A New City

Last night, during our family bedtime routine, I asked the kids to practice saying the Lord’s Prayer. Robbie rattled it off. Isaiah, trying to beat his brother, stumbled over a few words. And Brynn just gave up and said, “I can’t do it.” So, I walked her through it phrase by phrase.

“…Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

With all the problems that continue to plague our city, that’s the phrase I’ve been praying the most over the last year. I long to see God’s kingdom come––where shame and guilt are replaced with dignity and grace, where broken families are healed and growing, where people are not judged by the color of their skin or the size of their bank account, where everyone is treated fairly, where there is no more sickness or death, and where God is glorified in all things great and small.

And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true” (Revelation 21:2–5).

This kingdom prayer and this heavenly vision are central to the work God has called us to do here in Orangeburg. So I’m excited to tell you that we have named the mission church New City Fellowship!

May God’s church be a foretaste of the New City that he will establish in heaven.

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