Third Sunday after Epiphany – January 24


11:00 a.m. on Facebook, YouTube
11:00 a.m., In Person, Outdoor, in the south lot   Weather Permitting  

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Holy Communion Distribution in the Parking Lot
Readings
Bulletin
Sermon

When the scriptures speak about “time,” most often the “time” is urgent and short. Something is to be done and God steps in dramatically to recruit people to do that something. When time was short for Nineveh, God ordered Jonah to get the word out. When Ninevah affirmed time’s urgency, God opened up time for Ninevah and Jonah got angry. In real time Jesus comes among his friends and says that time is short. He and his friends must get to work. Time has been urgent and yet also opened for us since. What opens time? Repentance, forgiveness, reconciliation. And here we are, still trying to figure out what God has figured from the beginning. Pastor Duane preaches on “Repentance & Forgiveness: Time is Opened When Time is Short.”

Holy Communion Distribution in the Parking Lot  – from 12:30-1:30
We look forward to welcoming you for drive-thru communion. Come to the main entrance by the parish hall, remain in your car and masked.

Sermon for B Epiphany 3 – Sunday, January 24, 2021

Duane H. Larson, Senior Pastor

Based on Jonah 3:1-5, 10; Mark 1:14-20

This has been a profound week. No doubt, from whatever angle we approached it. Focus met poetry and song in the inauguration of a new president. The poetry and song, in turn, congealed with a mighty ecumenical and interfaith prayer service from the national cathedral. Whether there was an automatic fit or not with both of today’s assigned scripture lessons, I saw it so, and was deeply moved. Just as we preachers are commanded to proclaim God’s reign with the Bible in one hand and now a digital newspaper in the other, I was met by a mighty fusion of word and song in our national concerns and our most private crises.

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Special Congregational Meeting on January 31, 12:00 p.m.

Sunday, January 31, immediately after outdoor worship (shortly after 12 p.m.)

Following the outdoor worship on Sunday, January 31, the council has called a special congregational meeting to consider the council’s recommendation that Beth Hartfiel be called as Deacon for Church Administration. Beth is our church business administrator.  The meeting will be brief. Some opportunity will be available for Q & A. Come attend a celebrative day. If weather does not permit our gathering then, we’ll reschedule for the following Sunday.

Climate Justice: A Breath of Hope – January 23 – 26, online

Texas Impact and the United Methodist Women have long held an annual legislative event. This year, it is going virtual, and is open to other Christians. So, join Texas Impact and other Christians for Breathe – Climate Justice: A Breath of Hope. The event features a powerful keynote panel on climate justice and women’s leadership, including four nationally recognized leaders. There will also be presentations from leading policy advocates, worship & opportunities for fellowship. Can’t make the entire event? Go ahead and register anyway, as all sessions will be recorded. Register here.

MLK Jr. Day January 18

MLK Not-a-Marathon Walk 10:00 a.m.
A 4-6 mile walk from Christ the King Church to and along the Braes Bayou and back.
Virtual Parade – 10:00 a.m. online
This online event will feature videos from participating organizations, including our Christ the King Choir.
Day of Service – Noon-2:00 p.m.
Food and non-perishable items drive-thru and drop-off at church.


 MLK Not-a-Marathon Walk 10:00 a.m.
For all our marathoners (walkers and runners) who miss their half and full marathons this Sunday, join Pr. Liebster in a 4-6 mile walk from Christ the King Church to and along the Braes Bayou and back. We will aim for a 6 mile roundtrip but individuals/a subgroup may choose an earlier turn around point along the bayou. Come prepared with masks, hydration, and energy for the walk! An rsvp to ctk@ctkelc.org would be helpful so we know how many signs to make to pin to your jacket and to ensure a smooth meet-up.

Virtual Parade 10:00 a.m.
Due to health and safety measures, the 43rd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade will take place virtually this year at 10:00 a.m.. Join us in celebrating Martin Luther King Day and his witness to a world of justice and mercy for all.
Look out for Christ the King’s choral performance of Sun Don’t Set in the Morning during the virtual broadcast.

Day of Service Noon – 2:00 p.m.
       Food and Non-perishable Items drive-thru and drop-off
       Christ the King Church parking lot
The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on January 18 is the 26th anniversary of the day of service that celebrates the Civil Rights leader’s life and legacy. Observed each year on the third Monday in January as “a day on, not a day off,” MLK Jr. Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities. This year we will participate with a food drive to benefit our local food pantry at Christian Community Service Center. We will also collect toilet paper for SEARCH Homeless Services and pet food for Meals on Wheels AniMeals program through Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston.