THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS AT HAND
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Dear friends of Lewinsville,
In the gospel of Mark, the first words that Jesus speaks are, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand” (Mark 1:15). The PCUSA Book of Order teaches us that one of the primary purposes of the church is “the exhibition of the Kingdom of Heaven to the world.” We are called to be “kingdom people.”
The kingdoms of the world tend to promote greed, violence, fear, anxiety, and selfish control. The church offers an alternative to these. We are called to live different kinds of lives, to be “kingdom people” who live with compassion, justice, peace, and joy, as we interact with the challenges and problems that face us in our world.
Lent is a powerful time to reflect on what this looks like. What does it mean for Lewinsville participants to embody the values of the kingdom of God at this time in history, in our community? What sorts of activities should we be up to, as citizens of the kingdom of God, in our wider neighborhood? During these turbulent and divided times in our society, we have an opportunity to reflect on how we, as a congregation, might promote social healing. At a time when many people are lonely and isolated, we offer small groups as a way for people to build meaningful relationships.
All of these, and many more, are ways that we demonstrate our hopeful conviction that the kingdom of God is at hand.
It is our joy to offer you this Lenten devotional booklet, organized around the theme of “the kingdom of God is at hand” and written by members of the Lewinsville congregation. We invite you to use these readings as part of your daily spiritual practice during Lent. Our prayer is that they may help you to reflect on the gracious kingdom of God and your part in that kingdom.
We offer our deep and profound thanks to all who have contributed their time, energy, and love to the production of this booklet – the writers, coordinators, and editors.
Lenten blessings to you,
The Kingdom of God is at Hand
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