Today is Christ the King Sunday, the newest day in the liturgical year across the Western Church. It was first added in 1925 by the Roman Catholic Church in response to increasing secularization movements worldwide, but in particular to the plight of Mexican Christians who were being told by their government that only their government was due ultimate allegiance. The Church in Mexico remained faithful, holding public parades throughout the land (with significant governmental pushback!) proclaiming “Cristo Rey!,” “Christ is King!” Pope Pius XI made that declaration the basis of a Holy Day to be observed throughout the entire Roman Catholic Church, “Christ, The King of the Universe.” After Vatican II, Rome moved the observance of this day from October to the final Sunday of the Christian Year, and many Protestants, including United Methodists, who adopted the Revised Common Lectionary and its calendar have followed suit.
Scriptures for today:
You can view the video we used “That’s My King” by S.M. Lockridge here.
Notes from worship:
1-Christ’s kingdom is based on serving.
2-Christ’s kingdom is established by suffering.
3-Christ’s kingdom is unconditionally sure.
A Prayer for Troubled Times
Lord, I believe that You are the King of kings and Lord of lords. When confusion and violence and hatred seem to fill our world, help me to rest in You. Give me peace in knowing that You are in charge. I give You my worries and my fears. May I rest in Your love. Amen.
Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Psalm 62.8