Comments: just thinking...

For me, these next two Sundays (CtheK and Advent1) are among my favorites: because of the hymns. Christ the King means singing "Crown Him w/ Many Crowns" and "All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name," while Advent1 (usually--hopefully?) brings "Lo! he comes w/ clouds descending". These three hymns have a timeless quality, w/ stirring tunes appropriate to the subject matter.

And what of that subject matter? A number of years ago, I observed the importance of the phrase "Jesus is Lord!" in the Black Church tradition. I (who am white) was a little uncomfortable w/ it---an explicit Evangelicalism so different from my ritualistic Anglo-Catholicism---until it was explained to me as follows. "In proclaiming 'Jesus is Lord!' we're also proclaiming what *isn't* lord: whatever man-made forces that would hold us down."

That clicked for me. I could see those forces in my own life, and a lot of me-created impostors as well. So on the Eve of this year's Christ the King Sunday, I look out (and in) at all the pretenders to the throne and proclaim *Jesus is Lord!*

Blessings, y'all.

Posted by J. Collins Fisher at Saturday, 22 November 2003 at 7:39am GMT

Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.

Posted by McKelvey Janet at Thursday, 20 May 2004 at 5:01pm BST