We are nearing the end of the Church’s year (this year 20th November), and we finish with a great celebration: the last Sunday of the year is called “Christ the King”. It brings to a fitting conclusion the full cycle, which started with the earnest looking forward to the One long awaited, who would be the King of kings. Through the seasons we have followed his life, death, resurrection and ascension into heaven in glory. And we finish by celebrating and acknowledging that this King who came (Jesus), is also the one who is to come again, and is the King before whom every knee will bow.
Meanwhile, as we wait for the fulfillment of these things, we live in expectation, as Christ’s body, the church – part of that ongoing and growing group of people, past and present, who have acknowledged Jesus as Lord and Saviour. Those of us who are part of the church today continue to maintain that witness, in the footsteps of countless others who have gone before us. So the month of November begins with another celebration – this time, of all God’s faithful people on the occasion known as “All Saints Day”.
November is a time of both looking back at what has been, and looking forward to what is to come – and celebrating.