Saturday, November 24, 2007

Christ is the King

Christ is the King!
O friends up-raise
anthems of joy and holy praise
for his brave saints of ancient days,
who with a faith forever new
followed the King and round him drew
thousands of servants brave and true.

O Christian women, Christian men,
all the world over, seek again
the Way disciples followed then.
Christ through all ages is the same;
place the same hope in this great Name,
with the same faith his word proclaim.

Let Love's unconquerable might
your scattered companies unite
in service to the Lord of light:
so shall God's will on earth be done,
new lamps be lit, new tasks begun,
and the whole Church at last be one.

[George Kennedy Allen Bell (1883-1958);
The Hymnal 1982, numbered 614]

Tomorrow is Christ the King Sunday. Our Gospel reading is Luke 23:33-43, in which we re-live the crucifixion scene: The "image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation," in whom "all things in heaven and on earth were created" (Colossians 1:11-20) is hanging on a cross between two convicted thieves.

One thief scorns Jesus, reasoning that surely a king could save all three of them from such a death. The Gospel does not record that Jesus gave him an answer. Jesus has nothing to prove. The other thief says, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom." Jesus replied, "Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise."

In peace,

The Rev. Linda McCloud
The Episcopal Church of Our Savior at Honey Creek
Photo: Christus Rex at dawn
The Chapel of Our Saviour, Honey Creek

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