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January Message Series
Services at 9am and 10:45am (Kids Ministry is at both services)
When we pray the Lord’s Prayer, asking “Your will be done here on earth, as it is in Heaven” it is a big, big ask that has nothing to do with clouds and harps and cream cheese. Far from it. We are asking to be in the place where God’s authority has full reign, is fully realized and is made complete. Yet our cultural creations of heaven feel a bit thin – there is little to do and little to see and little to hope for – just endless clouds and images of the Sistine Chapel. But heaven is more than that and God reveals more of it to us through scripture. We can’t have all the answers to what we haven’t experienced, but we can ask all the questions and anticipate the amazing place just beyond our grasp.
A Church Like Heaven
In his vision described in the book of Revelation, John sees a “great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb.” Everyone, from everywhere, together and yet not made the same. Imagine that! Imagine the beauty of God’s beloved children standing side-by-side, looking in one direction, at peace, enjoying the all-surpassing presence of God. What if the church today could look like that? What if we called people together in an ever divided world? What if, in a posture of unity, humility, meekness and graciousness, we could experience a small, stunning sliver of heaven? Who wouldn’t want a church like that?