Announcements Week of November 24, 2013 – Cataumet

ANNOUNCEMENTS The Falmouth Clergy Association is having an Interfaith Thanksgiving service at the West Falmouth UMC on rt. 28A, this evening at 5:00 p.m. There will not be any Bible Study this week due to Thanksgiving. Church Council will host coffee hour next Sunday, Dec. 1st. EVENTS EVERY WEEK Sunday 8:00 am  Choir practice Sunday 9:00 am  Worship Sunday  7:00 pm   AA Meeting Monday 7:30 pm  N/A Meeting Tuesday 9:00 am VNA Exercise Tuesday 7:00 pm AA Meeting Thursday 9:00 am VNA Exercise Friday 7:30 pm Adult Children of Alcoholics Meeting Saturday 9:00 am  Osteo...

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November 24, 2013 – Christ the King Sunday

Christ the King Sunday  November 24, 2013 Luke 1:68-79, Jeremiah 23:1-6, Colossians 1:9-20;  Luke 23:33-43    What kind of King? ******************************************** [sing Jesus, Remember Me – #488 ] I’m guessing most of us don’t get a whole lot of Christ the King greeting cards. And I’ve yet to hear of anyone decorating church or home for Christ the King Sunday. And I think it’s probably safe to say, Christ the King Sunday is one of our more obscure days in the church calendar. Maybe we’ve got some kind of an image problem here?  I’ve heard it suggested that Christ the King is an under-appreciated day in the church year because of our alleged mistrust of all-things-related-to-kings here in America. This theory has it that ever since our hard-won independence long ago from Not-so-Great Britain, kings and kingdoms just aren’t generally topics we Americans like to spend much time with – unless we’re talking history, mythology, or Elvis. Against this theory, however, we have ample evidence indicating many Americans do still like to obsess a little about royalty. I remember more than a few parishioners up in far Northern Vermont, independent yankees for sure, yet saying in church the next morning after that last Big Royal Wedding across the Atlantic (broadcast on tv, even in Vermont) that they had stayed up half-the-night watching. And whether it’s serious stuff like The King’s Speech or lighter fare like The Princess Diaries, royalty still sells a lot of books and movies… We’ve still got clear images of how kingly life’s supposed to be – with castles and crowns, banquets and power-trips. We know quite a bit about how royal-life is supposed to be… So listen to our gospel reading for Christ the King Sunday: *********** [read Luke 23:33-43 ] When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” And they cast lots to divide his clothing. And the people stood by, watching; but the leaders scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Messiah of God, his chosen one!” The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine, and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” There was also an inscription over him, “This is the King of the Jews.” One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying, “Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” He replied, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” [The word of God for the people of God. Thanks be to God.] *********************** Here’s our coronation text for King Jesus. No string orchestras playing royal symphonies. No cathedral full of loyal subjects. No banquet halls and ballrooms packed with honorable guests in fine clothing,...

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