Well, when I wrote last week’s sermon and wrote all about Jesus being down here with us in the rubble and ruin, I had no idea what was in store for me on Sunday morning. My morning started with a minor engine fire in my car. As I sat on the roadside, with the car smoking in the background, calling the church to tell everyone I might be late, I found out we didn’t have bulletins. It was moderately stressful morning to say the least. Again, the everyday saints of Christ Church saved the day. Special thanks to Preston for being willing to jump in and lead the service with no forewarning if I didn’t make it to church in time. Thanks to Ross for helping to get readings and everything ready at church. Thanks again to Sherry for being quick on her feet to find appropriate music for us so that we would be able to worship the Living God! As always, I am humbled by the support the Lord has given me at Christ Church.
Thinking of bulletins, last Sunday’s service seemed to go great using the prayer books. I received nothing but compliments for how smoothly things went using the books. It seems it may be time to move towards using them in service on a more regular basis. We are working on a very abbreviated bulletin to use with the prayer books. However, it is important to note that the prayer books aren’t as “New Person Friendly” for a guest joining us for a Sunday service. If we move toward’s using the prayer books, its going to be incumbent on all of us to be welcoming and helpful to any guest that come through our doors. More information will follow come regarding using the prayer books!
This coming week is Christ the King Sunday. In my mind it is one of the most important Sundays in the church calendar. Knowing and proclaiming Jesus as Lord and King of the world speaks directly to how we live our lives in the here and now. When the Greek word from which we get “Gospel” was used in the Ancient world….it meant “Good News.” To be more specific, it was good news about a new king or emperor. So when the early Christians began to talk about “The Gospel” there were clear royal connotations about the proclamation. The Gospel isn’t just about going to heaven when we die, but instead is the royal proclamation that Jesus really is King of the World. I strongly encourage everyone to come this Sunday as we wind down the church year and celebrate the true King of this world, Jesus the Christ!