Pastor Jim's Weekly Message
Can you believe we are at the end of our church calendar? This Sunday is the final Sunday before the beginning of Advent. We will continue to celebrate Native American Heritage Month by collecting supplies for the Wanblee Sioux Community. Please bring in your non-perishables, baby supplies and diapers and monetary contributions for heaters. Our service this Sunday will be a special service celebrating our Native American Neighbors and will include prayers and readings from the First Nations Translation of the Bible. Please join us.
On this Sunday, we celebrate Christ as OUR king, OUR leader, OUR guide and OUR brother. The bonds that we have through Christ are stronger than any other bonds we may identify with. Our bonds through Christ are stronger than political ties, ethnic ties, racial ties, or geographic ties. We are bound together through Christ. We declare that this Sunday and because we do it this Sunday, Advent has such a greater meaning to us. Let us declare together that Christ is OUR king and then let us prepare together for his arrival.
God Bless you and keep you in his loving care. Stay safe! Stay healthy! If we can do anything for you, please call the office.
This Week’s Gospel: Matthew 25:31-46
Jesus compares himself to a king who moves among his subjects to see how he is treated: what is done for the least of those who belong to his family is truly done for him.
[Jesus said to the disciples:] 31“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. 32All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, 33and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. 34Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; 35for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ 37Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? 38And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? 39And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ 40And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family you did it to me.’ 41Then he will say to those at his left hand, ‘You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; 42for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44Then they also will answer, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?’ 45Then he will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ 46And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
This Week at St. Mark's
Saturday, Nov 21 - Strings of Praise Practice 10 AM, Katie’s Ladies 10 AM
Sunday, Nov 22 - Christ the King - Traditional Service 8:30 AM, Sunday School 9:30 AM, Blended Service 10:45 AM, First Communion, Scouts, Strings of Praise, Scout Den 5:45 PM, Narcotics Anonymous 7 PM
Monday, Nov 23 - Pastor on Vacation
Tuesday, Nov 24 - Pastor on Vacation, Food Pantry 4 PM, Christian Ed Meeting 7 PM
Wednesday, Nov 25 - Pastor on Vacation, Bible Study 11 AM, AA & Al-Anon 7:30 PM
Thursday, Nov 26 - Pastor on Vacation, Thanksgiving Day, Office Closed
Friday, Nov 27 - Pastor on Vacation, Girl Scouts 5:30 PM
Saturday, Nov 28 - Pastor on Vacation, Scouts 1 PM
Sunday, Nov 29 - Pastor on Vacation, 1st Sunday of Advent, Traditional Service 8:30 AM, Sunday School 9:30 AM, Blended Service 10:45 AM, Threefold Blessing, Narcotics Anonymous 7 PM
OFFICE IS CLOSED ON FRIDAY’S