Christ the King or "Stir Up Sunday" (Year A)

Many thanks to the Reverend Philip Francis for the idea behind this service. Children and adults alike will love you to bring back your "Stir-up Cake" to share at a Christmas service such as the Crib Service.

Summary

  1. The leader explains that today is the last Sunday of the church year, when we celebrate the Festival of Christ the King. This Festival was established by Pope Pius XI in 1925 as an antidote to secularism: to proclaim Christ's royalty over individuals, families, governments and nations.
  2. The story of the human race is the story of God preparing the way for the coming of Christ. Today we celebrate His great gift to us in the words of Psalm 100.
  3. Traditionally this Sunday was known as "Stir-up Sunday", after the opening words of the day's prayer: Stir up, O Lord, the wills of your faithful people. For this reason today was the traditional day on which everyone in the family would help to stir the Christmas puddings and cakes.
  4. Children bring forward the ingredients for a Christmas cake. All have a chance to stir it.
  5. The collect and post-communion prayers for the day are read.

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Preparation

Prayers for the Sunday Next Before Advent, or Christ the King

Stir up, O Lord,
the wills of your faithful people;
that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works,
may by you be plenteously rewarded;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Eternal Father,
whose Son Jesus Christ ascended to the throne of heaven
that he might rule over all things as Lord and King:
keep the Church in the unity of the Spirit
and in the bond of peace,
and bring the whole created order to worship at his feet;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Copyright © The Archbishops' Council of the Church of England, 2000-2006

Psalm 100: A Dramatic Reading

Reader 1

1 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
1+2 Worship the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.

1+2+3 Know that the LORD is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

1+2+3+4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.

ALL For the LORD is good and his love endures forever
his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Reader 2

1 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.

1+2 Worship the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.

1+2+3 Know that the LORD is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

1+2+3+4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.

ALL For the LORD is good and his love endures forever
his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Reader 3

1 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.

1+2 Worship the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.

1+2+3 Know that the LORD is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

1+2+3+4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.

ALL For the LORD is good and his love endures forever
his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Reader 4

1 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.

1+2 Worship the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.

1+2+3 Know that the LORD is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

1+2+3+4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.

ALL For the LORD is good and his love endures forever
his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Reader 5

1 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.

1+2 Worship the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.

1+2+3 Know that the LORD is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

1+2+3+4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.

ALL For the LORD is good and his love endures forever
his faithfulness continues through all generations.




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