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Today's message focuses on "Your kingdom come", of the Lord's Prayer, found in Matthew 6:10.  The message explores two questions:  What is the kingdom?  What are we asking for?  

Continuing with our series on the Lord's Prayer, today we explore the second line of the prayer, "hallowed be your name" (Matthew 6:9(b)).  Our focus is on the significance and meaning of "hallowed", a word reserved to affirm our reverence for God.  

Our sermon series on the Lord's Prayer continues today with an examination of the first four words, "Our Father in heaven" (Matthew 6:9(a)).  This opening line is rich in content, reminding us that we are to offer up heartfelt prayer for other members within our adopted family; that our prayers should be genuine to prove our trust in Him; and that our prayers should be bold to demonstrate that we believe in His infinite power.    

Today we begin a new sermon series during which we will explore Jesus' gift of The Lord's Prayer.  Jesus' teaching comes to us as one of the topics (Matthew 6:5-15) covered in His famous Sermon on the Mount.  Ahead of the actual prayer, Jesus provides instruction on how we are not to pray.  

How do we offer help to those suffering even as we are going through a hard time ourselves?  David provides some answers.  In 1 Samuel 30:1-6, we learn of a raid that causes David to be distressed by the people's animosity towards him and by the capture of his wives.  He is able to overcome these emotions and strengthen himself in the Lord.  We can do the same if we remember who God is through worship, prayer and accepting that He is always deserving of our praise.  

What Now?

The beauty of road trips is not just about the arrival, but also about what can happen along the way.  Two men travelling to Emmaus discovered this and were changed forever.  In Luke 24:13-35, the two travellers came upon Jesus, who they did not recognize at first but ultimately came to understand that they had met and spoken with the risen One.  Their experience reminds us that, even in times such as these, God is with us; He is always present.  

Today, being Resurrection Sunday, we celebrate the event of all events.  Today, because of the risen Jesus, our hope is renewed and our faith strengthened.  In 1 Corinthians 15, we are assured of this truth and because He rose from the dead, history would never be the same.  For Christians especially it means we have been adopted into a growing family and because of His sacrifice, we can have hope.  

Today is Good Friday.  It is a difficult day but infinitely beautiful.  Seven hundred years beforehand, Isaiah 53 prophesizes the coming of Jesus, his suffering and death.  Jesus carried the consequences for our sin and died in our place.  He faithfully won our freedom.  

The theme of Colossians is the supremacy of Jesus - that He truly is the “Lord over all”. Paul concludes his letter to the church at Colossae with instructions to pray steadfastly and walk in wisdom towards outsiders.  We should pray individually and collectively as a church body.  In addition to our petitions, our prayers should also offer up thanksgiving and praise as we seek God's face.  Our relationships with those outside the church should offer encouragement and promote curiosity about the joy of Christian faith.  

Last week we examined what a life of worship looks like; in Collosians 3:18-4:1, today we consider how a life of worship and submission plays out.  Paul talks about three relationships:  between husband and wife; parents and children; master and bond servants (employees in today's culture).  We learn from his instruction that we cannot thrive in any relationship without the Lord.  This particular time is opportune to evaluate how we are doing in those relationships.   

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