Last Sunday after Pentecost: Christ the King

Proper 29
Sunday, November 20, 2016
Year (cycle): 
The Collect: 

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.

Old Testament: 
Jeremiah 23:1-6 [Alternate: Jeremiah 23:1-6]

1 Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! says the Lord. 2Therefore, thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, concerning the shepherds who shepherd my people: It is you who have scattered my flock, and have driven them away, and you have not attended to them. So I will attend to you for your evil doings, says the Lord. 3Then I myself will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the lands where I have driven them, and I will bring them back to their fold, and they shall be fruitful and multiply. 4I will raise up shepherds over them who will shepherd them, and they shall not fear any longer, or be dismayed, nor shall any be missing, says the Lord.

The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. 6In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness.’


Canticle 16 [Alternate: Psalm 46]

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; *
       he has come to his people and set them free.
He has raised up for us a mighty savior, *
       born of the house of his servant David.
Through his holy prophets he promised of old,
that he would save us from our enemies, *
       from the hands of all who hate us.
He promised to show mercy to our fathers *
       and to remember his holy covenant.
This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham, *
       to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
Free to worship him without fear, *
       holy and righteous in his sight
       all the days of our life.
You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, *
       for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,
To give people knowledge of salvation *
       by the forgiveness of their sins.
In the tender compassion of our God *
       the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
To shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, *
       and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
       as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.


1 God is our refuge and strength, *
       a very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth be moved, *
       and though the mountains be toppled into the depths of the sea;
3 Though its waters rage and foam, *
       and though the mountains tremble at its tumult.
4 The Lord of hosts is with us; *
       the God of Jacob is our stronghold.
5 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, *
       the holy habitation of the Most High.
6 God is in the midst of her;
  she shall not be overthrown; *
       God shall help her at the break of day.
7 The nations make much ado, and the kingdoms are shaken; *
       God has spoken, and the earth shall melt away.
8 The Lord of hosts is with us; *
       the God of Jacob is our stronghold.
9 Come now and look upon the works of the Lord, *
       what awesome things he has done on earth.
10 It is he who makes war to cease in all the world; *
       he breaks the bow, and shatters the spear,
       and burns the shields with fire.
11 "Be still, then, and know that I am God; *
       I will be exalted among the nations;
       I will be exalted in the earth."
12 The Lord of hosts is with us; *
       the God of Jacob is our stronghold.

Colossians 1:11-20

11May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully 12giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light. 13He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; 16for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers—all things have been created through him and for him. 17He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. 19For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.

Luke 23:33-43

33When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. And they cast lots to divide his clothing. 35And the people stood by, watching; but the leaders scoffed at him, saying, ‘He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Messiah of God, his chosen one!’ 36The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine, 37and saying, ‘If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!’ 38There was also an inscription over him,* ‘This is the King of the Jews.’

39 One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying, ‘Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!’ 40But the other rebuked him, saying, ‘Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41And we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong.’ 42Then he said, ‘Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.’ 43He replied, ‘Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.’