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Between Sundays for Week of November 21, 2022

If you are anything like Pastor Amy, you haven’t given much thought to the many things we call “keys” in English. From what unlocks a door to the keys on a piano or computer keyboard, to markings on a basketball court and the Rosetta stone, a key is of paramount or crucial importance.  The one for whom we wait is also a key.  This week, we wait with hopeful anticipation for Jesus, the Key of David.

As we learn in the book of Isaiah, we wait for the Messiah, the one who would inherit King David’s thrones, the key to opening a new way for God’s people, the way of justice and peace.  Jesus is the key of David, who opens this new way of life for us through his death on the cross.

Jesus is key to teaching us how to live with one another, and opening our own lives to the healing he offers.  This week, we ponder how Jesus is key in our life of faith, reflect on these questions:

  • What in our life has been locked and needs opening?
  • How might Jesus be key to opening a new way for us?

This week, we pray:

O Come, O Key of David, Come,

and open wide our heav’nly home;

make safe the way that leads on high,

and close the path to misery.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to you, O people of God at Bethlehem.

P.S. Would you like to reflect more deeply on the aspects of God for whom we wait? Share in conversation after worship at 10:15 in the sanctuary with a Pastor during the weeks of Advent.

P.P.S. Are you looking for a resource to guide your Advent reflection at home? We commend to you The Season of Waiting (And waiting…and waiting…) by Kate Bowler. The devotional starts on November 27 (the more traditional first Sunday of Advent) and includes a Scripture and reflection for each day that weaves together real life and ancient church traditions.  It’s hope-filled and invites us into the tension of waiting for the One who was and who is and who is to come.  You can download it from Kate Bowler’s website or contact the church office if you need a print a copy.

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O come, O Key of David, come… we know these words from the old carol, O come, O come, Emanuel. But what does it mean that we call Jesus, “key of David.” Pastor Amy does some digging in scripture to help us understand where this title comes from and invites us to consider what it means for our life of faith.


Hoping to celebrate the lordship of Christ in a world of increasingly secular and non-Christian empires, Pope Pius XI inaugurated in 1925 a Sunday dedicated to Christ as King. Originally Roman Catholics celebrated Christ the King on the last Sunday in October, to precede the feast of All Saints, yet also to counter the Protestant celebration of the Reformation. When the Roman Catholics proposed the three-year lectionary after the Second Vatican Council, Christ the King was moved to the final Sunday of the liturgical year. The Revised Common Lectionary has retained the festival. Its emphasis on the eschatological majesty of Christ leads well into Advent (and fits well within our Reimagined/Extended Advent!). The festival of Christ the King was November 20 this year.