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Matthew 17:8 – “…when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.”

At Christ the King during this time after the Epiphany – for the last 7 weeks – we’ve been focusing on the major theme of identity. We focused on these three main questions: Who is Jesus? Who are we, the Church? Who am I, a Christian? The powerful story of the Transfiguration of our Lord brings us back to where we began: To Jesus.

In the life and ministry of the church, sometimes Jesus gets forgotten about. How is that even possible? I’m not sure, but it happens. We can easily get sidetracked by daily tasks, reports, planning for worship and the seasons of the church, looking at budget numbers, worship attendance numbers, reviewing curriculum, seeing what needs fixing on the church property, and so on. All important stuff and all of it needs to be done. But how do those things drive us to Jesus, specifically? How do those ordinary tasks connect us to the life Jesus imparts to his beloved people? That’s often where the disconnect is.
The same is true for life at home or at work: How is what I am doing point me, lead me to Jesus? We often forget that even in the most mundane of things, God is present and Jesus can be glorified as long as we lift up our eyes and keep Jesus our chief focus.

Daily tasks at home, at work, in the everyday life of the church glorifies Jesus how? Because Jesus needs faithful followers doing every day things dutifully and joyfully so that “others may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16). Planning for worship lifts up the power of Jesus name. Faithfully maintaining the gifts of the people of God and maintaining the church building glorifies Jesus because our “treasure is where our heart is” (Matthew 6:21) and since our heart belongs to Jesus, our treasure speaks to the faith we have been given.

The church is all about Jesus. Our lives as Christians are centered and revolve around Jesus. He is Lord. He is Savior. He lived, suffered, died, and rose again to bring us peace with the Father. Through the power and presence of the Holy Spirit, saving faith in Jesus is brought into the hearts of the adopted sons and daughters of God who once were estranged and His enemies (Romans 5:6-11).

The Church, the people of God, we’re all about Jesus. Sometimes things are just that simple. If you have some free time, check out this sermon from a few years’ back from Tullian Tchividjian where he brings that focus clearly to the forefront of our lives of faith.

Blessings to you all this week,
Pastor Chris

This Week at Christ the King:
Tuesday, February 21st – 1 PM Ladies’ JOY Book Club
5:15 PM Lay School for Mission
7:30 PM Men’s Dartball
Wednesday, February 22nd – 9 AM Quilting
9:30 AM Bible Study (Amos 7-9)
Thursday, February 23rd – 10 AM Coffee Clutch w/ the Staff
11:30 AM Thursday Theology (Mere Christianity, Book 3, chapters 7 & 8)
7 PM Confirmation Lock-In (pick up by 9 AM Friday morning)
Saturday, February 25th – 5 PM Worship w/ Holy Communion
Sunday, February 26th – 9 AM Faith Formation Classes
10:30 AM Worship w/ Holy Communion


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