This Sunday we will celebrate Christ the King. When I think about King’s I think about old white guys with crown of gold on their head (as shown). But with Jesus, we have a king of a very different ilk. Our messiah came in humility, and poverty. Our messiah showed the power of love.
Mr. Rogers once said “Peace is so much more than the opposite of war.” The same is true with the kingship of Christ. It’s so much more than just a crown on Jesus. It’s the celebration of the very nature of God - revealed through every aspect, word, and action of Jesus.
Fred Rogers once wrote, “[Our understanding of] God’s nature has grown and grown and grown all through the ages, yet at the heart of the original creation is that Word (call it Love, call it Grace, call it Peace …) that essence which is lodged somewhere within each of us that longs for ultimate expression. If we choose to allow it to grow we’ll be given help. If we choose otherwise we won’t be forced. If there is such a thing as a “dark corner” of God’s nature then I think it’s God’s refusal to go back on the promise of “the creation’s freedom to love or not.” Perhaps it’s our turn now to take on our own Christ-ness. To be us with the same fullness and wholesomeness that God-in-Jesus modeled. The impact of people like Mother Theresa, Martin Luther King, and Mr Rogers was rooted in their capacity to live their role as a daughter or son of the King of Glory. It’s you Jesus likes. It’s me. Will we move even deeper into that love and own our place at the throne of God’s love? Watch Mr. Rogers sing the song: It’s you I like - Mr. Rogers
Almighty God, with whom still live those who die in the Lord, and with whom the souls of the faithful are in joy and felicity: We give you heartfelt thanks for the good examples of all your servants, who, having finished their course in faith, now find rest and refreshment.
For those who departed this life in faith and in the fear of God especially,
Nancy Bell Underwood
Agnes & Charles Burlis
Michael and Joyce Barbagallo
Judy Stanis Mowry
Kathryn and Robert Mowry
James and Wanda Renshaw
Virginia W. StanfordBrian and Larry Bogart
That they may join the innumerable throng of holy ones gathered before the throne and the lamb, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.
Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your apostles, “Peace I give to you, my own peace I leave with you:” Regard not our sins, but the faith of your church, and give to use the peace and unity of that heavenly city, where with the Father and the Holy Spirit, you reign, now and forever. AMEN.
Rector's Corner posts written by Pastor Rebecca.