A week from Sunday, on the Feast of the Reign of Christ, Holy Covenant UMC in Chicago—where I work part time as a musician—is holding its second annual service spotlighting the music of Bob Dylan. (Not calling it a Dylancharist.) If you're in Chicago the evening of 11/24, come out and join us. Below is the piece I wrote for the church newsletter.
Season after Pentecost | Reign of Christ (Year B)
Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14 (Psalm 93); Revelation 1:4b-8; John 18:33-37 | Semi-continuous first reading: 2 Samuel 23:1-7 (Psalm 132:1-12, [13-18])
While my home church sang praises to King Jesus and also ran a food pantry, the Feast of the Reign of Christ boldly proclaims that the hungry won't be hungry forever. While others in the '60s juxtaposed sweet harmonies with earnestly social lyrics, Dylan conjured a complex vision of social upheaval—a vision both threatening and profoundly hopeful.
This Sunday is the Feast of Christ the King. All of the readings for this Sunday focus on kingship—David’s, God’s, Jesus’. Jesus’ views on kingship are revealed in his famous discussion with Pilate. Jesus makes it clear that his kingship is directed at testifying to the truth. Jesus is a king with a specific mission: he has come into the world to testify to the truth.
by Stephen FowlNovember 19, 2012