What Should I do?
Learning for Life: 9:30 am
Worship Service: 11:00 am
Bulletin: November 23, 2014
Christ the King Sunday
- Praise: Rejoice, the Lord is King (lyrics & melody, video, contemporary, 2, background & meditation)
- Preparation: Our God Reigns (lyrics & melody, video)
- Response: Whatever You Do (lyrics & background)
Rev. Mark McKim
In the church’s calendar, this Sunday, November 30th is Christ the King Sunday. It marks the end of the church’s year. And we end the church year with a day reminding us of the most important reality of all: that Jesus, the country preacher from Nazareth from two thousand years ago, was none other than God come among us, the rightful King or Lord of all things. On this day we affirm that it is Jesus – not any country, movement, political party – but Jesus, who is our Lord and King, to whom we owe ultimate allegiance, loyalty and obedience.
But today’s Scripture readings also make it clear that this King – Jesus – will eventually judge all humanity. And the basis of that judgment? Perhaps you ought to find out before it’s too late….?
History of Christ the King Sunday
Christ the King Sunday was created in the church’s calendar quite recently. It was first established in 1925 by Pope Pius XI. In Europe this was a period when extremist movements of both the far right (like Nazism in Germany, fascist movements in Spain and Italy), and the far left (communism in the Soviet Union) were gaining increasing influence. These movements all made claims to absolute or near-absolute authority. Pius’ intention was to remind Roman Catholic Christians that their first loyalty was to Jesus Christ, their King, not to any government, political party or movement. Knowing a good idea when they saw one and recognizing the seriousness of these alternate claimants to absolute authority, many Protestant denominations very soon started observing Christ the King Sunday also.