Updated: Apr 19, 2020
"The Kingdom of God is like...?"
What immediately comes to mind when you hear these words? Well, we’re going to find out more together over the next seven weeks on Sundays at 1030 and there are resources here for you to use as individuals, households and online life groups. There's a spotify playlist to accompany this series, here too!
For the last two years we have linked with the national Thy Kingdom Come initiative meeting to pray morning or evening for our community and nation. ‘Everyone prays in the end’ was the comment used to seek to connect with individuals and households as we reached out inviting prayer requests. ‘Thy Kingdom come’ was the repeated prayer we prayed as we came before God on behalf of those who felt unable to pray for themselves. Whilst this year will look and feel very different in the period 21st-31st May as we are not able to visit every household, we are not able to be together at 7am or 7pm to pray or to have the encouragement of requests for, and answers to, prayer in the same way, God is still the same and we remain called to pray particularly in these days. There is a sense that possibly more than ever people are open to the things of God – a seeking and searching to make sense of the world we currently find ourselves in and the good news is that Jesus always wants to be found!
So, over the next seven weeks, 19th April – 31st May, we will look again at the familiar-and-at-times-mystifying parables and find ourselves challenged, excited, renewed and even more committed to seek ‘Thy Kingdom Come’: having a better understanding of what the Kingdom of God is and what it is we are praying for. Who knows how our world will change in that time … will we still be in lockdown? Will schools, shops and businesses be open? Will we be able to marry and bury our dead? Will we be able to see and hug our loved ones? Whilst there is much that is unknown, the truths about God and His kingdom are unchanging and one thing is for sure He doesn’t want us to stay the same!!
In these weeks will we seek Him more closely? Will we be committed to being ‘good ground’ for the Word of God to take root? Will we open our hearts, minds, wills and indeed lives and let the Holy Spirit grow good fruit in your life and mine? Will we be found by the Father afresh and will we trust Him to know what is best in all things?
‘Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name
Your kingdom come
Your will be done, Lord, in these days’
And the people of God said ‘Amen’!