November 25, 2018 – Reign of Christ Sunday

reign of christ sunday

morning prayer (Book of Common WOrship 2018)



Even after Israel had experienced the vagaries of kings, they still longed for a true king to set things right. He would have the king’s title of Anointed One (Messiah); he would be the “one like a human being” (Son of Man) given dominion in Daniel’s vision. Jesus is given these titles, even though he is nothing like an earthly king. His authority comes from the truth to which he bears witness, and those who recognize the truth voluntarily listen to him. We look forward to the day he is given dominion, knowing his victory will be the nonviolent victory of love.



This morning’s order of service is Morning Prayer. The Christian discipline of daily prayer goes back to the ancient Church practices, as well as the set times of prayer in Judaism. At morning prayer we give thanks for the gift of new life in Christ and seek God’s grace for the day ahead. The Thanksgiving for Baptism highlights our common baptismal pattern of daily prayer, with its rhythm of dying and rising with Christ. Also, the services of daily prayer in community may be led by any baptized member. For more on the importance of Daily Prayer and the Presbyterian understanding and practice, see the Book of Order’s Directory for Worship, W-5.0102.


Ordinarily, an offering is not received during Daily Prayer. Hence, the ushers will be in the Narthex (great entrance hall) to collect any tithes or offerings.


PRELUDE: Prelude on BOURBON- hymn tune attributed to Freeman Lewis (1814); setting by P. F. Tillen (2015)




As a matter of hospitality, we invite everyone to fill out information in the red fellowship pad found on each pew at the center aisle and pass it down so everyone may be greeted by name during the passing of the peace. Written announcements can be found at the back of the bulletin.


Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.

Blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor David.

Almighty and ever-living God, you anointed your beloved Son to be priest and sovereign forever. Grant that all the people of the earth, now divided by the power of sin, may be united by the glorious and gentle rule of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


MORNING HYMN #265 Jesus Shall Reign Where’er the Sun



The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.


We give you thanks, Eternal God,

for you nourish and sustain all living things

by the gift of water.

In the beginning of time,

your Spirit moved over the watery chaos,

calling forth order and life.


In the time of Noah,

you destroyed evil by the waters of the flood,

giving righteousness a new beginning.

You led Israel out of slavery,

through the waters of the sea,

into the freedom of the promised land.


In the waters of Jordan

Jesus was baptized by John

and anointed with your Spirit.

By the baptism of his own death and resurrection,

Christ set us free from sin and death,

and opened the way to eternal life.


We thank you, O God, for the water of baptism.

In it we were buried with Christ in his death.

From it we were raised to share in his resurrection,

Through it we were reborn by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Therefore, in joyful obedience to your Son,

we celebrate our fellowship in him in faith.


We pray that all who have passed through the water of baptism

may continue forever in the risen life

of Jesus Christ our Savior.

To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit,

be all honor and glory, now and forever.


Friends, let us remember your baptism and be thankful.

In the name of the Father and of the Son + and of the Holy Spirit.


MORNING PSALM 132, HYMN #381 Arise, O Lord Our God, Arise



ALL SING # 487 These Treasured Children (verse 1 & 4)


SUNG PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION #461 As Dew Falls Gently at Dawn

FIRST READING: Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14

To the community for whom this passage was written, it seemed as though the oppression they were experiencing would never end. Daniel’s message is: It shall end. The Ancient One who is judge will call all nations to account and will give dominion to “one like a human being,” the Messiah.

The word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


PSALM 93, HYMN #271 The Lord Almighty Reigns


SECOND READING: Revelation 1:4b-8

The book of Revelation begins by celebrating the Almighty God, who spans all of time. Similarly, Jesus is celebrated as the firstborn from the dead who rules over the world’s rulers. He is the one whose return we eagerly await.

The word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


GOSPEL: John 18:33-37

In John’s gospel, the story of Jesus and Pilate presents two different ways of exercising power: through force or with love.

The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.



In today’s gospel, Pilate, the Roman governor of Judea, is questioning Jesus. Jesus tells Pilate, “My kingdom is not from here” (John 18:36). Jesus’ kingdom is not from this world, but Jesus submitted to this world in every way. Jesus’ kingdom is not from this world, but Jesus spent his entire life living in its worst conditions. Yet despite the uncertainty and danger with which he lived, Jesus did not speak or act as though he was weak and powerless. What is more, he never hesitated to try the patience of the powerful, despite the fact that doing so would eventually cost

him his life. And even when he had crowds of thousands welcoming and praising him, he knew that using the tools of the world to accomplish God’s kingdom would only fail, just as it had for others so many times before.


Jesus’ kingdom is not from this world, and nobody knew that better than Jesus.


And yet we choose him, he who was so utterly different from all of us. Or rather, because Jesus chose us as we are, we listen to his voice (John 18:37). Now a part of both this world—the world as we know it—and Jesus’ kingdom, we have Jesus’ power, light, and love inside us. This power regenerates every cell of our being so that our words and deeds are as much an extension of our own will as they are manifestations of the power of Christ’s true kingdom. With this power, this grace, we too can live within this fallen world with hope and boldness. We are strengthened by the knowledge that we belong to God’s kingdom, that we belong to the truth—to Jesus—and indeed have always belonged there. From this place of belonging, we invite others to listen to Jesus’ voice and follow this king.


CANTICLE HYMN #100 My Soul Cries Out with a Joyful Shout



With the people of God gathered here and throughout the world, we offer our prayers for the church, the world, and all people in need.


A brief silence.


Almighty God, you love us and free us through the death and resurrection of your Son. Lead your church through the gospel. Bless pastors, deacons, musicians, teachers, and all who speak your truth. Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

You reveal your goodness through the majesty of what you have created. Bring favorable weather to places affected by storms, protect plants and animals from devastation, and guide us in our use of all natural resources. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


You desire justice in the world. Grant to courts wise and discerning judges, attorneys, and public defenders, and guide the rulers of nations to bring about peace. Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.


You are our beginning and end. Soothe the afflicted, comfort the distressed, console the bereaved, and heal the sick (especially). Give all who provide care a measure of your compassion and peace. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


You call us to serve our neighbors. Nourish us with word and sacrament so that we serve as your hands and feet in the world. Protect those who are traveling, and bless those who are unable to attend worship today. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


Here other intercessions may be offered.


Your dominion is forever and ever. We give thanks for the faithful departed who live with the saints of all ages in your infinite love. We commemorate this week: Isaac Watts; Louis Bourgeois; Catherine of Alexandria; Sojourner Truth; Virgilius; Barlaam and Josaphat; Stephen the Younger; Kamehameha and Emma, King and Queen of Hawaii; Joseph Pignatelli; Marcus; Narcissa Whitman; Dorothy Day; Andrew the Apostle; Etty Hillesum; Nahum; Nicholas Ferrar; and Charles de Foucauld. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


Hear our prayers, spoken and silent, that we commend to you this day, trusting in your abundant mercy, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who taught us to pray:

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; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.


HYMN # 371New Songs of Celebration Render




POSTLUDE: Rendez à Dieu- hymn tune by Louis Bourgeois (please see Calendar of Commemoration notes); setting by Charles Callahan


NOTES: Order of service and content is in accord with the Presbyterian Church’s Directory for Worship. Prayers are from the Sundays and Seasons (Year B), Glory to God Hymnal on-line, and the Presbyterian Book of Common Worship (2018). Commemoration of Saints is from the 2018 Book of Common Worship, starting on pg 1145. Brief Meditation reprinted from Words for Worship, copyright 2017 Augsburg Fortress. Used by permission of Augsburg Fortress.




Liturgist: Walt Sadler

Ushers: Mary & Steve Schmitendorf

Prayers of the People: Kevin Allen

Fellowship Hour: Alice L and Kevin A parishes


Coming up December 2

Liturgist: Jean Barber

Ushers: Bob Lawrence, Carolyn Gillespie, Mark Komp

Prayers of the People:

Fellowship Hour: Alice L and Kevin A parishes


Church Statistics

as of November 19:

Covenant members: 236

Total Adherents: 321

Budgeted amount for 2018: $240,000

Year to Date Income: $209,010

Year to Date Expenses: $222,721


Birthdays this week:

11/25: Jim Burdett

11/26: Andrew Kohlmann

11/28: Jazzy Falk

11/29: Prue Negley

11/ 30: Molly Winters

12/1: Bob Hedgcock


Christian Formation

Church School

On Sundays:

Stop off in Nelson hall for the coffee hour first.  We will begin in the basement Room 102 around 10:45.  We are starting to collect for Bees, so remember your offering!  The K-2nd and 3rd-5th classes will rotate separately after our opening and we will conclude around 11:45.

Nov. 25th – No Church School

Dec. 2nd – Focus on Mission and Advent

Dec. 9th – Pageant practice during the Church School hour

Dec. 16th – Pageant during service, no Church School for K-5th

Church School resumes on Jan 6th!




There will be a Called Congregational meeting on December 9th to review the 2019 budget, elect Nominating Committee members, and review changes in Pastor Christian’s Call.



Calling all Holiday Cookie Bakers! At Santa Lucia Celebration we will be selling the best, most delicious holiday cookies and we need you! Contact Carol Kay 262-549-5557 or Sally DeVriend 262-696-8080 for more information. Cookies accepted November 29th and on!



Help provide animals for people in need around the world as a way of giving some much needed resources. Currently, the Church School is raising money for Heifer Project to buy bees. How many can we get? Please help support the children in their mission by contributing to their effort. Please make out your check to Southminster and put Heifer Project in the memo line. God bless!



All Hands On Deck—We have traditionally decorated the church for the Advent season on the Saturday prior to the first Sunday of Advent.  This year that Saturday will be the Santa Lucia celebration.  Therefore, we have changed the day for decorating to Monday, November 26th.  We will be preparing for Advent and Santa Lucia, so we’ll need lots of volunteers.  We will also need one or two people to help bring the decorations upstairs today for Monday.







Changes to the Bulletin

In the coming weeks, you will see some changes to the bulletin.  We have already changed the size of our bulletin so we can increase the font and spacing of the text.  This morning we are adding new icons that will signify the various parts of the service, such as praying hands to denote a time for prayer and a chalice for communion.  For those who would prefer to follow the worship service on their cell phone or tablet, the bulletin will be available on the SPC web page.  The web address is projected on the screen at the beginning of the service. Using the electronic bulletin saves paper and reduces costs to the church and the environment. For a full explanation for the Worship Music Team’s efforts to provide an inclusive worship experience for all our members and guest, please read the article “How Hospitable Are We?” in this month’s Visions.


Hear Ye, Hear Ye!!  

In less than a week, the Santa Lucia Festival will commence. The committee could use about 6 people who could assist serving. These volunteers would be able to sit down and enjoy the breakfast and entertainment with their family and friends.

The tables will be cleared once the entertainment is done. We do not want to distract from the dancers and procession. We also need help cleaning after the event as well!

If you would like to help with this event, either serving or clearing, please email Alice at  or Jan Anderson at

Doors open on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 8:45 am. with breakfast served at 9:00.


From the Presbyterian Calendar of Commemorations:


25 Isaac Watts (1647– 1748) – English minister, hymn writer, and theologian, sometimes called “the father of Christian hymnody”. Watts was the first and most prolific hymn writer to include new poetry for “original songs of Christian experience” to be used in worship. Among his hymns still in use today are this morning’s opening hymn, Jesus Shall Reign Where’er the Sun; Joy to the World; Our God, Our Help in Ages Past; When I Survey the Wondrous Cross; and My Shepherd Will Supply My Need.


Louis Bourgeois (c. 1500– c. 1561) – French musician of the Renaissance era; composer and compiler of the Genevan Psalter, a collection of metrical psalms in French, created under the supervision of John Calvin for liturgical use by the Reformed churches. The Genevan Psalter is the first notable collection of music for congregational singing in European Protestant worship, and is a model for Protestant hymnody of subsequent centuries. Bourgeois’ melodies include RENDEZ À DIEU (today’s closing hymn) and OLD 100TH(the traditional doxology).


Catherine of Alexandria – according to tradition, a Christian saint who was martyred in the early 4th century at the hands of the pagan emperor Maxentius. According to tradition, she was the daughter of the governor of Alexandria, who became a Christian around the age of 14, converted hundreds of people to Christianity, and was martyred around the age of 18.


26 Sojourner Truth [Isabella van Wagener] (c. 1797– 1883) – African-American abolitionist, noted speaker, and women’s rights activist. Truth was born into slavery in New York, and escaped with her infant daughter to freedom in 1826; she worked for abolition of slavery and the rights of Black soldiers during the Civil War. After the war crusaded for the rights of Black workers, desegregation of public transport, prison reform, and women’s right to vote.

27 Vergilius of Salzburg (d. 784) – Born and educated in Ireland, in his middle age he went to Bavaria, where he became the abbot of St. Peter’s in Salzburg. Noted for the conversion of the Alpine Slavs, he also sent missionaries to Hungary.


Barlaam and Josaphat – figures of legend whose story may have been based on the life story of the Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama). According to the legend, King Abenner of India had the young prince Josaphat isolated from external contact when it was foretold that Josaphat would convert to Christianity. Despite the imprisonment, Josaphat met the hermit Saint Barlaam and converted to Christianity. Josaphat kept his faith even in the face of his father’s disapproval. Eventually Abenner converted, turned over his throne to Josaphat, and retired to the desert to become a hermit. Josaphat himself later abdicated and went into seclusion with his old teacher Barlaam.


28 Stephen the Younger (714– 764) – Byzantine monk from Constantinople who became one of the leading opponents of the policies of Emperor Constantine V, who sought to ban the use of icons in worship. He was executed in 764 for his opposition to the Emperor.


Kamehameha IV and Emma, King and Queen of Hawaii (1864, 1885) – Both were baptized on October 21, 1862 and confirmed in November 1862; they championed the Anglican (Episcopal) church in Hawaii and founded St. Andrew’s Cathedral, raising funds for the building. They also founded several Anglican schools throughout Hawaii. In 1862 Kamehameha translated the Book of Common Prayer into the Hawaiian language.


Joseph Pignatelli (1737-1811) – Spanish priest, unofficial leader of the Jesuits in exile in Sardinia, after the suppression and expulsion of the Society of Jesus from Spain. Supervising its restoration, he is considered the Society’s second founder.


29 Marcus (c. 1802– 1847) and Narcissa Whitman (1808– 1847) – early missionaries to the Cayuse people on the Columbia Plateau (Oregon) and advocates for American settlement of the region. Although the Whitmans were quite helpful to the Cayuse people in sharing agricultural techniques and medicine with them, “by the early 1840s, it was obvious that the Whitmans had failed to Christianize and acculturate the Cayuse. Marcus and Narcissa, like most Americans, were culturally arrogant… Thus, the overworked couple continued to pursue unattainable goals.” (Oregon Historical Society) The Whitmans were murdered by the Cayuse in 1847.


Dorothy Day (1897– 1980) – American journalist and social activist, Day converted to Catholicism in 1928. Subsequently gaining fame as a social activist and key figure in the Catholic Worker Movement, Day earned a national reputation as a political radical, often going against official Catholic teachings in her advocacy for the poor.


30 Saint Andrew the Apostle – The New Testament states that Andrew and Simon Peter were brothers, born in the village of Bethsaida on the Sea of Galilee, fishermen by trade; Jesus called them to be his disciples, saying that he will make them “fishers of men”. According to tradition, after the resurrection, Andrew preached throughout southern Europe, Ukraine, Romania and Russia, and was crucified on an X shaped cross (now called a “St. Andrew’s Cross”), as he deemed himself unworthy to be crucified on the same type of cross as Jesus had been.


Etty Hillesum (1914-1943) – Dutch author of confessional letters and diaries which describe both her religious awakening and the persecutions of Jewish people in Amsterdam during the German occupation. In 1943 she was deported and killed in Auschwitz concentration camp.




1 Nahum (c. 612 BCE) – Minor prophet of the Hebrew Bible, he wrote about the end of the Assyrian Empire, and its capital city, Nineveh, in a vivid poetic style.


Nicholas Ferrar, Deacon (1637) – English scholar, courtier, businessman, cleric, and deacon of the Church of England, Ferrar is notable as the first advocate and publisher of the works of his friend, the poet and minister George Herbert (1593–1633).


Charles de Foucauld (1858-1916) – French Catholic religious and priest living among the Tuareg in the Sahara in Algeria. Foucauld made a ten-year study of their language and cultural traditions, learned the Tuareg language, and worked on a dictionary and grammar. This dictionary was published posthumously in four volumes and is still in use by scholars. He was murdered in 1916 by bandits. His inspiration and writings led to the founding of the Little Brothers and Little Sisters of Jesus, an organization of lay and ordained people.



Prayers of Joy and Thanksgiving are offered for:

  • Reilly Griffin Morgan was born to Troy and Robin Morgan Nov. 7 (Dale Morgan’s grandson)!
  • Children, bless them and the future they will help create.
  • Joy for the love of the church family.
  • Our time in worship and fellowship together.

For the following families of the week, we give thanks, ask God’s blessings upon them, and God’s presence with them:

  • Ross and Ellen Langill
  • Mike Lawrence
  • Bob Lawrence
  • Bob and Jody Leinss
  • Bryn, Dallas, Cannon and Grayson Cooley
  • Duncan, Sheri, and Sarah Lichtenberger

Intercessions are offered for:

  • The church universal
  • The world and our nation and our community

Persons in distressing circumstances or times of health issues:

  • Sue Christiaansen who will have surgery on her shoulder on Dec. 5.
  • Betty O’Dell for health and well being.
  • Renee Crouse who is now at home, for healing.
  • Sharon Bare who is at Virginia Healthcare & Rehab.
  • Cory Cavaleri, Margie Cavaleri’s nephew, who was diagnosed with cancer.
  • Courtney, who continues to battle cancer
  • Families in Yemen starving and dying from war.
  • For comfort and strength for Josh suffering from PTSD.




  • Al & Ellen Smith- designate financial gifts to D507149
  • Food Pantry- preferred Food items: [deposit in grocery cart outside Nelson Hall]

Þ Canned fruit (in Water or its own Juice)

Þ Canned protein (tuna, chicken, ham, Spam)

Þ Canned vegetables

Þ Cereal

Þ Boxed meals, macaroni & cheese

Þ Pasta and sauces

Þ Peanut butter and jelly

Þ Soup

Þ Cooking oil

Þ Formula (regular and soy-based), especially Good Start® formula

Þ Stages 1, 2, and 3 baby food

Þ Diapers (particularly size 3 or larger)

Þ Baby powder and diaper rash cream

Þ Baby wipes

  • Hope Center- special need items: [deposit in collection box outside Nelson Hall]

Þ Men’s Clothing especially Jeans and Sneakers all sizes

Þ Men’s shoes/work boots ◦sizes: 9-15

Þ Boy’s underwear sizes: 2 – 18

Þ Girl’s panties sizes: 2 – 16

Þ Men’s boxer/boxer briefs sizes: S – M – L

Þ Women’s panties sizes: 6 – 10

Þ Women’s ankle & crew socks

Þ Newborn & 0-3 mo. Clothing (outfits, onesies, sleepers)

Þ 4oz. bottles

Þ Hooded Towels

  • Whittier Elementary School winter clothes, especially: [deposit in collection box in Narthex]

Þ Coats sizes 7,8,10,12,14,16

Þ Snow boots sizes 2,3,4,5


Þ Art Assistant

Þ Bike Club Assistant

Þ Theatre Assistant

Þ Fitness Assistant

Þ Website/Social Media management

Þ Cooking Class Assistant

  • Hope Center: Christmas Eve Monday December 24 Dinner Prep: Hope Center needs a couple of people to plan and prepare the Christmas Eve evening meal for Hope Center’s guests. This entails planning the menu, (food will be provided) and prepare the meal only. The hours needed will be from 1pm to 5pm. We will also need a group to help serve the meal. Hours needed will be from 5pm – 7pm. Any questions please feel free to contact Laurie Hogeland, Community Outreach Coordinator (262) 549-8726. Please consider to help us help our community.


Please call the church office @ #262-547-5100, or contact a member of the church leadership team for any questions or assistance. All donations are greatly appreciated and we know you give from the heart.




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