In a year of contention and partisan rhetoric surrounding the national election, Christians also threaten to become a people divided. For the potentially divisive time after the election, a group of denominational staff have planned a worship emphasis based instead on the New Testament understanding that followers of Christ are a people with one ruler, from Philippians 3:20:
“But our citizenship is in heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Original resources written by a number of church leaders are available at www.brethren.org/onepeople to help invite congregations entering into preparations for Christmas to spend this Sunday recalling that “our citizenship is in heaven”:
- A brief reflection by Annual Conference moderator Robert Krouse, pastor at Little Swatara Church of the Brethren in Bethel, Pa.
- A prayer written by Annual Conference moderator-elect Nancy S. Heishman, interim co-pastor at West Charleston Church of the Brethren in Tipp City, Ohio
- A sermon outline by Tim Harvey, pastor of Roanoke (Va.) Central Church of the Brethren
- A litany, including scripture, written for four readers and congregation by Ray Hileman, pastor of First Church of the Brethren in Miami, Fla.
- A responsive prayer by Jennifer Hosler of Washington (D.C.) City Church of the Brethren
- A video clip titled “Kingdom Citizens,” in which renowned Latin American theologian and author Rene Padilla discusses Christian citizenship and God's sovereignty
Source: 10/18/2012 Newsline