The news has been filled with royalty these past few weeks. Queen Beatrix abdicated the Dutch throne to allow her son, King Willem-Alexander to ascend and assume his responsibilities. Meanwhile, in Great Britain, the Duchess of Cambridge is almost daily featured in the news as the world watches her “baby bump” and speculates whether Will and Kate will have a male or female heir. News has begun leaking out on cast changes and story lines for season four of “Downtown Abbey” (ok, that’s not “real” royalty but for today’s purposes it qualifies).
There seems to be a particular fascination with royalty in American culture perhaps due in part to the absence of any in our culture. So we create royalty. Apart from the captivation which European royalty holds, we make pseudo-royalty of actors, politicians celebrities, sports figures and a host of others and grant them attributes of character and nobility which are dangerous to endow others with. Something about all of this appeals to our sense of dignity and grace and to our need that someone transcends the lives that we mere mortals live.
Having said that, I hope you will be present Sunday as we welcome royalty to FUMCC. The 2013 Confirmation Class will be joining the church and assuming their place in this “holy nation and royal priesthood” that we call the church. If you were present last week, you heard Kriste Nunnally tell of the Sunday that her daughter came home and announced that she was a princess, a child of God who is the King of kings. She was right and this Sunday we will acknowledge the royalty that each of our confirmands can rightly claim as his or hers.
As we continue our sermon series on baptism, we will consider the passage from 1 Peter 2:4-10 that reminds us of our place in the kingdom. We will reflect together on what it means to be “a holy nation, a royal priesthood, God’s own people.” We will bow to the One who sits on the throne and celebrate as his sons and daughters take their place in this royal, holy, priestly work that we call church.
You don’t want to miss it. Princes and Princesses will be running around all over the place. It’ll be an ideal place to watch for royalty.
Grace and peace.