Speaker - Steve Sundby
Message - A Post-Covid SBC: Changing Frameworks
(based on Psalm 145)
We extol you O God our King;
we will bless your name for ever and ever,
For you are great and greatly to be praised.
We shall speak of the glory of your kingdom, and talk of your power.
We shall make your mighty acts known to all people.
For your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
and your reign endures throughout all generations.
We worship you now, Amen.
All Creatures of Our God and King
As It Is in Heaven
The church is not a place; it is a people.
The church is not only a steeple above the treeline, streets, and cars.
Rather, it is a people proclaiming to the world that we are here
for the work of healing and of justice.
The church is not walls built stone upon stone, held together by mortar
but rather person, linked with person, linked with person:
all ages and genders and abilities— a community built on
the foundation of reason, faith, and love.
The church is not just a set of doors open on Sunday morning,
but the commitment day after day, and moment after moment,
of our hearts creaking open the doors of welcome
to the possibility of new experience and radical welcome.
The church is not simply a building, a steeple, a pew.
The church is the gathering together of all the people, and experiences,
and fear, and love, and hope in our resilient hearts;
gathering, however we can, to say to the world:
welcome, come in, lay down your heartache, and pick up hope and love.
For the church is us—each and every one of us—
together, a beacon of hope to this world that so sorely needs it.
In this world: kingdom living.
In our mouths: kingdom praises.
In our hearts: kingdom goals.
In our hands: kingdom gifts.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done
on earth as it is in heaven!