Your Kingdom


Great God,
We need to remember
    that how things are now is not how they’ve always been;
    and it’s not how they always will be.
We need to remember
    that your kingdom has come,
    that it is growing among us now,
    and that the time will come
        when it fills the world with justice and love.
And so we pray for your coming,
    to those around the world
        whose poverty, pain, trauma, and grief
        make your kingdom feel like a pipe dream;
    to those in our community
        who long to see your love and justice
        expressed through your followers;
    to those in your Church
        who seek to be faithful and to make a difference
        while juggling the needs of themselves and their families;
    and to us,
        who long to know you more,
        and to live as citizens of your kingdom
            in this place and time.
May your coming be something we hope for,
    but also be something we experience
        moment by moment.
In Jesus’ Name;

John van de Laar, South African Methodist worship minster


I will tell of the decree:
The Lord said to me, “You are my Son;
    today I have begotten you.
Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,
    and the ends of the earth your possession.

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