When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. (Matthew 25:31)
On this final Sunday of the church year our gospel lesson is Jesus’ great story of judgement. We gather this day to celebrate the reign of Christ and his victory over death, yet awaiting the consummation of all things yet to come. Acknowledging Christ as our merciful ruler, we go forth that his reign may be known in our loving words and deeds.
Sunday’s Worship Music
In traditional worship, our Hymn of the Day is Crown Him with Many Crowns (ELW 855). Christ is crowned the humble babe in the virgin’s arms and the potentate of time in this hymn. In the central verse, we proclaim Christ on the cross, a king who would sacrifice himself in mercy for an undeserving people. As the church in the world, how do we live lives that echo God’s reign of peace?
The worship song for the New Day service is Billy J. Foote’s You Are My King (Amazing Love). Not only do we proclaim that Christ is King in the beautiful and inspirational lyrics of the song, but we also acknowledge what God, through his only Son, Jesus Christ, did for us! Indeed, God’s “amazing love” shines through and we are forever blessed through Jesus Christ–our King!
Are you a sheep or a goat?
For Your Home Devotions
Are we able to see Christ in others by looking at the things they do to help others or is this something we need to work on?
Do we live like Christ is King through our obedience to God and putting God first?
Do we fail to see our own faults while at the same time seeing faults and being judgmental of others?