Reign of Christ

Reign of Christ
by Malcolm Guite

Our King is calling from the hungry furrows
Whilst we are cruising through the aisles of plenty,
Our hoardings screen us from the man of sorrows,
Our soundtracks drown his murmur: ‘I am thirsty’.
He stands in line to sign in as a stranger
And seek a welcome from the world he made,
We see him only as a threat, a danger,
He asks for clothes, we strip-search him instead.
And if he should fall sick then we take care
That he does not infect our private health,
We lock him in the prisons of our fear
Lest he unlock the prison of our wealth.
But still on Sunday we shall stand and sing
The praises of our hidden Lord and King.
 
This weekend we celebrate “Christ the King” or “The Reign of Christ”. As the poem above highlights, this commemoration is a reminder for us to focus on the call to live into God’s dream for the world where the hungry are fed, the naked clothed and the stranger welcomed.

How do we be open to the new thing the Spirit may doing to usher in the kingdom of God?  How do we use the resources we have- time, talents, finances- to be part of the generative work the Spirit is doing to create the reconciling, liberating realm of God in this time and this place?
 
Last weekend we took time in the service to record our interests and the way we would like to share of ourselves and our resources for the mission and ministry of St Andrew’s. If you have not yet completed the forms they can be found here and will be available as hard copies at the entrance to the church:

Giving – 
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1KgnoblYpcUwpKUIxJA8kiyBfaJWIIS8l/view?usp=sharing

Ministry Groups – 
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1NvgPWpak8_B6eSThMboUwxIGt4DX7TJG/view?usp=sharing

May God guide us with wisdom and bless us with the Spirit of discernment as we look towards the New Year together.

Grace and peace
Sue+

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