As the flame of a fire has three qualities,
so there is one God in three Persons. How?
A flame is made up of brilliant light and red power and fiery heat.
It has brilliant light that it may shine,
and red power that it may endure,
and fiery heat that it may burn.
Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179)
There is nothing unchristian about aspiring to greatness and wanting to leave a legacy. Legacy is associated with greatness and Jesus described the Greatest Commandment as two-fold: Love God with heart-soul-mind-strength and love your neighbor as yourself. The risen Lord Jesus also sent out his followers with what we often call the "Great Commission" to make disciples of all nations. Some say that a commitment to the Great Commandment and the Great Commission results in a great church. What kind of legacy have we inherited as a church? As individuals and families? What kind of legacy are we leaving? CMC Worship Commission invites you to participate in a worship series that focuses on both the legacy of God's love that we have inherited and the legacy of Christian love we are leaving in the world. Worship services will include telling scriptures from memory, an All Saints Day ritual remembering those who have died, receiving new members, and some Everyday Ministry interviews with CMCers.
Nov 2 Legacy of Love All Saints Day Candlelighting
Psalm 34:1-10, 22
I John 3:1-3 Stories of Saints & Martyrs
Nov 9 Legacy of Good Works Everyday Ministry
I Thessalonians. 4:13-18 Sermon: Pastor Jennifer
Nov 16 Legacy of Faith Everyday Ministry
Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18
Psalm 90:1-8, 9-12
I Thessalonians. 5:1-11 Sermon: Pastor Jennifer
Nov 23 Reign of Christ*
Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24
Ephesians 1:15-23 Sermon: Pastor Dayna
Matthew 25:31-46 *Meal & Congregational Meeting begins at 11:30am
Christ the King Sunday, or the Reign of Christ Sunday, is the crown of the Christian year. It is the last Sunday before the hinge season of Advent, when we open a new gospel in the lectionary readings and the church both recalls the prophesies fulfilled in Christ's Advent in coming as a baby and anticipates the coming of Christ in the fulfillment of all things in the age to come. You might notice that the gospel reading for the end of the church year emphasizes the Son of Humanity on a glorious throne reigning as shepherd-king over the nations. How has Christ reigned in your life over the past year? When have you noticed or participated in the reign of Christ? Take time to give thanks for these experiences as you celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday this week.