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Christ the King
Christ the King Sunday Prayer
(A. Campbell Frazier, England, 20th Century, ALT):
Almighty God, who gave your Son Jesus Christ a realm,
where all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him;
make us loyal followers of our living Lord,
that we may always hear his word
follow his teachings, and live in his Spirit;
And hasten the day when every knee shall bow
and every tongue confess that he is Lord
to your eternal glory. Amen.
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a sermon based on Matthew 25:31-46
by Rev. Randy Quinn
There are two kinds of people in the world. There are
the people who separate the world into two parts and there are those who
In seminary I had a professor who had a word for those
who divided the world into two parts. And in almost every lecture he
gave, he found a way to use the word. Iíve only seen the word a couple
of times since my seminary days, and Iíve often wondered if I would ever
use it. In fact, we had an ongoing challenge to find ways to use the
word, but I never had an opportunity. Today is my first chance to use
Bifurcate. Have any of you ever heard the word before?
When you bifurcate something, you divide it into two pieces.
We often see that happen in political rhetoric, but it
doesnít just happen there.
We have the rich and the poor.
We have the educated and the illiterate.
We have the immigrant and the native.
We have the black and the white.
People live in the developed world or in a
I could go on, but I think you sense what it means to
bifurcate. Itís when you divide the world into two categories.
When Professor Young used the word, you knew he was
speaking about things in a negative way. He understood that God only
created one world. There is a divinely intended unity in our world. And
any attempts to bifurcate our world are, in his mind, sinful.
To bifurcate the world God created is to work against
the will of God. So he found the very concept offensive.
But I wonder what he would say if I suggested that
Jesus is bifurcating the world in our passage today. Jesus divides the
world into two types of people when he separates the sheep from the
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