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Your Kingdom Come

After reading this Sunday’s gospel lesson, I’ve been thinking about how many different ways we are growing God’s kingdom. In Mark 4, Jesus talks about scattering the tiniest mustard seed, which grows into a large plant and provides a home for others in its shade. I love that picture of sharing our faith for so many reasons: we may feel that it’s small, but we share it anyway. As we send it out in many directions, it is nourished and thrives, growing stronger. Its purpose is not to demand perfection, but to provide care for others. This is how Jesus describes the kingdom of God.

What do you think of when you pray “… your Kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven…”? I’ve always imagined heaven to be a place of perfection: perfect peace, perfect health, perfect wholeness. But those who know me well know that I never strive for perfection; it’s one of the things I love about music — you can interpret it so many ways that perfection isn’t possible! Perhaps growing God’s kingdom is more about perfect love. And by perfect, I mean fully, genuinely, unselfishly showing God’s love to others.

We listen to each other. We share our joys and our sorrows. We reach out beyond our comfort zone to care for strangers, in Guatemala and in our own back yards. We are vulnerable as we express our doubts and lean on each other as we grow in our faith.

Without a doubt, we are growing God’s kingdom.

Heather Lewis
Director of Worship and Music
Director of Youth Ministry

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