What does it mean to claim Jesus as supreme ruler of the Universe over all? How does that affect our allegiances and how we respond to threats around us as well as fulfill our calling? And just what do we mean by "God and Country"?
Please listen to the sermon rather than read it. The text is included for your convenience, but it is not entirely like the delivered version, which includes nuances that can't be read.
Sermon delivered at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Berkeley.
November 22, 2015 - Christ the King Sunday / 26th Sunday after Pentecost
"One Creation, Under God". Text is from John 18:33-37
Good morning to you my sisters and brothers in Christ, saints and sinners, children of God.
There are many different ways to end the year. Most of the western world commonly celebrate it on December 31, where our calendar ends and the date will move from 2015 to 2016. I know that many of us will have fond memories of 2015, while others will be of the attitude that they couldn't wait for this year to end. I myself have had some great joys, becoming pastor of this congregation being one of them, as well as moving into a new house, as of yesterday. But I also lost my grandmother in January and one other very good friend only last month.