Why a Music Celebration
is Perfect for Christ the King Sunday!
Maybe you know that Christ the King Sunday is always the last Sunday of the liturgical year, the Sunday before Advent begins. But this year we are also holding our Music Sunday on Christ the King Sunday. What does the day itself means to us as Christians? Alan Murphy-Crouso was happy to provide some additional information for us. And turns out, it is a great day to hold a special musical celebration.
What is Christ the King Sunday and why should we care?
Christ the King Sunday was instituted in 1925 by Pope Pius XI in response to the tragedies of World War I and the secularism that was siezing the world. It is celebrated by most mainline Protestant and Anglican churches as well. It was initially started to push back against the individualsm that was rampant in the church and across western culture. In the Christian year we measure sacred time as we walk in step, with God and Jesus, through creation, Jesus coming to Earth, Jesus leaning into this identity and epiphany and walking with Jesus through lent to death on the cross, resurrection, glory. Christ the King Sunday stands as a pinacle in all of these events leading towards the logical and inevitable conclusion of Christ Jesus bringing all things into himself, wiping away every tear and establishing his kingdom.
We recognize Christ's Lordship over all creation and the cosmos. As it says in John 1: in the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God ... he was with God in the beginning and in this Sunday we affirm that the word was made flesh and that Jesus, the divine son will be over all things at the end of time as he was at the beginning.
It is an exclamation punctuating the lordship of Jesus at the end of time.
What attitude should I bring as a worshipper to this Sunday?
It is a time to recognize that all the sufferings and failings that are communicated through chaos have meaning. It points us to a time with Christ will fit all the broken pieces together and create new life out of death. Our attitude should be one of both humility and confidence in a God who leads through humility. It is where we can rest our hope and where we find strength to make it through these dark and hard days. God's Kingdom and Jesus' Lordship over His Kingdom is inevitable and it is good.
And then we move directly into Advent. We find the fulfillment of redemption in Jesus' birth and his taking on flesh as a baby. Christ the King is the conclusion for the work of God in the world, but it is also a springboard back into the story of hope and redemption and incarnation of Jesus.
And the Music?
Basically music and celebration is a fitting way to touch on the majesty and profound beauty that characterizes Christ's rule. As move through the service, we will move from Jesus' reign over creations, and then move more inward into Jesus' reign in our lives and once again pushing outwards through God's reign and ministry through the life of the Church.