Shame, Transformed Into Victory and Glory
The Sunday Closest to November 23
Last Sunday After Pentecost: Christ the King Sunday
NOVEMBER 20, 2016
The Assigned Readings:
Jeremiah 23:1-6 and Canticle 16 (Luke 1:68-79) or Psalm 46
Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in your well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under his most gracious rule; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
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Prayer of Praise and Thanksgiving:
Prayer of Confession:
Prayer of Dedication:
Hope of the World:
This is My Father’s World:
Feast of St. Dismas (March 26):
Alleluia! Sing to Jesus:
Eternal Spirit, Earth-maker, Pain-bearer, Life-giver,
Source of all that is and that shall be,
Father and Mother of us all,
Loving God, in whom is heaven:
The hallowing of your name echo through the universe!
The way of your justice be followed by the peoples of the world!
Your heavenly will be done by all created beings!
Your commonwealth of peace and freedom sustain our hope and come on earth.
With the bread we need for today, feed us.
In the hurts we absorb from one another, forgive us.
In times of temptation and test, strengthen us.
From trials too great to endure, spare us.
From the grip of all that is evil free us.
For you reign in the glory of the power that is love, now and for ever. Amen.
–A New Zealand Prayer Book (1989), page 181
Colossians 1:13-20 describes Jesus well–better than I can–so I defer to it as a superior expression of Christology. Please meditate on it, O reader.
Jesus of Nazareth, to whom Zechariah referred in Luke 1:68-79, died on a cross and under a mocking sign calling him
THE KING OF THE JEWS.
Crucifixion was the way the Roman Empire executed those of whom its leaders wanted to make a public and humiliating example. Usually nobody even buried the corpses, left for nature to consume. Thus crucifixion, carrying great stigma, extinguished a person in society most of the time.
But it did not extinguish Jesus. So a symbol of shame became a symbol of triumph. Symbols mean what people agree they signify; therefore a symbol of state-sponsored terror–judicial murder–has become a symbol of perfect love.
Christ the King Sunday exists to remind people that, as the Reverend Maltbie Davenport Babcock (1858-1901) wrote in a hymn which his widow had published:
This is my Father’s world:
O let me ne’er forget
that though the wrong seems oft so strong,
God is the ruler yet.
This is my Father’s world:
the battle is not done;
Jesus, who died, shall be satisfied,
and earth and heaven be one.
That promise is true, although the culmination of it remains in the future tense. But may we who claim the name “Christian” never abandon hope.
KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR
JUNE 5, 2013 COMMON ERA
THE FEAST OF ROBERT FRANCIS KENNEDY, UNITED STATES ATTORNEY GENERAL AND SENATOR
THE FEAST OF SAINT BONIFACE OF MAINZ, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP