Christ the King or "Stir Up
Sunday" (Year B)
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.
leader explains that today is the last Sunday of the church year, when we
celebrate the Festival of Christ the King.
- There is
a dramatic reading of Jesus'
conversation with Pilate (John 18.33-7). A teaching commentary is
included in the reading.
- The leader
explains that 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
bring forward the ingredients for a Christmas cake. All have a
chance to stir it.
collect and post-communion prayers for the day are read.
- An adult
to lead the teaching.
adults, or confident readers, for the dramatic reading.
adults, or confident readers, to read the prayers
- As many
children as you have in church, with adult helpers if necessary, to bring
the cake ingredients up to the front in turn.
- Adults to
supervise the stirring.
reading scripts x3.
- Prayers -
ingredients (use your own favourite recipe): these should be
ready-measured into bowls or bags, where possible.
mixing bowl, electric whisk, wooden spoon, measuring spoons for the
- Print out
the scripts and prayers.
- Weigh out
the cake ingredients.
- Hand out
the cake ingredients at the beginning of the service. The leader
could have the mixing utensils already, or these too could be handed out
and brought to the front by children.
Prayers for the Sunday Next Before Advent, or Christ the
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.
© The Archbishops' Council of the Church of England,
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.