Category Archives: Christ the King (Reign of Christ)

The End is the Beginning (Without End)

Milo teaches Cookie about blessings.

Milo teaches Cookie about blessings.

for Sunday, November 24, 2013
Reign of Christ Sunday (Christ the King)
Thanksgiving Sunday
Proper 29
Year C
lectionary focus: Colossians 1:11-20; Luke 23:33-43
prop: calendar

Welcome!

This is a calendar. We use calendars to mark the passage of days and weeks and months and years…and to keep track of our schedules so that we will know when we are to do what. We have many different calendars: the World calendar runs from January through December; the School calendar runs from August through May; and the Church calendar runs from December through November. On the Church calendar, this Sunday is the last Sunday in the Church year, making this Sunday the end of the Church year. Endings are often sad. It is sad when our vacations end, or when a party ends, or when a good book ends. But by now, you understand that the end of one year just means that a new year begins. We just start a new calendar and life goes on…no need to be sad.

Our Bible story today reminds us of the Easter story. When Jesus died on the cross, His friends thought that it was The end. But then Jesus rose from the dead to rescue all of us from the power of darkness and invite us to be a part of His Kingdom. The Easter story is really the beginning! The Easter story is a story of joy.

We call this Sunday that is the end of the Church year the Reign of Christ/Christ the King Sunday. We call it this to remember that no matter when it is and no matter where we are, we are part of Christ’s Holy Kingdom, living to share God’s love. The Church calendar may say that it is the end of year, but God says that His love never ends.

So this week we end the Church year with happiness, with joy, with God’s love, counting of all of our blessings at our Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, and we  begin a New Church Year next Sunday as we enter the season of Advent and prepare for Christmas. See, life goes on…no need to be sad…God’s love never ends. We are blessed.

Will you say a prayer with me? (This is an echo prayer: the leader says a line and the children repeat it.)

Dear Lord,
Thank You
for the joys of this past Church year.
Thank You
for the joys of this coming  Church year.
Thank You
for having me
as part of Your Kingdom.
Amen

We are not Christians alone.
My mission is to share, inspire, and encourage.
(Advent is coming!!)

Crayons Over Crowns

crayonsotcs1for Sunday, November 25, 2012
Christ the King Sunday
Proper 29
Year B
lectionary focus: Revelation 1:4B-8
props: a hidden crayon to be revealed during your story; gift boxes of crayons for the children (optional)

Good morning!

The other day, I was telling my friend Zachary a fairy tale. I told Zach how the King wore a fancy outfit and on top of his head was a big crown. (put hands on top of head like a crown) But Zach didn’t hear the word “crown;” Zach heard the word “crayon.” (pull a crayon out of hidden place) When you listen to those words: “crown,” “crayon,” they do sound a lot alike. Zach and I had a fun time laughing about the King with a crayon on his head.

On the church calendar, today is the Celebration of Christ the King Sunday. And yes, as I say those words, I am now picturing Jesus with a big, ole crayon on His head. But you know, I think Jesus prefers crayons over crowns.

Throughout time, kings have been seen as bossy, sitting around telling their people what they can and cannot do, wanting to have all the power to themselves.

In our Bible story today, we are reminded that Jesus is not bossy. Jesus is not interested in sitting around. Jesus is more interested in going around. Jesus came to empower each of us to be preachers–to empower us to share God’s love, to help each other. Jesus does NOT wear a crown. No, Jesus works with us; Jesus works through us; Jesus puts the crayons in our hands and frees us to create with Him, frees us to make the world a more beautiful place.

(This would be a good time to pass out gift boxes of crayons to the kids.)

And so as we end this church year and next Sunday begin the new church year with the preparations for Christmas, remember you are a creative, important part of God’s Kingdom.

Will you pray with me? (This is an echo prayer: the leader says a line and the children repeat it.)

Dear Lord,
Thank You
for being our King.
Thank You
for liking crayons
over crowns.
Help me
to help You
to share Your love.
Amen

We are not Christians alone.
My mission is to share, inspire, and encourage.

A Thanksgiving Story

Last Sunday after Pentecost
Christ the King (Reign of Christ)
Thanksgiving Week
for Sunday, November 20, 2011
lectionary focus: Matthew 25:31-46

Good morning.

I like to celebrate each day as a holiday, as a holy day. But we are now at the time of year where our calendar is full of holidays. This week our whole country will stop and celebrate Thanksgiving Day. Families and friends all over will get together and eat turkey and dressing and pumpkin pie. People will count their blessings one by one, giving thanks to God for all of their happiness.

Our Bible story today is a Thanksgiving Story. In fact, it is a Thank You card from Jesus. Jesus thanks you and me for feeding Him and clothing Him and welcoming Him and giving Him medicine and just hanging-out with Him. But wait? Jesus was a man on Earth 2,000 years ago; we live here now. How could we have fed Him and clothed Him then? Because Jesus is also alive today. He is alive in our hearts–in my heart, in your heart, in everybody’s hearts. So whatever we do to each other, we are, in essence, doing unto Jesus. By feeding others, by giving clothes, by just hanging-out with others, we are welcoming Jesus today, here and now. Jesus wants us to know that He appreciates our kindness to Him through our family and friends and neighbors near and far. Jesus knows that sometimes it is hard to recognize Him in others; other people may have Jesus hidden away inside themselves. But we know where Jesus lives. And we must treat others as if we are serving Jesus Himself because, as Jesus tells us in this story, we are. Of course, we want to treat Jesus very well!

So this holiday and every holy day, as we offer our thanksgiving for all of our blessings, let us also generously share food, and clothing, and peace, and love, and joy, that we may be worthy of Jesus saying Thank you to us.

Will you pray with me? (This is an echo prayer: the leader says a line and the children repeat it back.)

Dear Lord,
Thank You
for Your gratitude.
Help me
to see You in others
that I may be worthy
of Your thanks.

Amen

We are not Christians alone. My mission is to share, inspire, and encourage.