Introduction to the readings for Reign of Christ Sunday,
November 26, 2017
This Sunday in worship, we celebrate endings and new beginnings of our three years of pastoral ministry with our current minister, Rev Liz
We also celebrate the last Sunday in the church calendar year, a Sunday often referred to in many churches as Reign of Christ Sunday.
Just so, we have a reading this morning come to us from one of the five books of Wisdom tradition, the book of Ecclesiastes.
Translated from Greek, the word Ecclesiastes means the ‘Preacher’ or the ‘Teacher’.
Listen with care then to these words of wisdom thought to have been composed some three centuries before Jesus walked the earth.
May they be a strong reminder of God’s abiding presence emanating out from the centre and encompassing all our experiences-from the most ordinary to the most sublime!
Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die;
A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
A time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to seek, and a time to lose;
A time to keep, and a time to throw away;
A time to tear, and a time to sew;
A time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate;
A time for war, and a time for peace.
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.
Listen to what the Spirit is saying to the Church.
Thanks be to God. Amen.