Here we are! The end of the Christian year, and at the end of the lectionary cycle, year C. And much to our surprise (or, at least to mine!) we find ourselves facing Christ on the cross. At the end of the year, we are suggested a reading from Good Friday. The notion of Christ as King is always a difficult one with which to come to terms. We all know Christ is King of kings and Lord of lords, but when we are faced with our Messiah on the cross, we struggle with how to deal with the idea of a crucified ruler. But, as we see in the reading, there is no better passage for Christ the King Sunday than the one that ends with Jesus saying, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” On the cross, Jesus refuses to save himself because he is saving all of us—inviting all of us into Paradise with him. Hallelujah!
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Rev. CHRIS HOUTZ
Welcome to the pastor’s blog! This page will have sermons uploaded so you can listen to them whenever you want, and I will add a brief reflection on the text, the sermon, or a little bit of both. My hope is that you will be able to see that the Bible can still speak to our world today, and that we can always find a note of God’s grace in any passage, whether it is one of the most well-known and beloved passages, or one of the most difficult readings to grasp.
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We are a friendly, multi-cultural congregation that welcomes all to worship with us as we glorify our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ; sing praises to God, the Father; and let the Holy Spirit guide our footsteps. As faithful witnesses to our Christian beliefs, we dedicate ourselves to worship, stewardship and discipleship. We will always endeavor to nurture the youth in our congregation to grow in their commitment to God and the Church and to become active participants in the life and work of the Church.
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