Proper 29 Yr C—
Reign of Christ

Introduction

The end of the church year—often called “Christ the King”—The Reign of Christ is upon us. The Christ who is foretold. The Christ is the forever King. The psalm appointed is uplifting and reminds us what God does for us. Be sure to see the anthem version of this psalm.

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Psalm 46

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth be moved, and though the mountains be toppled into the depths of the sea;
Though its waters rage and foam, and though the mountains tremble at its tumult.
The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold.
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her; she shall not be overthrown; God shall help her at the break of day.
The nations make much ado, and the kingdoms are shaken; God has spoken, and the earth shall melt away.
The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold.
Come now and look upon the works of the Lord, what awesome things he has done on earth.
It is he who makes war to cease in all the world; he breaks the bow, and shatters the spear, and burns the shields with fire.
“Be still, then, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations; I will be exalted in the earth.”
The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold.

From sermon4kids.com: “When the day came for his trial, the King stood before the people. Instead of shouting “Hail to the King, Long live the King!” they shouted, “Crucify Him! He is not our king! Crucify Him!” . . . After He was crucified, they took His body and put it in a borrowed tomb. . . . Wait, that isn’t the end of the story. . . . This King rose from the grave to live forever. . . . He is the Forever King. He is the King to anyone who chooses Him to be their King. Oh, there are still some people who call Him “King Backward,” but those who know Him don’t call Him that . . . they call him King Jesus!”

Scripture: November 24, 2019 (Proper 29—Reign of Christ)—Jeremiah 23:1-6Canticle 16Colossians 1:11-20; and Luke 23:33-43. Video presentation of scripture.

Collect: Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in your well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under his most gracious rule; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Reflection: Jesus asks God to forgive those who crucified him, saying, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” What does it mean to offer forgiveness to others before they are aware of their offense? [Feasting on the Word Worship Companion: Liturgies for Year C, Volume 2 © 2013 Westminster John Knox Press]

Practice: How many times have you forgiven someone before they realized there was an offense? How many times have you been forgiven for an offense you did not realize you gave? (see Reflection above) If you wish, post your comments to our website.

Eye Candy: From Wikipedia, we learn that Pantocrator has dual meaning: Yahweh Sabaoth and El Shaddai. So here are many depictions of Christ Pantocrator”: 6th century; 12th century; 13th century icon; 15th century; 21st century; 21st century21st century.

Ear Worm: “King ever glorious“, from Stainer’s “The Crucifixion”; “Worthy is the Lamb“, by Pepper Choplin sung by choir from India; “The Kingdom of God is justice and peace“, Taize community; “God is our refuge and strength“, sung by the Hour of Power choir.

Brain Food: “King of the world“, a reflection by Neil Chappell; “Christ the King“, a reflection by Sarah Dylan from sarahlaughed.net;

Thanksgiving Prayer

“Oh, may this bounteous God through all our life be near us,
With ever joyful hearts and blessed peace to cheer us;
And keep us in His grace, and guide us when perplexed;
And guard us through all ills in this world, till the next!”
(verse 2, “Now Thank We All Our God,” by Martin Rinkart)

Contemporary parables: “Chariots of Fire“, “ultimate allegiance”; “End of Days” (1997), satan trying to take over the world; “12 Monkeys” (1995), “weird meditation”

Image: In Christian iconography, Christ Pantocrator (Greek: Χριστὸς Παντοκράτωρ) is a specific depiction of ChristPantocrator or Pantokrator, usually translated as “Almighty” or “all-powerful”, is derived from one of many names of God in Judaism.

Saint Focus: How strong a woman Sojourner Truth must have been. Sojourner Truth, originally known as Isabella, was born a slave in New York in about 1798. In 1826 she escaped with the aid of Quaker Abolitionists, and became a street-corner evangelist and the founder of a shelter for homeless women. When she was travelling, and someone asked her name, she said “Sojourner,” meaning that she was a citizen of heaven, and a wanderer on earth. She then gave her surname as “Truth,” on the grounds that God was her Father, and His name was Truth. Read more at the link below. [from the Calendar of the church year according to the Episcopal Church.]

This week, the saints under consideration were :

 

 

 

Study guide; group activitiessnack.

 

 

 

: young elementary: activity—one and two; bulletin games; craft;
older elementary: activity—one and two; bulletin games; craft.

 

As we end the church year, we hear again the promise of the life Christ offers to us. Our new life is rooted in love and grace.  I wonder how we are claiming God’s love and grace? I wonder how we live differently knowing that Christ is King? Where do we see God’s love and grace? Where do we see the gospel of liberation being lived out today?

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Today is the final Sunday of the church year. It is the celebration of the reign of Christ over all creation. The gospel reading presents Christ’s kingship in its most dramatic moment, when he rules over the earth from his cross. At this moment when he seemed the most despised and rejected of people, he forgives the penitent thief crucified with him and promises that he would be with him in paradise. This is the central paradox of the Christian proclamation. Our eternal ruler revealed his power by putting power aside and dying to save the world he created.

The first reading from Jeremiah brings God’s condemnation on the rulers of Judah who are evil shepherds. God will come in person to gather all the lost sheep who had been betrayed by those unworthy shepherds. God will be the shepherd of the people and will raise up a righteous king from the family of David to care for the people. For the first Christians, this reading was taken to refer to Jesus.

In the letter to the Colossians, the writer uses what is though to have been an early Christian hymn to express his most exalted statement of the cosmic meaning of the Christ. Jesus Christ is the fullness of God, the source and origin of all that is, and the saving ruler of the universe who seals his rule with the blood of his cross.

In the Eucharist, we bring all the world into the risen presence of its Lord, that the world through him might be saved. Here we acclaim the ruler and sovereign of all things who is also our savior, our brother, and our lover.

From The Rite Light: Reflections on the Sunday Readings and Seasons of the Church Year. Copyright © 2007 by Michael W. Merriman. Church Publishing Incorporated, New York.

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