Today’s Passage: Luke 23:33-43
Opening Prayer: Father God, we are entering a season of busyness. There is so much to do. All too often we think we can do it all. We think we have to do it all on our own. Help us to reach out for help, mostly to You – the one who can provide us true relief, rest, and peace. May we rest in You, especially during this holiday season. May we see what is the better way to experience this special time of the year. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Opening Song: Jonny Diaz – “Breathe” (Official Lyric Video)
Message [used with permission from A Sermon for Every Sunday]: When You Can’t Do It Yourself – The Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, Reign of Christ Sunday by Kristin Adkins Whitesides, Pastor of First Baptist Church, Winchester, Virginia.
Perhaps you’ve heard the saying, “Heaven helps those who help themselves,” says Rev. Dr. Kristin Adkins Whitesides, Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church, Winchester, Virginia. The self-help industry is worth about $10 billion according to market researchers. But today, on Reign of Christ or Christ the King Sunday, Whitesides preaches on Luke 23:33-43, giving Christians a different view of how we can be saved, and it is not through “self-help.”
Closing Song: Matt Maher – Lord, I Need You (Official Lyric Video)
Closing Prayer: Father God, may we be grateful that You have remembered us – a broken and struggling group of people. Please forgive us for thinking we can live life on our own – without You. May we sing Your praises for all that You have done. May we be grateful for Your saving grace. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.
Epilogue: MercyMe – Grace Got You (Official Lyric Video)