Evangelectionary for November 25, 2012 compiled by Bruce Laverman

Stained Glass KingTexts:    2 Samuel 23:1-7 or Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14; Psalm 132:1-12, (13-18) or Psalm 93; Revelation 1:4b-8; John 18:33-37

Theme: Reign of Christ Sunday or Christ the King Sunday (White)

Call to Worship:

“Salvation belongs to our God, who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb.  Blessings and      glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and     ever!  – Revelation 7:10, 12

Message:  “Not From This World”

We wonder: who is on trial here?  Jesus or Pilate?  Think of the irony of it all…Pilate speaking to                 the Son of Almighty God, warning Him that he, Pilate, had the power of life or death over the          One of whom John described: “He was in the beginning with God, and without Him was not              made anything that was made.”

From its earliest times, Christendom has not been able to rid itself of the notion that Christ (and               his followers) came to rule in earthly power—through violence, through crusades, through               intimidation, through political maneuvering, through persecution, through legislation, and       through a hundred other techniques designed to force others to think and act like we do.  If only                 we could take seriously the words of Jesus before Pilate: “My kingdom is not from this world” (v.          36) and “for this cause I came into the world, to testify to the truth (v. 37).  Christ’s true legacy          was the kingdom of the cross, the kingdom of sacrifice.*

When we pray “thy kingdom come,” that is not enough…we have to work for it, too.  We need                 to be volunteers in the efforts to make the world of brutal conflict, injustice, tragedy, and greed          a better place now as a sign of the coming Kingdom of God in the same way that Jesus’ miracles        were meant to be “signs” pointing to another King and Kingdom that is coming.

In terms of our mission we are not only to accept responsibility for the world around us but so seek to be a part of God’s truthful transformation of that world.  There are time when what God     and the world expect of us is the same, but there are other times when what God expects of us       goes far beyond what the world expects of us.

Quotes:

“Pontius Pilate knew what a king was.  It was not a far-off, fantasy image for him.  He served the              most powerful king in the world at the time.  Being a king really meant something in those days.          Pilate knew about the power that a king has, the absolute authority that he wields, the              unquestioning obedience that he demands and the power that he has to compel  obedience              when it is not willingly forthcoming.”  Dr. Mickey Anders

Illustration(s):

Bumper sticker or car window decal: “Not of this World;” True of Jesus; what about us?

Hebrew National Beef: “We Answer to a higher power”  Do we?

Music:   “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name,” “Crown Him With Many Crowns,” “Jesus Shall Reign              Where’er the Sun,” “Our God Reigns”

 

 

Prayers:

 

Opening Prayer:  As we gather for worship, may our minds be clear to understand your word,   may our ears be turned to the still, small voice, may our tongues be loosed to sing your praise,    and may our lives be ready to receive your Spirit’s power.

 

Benediction: As a blanket enfolds a sleeping child, may the peace of God enfold you, for beneath            are the everlasting arms.

Films and other audio-visuals:

“Chariots of Fire” Eric Lyttle’s refusal to race in the Olympics on the Sabbath

 

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Bruce is a retired pastor and former Director of Evangelism in the Reformed Church in America now living in Phoenix, Arizona. He is the RCA's representative to Evangelism Connections and serves as Managing Editor of this Web site.

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  1. avatar Dee Ward says:

    I am trying to reach Bruce Laverman. please have him call Dee Ward at 928 978 1447

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