Christ the King Sunday
November 25, 2012
Welcome one and all to Claude Church
Thank you for joining us in worship today. At the close of the service this morning we invite you to stay and join us in the Sunday School hall for refreshments and fellowship. Our guest Pastor this morning is the Rev.
Keith Humphrey. Thank you Keith for your leadership in worship. We will celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion during our worship service this morning. If this is your first time here at Claude be aware that our table is open to all, including children. We invite you to celebrate this sacrament with us. If you are visiting us for the first time today, please sign our guest book in the front entrance vestibule. If you are looking for a church home, we invite you to consider worshipping with us on a regular basis.
Help Fill Our Food Sharing Box
At this time of year, all of the local Food Banks struggle with an increased demand for help from their clients and their supplies of food run very low. We appeal to you to bring an item of food with you each Sunday and place it in our Food Sharing Box which will be located in the Sunday School Hall. Please help us fill our box each week.
Coming to Claude - Claude Sanctuary Concert with Orange Peel Carollers
Sunday, December 9th – 7:30 pm
Tickets $5 online at http://www.ticketscene.ca/list.php?keywords=caledon or $10 at the door
Orange Peel Carollers are a singing/Morris dancing group of local folks from the Orangeville area. Come and enjoy a festive and fun filled evening of seasonal music.
We have an established tradition of musical gatherings at Claude Church. Many people contribute to the success of these events - from securing artists, to creating posters, to personal invitations and ticket sales, to parking lot attendants, door greeters, ushers, and providing refreshments. Thank you to the following people who have already helped launch the arrangements for our upcoming December 9th concert with Orange Peel Carollers:
Elizabeth Szekeres – artist liaison
Laszlo Pándy – advisory and insurance review
Doreen Shackleton – advertising contact information
Richard Harstone – proof reading and hanging posters
Russ McGillivray - advisory
Doug Lackie - advisory
Bill Horton – newsletter
Your help is much appreciated! We look forward to the above evening concert and carolling on December 9th at 7:30 pm at Claude Church for a “Claude Sanctuary Concert with Orange Peel Carollers”. Invite your neighbours. Invite your friends. Help us fill our sanctuary and enjoy the music of the Christmas season.
Please remember to include the following in your daily prayers throughout the coming week.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 25 - Christ the King Sunday
Women and children are especially vulnerable to violence in Canada and in areas of conflict around the world. Pray for peace and security for all people.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 26
Pray for the Assembly Council and its new convener, Heather Crisp, as they meet at Crieff Hills. Pray for discernment regarding matters referred to it by the General Assembly.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27
Pray for the regional staff as they meet for their annual gathering, and for the national staff and other participants who will join them for a one-day workshop.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28
Pray for our international mission staff and their families, and the partners with whom they work in this changing world.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29
Pray for Presbyterian World Service & Development programs that are helping families in Afghanistan who are suffering from food shortage due to years of conflict, drought and destruction of farmland. May they break free from poverty and hunger.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30
Pray for the spouses, children and loved ones of our injured soldiers who seek to put their lives back together following their time deployed overseas.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1 - World AIDS Day
Pray for people affected by HIV and AIDS around the world, and for the work of Presbyterian World Service & Development to provide support for those living with HIV and prevent further spread of the disease.
Quality of living is not the same as standard of living.
Vicki Robin, author
We have sung, we have prayed, we have worshipped together.
Now we go back out into the world.
We came together to build relationships, relationships with each other, and our relationship with Jesus.
We go out as people who are strengthened by our connections
Ready to love and to serve.
Ready to carry God's love to the world.
MISSION TRIP: Malawi
Our gifts to Presbyterians Sharing help connect people in Canada with long-term mission partners. In April 2012, eleven Canadians travelled to Malawi to learn about the mission and ministry being done by The Presbyterian Church in Canada in partnership with the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian. The group visited several programs run by the Blantyre Synod Health and
Development Commission (BSHDC), which receives support from Presbyterian World Service and Development. Trip participant Colin Carmichael shares, “It was clear to us that the BSHDC staff and volunteers bring hope to the people they touch every single day. They are God’s grace living and working among His people.”
Claude Book Club
The Claude Book Club meets quarterly on the last Wednesday of November, February, May, August and November. The next meeting will be held this coming Wednesday, November 28th at 7:30 pm at the Harstones, 16797 Kennedy Road. The book they will review is The Wayfinders by Wade Davis. Titles of books for future discussions will follow. Pick up a copy of The Wayfinders and come join us for a lively discussion.
A time called … REIGN of CHRIST SUNDAY or CHRIST THE KING SUNDAY
What pops into your mind when you hear the word “royalty”? For Christians, royalty has a different meaning. The Sovereign Christ let go of power and pageantry and redefined royalty in weakness and humility. Therefore, God gave him the highest honour and set him to reign over all creation.
Historical Roots of the Reign of Christ Sunday
This celebration is a relatively recent one, which was established in the Roman Catholic Church in 1925. Today, we celebrate it on the last Sunday after Pentecost, and it is a fitting crown to the church year. It is especially helpful to Presbyterians, who emphasize that Christ is the only King and Head of the Church, the one who both interprets and rules history.
Finding Meaning in the Tradition
The Sunday that completes the church year cycle centres on Christ as both the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end (Revelations 22:13). The Reign of Christ over all things is affirmed, a reign both just and compassionate. To trust in a Sovereign Christ is to look for signs of his reign in everything in our lives, the big and the small. We learn again and again that our times are in his hands. But we also look to the future and his coming glory, which turns our attention towards the hope of Advent. Earthly rulers rise and fall, but
Christ’s Kingdom has citizens in every era and every land.
Questions for Personal Meditation
What helps me see that Jesus Christ is Sovereign?
What makes it difficult for me to see the Reign of Christ?
In what ways can I show the importance of the Reign of Christ to others?