First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo

212 South Park Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
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The Reign of Christ

Sunday, November 22, 2020, 10:00 AM
Led by Rev. Matt Weiler
Matthew 25:31-46

Some time ago, I don’t remember when, I fell in love with the liturgical calendar. This came as a surprise to me having grown up in a rural church that was singing Christmas Hymns on Advent One, and having never heard the word “Liturgy” before entering seminary. (This may be a slight exaggeration – but emphasis on slight here.) But there was a moment, I cannot say when, that I nearly came to depend on the lectionary calendar. And while I cannot say when this happened exactly I can say why. The lectionary calendar calls us into an alternative rhythm of life. When Lowe's puts their Christmas decorations up for sale in October and the radio is blaring Christmas tunes on November 1st, the reflective darkness and patience of Advent is like a warm blanket. In a world scared to death of dying and too proud to admit our failures the season of Lent is a breath of fresh air reminding me I am loved and I am enough. Living according to the lectionary cycle is an act of resistance. It is resistance to consumerism and production, and it is resistance to the frenzied pace of our media driven world. This Sunday is Reign of Christ Sunday. It is the last Sunday of the Christian year, meaning that it is like New Year’s Eve. This year as we remember that Christ is Lord we remember on the tail end of a presidential election. We remember in the midst of pandemic. May our worship cause us to remember that if Christ is Lord than no one else is. May our worship cause us to remember that our lives can be an act of resistance. May our worship cause us to remember that this is all good news.

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