Jesus, King of the rich and King of the poor.
We celebrate you as Christ the King today.
We confess that we celebrate with more than a little fear,
and great deal of uncertainty.
The world you called us to serve is a scary place;
The needs are so great; the suffering so intense.
We are afraid of what we will find there,
of the demands that will be made on us.
We like to be in control of our lives.
So we would like to keep our God in a bag, as it were.
Then God will be at our disposal not the other way round.
We can select our causes,
Pick and choose our neighbours,
and decide how much love we’ll provide at a time.
But if we acknowledge your reign,
if we place ourselves under your rule,
we leave the choices to you. We simply follow.
Oh Babe of Bethlehem, how we want to keep you in a manger.
But this day reminds us that you did not come for our convenience,
You came to rule as King.
Help us to choose your rule,
To follow your way,
To trust you in the world of our neighbours
And in the carrying of their burdens.
King Jesus, free us from our distractions, and fill us with your love;