Sermon from Candlemass February 5, 2023

A time for peaceCandlemass, Series A
Malachi 3:1-4; Psalm 84; Hebrews 2:14-18; Luke 2:22-40
Rev. Sergio Rodriguez

At that moment she [Anna] came, and began to praise God and to speak about the child to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem (Lk 2:38).”

Rachel McWhirter, our Director of Digital Ministry, and I had such a moment last week when we attended a World Interfaith Harmony week at First Lutheran Church in Galveston. Hindus, Buddhists, Orthodox, Jewish folks, and Lutherans. We listened to each other for a moment to speak about our deepest convictions about the peace which the world can not give. Our keynote speaker, one Father Thomas Colyando, kicked off this year’s gathering entitled, Inner Peace to Interpersonal Harmony, with this insight about peace. It is an insight that Simeon and Anna shared and from which they, “looked forward to the consolation of Israel (Lk 2:25b).” The human being possesses a heart. Simple enough. In this heart, we experience all kinds of yearns and churnings, hopes and joys, passions, and desires. For us to experience peace, the inner light of God, the uncreated Light that is God, Father, Son, and Spirit, needs to shine upon us. When God shines, inner peace comes alive. This transformation filters out what distracts us, and distills peace. This transformation allows us then to bring transformative peace to our homes, friends, and society.

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Freewheels Volunteer Opportunity


Christ the King Lutheran Church bike shop volunteer day at Freewheels Houston
Location: 6020 Jessamine #204, Houston, TX 77081
Christ the King Lutheran Church bike shop volunteer day at Freewheels Houston is Saturday, February 11 at 9:00 am – and there are more opportunities to volunteer after that as well!
Bike shop volunteers at Freewheels Houston prep, repair, build and distribute bicycles that will enable refugees, veterans and young people from low-income families to get to work, school and other destinations.

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Worship this Weekend Feb. 4-5

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany at Christ the King Rice Village Campus
2353 Rice Blvd. Houston, TX 77005

Saturday, February 4
6:00 pm Contemplative Worship

Sunday, February 5
8:30 am Brief Order of Holy Communion
11:00 am Presentation of Jesus in the Temple (Candlemas) Fifth Sunday after Epiphany + Holy Communion
12:30 pm General Meeting Part 2

11 a.m. Worship Bulletin | Taking Faith Home Feb 5

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Worship at Christ the King
West Campus
12211 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77024

Sunday at 10:30 a.m. (in the Fellowship Hall)
Holy Communion

Christ the King Lutheran Church thanks you for your generous financial support. Offerings may be mailed to the church office, 2353 Rice Blvd, Houston, TX 77005, or online.

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