November 25, 2018
Today’s worship focuses on a particular theme. It’s the day of Christ the King – a rather curious feast to celebrate in 21st century America.
All four Gospels report this so-called trial of Jesus before Pilate. Each Gospel also reports snippets of this clipped dialogue between the two. There’s a great deal going on in the small piece we’ll hear from John’s gospel (18:33-37).
Faith, finally, isn’t merely an intellectual position. Faith is action. Faith changes life. Faith is a way of doing life differently – not just a way of pondering life differently. Faith shapes and directs our will – what we do and why we do it – not how we feel.
At our 9:30 A.M., Sunday worship, in prayer, Word, song, sermon and Meal, we’ll be reminded that Jesus made it simple then. It’s still clear and simple today. Jesus told a story and invited response. He revealed something of the God who sent him and invited response. He pointed to injustice and called his friends to act. He gave them to each other, not as a club to protect right understanding, but as a circle of encouragement for Kingdom actions – Good News actions.