This coming Sunday we celebrate Christ the King. It is always the last Sunday of the church year, the first being Advent Sunday which this year falls on 27 November.
Thinking about Jesus in monarchical terms are in many ways therefore the brackets of the year. Advent is all about waiting and expectation of the coming of the promised Messiah, a king long prophesied about. But a king with a difference. Not a king of a defined earthly realm – but King of Heaven, King of ALL. Not a king where success is through power and wealth – but where success is not measured at all, simply love. Indeed, on Sunday the Gospel reading turns our attention to Christ on the cross, talking to the prisoners being executed alongside him. ‘Today you will be with me in paradise’. TODAY, right here, right now.
A King has a Kingdom, and a Kingdom has citizens, citizens who recognise the kingdom, the king and the values thereof. As Christians we place ourselves in that Kingdom, with Christ as King, a Kingdom that is not built on things temporal, but things eternal, where love is truly unconditional and all are truly welcome, not tomorrow or yesterday – but right now.
SERVICES THIS SUNDAY – CHRIST THE KING
10am Holy Communion – St John’s Tatworth; Rev’d Philip
10am Morning Worship – St Stephen’s, Winsham; Lay team
6:30pm Service of Light – St Mary’s Thorncombe; Lay team
It was a real joy to attend the installation of the 80th Bishop of Bath & Wells; The Right Reverend Dr Michael Beasley, on Saturday, which was a wonderful celebration and we look forward to +Michael’s ministry in the Diocese. I will try and get him to visit us down here in deepest south Somerset soon! I thought +Micheal’s sermon was very good indeed, and can really recommend a read. You can find it here: Bishop Michael gifts a thousand tree saplings at installation – Bath and Wells Diocese Michelle and I collected three trees from the service and have offered them to our three schools to plant as part of the Communion Forest.
Please hold in your prayers all you know who are struggling in any way, in body, mind or spirit. We are asked to pray by name for:
Dave Boyland; Terri Boyland; Sheila Clement; Wendy Cotton; Hannah Knott; Jan Knott; Mary Marsh; Tony Taylor; Margaret Bandy; Dorothy White, Tony Meech, Di Nicholls, Hester Down, Stella Hutchison; Oskar Lee; Margaret Shields.
We also remember all those who we love but see no longer, particularly at this time Clifford Staples, whose funeral will be in Thorncombe on 6 December. We pray for his family and friends in their mourning, and all those we know who are bereaved at this time.
The Collect for Christ the King
God the Father,help us to hear the call of Christ the King and to follow in his service, whose kingdom has no end; for he reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, one glory.
The Reverend Philip Butcher
Rector – Two Shires Benefice (Tatworth, Thorncombe, Winsham, Chaffcombe & Cricket Malherbie)
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