Jingle Bell Express

Jingle Bell Express began as one of the first outreach programs of the Christian Community Service Center. Bring your donations of NEW, unwrapped, non-violent toys and books for kids ages 0-15 years old to the drop-off station in Sumners Hall November 19 - December 3. Please contact Robyn LaRocca for more information.

Advent Wreath Making

All are invited to gather together at 10:00 am hour in Sumners Hall to make Advent wreaths. The cost is $20 for a kit containing fresh greenery, advent candles, ribbon, candle holders, and floral foam wreath. We will include a short devotional piece for the lighting of each new Advent candle on the four Sundays of Advent. In order to have enough supplies, we need anyone making a wreath to pre-register.

John 18:33-37 

33 So Pilate entered his headquarters again and called Jesus and said to him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” 34 Jesus answered, “Do you say this of your own accord, or did others say it to you about me?” 35 Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered you over to me. What have you done?” 36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.” 37 Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.”

This Week's Musical Offering 

Today, the Last Sunday after Pentecost, our hymns and anthems celebrate the Lordship of Christ on this day also known as Christ the King. We sing great hymns of the faith such as “Alleluia, Sing to Jesus,” “King of Glory, King of Peace” and “Crown Him with Many Crowns.” You are encouraged to enthusiastically sing these offerings of praise.

At the 9 am Introit we hear the words of Isaac Watts beckoning us to “Rejoice” and proclaiming that the King of Glory is the “Mighty Lord and Savior.” The text is set to music by the early American composer William Billings. Billings is considered the first American composer and was also well-known as a singing master and leader of one of the many singing schools popular in the day. His music is often forceful and stirring much like we hear in his anthem sung today. “Rejoice, Ye Shining Worlds on High” is sung at 11 am during the Ministration.

The hymn “Let All Mortal Flesh” is particularly appropriate on Christ the King, as it beckons us to stand in silence with awe before the King of kings and cry with the seraph and seraphim “Alleluia, Lord most high!” The text of this “Cherubic Hymn” was used in the fifth-century form of the Liturgy of St. James at the presentation of the sacred elements at the time of the Offertory. It was later adopted for the observance of Easter Eve in later forms of the Liturgy of St. Basil in the Greek Orthodox tradition. English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams first matched the words with the tune we sing (PICARDY) in the English Hymnal 1906 for which he served as editor. PICARDY is based on a seventeenth-century French folk tune. The Chorale sings a stirring arrangement of “Let All Mortal Flesh” at the Offertory, as arranged by contemporary American composer Katherine K. Davis.

Read about the musical offerings for this and previous weeks at the Music Ministry blog.