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Matthew 11:3 – “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?”¬†

This upcoming weekend is the 3rd Sunday of Advent already – December is moving right along! This week we hear again from John the Baptist though this time it is through some of his disciples. John was imprisoned for calling out Herod for his lewd and inappropriate conduct with his brother’s wife. In Matthew 11, John sends a little delegation to Jesus and asks, “Are you the one…?” Is this strong man of faith having doubts about Jesus now? Is this prophetic preacher wavering in the midst of his suffering? On the surface it might seem like that but what seems to be going on is John noticing a missing aspect to Jesus’ ministry. What’s missing? The ushering in of God’s judgment on the nations. All Jesus has been doing so far is teaching, preaching, healing, visiting, bringing comfort and peace to a weary world caught in sin. It’s not a bad question by John, but John’s timing is all off. The judgment will come, but for now it’s about the message of the Gospel. For now it’s about winning hearts, minds, and lives for Jesus. Thanks be to God we find ourselves still within this time of common grace where the Father “…makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust” (Matthew 4:45). May the sweet news of the Gospel continue to saturate the hearts, minds, and lives of many so that the Lord’s Church continues to grow and continues to reach out in love and witness to saving mercy of the Lord.
In Christ,
Pastor Chris

This week at Christ the King:
Tuesday – 5:15 PM – Lay School for Mission
7 PM – Dartball
Wednesday – 9 AM – Quilting
9:30 AM – Bible Study on Judith, 8-16
10:45 AM – Parish Life Committee
6 PM – Advent/Christmas Choir
7 PM – Advent Wednesday Worship
Thursday – 10 AM Coffee Clutch w/ the Staff
11:30 AM – Thursday Theology
Saturday – 5 PM Worship w/ Holy Communion
Sunday – 9 AM Faith Formation
10:30 AM – Worship w/ Holy Communion
12 PM – Executive Committee


Weekend Worship is at
5 p.m. on Saturdays
10:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings.
Communion is celebrated at every service and a staffed nursery is available during the 10:30 worship

Youth Faith Formation
(Sunday School)
Every Sunday from
9:00 – 10:15 am

Christ the King Lutheran Church
1230 N. 18th St.
Escanaba, Michigan
Phone: 906-786-7400