PICTOU – Kathy and Don Krober greeted the congregation on the Reign of Christ Sunday. Rev. Iona MacLean lit the Worship Candles.
During the children's story, Rev. MacLean shared a picture from our church calendar of two girls making crafts together. One of them was wearing a handmade crown. The message with the photo was that Jesus is a king of love and He wants us to share love and good deeds to live a life honoring Him. We can do this by showing grace and love toward others in our lives.
Readings were: Jeremiah 23:1-6; Luke 1:68-79 (a song of praise by Zachariah) was sung; Colossians 1:11-20 and Luke 23:33-43. The Senior Choir, accompanied by organist Joan Clark, sang Jesus Is Lord of All. Offering was gathered by Vicki Campbell, Gerry Davidson, Kenny Feltmate and Milton Scanlan.
The text of the sermon, The Realm of Reconciliation, was from Colossians 1:19-20. The Gospel commands us to seek peace and justice for an equitable society. Christ is a righteous ruler – a Sovereign Lord – who created all things for Him and through Him. He gave us a powerful example of the spilled blood of His own Son to bring us healing reconciliation, forgiveness and peace. John F Kennedy was inspired to say: "Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country." We, as Christians, must set the example of serving, of reconciling differences and hurts, to place our feet on a path toward a society of tolerance, hope, love, justice and peace. It is never too late to begin: one of the criminals dying on the cross beside Jesus was welcomed by Him into Paradise because he recognized Jesus' innocence, His power to forgive, and His sovereignty.
Submitted by Carol MacKay