THREE OR FOUR MINUTES A DAY

Posted by Christ the King Lutheran Church on January 12, 2016 under Pastor's Message | Comments are off for this article

No, I’m not referring to an intense work-out program or a minimal prayer life: I’m rejoicing in the extra minutes of sunlight each day this week. At this latitude, even a little bit extra is noticeable.

Maybe that little bit extra would be noticeable to our body and spiritual health too, if we committed to add that much to our daily schedule. But today I’m thinking more about the light as a gift we don’t control or earn. It comes without effort on our part, like the undeserved love and mercy of God shown through Jesus Christ. That’s what “grace” is – a gift because we need it, cannot do without it. It’s like light brightening our days.

In this church season of Epiphany we learn again how the light of God grew in the world through the life of Jesus Christ. Each action of his, each conversation of his, revealed a little bit more of the character of God who is not willing to let us wander away in the dark.

In the cold of the winter, we long for the blazing hours of June’s longest day, but we know e can’t get from here to there in one great leap. It takes time for the hours to stretch out, even as it takes time for us to grow in the spiritual life. It takes time to deepen our relationship with Jesus; it takes time to listen more carefully for the voice of the Holy Spirit nudging us towards greater sharing and caring.

Sometimes it seems like our progress is too slow. We want to be spiritual giants and compassionate public leaders much sooner. When we focus where we are not, we may miss the unhurried work of God, the “three or four minutes a day” that is a sign of change.

A simple calendar can show the change in the physical day, but the change in ourselves cannot be tracked so easily. For that we need to trust the grace of God who brings the light of Jesus to us.

Blessings,
Pastor Susan Horton

SAVE THE DATE – Semi-Annual General Meeting, Sunday, January 31st.

 

O, COME, ALL YE FAITHFUL — OR NOT

Posted by Christ the King Lutheran Church on December 23, 2015 under Pastor's Message | Comments are off for this article

O, come, all ye tired or grieving. O, come, all ye uncertain. O, come, all ye who are joyous. O, come, for there is room for all near the baby Jesus.

Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24th – 7:30 p.m. at Timberlea School on Brett Drive (with glow stick ‘candles’)

Sunday, December 27th – no worship service at the school. Please join St. Thomas Anglican on Signal Road at 10:00 or All Saints’ Anglican, on Hardin, at 10:30.

Worship Services resume at the school on January 3rd, 2016

SAVE THE DATE – Semi-Annual General Meeting, Sunday, January 31st, 2016

May Jesus, the great gift of Christmas, bring peace and hope to your hearts.

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SPECIAL GATHERINGS

Posted by Christ the King Lutheran Church on November 21, 2015 under Pastor's Message | Comments are off for this article

Sunday, November 22nd – Once-a-Month Sunday School at 9:30;Worship at 10:30;  Birthday Treats for November birthdays to follow worship.

Sunday, November 29th – First Sunday in Advent. Worship at 10:30; Potluck Lunch (no nuts in recipes, please) and Advent crafts to follow worship.

Sunday, December 13th – 10:30 The Congregational Christmas Program returns by popular demand. Even if you don’t have a chance to sign up, please show up and share.

WHAT ARE YOU WEARING?

Posted by Christ the King Lutheran Church on October 28, 2015 under Pastor's Message | Comments are off for this article

In the days before Hallowe’en, lots of people ask questions about costumes. “What are you wearing? Who are you going to be?” But nobody asks questions about what you will be wearing the day after.*

So I’d like to ask: What are you wearing today? Who are you wearing today? New Testament writers have some definite “fashion” suggestions that are really “identity” suggestions. Here’s the word from Romans 13:14: “Put on the Lord Jesus Christ.” That is possible because of our baptism, according to Galatians 3:27: “As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.”

Being clothed with Christ means a different kind of accessories according to Colossians 3, verses 12 and 14. The writer calls God’s chosen and beloved people to wear “compassion, kindness, meekness, patience, and love.” Those things are always in style, always fashion-forward, and they can help with the complaint, “I have NOTHING to wear.”

For regular days and special occasions, put on Christ.

Pastor Susan Horton

* The clothing questions may start again when it’s time for the Christmas party or New Year’s Eve, but they will also be focused on a day and not a life.

NOT AT THE SCHOOL OCT. 25th ONLY

Posted by Christ the King Lutheran Church on October 18, 2015 under Pastor's Message | Comments are off for this article

Please note: there will be no worship service at Timberlea School for next Sunday, October 25th only. The congregation is invited to visit All Saints’ Anglican Church, worship at 10:30, downtown at the corner of Hardin and Manning.

Please take this opportunity to join our Anglican brothers and sisters in faith for Reformation Sunday.

Christ’s the King’s worship will resume at Timberlea Schol on Sunday, November 1st.

Pastor Susan Horton