Christ the King Sunday: November 24, 2019

Karin Liebster, Associate Pastor

Jeremiah 23:1-6
Psalm 46
Colossians 1:11-20
Luke 23:33-43


Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Christ the King Sunday is a gift from Pope Pius XI. Only ninety-four years ago, in 1925, he established a new festival to be celebrated on a Sunday late in the year, called Christ the King. Christus rex, Cristo rey.

Pius gave this gift to the church and to the world to declare that Christ the King is the true focal point of the desires of history and civilization. His was an act of protest and objection against the destructive forces of the modern world.

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New Scriptural Reasoning Project

Tuesday, October 15 at 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Blue Mosque- Islamic Institute, 9301 West Bellfort Avenue

We encourage members and friends (neighbors, colleagues) to go and join our friends at the Blue Mosque on Tuesday night for Lutheran-Muslim Scriptural Reasoning. Let us grow together in our Abrahamic family relationship and common witness for peace in God’s world. All are invited, no prior registration necessary, a light meal will be provided.

Scriptural Reasoning, a program developed by inter-religious dialogue experts at Cambridge University, is a new project here at Christ the King Church in partnership with the Houston Blue Mosque/The Islamic Institute. We read parallel scripture texts from the Bible and the Qur’an, talk about our understandings of them, and, along the way, grow in mutual understanding and friendship.

Music Weekends for Children and Youth at Christ the King Church

Children and youth join to make music in worship on Reformation Sunday and during Advent and Christmas. Music director Rick Erickson and Music Associate Mary Joy Silmaro lead rehearsals that include music, movement and reading. Snacks and special activities such as pumpkin carving and Christmas pageant make these weekends fun events for everyone. We invite all children and youth old enough for singing and group activities to sign up. Registration can be done via link in Thursday evening emails, online, and in an email to be sent to all families. With questions please email

Singing God’s Grace – Celebrating the Reformation
October 19, 10-11:30 a.m. (Saturday)
October 26, 10-11:30 a.m. (with pumpkin carving) (Saturday)
Singing in worship, Reformation Sunday, October 27

Advent and Christmas Celebrations
Rehearsal work:
November 23, 10-11:30 a.m. (Saturday)
December 7, 10-11:30 a.m. (Saturday)
December 14, 10-11:30 a.m. (Saturday)

Worship, Christmas pageant, Christmas Eve:
December 8, Sunday morning, Advent 2                                                                                      December 15, Christmas Pageant, Advent 3, between services
December 24, 6 p.m. service

Helping our with Disaster Recovery in Houston

Christ the King Church has signed up to be part of the Congregational Disaster Readiness of Harris County (sponsored by Houston Responds, Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and Hope Disaster Recovery).  As such we join with other congregations to expedite relief and recovery in communities impacted by a disaster.  There was already a plan in place to assist with continued Harvey recovery throughout October, but with Imelda’s recent destruction, there’s even more need.  If you have any availability weekdays or weekends during October, you are invited to register to assist recovery efforts at

The vision is to have a comprehensive, collaborative and coherent (three C’s) action plan for congregations to effectively deliver essential relief and recovery service during and after a disaster, in partnership with and in support of responsible agencies.   This coordinated delivery of service is expected to prevent redundancy, save money, minimize disruption of services and improve outcomes.  Through this collaboration our members can both access support services and can mobilize to volunteer in the aftermath of a disaster in a more integrated and cooperative manner than in years past.   If you are interested in joining our congregation’s disaster response team, please contact Beverly Davis.  Taskforces include: compassionate care providing emotional and spiritual care, laundry support, supply distribution, muck and gut, volunteer coordination, pet care, medical support, and transportation.

In Our Own Voice: Oct. 10, 6 p.m.

Come hear one of NAMI Greater Houston members share a compelling personal story about living with mental illness, focusing on recovery, and the message of hope. In Our Own Voice is a program of the National Association for Mental Illness which shares information about mental illness, mental health recovery, and its impact on participants’ lives…in their own voices.  The program provides an opportunity for those who have struggled with mental illness to gain confidence and to share their individual experiences of recovery and transformation.

Anyone familiar with mental illness knows that recovery is not a singular event, but a multi-dimensional, multi-linear journey characterized more by the mindset of the one taking it than by his or her condition at any given moment along the way.  Understanding recovery as having several dimensions makes its uneven course easier to accept. Much as we don’t blame the cancer patient for dying of invasive tumors, we can’t condemn a consumer whose symptoms overtake his or her best efforts to manage illness.   Recovery is the point in someone’s illness in which the illness is no longer the first and foremost part of his or her life, no longer the essence of all his or her existence.  Ultimately, recovery is about attitude and making the effort.