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Looking Toward Sunday, October 6, 2019

This week, we look forward to World Communion Sunday, a day in which churches across the globe celebrate our oneness as the family of God. We are united in Christ, from east, west, north, and south, each time we come to the communion table. It seems fitting that, as we continue our series on the Lord’s Prayer, we turn our attention to “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

In the story about the tower of Babel, God is troubled by the superpower mentality that is brewing as the people of Shinar build a city, aimed for the heavens. God is concerned that they are getting too big for their britches . . . that they’ll soon be powerful enough to do whatever they want. So God takes their one language and makes it many, and sends them out across the world. Clearly God’s dreams of kingdom and our dreams of kingdom are not the same. And what does it mean for that kingdom to come, not in some distant future in heaven, but now on earth?

It’s a great day to contemplate God’s creation of all our languages and the people that speak them. We’ll collect the Peace and Global Witness Offering, enjoy worship filled with words and music from Christian communities across the globe, and break bread baked by Just Bakery, a nonprofit made up of fairly paid refugees, in Clarkston.

Scripture: Genesis 11:1-9

Sermon: “Thy Kingdom Come, Etc.”

I hope to have the chance to praise God with you on one of my favorite Sundays of the year.

See you in the pews,