All Together – Sharing ways to live the Kingdom

A report on the All Together event held at the Cathedral on Saturday 10th October, by Bishop John.

Bishop_Graham_Climbing_WallIt was wonderful to see the Cathedral filled with over 800 people for our All Together event on Saturday 10 October. And not just the Cathedral itself: there were people from parishes doing all sorts of surprising things in and around both the Cathedral and the Diocesan Office. Perhaps some of you even tried the climbing wall, bouncy castle or skate park. I definitely spotted the Bishop of Dudley enjoying a bit of climbing!

12068942_960709390641513_6329700459573279092_oI’m sure that those of you who were there would agree that the worship was inspirational. Mark Russell, the Chief Executive of the Church Army and Canon of Worcester preached very powerfully and the roof seemed to lift from the cathedral with the power of the singing. All of us were fed with lunch which had been produced by the Cathedral Café in what appeared to be a miracle.

The whole day was a celebration: a celebration of the call of the people of all the 280 churches of the Diocese of Worcester to be a ‘Kingdom people’.

Jesus preached about the Kingdom of God and as Christians we believe that this is what he came to establish: the reign of God. We believe that it is our task to work for that reign, one in which values love, compassion, justice and freedom prevail.

You might think the idea of the Kingdom of God a bit ‘churchy’ and perhaps it is. But there’s nothing churchy about a society which is characterised by love, compassion, justice and freedom. If those values were to prevail the world would certainly be a better place, In fact, if they were completely to prevail things would be perfect and that’s what they will be like in God’s Kingdom. That’s what we pray for in the Lord’s Prayer: ‘Thy kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven.’

We try not just to pray for that kingdom but to work for it and all those people on who gathered on Saturday spent the day learning about how the better to do so. It’s great to see God’s people on the move, seeking to be a blessing in every community by promoting and embodying our kingdom values. I hope that everyone in our churches will want to join in and whether through bouncy castles and skate parks or through other less energetic means, work to bring about God’s Kingdom here on earth.

Loads of pictures taken on the day can be seen here on the Diocesan Facebook page.

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