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Tomorrow We Shall Worship Our King of Love and Dedicate Ourselves to Spreading His Reign

November 24, 2012

I promise that the time will come
when I will appoint a king from the family of David,
and the land will be named, “The Lord Gives Justice.”
(Jeremiah 33:15-16, CEV)

Tomorrow, November 25, we are celebrating together at St. Paul’s the Reign of Christ. This Feast sets before us Our Lord as he is exalted on high – the fitting culmination of the Church Year (a week tomorrow, December 2, we begin the new Church Year with the First Sunday of Advent).

For a number of years now at St. Paul’s, we’ve considered this Feast of the Reign of Christ to be a most appropriate day to especially focus on outreach, to remind ourselves that Our Lord desires us to help to spread his Kingdom of love and light in the world. This year, Doreen Peters has put together from a number of sources, including PWRDF, Services for 8:30 and 10:00 with the vitally important focus of reaching out to the over 36 million people worldwide who are living with AIDS (World AIDS Day is December 1). Thank you so much, Doreen, for doing this!

These 8:30 and 10:00 Services will include an AIDS Lament, for which we are seeking empty pill bottles. I encourage us all to bring empty pill bottles to tomorrow’s Services, and place them in the basket in front of the Altar pictured above, as a symbol of our shared need for healing, and solidarity with all throughout the world who in the midst of our brokenness seek the in-breaking of the light and love of Our Lord’s Kingdom in our lives.

Our 10:00 a.m. worship will be a Triple C Service. These Services, which usually occur on the fourth Sundays of the month, are Christ-centred, Creative, and Compact times together, in which we stretch ourselves and share worship in new and exciting ways. The Children’s Talk at this Service will focus on standing with and including one another, drawing a parallel between the experience of lepers in the days of Jesus’ earthly ministry and many people who live with AIDS today. As is the case at our “regular” 10:00 a.m. Services, Nursery and Sunday School are both available.

The end of the 10:00 Service, we’ll watch a 3 minute “teaser” video about our upcoming Advent Study: “Advent Conspiracy,” which is designed to help us all share an Advent of worshipping fully, spending less, giving more relationally, and sharing the love of Our Lord with all. I’ll be putting up a posting with more information on the Advent Conspiracy at St. Paul’s this year early next week.

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The picture at the top of this posting appears on the cover of our November 25 Service Bulletins. It is of a nine year old boy from Kenya, named Richard. By the age of six, Richard had lost both parents to AIDS, and he himself was born HIV positive. Richard takes antiretroviral medications each day, and has completed the third grade. He dreams of one day becoming a pilot, saying, “I want to move through the clouds!” We pray that Richard will live out his dream, and ever soar in his spirit with the Lord. For more information on Richard, please click here. The words from Jeremiah 33 are part of the passage from Holy Scripture that is read at the end of the Lament.

Videos on AIDS and World AIDS Day are embedded below.

Further information is available on my December 1, 2011 posting, “An Invitation to Observe World AIDS Day,” which can be accessed by clicking here.

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