Vol: 44, No.59 34TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( A) November 26 2017  
How worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive ower and divinity, and wisdom and strength and honour. To him belong glory and power for ever and ever. (Rev 5:12; 1:6)
Today we celebrate Jesus our King. Jesus is the King who died for his people and conquered death for them. During his lifetime, He never ruled any physical territory, he was never anointed a king of any kingdom, no people of his time honoured or accepted him as their king and yet he was the King and the King of all kings who reigned and ruled the world to grant them life eternal. He lived and died for his people and anyone who accepted him as his Saviour received eternal life. Jesus our King did not come to be served but to serve us. In serving us he identified himself with us in everything except sin. He would pay the great price of our sins with his life and he will once and for all gain us back for his Father. In order to be citizens of his kingdom, we need to love and live his commandments and serve his people in need. Hence let us ask ourselves: Do I recognize the needy and serve them without counting the cost? Do I accept Jesus as the King of my life? (Pause)
I confess to almighty God...
Glory to God in the highest…

Almighty ever-living God, whose will is to restore all things in your
beloved Son, the King of the universe, grant, we pray, that the whole creation, set free from slavery, may render your majesty service and ceaselessly proclaim your praise. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you…
(This passage envisions a possible and happy future for the people. A happy future is possible because God himself will become their shepherd and will not let them be scattered).
A reading from the Book of Ezekiel (34:11-12, 15-17)
“Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I, I myself will search for my sheep, and will seek them out. As a shepherd seeks out his flock when some of his sheep have been scattered abroad, so will I seek out my sheep; and I will rescue them from all places where they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness. I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I will make them lie down, says the Lord God. I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the crippled, and I will strengthen the weak, and the fat and the strong I will watch over; I will feed them in justice.
As for you, my flock, thus says the Lord God: Behold, I judge between sheep and sheep, rams and he-goats.”
The Word of the Lord
PSALM (23)
Response: The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
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