Worship Notes

November 2018 Services
(Sunday Services at 10.30am)

November 4 - PENTECOST 24
Holy Communion
Ruth 1:1-18; Psalm 146; Hebrews 9:11-14; Mark 12:28-34
All Saints Day (November 1): Isaiah 25:6-9; Psalm 24; Revelation 21:1-6a; John 11:32-44

November 11 - PENTECOST 25
Guest Preacher: Rev John Watt
Ruth 3:1-5, 4:13-17; Psalm 127; Hebrews 9:24-28; Mark 12:28-34

November 18 - PENTECOST 26
Guest Preacher: Rev John Watt
1 Samuel 1:4-20; 2:1-10; Psalm 16; Hebrews 10:11-14, (15-18), 19-25; Mark 13:1-8

November 25 - CHRIST THE KING 
Guest Preacher: Rev John Watt
2 Samuel 23:1-7; Psalm 132:1-12, (13-18); Revelation 1:4b-8; John 18:33-37

Reign of Christ Sunday
The traditional pattern of Christian worship through the year (the "liturgical year") runs from the first Sunday in Advent to the last Sunday in Pentecost, which this year is 25th November.  This day is called Christ the King or the Reign of Christ Sunday.

Christ the King Sunday was introduced by the Roman Catholic Church in 1925 in response to increasing anti-clericalism and political and economic turmoil in Europe following World War I.  It was designed to remind people of the kingship and authority of Christ.  It is not a celebration of imperial power in human terms. The gospel reading for this year (John 18:33-37) reminds us of the words of Jesus, "My kingdom is not from this world". 

Some Protestant Churches have recognised the value of having this day to sum up the year's observances with the celebration of the all-embracing authority of Jesus Christ, who lived as one of us and yet who is the risen, glorified Lord of all. 

In recent years the name of the day has been changed from Christ the King to the Reign of Christ Sunday.  In Australia, in the 1970s both the Anglican Church and the Uniting Church included Christ the King or the Reign of Christ Sunday in their lectionaries.  It leads us to reaffirm our discipleship as members of his kingdom and, as we acknowledge his rule of peace and love, challenges us to work for his justice and peace in the world.

Rev Norah Norris

Looking Ahead: Advent and Christmas at Scots

The first Sunday in Advent, 2nd December, will also include the Empty Christmas Tree, under which the congregation is invited to place gifts suitable for children, for distribution through Uniting Communities Eastern Services.

Our annual Service of Lessons and Carols will be held on Sunday 16th December. Arrangements for the services on the 9th and 23rd are still underway.

An Advent study will be held on Thursday, 13th December, from 10:15am -11:45am in the Minister’s office.  All welcome.

The highlights of December will be the Candlelight Service on Christmas Eve, 24th December at 8.00pm, and the Christmas Day Service, December 25th at 9.30am.

Rev Dr Peter Trudinger

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