This Sunday, besides being the last Sunday of our church year in which we celebrate Christ as King, is also our next Sunday Funday. The children of our school will close out our service with a special hymn. After our worship service, there will be a German-themed potluck (please bring something to share). You will also get to meet our new German instructor as well as the head of the German department at Rollins College with whom we have partnered. They’ll talk a little bit about the program. It should be a very enriching day!
Wednesday, November 25, is our Thanksgiving Eve service, 7:00 p.m. It is a “favorite hymns” service. Following the service, we’ll gather in the gym for a pie social. Please bring a pie to share. We’ll slice them thinly so that you can try more than one.
For the Christmas Eve service, the choir will be singing “For Unto Us a Child is Born.” Who’s in the choir? Maybe you! We are looking for all voices, but especially male voices. There are practices every Sunday after the service (starting next Sunday). There are also practices before the Advent services. You don’t have to make every practice, but enough to know the music. See Mr. C if you have questions.
Finally, one of our members received the devastating news that their office is closing this December. She has worked as the Human Resources Manager for the last ten years. She is now looking for work. If you know of any HR openings or have any contacts to forward, please let me know. I will be happy to pass along her resume or the contact information.
Those are the highlights. Now, here is today’s devotion:
Christ, our King
The king is enthralled by your beauty; honor him, for he is your lord. … All glorious is the princess within her chamber; her gown is interwoven with gold. In embroidered garments she is led to the king; her virgin companions follow her and are brought to you. They are led in with joy and gladness; they enter the palace of the king.
On April 29, 2011, the eyes of the world were fixed on one place. That place was London, England, and more specifically Westminster Abbey – the place where Prince William married his sweetheart Kate Middleton. The Royal Wedding, as it is known around the world, was a long anticipated event. And as happens at almost every wedding, the bride stole the show. After the event, no one was talking about what Prince William was wearing, but everyone was talking about Kate’s wedding dress. In fact, her dress has been put on display at Buckingham Palace for tourists to see up close.
In the wedding song that is Psalm 45, we see that the King’s bride is beautifully adorned with embroidery and a golden weave on her dress. She is prepared to begin her new life with the King. What was important to her in the past now takes a back seat to honoring her groom as his new wife.
The first part of the psalm shows us that the groom is more prestigious than even a prince. Jesus is the King and his bride is the Church. We are the ones that are now in glorious dress. We are the ones that are adorned with the riches of our groom, Christ the King. We are the ones that have a new purpose in life – to honor and serve our new King, our blessed Savior Christ.
Too often we fail to leave our old life behind and serve him. Too often we continue living ‘the single life’ where our ‘single’ focus is serving ourselves. Too often we forget that we are married now, married to the King. When we sin, we are being unfaithful to our groom and dishonoring the one who has chosen us to be his. But in spite of our unfaithfulness, he is always faithful. In spite of our dishonoring him, he lifts us up and makes us his bride. He washes us clean and “presents us…radiant…without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless” (Ephesians 5:27). He washes us clean with his blood shed on the cross and makes us holy in God’s sight.
Now we can live that new life. We can be the bride that Christ has chosen us and made us to be. We can live to serve him and look forward to the day when we will feast with our groom, King Jesus, at his wedding feast in heaven. That is a wonderful celebration that will never end!
Lord God, we thank you that you have made us to be Christ’s bride and that you make us radiant and holy. Help us to ever honor, ever thank, and ever worship our Savior King. Amen