“Whose side are you leanin’ on?”

               “I’m leanin’ on the Lord’s side?”

And so the song goes, proclaiming our allegiance and loyalty to God. 

 

This weekend we celebrate “Christ the King” Sunday that started in 1925 by the Catholic Church in response to a repressive Mexican government that was demanding total and absolute allegiance by its citizens. The Church responded by proclaiming “Cristo Rey!” or “Christ is King”. Shaped by their faith, they were not willing to bow down to a repressive government that did not have the best interest of its citizens as their focus.

 

I wonder today what’s pulling at us, demanding our allegiance. How are we making sure that our allegiance is first and foremost to God?

 

Our scriptures will be Ephesians 1:15-19 & Matthew 25:31-46

 

I hope the spirit of Thanksgiving continues to be a part of your day and look forward to seeing you in worship. Safe travels to all who will be on the road this weekend. 

 

               Pastor Kathy

 

*I want to extend a special welcome to our children to join us in worship this Sunday. We’ll have the children’s sermon, as we do every week, and then the children are invited to stay for the rest of the service. There will be no children’s Sunday School but the nursery will be available for kids up to age 5. There will be worship packets that the children can pick up at the back of the sanctuary. 

 

*This weekend we celebrate United Methodist Student Day Offering. Our gifts, combined with other United Methodists, provide scholarships to UM students every year. 

 

*If you miss worship, you can hear the sermons that are uploaded to our website (www.normalfirst.org). 

This Weekend in Worship – November 25 & 26, 2017