Sunday, 21 November – The Reign of Christ

Our ten am Eucharist will be live-streamed to YouTube.

The stream will begin at 9:45, with a welcome and then about fifteen minutes of prelude music, The service will begin at 10 am. You can also take part in the service at a later time.

You can find the order of service here.

We’re omitting the reading from Daniel this year (7.9-10, 13-14), but we will hear from the Revelation to Saint John (1.4b-8) about the nature of Jesus Christ as the ruler of all. We’ll also hear Jesus make clear to Pilate that Jesus’ reign looks very different from the kinds of rulers and ways of being we’re used to in the world (John 18.33-38a).

Here’s what Sundays and Seasons writes about this day in our Church calendar:

Even after Israel had experienced the vagaries of kings, the people still longed for a true king to set things right. He would have the king’s title of Anointed One (Messiah); he would be the “one like a human being” (Son of Man) given dominion in Daniel’s vision. Jesus is given these titles, even though he is nothing like an earthly king. His authority comes from the truth to which he bears witness, and those who recognize the truth voluntarily listen to him. We look forward to the day he is given dominion, knowing his victory will be the nonviolent victory of love.

A Special Note about British Columbia

The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) is accepting donations for British Columbia in the wake of the destructive floods after a devastating fire season. If you want to make a donation to PWRDF to support recovery efforts, you can find information at their website. You can also make gifts through the parish. We join with the bishops of the ecclesiastical province of BC and Yukon in prayer:

God of compassion, we pray for all who have suffered losses and trauma because of this storm. We pray for those stranded or evacuated, and for those who have lost homes and livelihood. Bless and strengthen those providing food, shelter, and care; and all first responders and crews still working to rescue people and animals.
We give thanks for the courage and generosity of those responding to the crisis, for all the acts of neighborliness and kindness.
God of Life, give courage and healing to all who have been affected.
Give all leaders and responders endurance and resourcefulness.
May we each find ways to bring your comfort, hope and calm in the midst of this anxious time.
Strengthen our resolve to make the changes necessary to care for your Earth.
In the name of Christ our healer. Amen.