As the weather shows us, this year is winding up. The same is true of the liturgical year. On the last Sunday of November, we celebrate Christ the King, the last Sunday of this liturgical year, year C.
Advent begins with the first Sunday of December, the beginning of liturgical year A, when most of the gospel readings will be from Matthew's gospel. We use the Revised Common Lectionary, which involves a three-year cycle—A, B and C. A emphasizes Matthew's gospel, B emphasizes Mark and C emphasizes Luke. Every so often John gets thrown in, especially in year B.
We have some other exciting happenings earlier in November, actually on the first Sunday, November 3. That day is All Saints' Sunday, when we remember those who have preceded us into the church triumphant.
On that same Sunday we will also celebrate the paying off of our church's mortgage. We will have a burning of the mortgage after church. Later that day is the Honduras auction, preceded by dinner at 5 pm. Join us for a time of great fellowship to benefit the mission in Honduras, including the Promise Children program.
Our household will be experiencing a time of change as well. For the first part of November, Ray will be in Morristown, NJ getting a new guide dog at the Seeing Eye. He returns on Thursday, November 14 with a new member of the family for us to adjust to, including our dog, Jessi, and cat, Pokey.
Change can be unsettling, exciting or a mixture of both. In our uncertainty and unease, we can trust in God to carry us through all we may struggle with. As the psalmist wrote,
"These things add up. Every one of us needs to pray; when all hell breaks loose and the dam bursts we'll be on high ground, untouched.
7 GOD's my island hideaway, keeps danger far from the shore, throws garlands of hosannas around my neck" (Psalm 32:7-8, The Message)
May we find the joy and peace of God's presence throughout all the coming days.
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