Happy Thanksgiving! On behalf of Central's staff, pastors, and our families, let me assure you that we are thankful for you and for our life together as a congregation. I've enjoyed reading the Charge Conference reports that have come my way recently and seeing the year-in-review photo slideshow that has been prepared. We have much to be thankful for in how this congregation seeks to love God, ministers to people of all ages, with people of all ages, and reaches well beyond our city block to follow Jesus and love neighbor. Thank you.
On Sunday we will show Jesus our love and honor him as our King. Christ the King is the final Sunday of the Christian year, a reminder that all we do throughout the year culminates in this reality: despite all the competition out there that seeks to replace Jesus as our King, his is the name above all names; he is far above all rule and authority and power and dominion. It's a message worth celebrating in every age.
Paul celebrated that message in what might be described best as a fit of praise. We'll read his joyful exclamation on Sunday in the sanctuary (Ephesians 1:15-23).
In The Well, we'll look into what those under the authority of this King are to be about. Matthew 25:31-46 dares to mention judgment. The sheep and the goats are divided based on their actions. They are judged worthy or unworthy. Neither group seems to expect the ruling that they receive; both groups, however, are shown that what they do, how they live, does matter. It must be that way. Subjects of a king owe their king their service.
And, we owe him our praise. Join us in celebrating Christ the King this Sunday.
Join others today in giving thanks for all that our King has done and is doing for us.