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Dear Church Family,

Sunday marks Christ the King Sunday, the end of the church year.  The liturgical year  walks us through the story of Christ and the church.  It begins with Advent, which prepares us for the baby Jesus, and guides us  through Jesus’ life to Lent and the focus on crucifixion.  Following Easter, the calendar celebrates Pentecost and the work of the Holy Spirit in and through the church. Fittingly, the year culminates  with Christ the King Sunday, which marks Christ enthroned, ruler of the whole universe, king and judge of all creation.   This day asks us to  confess by faith the hope and the promise that one day God’s kingdom will come in its fulness.  Meanwhile, the church’s mission is to live as a provisional witness of that coming kingdom. The sermon for this week is “A Little Forbearance, Please!” and the texts are Ephesians 4:1-7 and Matthew 25:31-46.

Lynn and I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Wasn’t the Thanksgiving display on the table marvelous with that reminder to “count your blessings?”  I’ve attached a picture for you to enjoy.  Many thanks to Deacons Suzan Kircher and Donna Heinz for creating this display.

We will be away next Sunday, the 28th, visiting our family in Tennessee for Thanksgiving.   Terry Ryan will be leading worship on that first Sunday in Advent, the beginning of the new liturgical year.   As is tradition, we’ll be lighting the Advent wreath candles each week.

See you in church.

Peace and Joy, Rich

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