Dear Congregational Family,

1. Christ the King Sunday: This Sunday is the last Sunday of the year according to the Church calendar. The following Sunday will be the beginning of Advent, which is the beginning of the Church Year. This Sunday as we “end the year” we celebrate that Christ is King of kings and Lord of lords! This Sunday we will hear what it means for Christ to be King as our Scripture lessons remind us that the Crown also involved the Cross.

2. Psalm 2: In the psalm for this Sunday, God declares, “I have installed My King upon Zion, My holy mountain.” Zion, the holy mountain of God, has a two-fold meaning. It is earthly Jerusalem and also the New Jerusalem of heaven. It was outside the city of Jerusalem where Jesus was lifted up on the Cross as the “King of the Jews,” and where He died in order to bring salvation to all who believe and receive Him as King. In the New Jerusalem of heaven Jesus reigns for all eternity. Blessed be the King of kings!

3. Contemporary Liturgical Service: This Saturday is our Contemporary Liturgical Service. It is amazing that Ruthfred, which is a liturgical church, has a worship team of this caliber! When I was visiting churches during my Sabbatical, I was surprised that a number of them, which only had a “contemporary” worship service, did not have a worship team nearly as talented as ours! It has also been a joy to see some of our youth get involved with this as well. Please use this as an opportunity to invite others to come to Ruthfred!

4. Thanksgiving: Next week is Thanksgiving! Our Thanksgiving service will be on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. It is a joyful and festive service! Plan now to come and worship the Lord and give thanks!

5. Sermon: Title: “Christ The King“
Text: Luke 23:1-3, 26-43

God bless you as we continue,

“Growing Together in our Faith as the Family of God.”

Pastor Carlson