Ephesians 1:15-23 and Matthew 25:31-46
Preached FCCW November 26, 2017 (Christ the King Sunday)
There is a story that comes to us from out of the 16th century about a great leader of the church by the name of Bishop Hugh Latimer.
One Sunday morning he entered his pulpit and looked out to see King Henry VIII in the congregation.
I’m guessing that Old Henry wasn’t hard to spot out there in the pews.
He might have worn his crown and carried his scepter.
At the very least, he would have been wearing his Sunday best, which is saying something when you’re talking about a King’s wardrobe.
You might think that Bishop Latimer would have been greatly honored at the unexpected presence of his sovereign monarch in his church.
Except that he knew that the sermon he prepared to preach that day would not go well with King Henry.
He thought for a moment and then said to himself, but out loud for all to hear, “Latimer, be careful what you say today; King Henry is here.”
Almost as quickly as Latimer felt the pressure to tailor the sermon he was ready to preach so that it would not offend King Henry, something reminded him of another monarch who was also in attendance.