Christ the King Sunday -- some of us may find it an easy, "out-of-the-ballpark" Sunday for preaching, while others may find it a challenge. How do we describe Christ's kingship if we live in a country where the idea of monarchy is either unknown or something evoking highly ambivalent feelings, to say the least? -- or where Christian values and piety are too often conflated with feel-good nationalism? Is there an issue of gender equity/exclusion inherent in the theme of the day? And how do we adequately explain a monarchy whose hallmarks are service, humility and a radical identification with the least powerful, least "worthy" people of all?
The good news is that we have three great texts with which to work -- lots of grist for preaching here.
Some of us in the may also be planning a midweek Thanksgiving service next week, perhaps in conjunction with other churches; a task with its own challenges and opportunities. Is this a part of your worship planning this week? Is there any kind of thematic connection -- or tension -- between Christ the King Sunday and a national day of Thanksgiving?
Or perhaps your people are taking you in an entirely different direction.
Whatever the case, we love to hear what you're up to this week as you pray, ponder and plan. Please share your ponderments right here.