Christ the King Sunday: Our Gospel Text for this past Sunday was John 18:33-37. In John’s gospel, the story of Jesus and Pilate presents two different ways of exercising power: through force or with love.
As we think about Christ the King Sunday, we hear in the Gospel that when confronted by Pilate as to whether he is a king, Christ dodges the question and states that he has come for this: ‘to testify to the truth.’ (John 18:37) We then reflect on Jesus’ life as we have it recounted through the stories of Scripture. Roy Disney is to have said, “It is easy to make decisions if you know your values.”
We can see many of Jesus’ decisions that point to values which characterize the kingdom of God which Christ came to usher in our midst. From what you recall of Jesus’ life and parables, what values does that elevate as paramount to Christ? Are those easy values to espouse in your own life? When we pray in the Lord’s Prayer, “thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven,” how do we show through our lives and actions that our hearts and minds honor the kingship of Christ? And what does it say of the willing vulnerability of that kingdom that the king came to join us on earth? It suggests to me that God knows God’s values and that make the decision easier.
See you in church! Pastor Russ
Thanksgiving Eve Worship: Join us for worship on Wednesday, November 25 at 7:00pm when Bethany’s music groups will be joining us in worship as we thank God for our many blessings. We invite you to our traditional Pie Festival in the Fellowship Hall following the service.
Sunday, November 29 – First Sunday in Advent
Sunday, December 6
Bethany’s Global Mission Ministry Gift Bazaar will be held throughout the morning Sunday, December 6 in the Fellowship Hall. Gift items from One Mother and 10,000 Villages, Palestinian olive wood, God’s Garden gift cards for school uniforms, and of course our Fair Trade coffee, tea and chocolate will be available. Give a gift that gives twice!!
Christmas Wreath Sale: Make plans to purchase fresh Christmas wreaths in the Narthex on Sunday, December 6. Proceeds benefit Bethany’s Children’s Music Ministry. The beautiful 20 inch wreaths will cost $20.00. You may purchase with cash, check or at the kiosk. Thanks for your support!
Advent Fair: 10:45am -Noon. Our annual Advent Fair is a highlight of the Advent/Christmas season. Children are welcome to come to the Great Hall and make ornaments, Christmas cards and Christmas decorations, helping them to focus on the true meaning of Christmas. This event is for all Sunday School classes, Preschool through 5th grade. Contact Gayle Newell HERE or call 303-758-2820 with questions or to volunteer.
For the sixth year, Community First Foundation and FirstBank are partnering to present Colorado Gives Day on Tuesday, December 8, 2015. Colorado Gives Day is an annual statewide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving. You can even visit their website HERE and make an early, scheduled donation for 12/8! Here are some agencies that are Bethany partners:
Capitol Hill Community Services – Centus – CHARG Resource Center – Denver Rescue Mission – DenUM – Family Promise of Greater Denver (formerly Interfaith Hospitality Network) – Freedom Service Dogs – Gateway Battered Women’s Services – Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver – Inner City Health Center – Inter-Faith Community Services – Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains – Metro Caring – Project Angel Heart – Project C.U.R.E. – Project Sanctuary – Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp – Ronald McDonald House Charities of Denver – Second Wind Fund – The Delores Project – The Gathering Place – There With Care – Urban Peak Denver – Urban Servant Corps – .Warren Village.
Annual Family Ministry Christmas Caroling Event: Saturday, December 19th from 430pm-7:00pm. Please register by Wednesday, December 16th by e-mailing Nickie or Tara. We will send you the EVITE with more details!