I’m a citizen of the United States because I was born here. Two of our children were, for a time, also citizens of Canada because they were born there. Entry into God’s kingdom, however, does not come by birth but by rebirth. I entered his kingdom not through parents who give breath but through the Spirit who works faith. “My kingdom is not of this world,” Jesus told Pilate (John 18:36). It’s a heavenly one, a kingdom of grace. It’s made up of all believers in Jesus. And believers are those reborn by the Holy Spirit through the means of grace, the gospel in Word and sacraments. All such are citizens of a kingdom more wonderful than any on earth, with a loving King whose grace gladdens their hearts.
So what am I asking in this petition the Savior has taught me? First of all, I’m praying for myself. With “your kingdom come,” I’m expressing appreciation to the One whose grace has plucked me out of Satan’s kingdom of darkness. With these same words, I’m asking for assistance, admitting my realization that faith continues, only as it comes, by the working of the Spirit. Also, I’m stating my assurance that he who has brought me into Christ’s kingdom will surely keep me in faith until I reach his kingdom of glory in heaven.
With “your kingdom come,” I’m praying also for others.
I want them to join me in Christ’s wonderful kingdom. I want many more to share with me in the forgiveness and peace that comes when Christ rules over the heart. “Your kingdom come,” my heart whispers for each baby brought to my church’s baptismal font. For each family member to whom I teach the Word. For each neighbor I try to reach. To the millions of lost ones in different cities and foreign lands where missionaries have gone in my place. “Please, gracious Lord,” I’m praying, “send your Spirit to work with your powerful gospel in their hearts too.”
I dare not forget that this is God’s kingdom. He brings whom he wills into his fold. He stymies the base efforts of the devil to stop the coming of his kingdom. But I also need to remember that he has made me a partner in his precious kingdom work. He’s asking me to get his Word out—that powerful gospel message through which alone he makes his kingdom come. Every time I pray this petition, I’m asking God to use me in spreading his Word wherever, whenever, and to whomever I can.
The Mission Petition, they call it. Now I see why.
7:00 PM Sunday:
Sunday School and Adult Bible Study
September thru May
10:15 AM - 11:00 AM
coffee and treats
Summer Sunday Worship services
Memorial Day weekend thru Labor Day weekend
no Sunday School
Fellowship coffee/snacks following Sunday service:
19 min Bible Study Sundays
Holy Communion is celebrated on the first and third Sundays of the month and the Wednesdays preceding these Sundays. The WELS synod practices close communion, contact Pastor Barlow for more information.
MONTH at a GLANCE
UPCOMING EVENTS for October & November
Men of His Word
Saturday, Oct. 26th
Rochester Mayo Civic Center
leaving church at 5:00 AM
Welcome Home Sunday Sunday Oct. 27th
Worship 10:00 AM
Lunch 11:30 AM
Sunday Nov. 3rd
Tuesday Nov. 5th
Handbell Choir practice
Men's Breakfast Bible Study
Sat. Nov. 16th