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Reflection for Sunday, November 25

Due to cancelled worship services last Sunday, Pastor Zach provided the following reflection through Facebook on Sunday's Gospel Lesson.

Reading for November 25th:

John 18:33-37

33 Then Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, ‘Are you the King of the Jews?’ 34Jesus answered, ‘Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?’ 35Pilate replied, ‘I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me. What have you done?’ 36Jesus answered, ‘My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.’ 37Pilate asked him, ‘So you are a king?’ Jesus answered, ‘You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.’ (



“So you are a king?” That question from Pilate shows us that he, and many others, never understood the words that Jesus was giving them. Which really shouldn’t surprise us since those closest to Jesus, the disciples, were always twisting and screwing up the messages he gave them. How could one expect a nonbeliever to grasp the concept of Jesus as King in a new and different way.

This Sunday is when churches celebrate what is called “Reign of Christ” or “Christ the King” Sunday. It’s easy to get caught up in the king imagery and only think about classic European monarchs and all the regalia that came with those eras. Images of castles, crowns, banquet feasts, wars, and armor come to our mind. We imagine a political ruler and way of living under the “rule” of this new leader, Jesus.

These images might be a good start for us to connect with Jesus taking over control of our life, but it isn’t really the heart of the message he left us, nor is it what he meant when he responded to Pilate’s question of, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus gave us a glimpse throughout his ministry of a different kind of kingdom and different kind of king. We must tackle that idea to really understand what it means to have Christ reign in our lives.

The Kingdom is upon us in the Word become flesh and in our response to God’s grace. When we respond faithfully and with goodness, we are within the Kingdom and can begin to experience it. Jesus taught us to pray that “thy Kingdom come” and demonstrated that what happens here and now matters. If it were all about paying a price and adhering to a code there would be no need for the healing of a withered hand on the Sabbath. That is, there wouldn’t have been need for Jesus to buck the system and show that God’s Kingdom is a way of life, not merely a set of rules.

The Scriptures are full of stories in both testaments that show people trying to faithfully live in a way that pleases God by adhering to strict rules and harsh punishments, but they have always fallen short. The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ changed all of that for us, and should cause us to pause and think about what the Kingdom really is. Our communities and churches are full of people who feel separated and alone, and it is through an understanding of the Kingdom of God that the separation can go away.

So many signs of this new rule of Christ and God’s Kingdom here on earth aren’t large acts or miracles, but are done by small groups of people without formal structure or support. It is done out of an understanding that the church is the mirror of the Light of Christ, and that the world can change through enough small acts of kindness. So often it feels that people are willing to sit and wait for good to happen and at least live in hope that life eternal will grant them some relief if this world is not ideal for them, however, that is not how I understand the Kingdom of God, and I don’t believe it’s what Jesus alludes to in his response to Pilate in his final moments. Through the constant offering of ourselves to God daily, we can realize that small acts can be a light to others, so imagine what could happen on a larger scale if all of the church universal lived into that mentality. God’s Kingdom is something to be discovered here and now, and we are to be the co-creators in that new possibility through God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.

Special Celebration Set for Dec 1st

On December 1st at 4:00pm, Goodland UMC will host a special celebration event called “Bless the Years.” This is to celebrate our members who have reached 90-plus years of age. We realized just how many living saints we have in this congregation and want to take some time to recognize and honor them.

The celebration will include a short worship service and a special supper. We invite our church members to join us in this celebration.

If you are in need of a ride to this event, please contact the church office. We are attempting to get volunteers to pick up anyone who wants to attent but can't drive themselves.

Youth Christmas Party

December 12th @ 6:30pm

Contest for "Ugliest & Most Creative" Christmas Sweater

Youth are asked to bring a snack to share with the group.
Weather Closing Procedures
During this time of year, it may become necessary to cancel worship services and activities because of weather conditions. When these decisions are made, it will be made with the safety of our members at the forefront of our minds. When we do need to cancel we will use the following methods to inform everyone. Please check these sources before heading out on Sundays when the weather conditions merit:

Local Radio
Praying Together 
For the rest of 2018 you are invited to join as an entire church to be in prayer for the future and mission of our church. We have provided a calendar that lists a daily Scripture reading and prayer focus from now until the end of the year. You can find the calendar on our website. The calendar can also be downloaded here
Pianos Available
We have 2 pianos available to a good home. They are on display in the Meeting Room on the 1st floor of the main building. The are free of charge. If you are interested, please contact the church office. 
Prayer List
Jeanne Harding, Alberta Hayden, J.B. McClure, Lois Sieck, Marsha McGillivray, Alvin Zimbelman, Marsha Smith, Iris Irvin, Gordon Colip, Fern Hawks, Elmarie Nelson, Dianne Merz

Weekly Worship


Worship 10:30am 
KidZone 10:45am (Sundays during worship)


reNEW Youth Wednesdays 6:30-8:00pm
      (7th-12th Grades)

Daily Radio Devotion

Radio devotions are broadcasted through KLOE 730AM and KKCI 102.5FM here in Goodland each weekday at 6:10 a.m. (MT) They can also be found on our website and Facebook page.
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