20180329_055621000_iOSOn this final Sunday of the Christian year, before we begin again in Advent, will you be preaching the Reign of Christ with the RCL texts? Will you be asking: What kind of king?
Will you be highlighting the king who washes the feet of his friends, the king who would more likely be found sleeping rough with the homeless than languishing in a palace?
Or are you following the Narrative Lectionary, considering Jeremiah and all the facets of call, how it is revealed and how it plays out?
Are you in the USA and recovering from or perhaps still celebrating Thanksgiving, juggling the joys and demands of work and family?

Whatever challenges preaching presents for you this week, share it with others here. Preaching, time with children, music or the closeness of Advent looming, share what you have and ask for what you need as, together, we explore God’s word for God’s people today.

Liz Crumlish is a Church of Scotland Minister currently working on a National Renewal Project in Scotland.  A Board Member of RevGalBlogPals, one of the instigators of Spill the Beans and contributor to There’s a Woman in the Pulpit, Liz blogs at journalling.


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24 thoughts on “11th Hour Preacher Party: What kind of king?

  1. I am beginning my sermon by asking people to take a moment and visualize Jesus in their mind’s eye, then will ask if they see a peasant, a king on a throne….who? I am going to introduce Walter Wink’s concept of the Domination System (power politics) which for millennia has been the way kingdoms, corporations, church, etc. work and demonstrate how Jesus refused to participate in that system. It is my hope that by the end of the homily, people will also be able to see the Christ that is within them and their neighbours..

    Here is a portion of my sermon:

    Jesus’ followers did not draw their spears and swords to fight the Jewish or Roman, authorities. To do so would have perpetuated the cycle of violence and violated the values that God’s kingdom is built upon, love for all God’s children and the rule of mercy. And so, Jesus was nailed to a cross, an innocent victim of the domination system. In his vulnerability he absorbed all the violence and suffering earthly dominions could impose. This was as you know Jesus’ salvific act. Through his complete and utter subjugation, the strength of God’s love and forgiveness was made manifest in the resurrection. God’s truth prevailed; love is stronger than hate.
    Today, as we celebrate Christ the King Sunday we affirm the truth of God’s love which was incarnate in Jesus. We give thanks that God gave us a king who healed the sick, who hung on a cross between two criminals, who suffered from pain and cried as we do. This king, who lived as a suffering servant, reigns over us and will judge us with wisdom and mercy.
    I pray “thy Kingdom come” not knowing how I expect God’s reign to come about in its fulness. Part of me, the little girl deep inside of me, desperately wants and at times believes in, a parent-God who will one day waive a scepter and make everything better, bringing an end to war, injustice, hatred and all evil.
    But the church has taught me, and scripture tells me, that you and I are Christ’s hands and body on earth.
    As such we are to live as Jesus did, believing God’s reign is upon us. We are the ones who must point to the inbreaking of God’s reign, claim it and usher it in by becoming peacemakers, by mourning with those who mourn, by strengthening those who are poor in spirit, and demonstrating the ultimate strength of self-sacrificing love.

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  2. I love your sermon and he is very similar to mine. I am going to include the concept that our King has a throne that is in our hearts. He doesn’t sit on the golden throne like the royalty we think of but he sits on his throne in our heart

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  3. I have a draft, titled “To Him Who Loves Us.” It draws from the lectionary readings from Second Samuel (the last words of David), John (Jesus’ conversation with Pilate), and Revelation (Grace to you and peace). I compare the world we live in with the “alternative universe” of the church; of earthly kingdoms/dictatorships where people are treated with cruelty to benefit the leader’s ambitions and compare it with the kingdom of Jesus, who loved us and died for us. Opening:

    Sometimes I think the church lives in an alternate universe. There’s the world we live in every day. There’s a culture, an American culture, with its own calendar and its own traditions, that we see portrayed on the news every night. It’s the world where, in the past week, Americans celebrated Thanksgiving by traveling from far and near to spend a holiday with family, in spite of bad weather, long lines at crowded airports, delays, sitting on the floor in terminals…or driving in cars on slick or snowy roads in heavy traffic. But when we got to our destinations, there was family, there were old friends, and there was food…lots and lots of food. Grocery store parking lots and store aisles and checkout lines were jammed. Then when people got home with bags and bags of food, there was the preparation. Lots of people on tv to show us how to cook stuff, just in case we didn’t have a mother or grandmother to supervise. How to make room in the stove or on the stovetop to cook all that stuff so it all came out hot at once? Somehow it all did, and we ate. And ate. And ate.

    Now…that’s the world we live in, day in and day out. And then on Sunday morning, we come through those doors into the church and enter an alternative universe. In this universe, it’s the end of a year. The new year begins next Sunday with the first Sunday of Advent, when we spend four weeks wandering from a future end of the earth, back to John the Baptist’s predictions of a Messiah, to an angel telling a virgin she’s going to have a baby, to the birth of that baby whose life changed everything. All this while the day-to-day world we live in is rushing around buying gifts, getting the house and maybe also the yard decorated, going to parties and special events and children’s Christmas pageants, ending with more travel (maybe) and more groaning tables of food (definitely).

    And so on. I even have a few throwaways from PIlate’s “What is truth?” to, well, alternative facts and such. Not an easy Sunday to preach.

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  4. I’m using the Revelation prologue for the Reign of Christ/Christ the King sermon text. Focusing on the whole idea of alpha/omega, I remember checking in on a friend who was experiencing a high level of stress. “How are you, really?” I asked him. He gave me the most peace-filled smile and answered, “I am at the end of myself.” It’s only when we get to the end of ourselves that Christ can truly reign supreme. We are also baptizing a wee one on Sunday, and tomorrow brings the monthly community breakfast in the morning, and a wedding in the afternoon. The bride suffered a traumatic brain injury a couple of years ago, and I am doing everything in my power to make the day as stress free as possible, so she doesn’t end up with a migraine on her wedding day. Yet, “everything in my power” is not exactly at the end of myself, is it!? The irony is not lost on me!

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  5. preaching on Jeremiah, and thinking about how our worship means nothing if we don’t care for the oppressed. i suspect i need more words than that, so now to flesh it out.

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  6. calling it done here is my sermon on Jeremiah for tomorrow. Worship is Not Enough
    only one service, both congregations combined, so 9.00 am start, rather than 8.15 am. followed by An Introduction to the Gospel of Matthew, then home to prepare a funeral for Tuesday so i can have Monday off.

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  7. The kids came home for Thanksgiving, and after two full days of cooking and eating and family time that followed grocery shopping and cleaning, I’m whooped. The after effects of four grandchildren under the age of six has this grandma trying to remember why I agreed to preach tomorrow. 😉 Oh, yeah … because I love it.

    I’m preaching on 2 Samuel 23:1-7, and have run the gamut of rabbit trails before (I think) settling on a conversation about what we BELIEVE about Christ as King and how we live that in our current climate of narcissism and abuse of power in leadership. I’m strongly considering incorporating congregational interaction with the sermon as we read the questions and answers and the supporting scriptures from the PC(USA) Study Catechism, questions 28-40, which deal with the second article of the Apostles’ Creed.

    I’ll probably be hanging out here for a while, so feel free to lob any suggestions you have this way if you have tried this (since I haven’t). Grace and peace~

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    1. And it is done. The sermon is twice as long as my longest sermons, but it is interactive, educational, and engaging, and I’m told this congregation is accustomed to long sermons, so I am not going to worry about it. Instead, I’m going to relax this evening and recover from the week. Peace to all of you who are still working. May grace abound!

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  8. What are people doing for children’s time? I’ve looked at the Dollar Store one and stuff from Worshipping with Children Blog and neither are providing inspiration. I am preaching for the second Sunday in a pulpit supply supply situation (I will be there through Christmas Eve). I have a feeling it will be low attendance so I kind of want to save they end of the year/new year for next Sunday but if I can’t come up with anything else then I may just do it anyways. Any inspiration welcome!

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    1. If you are doing Christ the King, I have asked people to tell me what they know about kings and queens – palaces, fancy clothes etc. the I ask what Jesus was like. Why do we call Jesus our king.

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  9. I became intrigued with a passage from Rachel Held Evans’ book Inspired, where she names God as one who stoops. The intimacy of all the ways that God stoops down to look into our eyes is the opposite of the kings and rulers of our times.

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  10. Struggling. I’m thinking about Pilate’s comment ‘What is truth’ and the ways we are re-examining the truth of things like the story of the first thanksgiving. One of the ways that people exercise power is by controlling the narrative. Some parts of the truth just can’t be allowed. We also do that in our own lives – hide from truths that make us uncomfortable. But in Jesus’ reign, there is a place for all the truths of our lives, the good, bad and the ugly and we don’t have to hide. In fact as we live in the truth (in God’s reign) we find that there is freedom in that.

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      1. Thanks. I’m not loving it at the moment. It seemed like a good idea a couple days ago but now I just can’t quite figure out how to make it work.

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        1. Shannon, not sure what time zone you’re in or if you’re done, but if you are still working and have access to Feasting on the Word there are some great comments about truth telling and freedom. I’ll be awake for a bit, so if you don’t have access but are looking for some bits I can share some of the ideas from it with you. Just reply to me here. Otherwise hope you figured out something!

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  11. I focused on Jesus talking about those who know the truth as those who listen to his voice. We hear God’s
    voice in the liturgy telling us we are given grace (confession), love (In Gods Son) and the promise of new life (Table) and we are witnesses to all of this when we gather as people of faith.

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