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Thy Kingdom Come...

A senior pastor's perspective - by Marcus Murphy

 Sunday, August 3, 2014 marked a significant day for the expression of the reality of the Kingdom of God in our city.  Four southeast Lubbock congregations (comprising three Christian traditions) met together for praise, worship and prayer in Ribble Park. This was an unprecedented gathering, in that it occurred during the traditional morning worship time for these congregations.  Each fellowship laid down their times, traditions, agendas and buildings to meet with God in unified worship out in the open space between them.  Rich Smith led a worship team of members from these congregations, and the pastors read scripture,  spoke words of encouragement and prayed over the gathering.

 The Holy Spirit’s call to gather in Ribble Park is profoundly significant.  From the Urban Dictionary


1. a small, mildly disorderly crowd; huddle.
2. the ribble, the common people: The well to do held the ribble in quasi contempt.

1. a meek rallying cry. To be used in the place of "rabble" when the crowd is not large enough or enthusiastic enough to warrant the superlative form.
2. the diminutive form of rabble 

Thus, we see the prophetic nature of what the Lord was doing and saying on that day.  Throughout Scripture, we see God initiating great works in small and inconspicuous ways, as He utilizes a “ribble” of people who are willing (sometime, just barely) to show up and be used.  As the word suggests, these mildly disorderly little huddles are comprised of common people who do not draw the attention of the masses nor do they impress the elite.  However, they issue a meek, but genuine, rallying cry to the Kingdom of God.  This cry goes forth, uniting with the Power of the Heavenlies, and becomes a force that carries the very authority of God’s Word and will.

 Therefore, what occurred on that day, unimpressive as it may have seemed to the natural mind, was a call to unity and power in Christ for the Church in Lubbock. It was a cry for the Kingdom and will of God to be fulfilled on earth as it is in heaven.  It was a cry that still rings in the realm of the Spirit all around us, and it is one that will be fulfilled in Jesus Christ.

 As a measure of His grace and approval over the gathering, the Holy Spirit caused four white birds to unite and circle above the gathering even as the very words of the unity of the four congregations were being spoken by a pastor down below.  Many people witnessed the sign and were inspired and encouraged in their spirits at the sight.  I believe that this day will prove to be a watershed moment for the Kingdom of God in Lubbock, as the Spirit continues to unfold His plan among us.  Therefore, to God be the glory as Christ’s one Church in Lubbock unites and becomes one just as God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit are One. Amen and amen!

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