Sunday, November 27, 2016

November 27, 2016 - 1st Sunday of Advent

Readings for the Day.

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Happy New Year!!  No, I didn’t tear too many pages off my calendar.  Today is the first Sunday of Advent, and the beginning of a new church year.  

Last Sunday we celebrated the end of the year with the observance of Christ the King.  With the promise of a place in Paradise with Jesus ringing in our ears, we start the cycle of the church year anew preparing ourselves for the coming of Christ.

In Advent, we prepare ourselves for the coming of Christ in three ways, as a vulnerable baby born in a stable, as the Spirit of Christ present with us now and always, and as the triumphant King whose coming again we still anticipate.  

Sunday, November 20, 2016

November 20, 2016 - last Sunday after Pentecost: Christ the King

Readings for today.

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What kind of a king promises thieves and criminals a place in glory?

We find ourselves here at the last Sunday of the church year, Christ the King Sunday, revisiting a text we usually read during Holy Week and recalling the kingship of Jesus.

Jesus was not the king the Hebrew people wanted or expected.