November Worship Series
This series is about claiming the gifts of living in this life and yet fully participating in the reign of God, or what has been traditionally called the kingdom of God. The kingdom of God was the number one subject that Jesus came to share; therefore, it is something we continue to try to understand and embrace.
The word “reign” communicates a sense of authority or power. The idea of time is also conveyed this word. Whereas “king” is a person, and “kingdom” might be a place, reign suggests a time during which we might choose to live or a period of time in which we are participants in the reign. In this worship series we are choosing to be a part of the reign of God as an opportunity we offer to the whole world. As we begin to “see all the people,” we are inviting people to come and live with us in the reign of God and experience the glory of belonging and walking with the one who reigns over us.
The Scripture readings in this series point us toward a reality beyond our vision, yet that reality is central to our faith. Jesus says that we can live in this reality today, and not simply wait for the “someday” of our future. He tells us that this is a choice we make now, a way of seeing, a way of being members of God’s family and making our way through the world of today – a complex and often troubling world – fully engaged with God’s vision and promise. That’s what it means to be “abiding in the reign.”